Monday, January 29, 2018

January WIPocalypse

It it's WIPocalypse it must be the end of the month.  WOW!  A weird month - one minute it feels like it flew by and the next it feels like it's been forever. 

No you're not seeing things there were two WIPocalypse posts this month.  Yesterday as the last Sunday of the month was the official check-in, the one the beginning of the month was a warm up and introduction.  If you haven't heard of it, WIPocalypse is hosted by Melissa at Measi's Musings and is a nice reminder to focus on those pieces we've already started rather than all those siren calls from the stash pile.  Each month Melissa gives us questions in case we can't think of anything to write about and also to get to know everyone.  This month's is: What SALs are you participating in this year? and if you are participating in the Olympic Stitching Challenge, what challenge are you accepting?  What are your goals? 

I can answer the second part of that question quickly - No. I am not participating in the Olympic Stitching Challenge.  I am doing obligation pieces this year again and I don't want to put extra pressure on myself.  I will be cheering all the participants on though.  As for SALs, I am not participating in any that are "release a part a month" although I am very tempted with the Guardians of Notre Dame SAL by Ingleside Imaginarium and will probably cave in a few months.  I am participating in several "let's stitch and post our progress" SALs.  WIPocalypse obviously but also:

  • Gifted Gorgeousness hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching
  • TUSAL hosted by Sharon at It's Daffycat
  • IHSW hosted Joysze at Random Ramblings and Jo on Facebook
  • Smalls hosted by Heather at Lotus Stitching and
  • Stitch from Stash on Facebook
You can get to all the groups, except Stitch from Stash, by clicking one of the badges on the left hand side at the top the page.  I've been doing all of these, more or less, successfully for years.  I tend to pick SALs that reinforce my stitching goals for that year.  Basically my stitching goals for the last six or seven years has been to reduce my WIPs.  I started with 28 and am down to 17.  I know that doesn't sound like much of a reduction but I have very limited stitching time, and there have been a few starts in there, so I am very pleased.

Now that I've thoroughly answered that question - progress photos! As I mentioned, I am only working on three pieces this year:

Japanese Zen Garden by Chatelaine.  On January 1st it was here:

and today it's here:

It is stitched on 32-count Summer Sky Jobelan with Martina's DMC conversion.  The package containing my PTB is still "on it's way to destination" I could have driven to Michigan and back faster than it's being delivered so no sparkle for another week.

Goldie Christmas Stocking charted by Heaven and Earth Designs:

January 1st:

And when it went on the frame this evening

This one is stitched on 25-county Antique White Lugana with DMC.  I am stitching 1 over 1.  It is also the most progress I have ever had on HaED in a month's time.  Hoping I can keep up the pace.

And finally, The Sampler Life SAL piece despite the name I didn't count this in my SAL list as the actual SAL was finished almost two years ago:


Clare - Aimetu said...

Strange you saying that, I have felt the same this month, the ladt few days are taking ages.

Lovely stitching, it's a good feeling to see progress on our work, you've done quite a bit this month

Robin in Virginia said...

Susan, both of your large projects are looking good. Again, congratulations on the small finish for the Sampler Life SAL.

Leonore Winterer said...

I, too, have that same feeling about January. I think it's because of the way the days lie with the year starting on a Monday...ever since this weekend I kind of feel like we're on bonus time.
Great progress on Zen, but boo on the delayed sparkles! What's taking them so long?

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

Laughing at Leonore's Bonus Time!
The Zen Mandala is wonderful, I've not seen this one close up. I'm going to enjoy your progress this year.