July 2016 WIPocalypse Check-In

WIPocalypse ButtonHello everyone!

I apologize for being a couple days late posting this check-in.  It’s been a difficult few weeks here with a lot of coast-to-coast (literally) rushing around. Add in the normal chaos of work and 3-year old parenting, and I’m just losing complete track of time.

A little less than a year ago, I opened up in a rare non-WIPocalypse post about my dad’s cancer.  My dad’s now been fighting Glioblastoma Multiforme for a full year.  The outlook in September was grim, and unfortunately at the beginning of this month, an MRI revealed that the cancer is spreading.  His doctors gave him the timeline of “weeks to live,” and that just put everything into a spin.

I spent last week out in California visiting him – a trip I admit that I really didn’t want to do and dreaded.  Coming back, I honestly feel at peace with how things are.  I’m not sure whether I’m glad I went or not, honestly… but I have a feeling in time when I look back, my opinion will change.  I think for now I’m just embracing a slight numbness that my brain is cushioning me with so I can go about the things I need to do, while also allowing me a bit of breathing space so I can do some emotional sorting, religious contemplation, etc.

The flight out there was very emotional.  The flight back was disturbingly calm.  I honestly might be a bit too calm about it – but I know that the news of my dad’s death will likely hit me like a bag of bricks. I’m working on formulating a blog post about thoughts and such.  I just need a proper sit-down to get it all out, I think.

So really… enjoy your life, all.  Celebrate your connections with the ones you love, shed the ones that bring you pain, and realize that life is just too short.  You just never know what the next day will bring.

Needless to say, this has put a bit of a damper on my own plans for the Olympic Stitching challenge.  I’m definitely still going to participate in it, but my original plans to do a big rotation are instead changing to the distance challenge – one piece for the entire Olympics, to push the piece as far as I possibly can (Blue Ribbon Design’s Blue Jeans & Daisies, in my case).

So what are you planning for the Olympic challenge?  Don’t know what it’s about?  Read on…

Olympic Stitching Challenge!

As we go into the July WIPocalypse, it’s time once again to start thinking about Olympic stitching plans if you’d like to participate in a little extra boost while you watch the sport matches.  During the first year of the WIPocalypse (remember that?  Doesn’t it seem like soooo long ago now?)  The Stitcher Blogging Question this month is two-fold… if you’re not partipating, then there’s a mid-year recap question.  Let us know how you’re doing.  If you do want to participate in the Olympic Stitch-a-Long challenge, we’ll be running three mini “competitions,” and it’s up to you to decide how you want to approach it.  Hopefully one of these options appeals to you!

Here’s how the Olympic challenge will work:

It will run from August 5th to August 21st.  The WIPocalypse check-in is dated for August 18th, but I’m going to set that one instead for the 22nd, so it can capture everyone’s end of competition recaps.  So please update your calendar.  🙂

The three competitions you can choose between are:

  1. a rotation challenge (for those who like to work on a bunch of different pieces)
  2. a distance challenge (for those one at a time stitchers, or anyone else who wants to do some serious focusing on a particular piece)
  3. a color challenge (stitch only in the colors of the olympic rings on your WIP pieces, OR… your nation’s flag).

If you are planning on taking part in the challenge, post in your July WIPocalypse update about which competition you’ll be joining, and what your individual goals or pieces will be for the challenge.  🙂

Question of the Months needed for September & October

Do you have a question you’d like to ask other stitchers to answer?  Is there a previous question you’d like asked again?  We have two open months this year with TBDs for questions, and I’d love to fill them.  If you have one you’d like to add, please let me know!

Anyway…. I’ll end this check-in here.  I hope you’ve had a lovely month, and I look forward to seeing your posts this month.  Happy stitching everyone!

~ Mel.



Question(s) of the Month

If you are participating in the Olympic Challenge: tell us about your plans – which type of challenge you’ve selected, the pieces you’ll be stitching on, etc.  

If you are not participating in the challenge: tell us how this year’s stitching is going for you so far, and if you’re meeting your stitching goals so far for the year.


Important SAL Announcements…

Next posting date: August 22nd (please note the date change for after the Olympics!)

Topic for next time: Have you ever read any fictional books that involve embroidery?  If so, give us some recommendations?

Please remember that this stitch-a-long is intended to be fun – so if you’re too busy to post, too busy/ill/etc. to stitch – no worries. Post when you can and share what you have going, even if you’ve only been able to toss a single stitch into it. If you miss a few months, not a problem – just jump back in when you’re back with us! It’s not a race or a competition – we’re all just here to cheer each other on with our progress.

Due to different browsing software, some bloggers have found it difficult to check-in with their posts. There are three different ways to check in:

  • Via Auto-link
  • Via comments (make sure you include your blog address!)
  • Via email – to measiwitch(at)gmail.com, only if the other two options are not working. Again- make sure you include your blog address! I’ll add it to the auto-link myself when I have a free moment.

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  1. Joanne P says:

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, no matter how much you are expecting to hear bad news it still comes as a shock when it happens. I am sure you will be glad that you did get to spend some time with him before the very end. The downside to modern living is that people often live very far from their families.
    As you say, it’s important to spend time with people while we can. We’ve just started the six week summer holiday and I’m going to try make the most of every day with the boys, especially my teenaged one, he will be grown and gone all too soon.
    For the Olympic Challenge, I am entering all three events and will award myself medals depending on how well I do in each challenge.

  2. tiffstitch says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your father. I think you will be happy you went, I always have been when these things have come up in my life. It’s okay to hurt and it’s okay to be calm. There’s no right way, only your way.

  3. Jaret says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your father. Once the numbness wears off, you will feel like you made the right choice to go. I’ll be thinking about you and your family.

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