Happy New Year everyone!
So… apparently I don’t know Saturday from Sunday, and put the 27th down on the calendar for the check-in for January. Whoops! (blush) This must be a side effect of having a preschooler! The check-in should have been listed for the 28th, on a Sunday just like every month. Apologies for the confusion!
I hope you were able to embrace the energy of the new year and get a great amount of stitching done. I always find that the first couple months of the year are my most productive, so I try to embrace it as much as I can. Yukky cold weather always seems to help – when I’m stuck inside, I stitch more. I’ve made some good progress on things this month and look forward to getting my own check-in post up later today. (I’m secretly hoping to finish an ornament today before I post so I can have my first complete finish for the year!)
The only issue, and I think that quite a few people seem to be having this in the States this winter, is the blasted illness bugs that are sweeping around. I’m still dealing with the bronchitis that I caught at Christmas – now with additional bugs that Max has been bringing home from the Petri dish that is preschool. I just started new medications on Friday for the cough, which are helping but are giving me some slight tremors. I know it’s temporary, so I’ll just ride it out. I may just have to adjust my plans and stitch on something that’s a little easier for a while. (progress on unplanned pieces is still progress!)
Our first organized stitch-in of the year starts in just a couple of weeks… the Stitching Olympics! This will be the third time WIPocalypse has one, and I’m sure you’ve found a similar stitch-a-long on several boards on Facebook or elsewhere. As with any SAL, this is optional. If it’s something that will throw your comfortable stitching pace off, don’t feel the need to do it. If you’re looking for a challenge or some variety, though, I’ve found this to be a great way to give yourself a challenge. The WIPocalypse version has three standard options, but if you have another idea or are doing one for another group you belong to that appeals to you more than these, please feel free to jump in with it instead (and if you want to recommend it as another option for 2020, let me know!). This year’s South Korea Olympic options are:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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).
As a reminder, February’s posting date will be delayed until the 28th of the month specifically to accommodate the timing of the Closing Ceremonies and any stitching folks might do for the broadcast. I know a lot of international stitchers likely have them shown live, but NBC here in the States will have everything on a delay for their prime time packaging on Sunday night, so we won’t see them until many hours after they actually conclude.
That’s all for this month. Have a lovely February, and happy stitching everyone!
Important SAL Announcements…
Question of the Month – What SAL’s are you participating in this year? and If you are participating in the Olympic Stitching Challenge, what challenge are you accepting? What are your goals?
Next posting date: February 28th, 2018
Topic(s) for next time: Gadgets! Show us your favorite stitching gadgets! and How did you do with Olympic Stitching, and what goals did you achieve?
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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.