November 2017 WIPocalypse Check-in

WIPocalypse ButtonHi everyone,

I hope my fellow American stitchers have had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend, and for the rest of my fellow stitchers around the world, I hope you’ve had a relaxing non-holiday one.  🙂  As I write, it’s Saturday late afternoon.  Max is taking a nap after a very busy day enjoying some unusually mild late November weather at the park.  It’s already pitch-black outside and feels several hours later than it actually is.

We had a relaxing, quiet holiday dinner at home this year – with a turkey that was far too big for the four people at the table. I’m looking forward to making some chili, pot pies, and other recipes tomorrow to use up as much as possible and freeze it for future meals.

After mentioning it last month during the check-in post, I decided to move forward and organize my stash yesterday, since the dining room table had already been cleared off and was usable for the giant task.  It took hours, but all projects and patterns that I’m aware of are now documented in excel, roughly organized in a way that I can find everything, and all plastic shopping and storage bags have been emptied.  It made me realize how much impulsive shopping I’ve done over the last couple years.  So next year I’m cutting myself off… Year of WIPs.  I seriously just need to work on what I have.  I’ll take photos and make lists of projects I fall in love with to buy at a later date, but no more impulse buying.  I need to get things done.  So if you’d like to join me in exclusive WIP stitching next year, please do!  There are a couple groups that do stitching from stash, giving a price amount per finished piece and such.  I love that idea, but I worry that I’ll cheat too much with that.  So I’m going to go cold-turkey on the wagon.  No stash purchases, other than to replace floss/beads that go missing from a project I’m working on, or to buy needles if I somehow destroy all of them.

With the end of 2017 and start of 2018 fast approaching, I’ve been doing some updates for the WIPocalypse for next year…

The Info Page for the 2018 WIPocalypse is now live.  Not a huge amount of change, but the new dates and topics are available here.  As with this year, all check-in posts will go live on the final Sunday of the month, with two exceptions:  There will be a kick-off intro post on Sunday, January 7th, and the February posting date will be pushed to Wednesday, February 28th for account for the Stitching Olympics.

Stitching Olympics Challenge

The Stitching Olympics will again be held during the 2018 Winter Olympics.  This is, of course, an optional challenge.  But if you enjoy watching the Games like I do and want to use them as an excuse for some extra incentive to stitch… there are three challenges you can choose from (or mix… up to you):

  1. Rotation Relay – rotate through as many projects as you can during the Olympics (for those who like to work on a bunch of different pieces)
  2. Endurance Race –  stick to ONE piece for the Olympics, and see how far you can push that one piece toward finishing (for those one at a time stitchers, or anyone else who wants to do some serious focusing on a particular piece)
  3. Celebrate the Nations (stitch only in the colors of the Olympic rings on your WIP pieces, OR… your nation’s flag, OR… on some sort of piece that is reflective of where you live, eg. Americana pieces for US residents).

I think 2018 will be a fun year.  I’m energized after stash sorting yesterday to really get some completions done.  I just need to figure out the smartest way to achieve it now!

As we enter the final month of the year and the craziness that the holidays bring, I hope you are able to carve out some time to stitch or do anything else for yourself to relax and get away from it for a little while.  Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone!

Melissa

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Important SAL Announcements…

Question of the Month – What finishing style have you never tried but would love to do?

Next posting date: December 31, 2017

Topic for next time: Recap your accomplishments for the year!  (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc.)

**2018 Dates and Topics are now posted!  Go here for all details!**

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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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