Saturday, December 6, 2014

December WIPocalypse and YOTA - 2014 Recap

Before I get started on my recap, Happy Birthday to DSister! I was digging through pictures but couldn't find any of the two of us when she was a baby.  The closest I got was this one:

It was taken Easter 19-something-something when she was 2 and I was 4 or 5 depending on when Easter was that year.  That foliage behind us?  I think it's honeysuckle that got a bit out of control.  The year after this picture was taken, a chicken took up roost in it.  No we didn't live in the country, we were only a few miles from the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman - we figured she was someone's Easter chick that got away (or was allowed to get away as it wasn't cute any longer). We fed her graham crackers and named her Chicken Licken.  Unfortunately, chickens are not good house pets so when we moved to Michigan, we couldn't take her with us.  So one weekend, we caught her, and found a nice farm that took her in.  I am sure she spent many long, happy years wandering around the farm yard doing whatever chickens do and died peacefully in her sleep of extreme old age.

So besides my sister's and DBIL's birthdays and their anniversary and Christmas, December means - recaps!!  As it's the first Saturday of the month and a full moon, there are two recaps, WIPocalypse and YOTA.  Fortunately they are both WIP focused SALs so it is great that the final post for 2014 for both of them falls on the same day.

I had five pieces on my WIPocalypse/YOTA list this year.  I am really pleased with the progress that I made on all of them.

Santa's Magic by Mirabilia went from here:

To here:

Enchanted Swans by Just Nan started here:

And was finished on January 3rd:

Elegant Doily by Kayann's Kreations went from this:
To this:
The section shown in the before photo is on the left in this photo
I had a bit of a switch up with my Chatelaine piece.  I started with Serengeti and went from here:

To here:

Before it was put away in favor of Secret Victorian GardenSVG went from this:

To this:

The lower right section in the before photo is the upper left in this one.
And finally, Three Tulips by With Thy Needle and Thread went from here:

To a finish on April 10th:

So two finishes from my list and good progress on the other three. I don't know if either of these SALs will continue into 2015, but I will continue with my WIP reduction plan. 

Speaking of 2015 SALs, Gifted Gorgeousness, DESIGN and A New Stitchy Start 2015 are still taking sign-ups.  Heather at Stitching Lotus has announced that she will continue with the Smalls SAL for 2015 and is taking sign-ups and Mel at Epic Stitch has a page up, although sign-ups are not open yet, for Stitch from Stash 2015A. Clicking on the SAL's name should take you to the sign up/information pages for each one.

Secret Victorian Garden went on the frame today and I may take a break from the rotation, honestly I have been rubbish at doing any stitching the last couple of weeks so I don't think it will make too much difference, and just leave it on the frame for the rest of the year. I am also gridding fabric for three, yes three, HAED starts (two fairly smalls ones for HAEDs and Shakespearean Fantasy) and am finding it rather relaxing so will throw that in every so often also.  I do hope to have one more small finish this year, but am not really pushing too hard as I have a ton of holiday crafting and baking to finish up over the next couple of weeks.


Leonore Winterer said...

You really did make geat progress on you WIP list :) I'm sure there will be even more finishs next year ^_^

And happy birthday to your sister!

Pull the other thread said...

Wow you really did so well on all your pieces this year. Well done. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to continue on with YOTA next year but will do a post on it soon.

Linda said...

You have made awesome progress on all of them this year Susan. Congrats on the two finishes.


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

Wow, you've made loads of progress this year. You can really see how much you have done with the Before and After photos. Especially Santa.

I think we are doing all the same SALs next year. I discovered the DESIGN one and I'm really looking forward to that each month.

I'm also doing SFS again but thankfully I have Christmas money this month because a lovely lady is selling off her entire JN collection. She loaded 169 pictures to FB and I was very restrained and only spent £20!!

Suz said...

What a great bunch of progress. Congrats on all of that.

I love the story about the chicken - and yes, I bet she did live a long happy life into retirement ;)

I found the DESIGN SAL as well, and I think that I'm taking part in all of the SALs that I did this year if they're being hosted again. I'm looking forward to an entire year of progress instead of just a few months like I had this year ;)

Tammy B said...

what fabric are you using for your santa I love it!!

Marcy said...

Wow -- super progress! You were a very busy stitcher in 2014. Best wishes for the new year!