Eyelets are evil. I think our ancestors put them in just to annoy us now. They didn't really serve any functional purpose; we are just told they did so we'd re-create them and have our ancestors laugh at us.
Agreed - audiobooks all the way, even better than a movie! Tonight's audiobook of choice has been Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. *sigh* I love Harry Potter books. Is it sad I never get tired of listening to them? :P
Both, I think. I'm not going to wear it for a year, so I didn't have that usual deadline pressure, and the silk wanted to pull and make icky looking bits, so I dreaded each hole. I can usually do them quickly, but these were 3 or 4 days :)
I find them more hand-numbing than mind-numbing. Audio books are good. Movies that are mostly dialogue are good. Movies that have plots that turn on longing, heartfelt stares (Onegin, for example) are hard to follow when looking at eyelets.
I did one set for a corset that didn't bother me at all. I think that it was in a lovely, co-operative cotton drill was the reason.
I feel that way about binding. It's time consuming but I really don't mind doing it. The love the sense of accomplishment when I finish binding. I like buttonhole stitching too but usually use a whipstich on eyelets, I've found it holds up a bit better.