Awhile back, Vanessa challenged me to a 55-hour Mermaid of Atlantis finish. Although it's at the back of my mind and I have yet to do it, it got me thinking about a trial run.
You see, I'm stitching Mirabilia's Orchid for a friend's very late birthday gift; so why not keep tabs on my stitching time (minus the mucking around time) and have a contest out of it for some fun? :D
Guess how long it will take me to finish her, in hours, minutes, and seconds. The winner will be the closest time without going over.
A $15 gift certificate to 123stitch.
- Please list your guess in this format - HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS. For example, 59:59:59. The winner will be the closest time without going over.
- Please check previous comments before responding. If there are two winning times that are the same, I will go with the first comment.
- You don't have to be a follower. That decision is yours to make. :) However, I'd appreciate you clicking on the ads on the sidebar (under "Cool Treats").
- Please make sure your email address is listed either in your blogger profile or on your comment. I will need this information for 123stitch.
- The contest will close when I post the pictures of the finish and the countdown timer. (My deadline for finishing this piece is Dec. 30th, 2011.) I will also take a screenshot of the last comment on this post as the cut off time. This information will be included in the "Orchid - Finish" post as well.
- If you'd like to pass on the GC but still participate, please feel free to do so! The more the merrier. :D
- I'm counting the entire process of stitching. This includes unwinding the floss from the bobbin, separating the strands, winding the floss back on the bobbin when I'm done with the color, and deciding on the next symbol to stitch. I won't be watching the clock when I'm stitching. I'll just start the timer and let it run.
- I am NOT counting water breaks (in or out, ROFL!) and other small diversions.
- I won't be watching TV, but I might listen to audio tapes or shows to alleviate boredom. :)
- I'm a slow starter, but tend to gather up steam as I'm finishing a piece.
- I'm often told that I'm a fast stitcher. To this effect, let me say that we have no kids or pets, and when I marathon stitch, it's in the truest sense of the word. For example, finishing Olde Irish Blessing over the last weekend meant that I spent 80% of my waking moments on it. I'll leave it to you guys to work out the hours. ;)
Here are pictures of last night's start and the timer. I'm stunned at how long it took me to do that little bit...
Your guess is as good as mine as to how many HOURS, MINUTES, and SECONDS Orchid will take. Let the fun begin!! :D