I've been watching TV for several hours a day all during the impeachment trial, sometimes in my studio while sewing "postage stamps" for a coronavirus memorial, sometimes in the TV room with my husband while sewing french knots for another coronavirus memorial. (Both will have the same total: 2,662, to mark the death toll in Kentucky during 2020.)
For the postage stamps, counting is easy, because I tie the little bits into bundles of 25 and can easily tell how many I have made. Coincidentally, one full shoebox of bundles is exactly half of what I need, and I'm well into the second box.I stopped and counted. This involves taking a photo and checking off each knot with a mark in my Paint program.
I needed 86 more knots, and it was tricky to keep track. I would make five knots, counting out loud, then make hash marks. As careful as I tried to be, once or twice I lost count and had to go back and reconstruct, from the back of the work, exactly how many knots had occurred since I started the new thread.
After I finished December, I did March (the easiest month -- only 15) and then set in on the other months. I worked on November for a while (423 needed) and then thought I'd better stop and count. I moved on to April, which needed 225, and made some, stopped when I thought I was getting close, and moved on to some other months.
After a particularly furious day of french knots yesterday, I decided I'd better count and see where I stood.