Sunday, January 7, 2018

My First WIPocalypse Post Of 2018

Good Sunday morning, dear friend!

The first week of 2018 is almost over, and so it's time to let you in on my WIPocalypse plans for the remainder of the year.

Let's start by answering this month's question...Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

For those of you who are new to my blog, "Hello!" and "Welcome!" My name is Karyn and I have been stitching for almost 50 years...gosh that sounds old! I enjoy all forms of needlework, but spend my time on Cross Stitch and Needlepoint, though Cross Stitch is my favorite. I also enjoy quilting with my Mom and Sister, though they are both much more advanced than I am...but again, my main passion is Cross Stitch.

My WIPocalypse Projects List for 2018 is as follows:
  • Bothy Threads "Love Tree" (on my Q-snaps)
  • AAN "Cottage" (on my Q-snaps)
  • LHN "Beatitudes" SAL (on my Q-snaps)
  • Laura J. Perin "Grandmother's Garden" (kitted up)
  • Heart In Hand "Moon And Back" (kitted up)
  • Just Nan "Ornamental Advent" (kitted up)
  • Shepherd's Bush "Jillian's Stocking" (kitted up)
  • Shepherd's Bush "Reed's Stocking" (kitted up)
  • Heartstring Samplery "Apostle's Creed" (kitted up)
  • Shepherd's Bush Stocking (still to be chosen)
  • LHN "Farmhouse Series" SAL (monthly subscription)
I'm beginning 2018 with a WIPocalypse list of 11, which includes my 2 carry over WIPs, 2 SAL commitments (LHN "Beatitudes" I started this past week), as well as an additional 7 that I have added. Knowing myself, I am certain that there will be some adjustments made along the way to this list, but, as it stands now this is my 2018 plan.

Here are some snaps of my current WIPs and their progress as we start the new year...

Bothy Threads "Love Tree"

AAN "Cottage"

LHN "Beatitudes"

I haven't chosen whether to work in a rotation or to just wing it, as last year's attempt at a rotation that would allow for personal WIP stitch time, while also maintaining my SAL stitching pace was not something I could ever make happen, so I gave up the rotation idea quite early in the year. If anyone has a rotation that works for both...please let me know.

I have bid farewell to my UFOs. After much thought and consideration, I came to the conclusion that since I hadn't picked either of them up (not once) in 2017, nor did I have any interest in doing so, it was a "no-brainer" to just bid them adieu, and move on. Rest assured that neither of them were very far along, and I kept the charts and unused floss to ensure that if I ever find a sudden urge to begin either one of them again, I have the needfuls to do so. My goal, going forward, is to really think before starting a WIP and ask myself if it's going to be something that I enjoy, and therefor, can see it to a finish. Often, I ignore obvious signs that it is going to be a fail once I get started. I have always said that there are some charts that just don't want to be stitched, and I truly believe that. I am finally learning to look away when there is a run on a chart that I know I am not drawn to, just because everyone else is stitching it. I have a whole basket of charts that were purchased against my better look for some major giveaways this year on the old Blog, dear friend, as I widdle away at some charts that I will never stitch.

My next commitment is to organizing my stitching nook...I will be hard at work on that. Luckily, it really shouldn't take long as it's not that big an area, however I added to the mischief and mayhem that was already there while choosing and kitting up my WIPocalypse choices, so the mess has grown quite a bit. It's actually kind of funny when you think about it, because how lucky am I to have both an abundance of stash and an area (mind you small) to call my own that requires organization...yes, I am thankful.

I am looking forward to meeting those of you that I don't know, and stitching with those who I do know...and having fun with this great group of stitchers...Good luck to everyone!

A very big "Thank You" goes out to Melissa for hosting this awesome SAL, once again.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and a bit of a chat about WIPs.


Cindy's Stitching said...

Happy new year. Great projects for 2018. Happy stitching

Katie said...

What a great project list. I like your approach. I've never found an official rotation that works for me. I'm just a stitch on what screams the loudest type of person. My struggle is just not starting a thousand things haha. Good luck with your goals for the year. I will be here cheering you along the way.

Justine said...

Hi Karyn! I have just got rid of two UFOs via the Adopt a WIP group on Facebook. Completely guilt-free!
You have some beautiful WIPs, can't wait to see how you get on this year.

Jaret said...

Good luck accomplishing your goals (including the organizational ones) this year!

gracie said...

You are ambitious for 2018....good start with these.

Lea said...

Oh, many years ago I use to cross stitch and did a lot of it, but no more. I just lost my desire and have never regained it. Looks like you have some beautiful projects on the horizon!

Khristine Doiron said...

Where did that AAN cottage come from? I don’t remember you showing it before and you have so much stitched on it. Gorgeous!! As is all the rest of your projects!! Looking forward to seeing your progress on them!