Saturday, 27 January 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 - January post

Happy New Year and welcome to WIPocalypse. If you haven't already joined us, head on over to Measi's Musings to check out how to join in all the fun! 
Currently I'm enrolled in  just two SALs, WIPocalypse and the Smalls SAL. I haven't yet decided whether or not I'll participate in the Olympic stitching challenge. I love staying put and watching the Olympics but quite often I get caught up in watching and it interferes with my stitching. I've been known to frog a significant amount in the past after watching an event while stitching. I'll decide by next month's post whether or not I'm participating.

This year my stitching if off to a good start. Besides the Smalls finish which I posted yesterday I've managed to complete one of my WIP from 2017 as well as begin a new start. I lost interest in a lot of my starts last year and I really want to finish them off. Any new starts I'm trying to limit to ones which I already have in my stash although I know I'll slip up at some point, lol! 

Evergreen by Blackbird designs is one of those charts which I've had waiting in my stash for several years now. I'm stitching it on 32ct Winter Brew. I fully intended to use the called for floss but my dye lot is such that most of the floss was a darker brown than that used in the original. I didn't like the look of the brown trees so I swapped them out for Gentle Art Piney Woods. This one is moving fairly quickly so I'm hoping it will be finished by next week.

Heartstring Samplery Sing We Then Merrily is one which I started last November. I started off well enough but progress slowed down as I got more involved in holiday activities and preparations. I picked it up again last week and finished it off in just a few days.

The weather has been up and down over the past several weeks and there have been some days when it's just better to stay indoors and stitch. That has helped in catching up with my WIPs but it sure isn't helping in getting back to my walking routine. There has just been too much cold and ice to get back to a regular schedule yet. As soon as a mild day arrives though I'm out and about again. I hate being housebound for too long!

Now to decide which WIP to bring out next! See you next time.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Smalls SAL 2018 - January

Welcome to my first Smalls SAL post for 2018. If you've not heard of this SAL, follow my link  to the sign up post at Stitching Lotus. It's a great motivation to get some small stitching projects completed and we would love to have you join us!

My first small of the year is a sweet little design by Teresa Murgida of Primitive Acorns and it's called Wild Mistletoe. You would think I'd be tired of stitching Christmas ornaments at this point but I often prefer to do them throughout the year when there is not as much pressure to get them completed in a certain time frame. This particular design is one which I think I will leave out all winter, once it's finished that is. It will be a pillow finish for my bowl displays.

The fabric I used is by Dames of the Needle and the colour is Sweeny Red. I just love it and already have another larger design in mind for the remainder.

Hope to see you next month! 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 Intro

So we're at the start of another year with all its promise which leads us all to the hope of another year of great stitching. I'm so pleased to see that so many new members are joining us on our journey. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Lynn, I'm from Canada and I've been stitching for almost 40 years. Wow, I can't believe that but it's true! 

My stitching has waxed and waned over the years as other priorities emerged but I've always returned to it as it has soothed my stress and left me with lovely family heirlooms. My goals have started to slow down over the past couple of years. When I first retired from my job as a medical lab technologist I went at full speed just enjoying the fact that I could stitch whenever and wherever I wanted. Now though I get restless sitting for too long so I'm learning to shorten my list of goals.

I've listed my goals on the WIPocalypse 2018 page on my blog. Just follow the link and you'll find them all there. Now for me to head to your blogs and see what you've planned for this year!