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I have learned the hard way, that I don’t do well with hard and fast goals these day. Between my health and Marcus’ needs, I can never be sure if I’ll be able to do things as I plan. It’s why I don’t commit to much these days, although I’ll do things if I can manage.
With it being New Years Day today, I’ve been considering over the last few days if I want to have any guidelines (not resolutions or goals) for my stitching and reading in 2014. I was going to say no, when I found WIPocalypse 2014 through Zeb’s blog Keep Calm and Cross Stitch.
I like this one. It doesn’t require me to plan to do huge numbers of projects, or work on a particular theme or stitch things from a particular designer. What it does do is encourage me to keep working on my current projects and have a chance to share and chat with other stitchers doing the same thing. That is exactly what I want to do.
So yes, I’m taking the plunge and signing up.
I have a few projects I want to focus on this year. Knowing my health issues, I’m not necessarily expecting to finish anything, but I want to make some progress, especially on the first three. (Links go to my Flickr album for each project.)
- Illuminated Medieval Sampler from Chatelaine
- Autumn Queen from Mirabilia
- Defender of the Kingdom by Tom Canty from Heaven and Earth Designs (I’m vaguely considering going back to my original version of this. I’ll make that decision before picking up a needle on it again, but that album is here.)
- QS Book Dragon by Lisa Victoria from Heaven and Earth Designs (possibly)
- Cinderella from Mirabilia (possibly)
I am considering letting myself start one small project as well this year. If I finish that, I can start another, etc. Right now I have two things that would fit into this plan and I remain tempted by both, but don’t want another actual start right now. (Links go to the designers’ sites.)
On top of that I have several quilting projects I want to keep up with. Not cross stitch, but otherwise they fit the WIPocalypse category just like my big stitching projects do. (Links for the Flickr albums again.)
- Doctor Who Along quilt
- Fandom in Stitches Doctor Who SAL quilt (I’ve actually finished the SAL part of this, but want to add some extra blocks for cushions.)
- Marcus’ Kiwiana quilt (I need to finish quilting this, but I’m waiting for winter. It has wool blankets as batting and it’s too hot for that right now.)
- Hexagons are Cool
(If you sensed a theme in the quilts, that’s because 2013 was Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary year and lots of designers tempted me with cool things, although the hexgaon quilt I came up with on my own.)
Updates are to be posted around the full moon of each month and there will be a discussion topic as well. These are (as of the beginning of 2014) as follows:
Full moon dates and Topics for 2014:
- January 16- Topic: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
- February 14 – Topic: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time? Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!
- March 16 – Topic: Show us your favorite places to stitch.
- April 15 – Topic: How do you keep your stash organized?
- May 14 – Topic: What designs or themes do you really wish you could find? What do you think is missing among stitching designs?
- June 13 – Topic: Have you ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival? If so, tell us about it!
- July 12 – Topic: It’s halfway to Christmas. Do you start your holiday stitching this early? If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?
- August 10 – Topic: Tell us about your oldest and newest WIPs.
- September 9 – Topic: TBD
- October 8 – Topic: Are you a Halloween or Christmas stitcher?
- November 6 – Topic: TBD
- December 6 – Theme: Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).
As always with something like this, I have no idea if I’ll be able to keep it up or not. I want to, but real life has a habit of getting in the way. We’ll see and I’ll give it my best shot.