This will be a Stitch-a-Long (SAL) for fun, not a contest. Everyone stitches at a different pace, on different sized projects, with different goals and concepts of accomplishment, so a standard set of one-size-fits-all rules simply won’t work. So whether you’re a one-at-a-time stitcher or an insane rotationer like me, gather up the UFOs and WIPs on which you’d love to make good progress (or finish) and join us!
What will be happening in 2018?
Posting Schedule: WIPocalypse will be running for its 7th year in 2018! We will have a kick-off post on Sunday, January 7th, and then the check-ins will go back to their normal schedule for the remainder of the year on the final Sunday of the month, with one exception – February will be posted on the 28th, due to the Olympics.
Year of WIPs (aka “Stitch from Stash”): Melissa (the SAL runner) has realized just how deep she is with projects, so she’ll be doing a Year of WIPs challenge for herself. This is completely optional, but anyone else who wants to join in is more than welcome.
Stitching Olympics Challenge will return in February. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held February 9th to February 25th, and we’ll have three options for “events” to challenge you in pushing forward on your WIPs during the Games. 🙂
- 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).
Question of the Month: For several years, there were various bloggers who had incarnations of the “Stitcher Blogger Questions.” Since 2015, we provide a monthly question to get to know our fellow stitchers. As always – this is optional. If you prefer to just share your progress, that’s just fine. 🙂 If you want to go further and suggest some additional topics to me, please do! Every question received will be used, and the person who suggests it will get a linkback credit. 🙂
Facebook: The WIPocalypse has a Facebook group! We want you to share your blog posts as you always have, of course, but community over on Facebook is now a huge thing, and it’s long past time we started a group there for those interested who no longer (or never did) have a blog. All are welcome! (and yes, that includes those who prefer to crochet, knit, quilt, etc. The more the merrier!)
Here are the “rules” for the 2018 WIPocalypse:
1) To sign up, simply blog about your WIPs and add your post about your WIP projects to the most recent check-in post here at measi(dot)net. There will be no yearly sign-up registration for 2018. Jump in whenever you find us!
2) Whenever you join us, make a list of the projects on which you wish to make progress. Add to and adjust this list throughout the year as you desire. There are no restrictions regarding new starts for this SAL. If you feel the desire to start a piece in 2018, add it to your list! The list is recommended so you can set goals for yourself (and celebrate your accomplishments – and let us celebrate with you).
3) On the final Sunday of every month (or thereabouts), post your progress photos to your site – even if your progress was slower than you hoped. Label that post with “WIPocalypse” to make it easy for readers to find – whether in the title, or however you categorize or tag entries. If you skip a month, just jump back in when your life and schedule allows.
4) Once you’ve posted, come over to my blog and find the check-in post and comment that you’ve updated. There will be an auto-link provided so you can add your entry, which will be open for three weeks after the entry is initially posted. The comment section is open for 60 days, so there’s more than plenty of time each month. If, for some reason, you cannot add your post – either add it to the comments or send me an email. There is no such thing as a “late” post. Post when you can. Stress-free here, folks!
Posting dates and Topics for 2018:
January 7 – Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
January 27 – 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?
February 28 – Gadgets! Show us your favorite stitching gadgets! and How did you do with Olympic Stitching, and what goals did you achieve? – Note: This post is postponed to Tuesday include any stitching through the end of the Olympics.
March 25 – What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?
April 29 – Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO.
May 27 – Where do you love to shop for stash?
June 24 – Tell us what you think the ideal stitching retreat would include.
July 29 – Half-year recap: How are you doing with your goals so far this year?
August 26 – Which is more satisfying to you and why – the process of stitching a piece, or the finish?
September 30 – How do you keep your stitching stash organized?
October 28 – Do you prefer to stitch on a rotation or one project at a time?
November 25 – What new stitches or techniques did you learn this year?
December 30 – Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).
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