Thursday, March 12, 2015

College pages 17 and 18 finished!

It took me long enough but I have FINALLY finished pages 17 and 18, and consequently row 3, of College of Magical Knowledge.



I'm really quite happy with it, and have one more row and exactly 36,000 stitches left. I have a feeling that finishing this project will be much akin to finishing grad school: after I put my last stitch in and pull out the gridding I will stare at a wall for two hours, not knowing what to do with myself. I'll grid up page 19 today and put in the first stitches. Hopefully, it will all go smoothly.

I received some questions in the comments in recent weeks. One was asking what movie I'm working on. Last day of filming is next Monday and after that date I'll let you guys know what it is and who's in it. Also when it comes out to the best of my knowledge. They keep putting me in scenes with the main actor (not complaining) so there's a good chance you'll actually be able to see me, if you're not too busy staring at him on screen. Wouldn't blame you if you missed me because of that, though.

The other question I got is how I calculate anticipated date of completion in my sidebar under each project. This one is a bit more complicated to answer. Basically, I'm crazy. I have a tally app on my phone that I use when I'm stitching, and every stitch I do I mark it off on the tally. Then, at the end of my stitching night, I put it into a spreadsheet I've created. This spreadsheet calculates my average number of stitches a night, how many days it would take me to complete the project at the current stitching average, and then spits out a date based on today's date of when I can anticipate to finish it based on all those numbers. So yes. I'm utterly insane. If, however, this sounds like the kind of obsessive compulsive that's right up your alley then let me know in the comments, along with your email address, and I'll send you a blank copy of the spreadsheet for you to fill in. Some basic Excel skills required (like knowing to click the corner of a cell and drag it down for the formula to continue) but it's not difficult and I'm willing to help anyone out who needs help.

Back to filming, I'm having the best time of my life. I'm learning a lot of new things about myself. I'm happier and I'm more confident. I'm starting to be more comfortable in my own skin. And I don't want any of it to end. Also, in four days of filming, I have already earned 2 of the 3 required SAG vouchers to join SAG. Will I join? I don't know. Probably not. The investment is huge and I'm not entirely certain it's something I want to pursue as a career just because there's so much luck involved. But, in the meantime, I made some fantastic memories, got to meet some absolutely incredible stars, and had the time of my life. One more day of filming left!

I also signed up for another half marathon. It's the moonlight run in July in Davis. My goal is to beat my previous half- time, so here's hoping for the best (and training my butt off).

Today I will grid up the next page of College and get started on it. I'm also working on part 3 of the AAN Halloween SAL so I hope to have that done soon.

As always, happy stitching!


Lady Stitch-a-Lot said...

Oh my, congratulations on finishing the two pages and the row! I can't believe that you are so close to finishing this now, I have watched you working on this for ages and I can't imagine life without your occasional updates on this one ;-)

I am happy to hear that you you are enjoying the filmmaking so much and I am super curious to learn more about it! Please keep us up to date!

I am a bit afraid to calculate my finishing dates for my projects, I guess they will all be in 50 years in the future :D

Blu said...

College is looking fantastic. I'm glad you're having so much fun with the filmmaking!
I thought I was obsessive about tracking my stitching stats. I've got nothing on you! As long as it's fun though ;)

Linda said...

Congratulations on the page finishes on college. I am going to miss your updates. I can't wait to hear all about your movie adventures.


Heather said...

Congrats it looks great!

sharine said...

Busy, busy woman! College is looking great as always. Can't wait to find out what movie it is lol:)

Annie said...

Fantastic progress on College!
Sounds like things are going really well for you right now...good for you:)

Maureen said...

Congrats on the page finishes and the filming sounds well good. Can't wait to here who and what it is!

Deb said...

Congrats on your page finish!
Will look forward to the info on your movie!

Marihun said...

Congrats on the page/row finish, it looks amazing!

OMG, Ewa, that spreadsheet sounds like just the thing I need! :D I'd be eternally grateful if you could send me a blank copy! My email is Thanks in advance! :)))

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Dance for another page and only one more row to go!
I do love spreadsheets and I do a Pie Chart of my stitching last month. I don't think I'm quite ready to count every stitch just yet through.

Looking forward to seeing you on screen. Several friends used to be extras in one of the soap operas here. It was a bit off putting seeing them in the back of every scene, especially when they were in two different scenes running at the same time!

Leigh said...

Beautiful work! Congrats on the page finish.

Stitching Noni said...

Wow! Amazing progress...
hugs xx

Monique said...

Oh I love the idea of the spreadsheet and would be eternally grateful if you could pass it along to me at

Thanks so much.