October 2017 WIPocalypse Check In

WIPocalypse ButtonHi everyone,

As this post goes live, I’m with my stitching circle, helping to move Sandy’s stash from her home to a safe place so we can sort through it, take things we’d like for our own stash, and prepare the rest for whatever fate it ultimately holds (likely brought up to Celebration next spring).

Since Sandy passed, it’s been one of those topics on my mind – what will happen to project stash?  I’ve heard so many stories over the years where stash is just thrown in the trash because family members didn’t know or didn’t care about it.  And I get that… sometimes it’s just easier to make things be gone.

But still… there’s a ton of money involved with a stitcher’s crafting stash. It’s a shame anyone would just toss it in the trash.  If nothing else, donate it to charity shops for some lucky stitchers to wander across it and put it to use.  Ultimately, though, if the stitcher had friends – like Sandy did – who also stitched, have them go through it.  Sandy’s sister is a crafter, but her craft (addiction?) of choice is knitting.  She’s keeping Sandy’s completed pieces – she knows the value of them.  I’m happy she’s keeping them.  I’m also happy she’s giving us the opportunity to sort through what Sandy had in her unfinished things before letting go of projects and such that aren’t to any of our tastes.  We’ll go through it slowly over the course of the winter.

It’s also making me think – not only of doing another organizing (and possible culling) of my stash, but also getting a plan together in case, Goddess forbid, something happens.  It may seem silly, but I don’t think some sort of instruction in my will to have it go to certain people who will know how to handle it is that bad of an idea, both to get it out of the way by family members who are grieving and already dealing with a lot, but also ensuring that it will go to someone who will enjoy it.  As an additional blogging question this month, I pose to you:  Do you have any plans or instructions for your stitching projects and stash for after you’re gone?

I’d definitely be interested in your thoughts on this.

Since it’s the end of October… and the year is now starting to get closer to the close, I have a few announcements:

  1. The WIPocalypse will definitely run again in 2018.  The schedule will continue as it did this year – the check-in will be posted the final Sunday of every month – with one exception…
  2. As we have in years past, there will be an Olympic Stitch-a-Long for the Winter Olympics in February.  The official dates of the Winter Olympics are February 9th to February 25th.  The normal WIPocalypse check-in date would be the 25th, but I will instead post it that week on the very last day of the month, the 28th, just to allow everyone to enjoy stitching through the closing ceremonies if they’re participating in the event.  Details on the different “events” will be posted next month, but they’ll likely be very similar to the ones for the Summer 2016 games.
  3. Questions for next year – do you have any you’d like to include?  Send me your questions, and you’ll also get a crediting plug when they come up on the calendar!

That’s it for this month.  Happy stitching everyone.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween (and Blessed Samhain to my fellow Pagan stitchers!)



Important SAL Announcements…

Question of the Month – How did you begin stitching?

Next posting date: November 26, 2017

Topic for next time:What finishing style have you never tried but would love to do?


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:

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  1. Joanne P says:

    I do discuss with my son what to do with my stash when I’m gone! I told him to contact my stitchy friends and organise a sale. He knows some of my charts are valuable!

  2. dragonsluver says:

    So glad to hear you will be hosting again. I have talked with my family about it and they know to contact a stitching friend. My mom is actually close with several of my stitching friends. So is my husband. So thankfully they will figure it out for me.

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