Saturday, January 23, 2016

January WIPocalpyse, Snowzilla and a finish

Do you remember this picture from a couple weeks ago?    It is now under this somewhere  . The press has dubbed the storm Snowzilla.  It is very hard to tell how much we've had as it is blowing and drifting.  See that opening in the upper left of the picture?  That's where the driveway heads down to the road.  A few minutes before I took the picture, you couldn't see it because of the blowing snow.  Just north of here and into Washington, DC and Maryland are in the main path of the snow and wind with upwards of 2' of snow predicted.  Now for those of you in the snowier climes, please give us all a break as we don't have the equipment to deal with a storm of this size, so we'll be slower to recover than you would.  I suspect I will be working from home Monday and Tuesday, but the road crews may surprise me and get to my road before then. 

But you came to read abut WIPocalypse Button (and yes, I am a day early).  WIPocalypse has been hosted since 2012 by Melissa at Measi's Musings.  The link for 2016 hasn't been set up but I don't believe anything will have changed from last year. No real rules, other than sign-up anytime, make a list of what you would like to make progress on (adjust as necessary through the year) and post about it on the full moon (or thereabouts).  Very low stress.  My WIPocalypse list is posted up top in the tab titled, "WIPocalypse Project List and 2016 Stitching Plan".  I do have to work one more project into my rotation as I told The Hubs that I would have Secret Victorian Garden finished in time to enter into the state fair this year.  So far my stitching plan seems to be working.  I put another 200 stitches into Its About Time:

I would have done more, but I pulled a couple of my wool sweaters from storage and remembered that they had holes in them, so used my needle for darning/mending rather than stitching.  Shakespearean Fantasy got another 360 stitches added last night:

Only 340 more to finish the challenge. I don't even dare think about how many more to finish the piece. 

Speaking of finishes - I have my first of the year.

This is Marc's Samplerlife Rose.  It was designed by Marc Saastad of The Silver Lining for The Sampler Life SAL.  I made a counting error and am off by a half stitch, but by the time I found it, I was too far along to rip it out and start over.   Now that December's entry is done, I will start January's tomorrow which is Welcome Spring from Jardin Prive. 

On the frame for today and tomorrow is Just Nan's Christmas Soldiers

There is a bit of backstitching and beading to be done for this section to be finished and I should have that done this afternoon, then on to the body of the stocking.

If you're still working on your stitching plans for the year, check out the Joyful World SAL at The Snowflower Diaries.  I am saving the patterns but have, so far, fought the urge to start this very cute piece.


Heather said...

Lots of great stitching I love the flower! Great progress on the challenge too. So far I only have one square done but mine have a lot of confetti in them. I just hope this way doesn't leave lines

Robin in Virginia said...

You have made some good progress on your projects, Susan. Congratulations on your finish! The snow is tapering off here and now the clean up begins. Hope you are able to work from home at least Monday and Tuesday! Stay warm and stitch away!

Linda said...

I love snow if I don't have to go out in it. Awesome progress on all of your projects Susan.


Clare - Aimetu said...

Lovely snow but stay safe. I love hour Christmas soldiers.

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

The snow has obviously inspired your stitching! You've done loads even with the sweaters distracting you.
Love the Christmas Soldiers.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great stitching, I love how that stocking is coming along :) Hope you'll make it through the snow okay!

Sherry said...

Love all your WIPs and stitches. I have been gathering the patterns for the Joyful World SAL also. I just love the fox and blackbird. I can't decide how I want to stitch them yet or I would have started by now.

ANGIE said...

Hi Susan, your projects are so nice! Happy stitching!