Random Afternoon Question

Today's question is an easy one and stems from Andie's teasing about my 'rotation.' ;)

Are you an OAATer (One At A Timer) or do you rotate?

I'm generally an OAATer. I like to be working only on one thing and occasionally when that one thing is a BAP (Big Ass Project), I might sneak in little pieces for a short change. I find that I get really aggravated when I have more than 1 active project and have to split my attention between them. I get into a groove and it's hard for me to deviate from the stitchy piece.

I'm definitely not a race car.... no 0-60 in 2 seconds for me. Think of me more like a..... beat up truck. Chuuuuuug, cough.... chuuuuuug, cough, cough, cough. 0-60 in 30 minutes but once it gets going, there ain't no stopping it. ROFL!

Of course, much to the delight of my friends (who constantly teases me about starting something new), yes, you're in the mix too Andie (LOL!), my stitchy plans this year has been a constant source of amusement. But, it ain't a rotation if 2 of the 3 things I'm stitching is being released in parts, and once finished, I can't stitch touch them till the next part is released. And really.... while I'm waiting, I HAVE to stitch something else right? ;) I mean, do you see me starting Hummingbird whilst Petal Fairy is a WIP? Nope!! ..... at least not yet.... HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Comments

VegasJilly said…
I usually only work on one at a time too! If I am working on a big project, I might take a break to do something smaller and quicker to complete. I find it helps me to feel less frustrated when its take so long to complete my big project. a small finish helps me get a happy dance in every once in awhile. :)
Yvon (jioya) said…
I lile to rotate, i love working on the HEAD-projects but sometimes i like to stitch something that is without confetti stitches and i love to do something small inbetween.

Hugs Yvon.
Shannon said…
I work on whatever is calling me at the moment. I have tried to work on one project at a time, but I get bored too quickly. So I usually juggle around 2 or 3 projects at a time.
Ewa said…
I'm definitely one to rotate. I get frustrated with one project and have to work on something else until I get frustrated with that. Usually don't have more than 3 projects going at once, though that is about to change, I think.
I constantly rotate my projects- I couldn't stand only working on one thing at a time, though I do try often! My attention span is not all that good.
Lissanne said…
I am an OAATer also, however I want to start so many other ones that I may have to change!! I am buckling down trying to finish one just so I can actually get my first framed piece on the wall!
Pauline said…
Mostly i am a OAATer, but with very difficult and big works, i will rotate sometimes.
Jenny said…
That is a great question, Joyce! I started out as a OAaT stitcher, but now I guess that I can call myself an "organic stitcher" instead... ;-) I just randomly flow between projects, happen to pick up where I left off (maybe), without a clue about how many started projects I have lying around or if I will ever be able to finish them all. It works pretty well, though - I do get finished out every now and then....
Karen said…
I was a OAATer for a long time - but found, when I got bored with that project (because they were all BAPs - TW, basically), I didn't stitch at all :( So then it was a small side project... and now I've totally spiraled out of control and have 20 WIPs, and gave up my timed rotation last year when I had my first actual stitching slump in 20+ years.

Now I'm using the screaming rotation - whatever screams the loudest, gets worked on - and though I have a drawer full of things ready to go, I really am trying to get some of the WIPs DONE - I would feel less stressed if I got back down to 15 or less. I'll even work on something small between the time I get home from work and having to stop to make dinner, and then a bigger project after dinner, when I actually have time to get concentrate on it for more than an hour :)
Lauren said…
I'm generally a OAATer when it comes to projects, unless something comes up of course. For example, I'm working on a very large project right now, but also need to get going on a baby sampler for a friend of mine who is due in a few months. I dislike having more than one project to do since I tend to lose focus on all of it. My current BAP will go into the background when I start the sampler, so technically I'll only be working on OAAT!
Rachel said…
I think I tend to do more of a screaming rotation. I stitch on something until something else is calling louder. So far, it's been pretty much OOAT and Chinese Mandala in the mix. I do have some things that used to be in the mix, but have slowly fell out of the mix, lol.

No, I am not organized and I have never claimed to be, and I will never claim to be either, lol!! As everyone around me will attest to!
Lesleyanne said…
I am a OOAT at the moment. Did have a go at a rotation but found I didn't really get anything finished. I tend to stitch mainly big projects so like to have a little one to stitch on if I get a bit fed up with the large one.
Andie said…
LOL My name in lights :D For me I swap between rotating and OAAT, I really do enjoy OAAT stitching but find if I've got something big like a Chatelaine I feel overwhelmed so usually stick with a rotation. Although I really do like your idea of stitching the Chatelaines in their parts and stitching something else for the rest of the month.... trouble is apart from WWG which I am way behind on due to a big slump and a late start, all my Chats are old ones.... maybe once this ob stitching is done I can do it next year and still just stitch in parts :D
Vani said…
I am definitely a rotated. There are so many charts that I want to work on, that this way I am able to work on multiple different charts at once. I usually have a focus piece and a few others. I like the variety it gives me.
I'm a TAAT! Two at a time. I have one small project for during the day when the boys are awake. I'm stitching end-of-term presents for the large one's teachers this month. Then a large project for the evening when I can concentrate. At the moment it's Nimue's Baby Swing.

I do have the Dark Alphabet on the go but can only stitch it as each letter is released.

I tried rotating this year for the frst time but got so frustrated I'm stopping. When Baby Swing is done I'm working on my mermaid til she's done. I keep thinking she'd be finished by now if I hadn't rotated her!!
mdgtjulie said…
I have never been a rotator. But... I'm getting ready to start. Still waiting on a few things to get here so I'll be all ready to work, but I should be starting in the next month or month and a half. We shall see!!!
Tama said…
I rotate. Oh, lawzie, do I rotate! I have an unbelievable number of projects and I happily (crazily) consider them most Works-In-Progress, not UFOs.
anojaa said…
I was a OOAT for a long long time. Sometimes, when the project didn't go as fast as I wished, I will get nervous and everything. But at that time, I usually had two three finishes a year.
since I've discovered HAED, the blog world,etc I rotate and rotate. I stitch what I feel like wants to be stitched. No finish in the near future but I'm so happy :)
wendy111 said…
I wish I was an OOAT (think I was once), but I just can't stop myself from starting a new project if I really love it. I rotate in a random manner doing what I want to, although I am trying to keep up with Baroque Garden and sort of keep up with Chinese Garden. I do some smaller things as well and that keeps the finish something part of me happy :-)
demeter83 said…
I used to be One at a Time until I was doing a piece in secret for Ben and had to start a second project so I could stitch when he was about. I've since stuck to a rotation because I've found that I'm much less inclined to get bored and wander away from my stitching if I've got a few projects to choose between. Although as you say, it does slow the completion rate down a mite!

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