Happy New Year everyone!
I hope the first week of 2018 has treated you well. I’m still dealing with my blasted bronchitis, but aside from the cough I’m feeling good. We’ve had a wild weather week to kick off the new year. A bunch of snow (about 14 or 15 inches) arrived on Thursday in a genuine blizzard. We’ve been sub-freezing since Christmas Day, and yesterday was the coldest day I can remember in the years I’ve lived here. Growing up in Montana, I saw temps this low from time to time, but it’s not quite as common here (even if it does feel like it more often, thanks to the humidity coming off the ocean).
Rumor has it that it’s going to be going well above freezing for my birthday on Thursday. I am so ready. 50 degrees F will feel like t-shirt weather! Best present I can look forward to!
My husband called upstairs a few minutes ago… “Isn’t the WIPocalypse on the last Sunday of the month now?!?” I had to explain to him that yes, it was… but this is the kickoff post for 2018. So introduce yourself, your projects, your stitchy hopes and dreams for the year. I know a lot of people are continuing with it from last year. There’s also been a huge surge of folks on the Facebook group. It’s doubled (literally!) in the last month. Several folks have decided to start stitching blogs. I’m going to make some extra effort to make sure to visit everyone who checks in, and I hope that you can find the time to do the same!
As a reminder, so you can start thinking about next month and whether you will be participating… we’ll be doing the Stitching Olympics again for the Winter Olympics in South Korea. There are three formal events you can participate in (either individually or a combo of the three). If you have an idea for another event, do it and let me know… we’ll add it for Tokyo in 2020, if we’re all still here! 🙂
- 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).
So without further adieu… here’s to 2018. I hope that you make great progress on your stitching goals for the year, and that you enjoy every stitch you put into a piece.
Happy stitching everyone!
Important SAL Announcements…
Question of the Month – Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
Next posting date: January 27, 2018
Topic for next time: 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?
**2018 Dates and Topics are posted! Go here for all details!**
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.