Saturday, April 1, 2017

What are You Doing While You Stitch-Along?

Progress was made this week, quite a bit of progress!  But it meant I sat in front of the TV quite a few hours when not packing orders.
Stitching is something we all love, but it is likely that we don't do it in a quiet room.  More likely, we are stitching while talking to someone or listening to something.

When doing a binge session of stitching, I get a bit low on the DVR and rue the day that the reruns have come on for my favorite shows.  PBS is my go-to as I just love documentaries, especially those about history and science.

I wonder what everyone else is watching during their stitching of their casket.  Thought I would put up a list of ideas - many of them on YouTube that anyone around the world can watch.

Masterpiece Theater - Victoria
The Crown - Netflix
How to Get Ahead at Medieval Court/in Renaissance Court/Versailles (3-part series)
A Very British Renaissance (3-part series)
ANYTHING by Lucy Worsley, Curator of Historic Palaces (search her name in You Tube)
A Timewatch History of the Mary Rose
Secret Knowledge - The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard 
National Geographic The Gunpowder Plot
When God Spoke English - The Making of the King James Bible

There is a You-Tube channel with about 1500 hours of organized historical documentaries - Herodotus MK2 The Father of History.  I am sure some of this content isn't exactly authorized, so I am going to make my way through quite a bit of it soon working on my stitch-along projects.

Another thing I do is listen to podcasts while I stitch or work packing kits.  My favorite weekly podcast is the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" podcast.  It is just full of interesting topics across world history and this do a good job of exploring much more obscure things that are not only interesting but had impact that effects us today but have been forgotten to history.  So I like that if I just listen to each one, I come upon history of parts of the world that I don't search out normally.

Then there are the audio books.  An author I picked up from my son's required reading last summer is Tom Standage.  He writes books about world history that take an interesting wander.  One was the history of the world in six glasses (the required reading).  Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola.  Cola = Globalization and so on.  Really interesting!  The next one was the history of the telegraph or as he called it, the Victorian Internet.  The parallels were fascinating!   I am interested to listen to his "An Edible History of Humanity" which examines how food has been a catalyst for change.

So I would love to hear how those of you working on the caskets are whiling your time with your mind while your hands are busy!



  1. Tricia I love to get my casket pieces to stitch on. I sit in the sunroom watching the many birds and ducks around the lake. I Love Spring Time. I just sit in the peace and quite and stitch.

  2. Panel one and two were stitched in my 'normal' routine - - listening to podcasts (The Librarian is in - Chat 10 Looks 3 [Australian news 'ish back stories]) - watching TV - - (Victoria - Harry Bosch etc) I'm just about finished Panel Three - maybe today/tomorrow - it has been done while my house is being packed up around me - really want to get Panel four started before everything finally disappears into the container

  3. Whilst I'm not stitching the casket, I do stitch. Lot(I'm currently undertaking the RSN Certificate). What I listen to depends on my mood! Sometimes I like the pure quiet, listening to the needle and thread pass through the fabric. But as the day wears on I like a bit of music - and the genre changes greatly!

  4. I always watch TV when I stitch alone. (If I'm with friends, it's a different story, of course). I have a slew of shows on my DVR that hubby won't watch with me, and they can go from Scandal to Ripper Street to the Great British Baking Show, so there's always something fun or dark to watch/listen to, and peek at occasionally.

  5. Right now I have Simon Schama's A History of Britain in the DVD player--next up is Foyle's War. Again.

  6. I'm still working on Adam and Eve - almost finished with the gold background.Lately I haven't been listening to anything, just the ambient noise of the house.This morning a cardinal was singing arias outside my window.Baseball starts tomorrow and I usually stitch watching games.

  7. Not sure if this is an accomplishment or not but I just finished all 18 seasons of Midsomer Murders (that took a while!) and am on season two of Grantchester. Shew- that is one good looking vicar! Victoria, Poldark, The Crownand any of the like are also on my list! Thanks for the new ideas!

  8. A bit off topic -- whatever happened to the blog posts for the rest of the 2015 casket tour. Seems like it stopped about half-way through and I can't find anything after that?

  9. It's embarrassing to admit, but I'm a political junkie and listen to MSNBC all day-unless my husband is around, he hates politics. :-)

  10. I listen to the TV. My nearest and dearest now realise that I don't need to watch all the time to know what is going on. I've got much the same list as you Tricia. Lucy Worsley is an absolute must. There are some other interesting presenters following in her shoes who can bring over the sheer enthusiasm for a subject that makes it interesting: Mary Beard, Dan Snow, Janina Ramirez, and Suzannah Lipscomb for starters. Whatever they are in gets watched.

  11. I watch mystery series (Poirot, Midsomer Murders, etc.) and I listen to lots and lots of books. Non-fiction and fiction both.