Friday, 30 December 2011

Stitching WIP List

Friday, 30 December 2011
 General Projects

1. Bent Creek - Snapperbets
2. Bothy Threads - Row of Christmas Fairies
3. Prairie Moon - Thine is the Trick and the Treat
4. Tournicoton - Coeur de Brodeuse
5. DebBee's Designs - Hot Stuff
6. Just Nan - Counting Bats
7. Margaret Sherry - Santa's Journey Afghan
8. Bent Creek - Snapperville Series
9. Michael Powell - Handmade Houses 4
10. Michael Powell - Cottage Garden 2
11. Mill Hill - Winter Wonderland
12. Lizzie*Kate - 6 Fat Men
13. Raise the Roof - Witchy Washy
14. Hob-Nobb Designs - Snowflake Snowman


1. Lizzie*Kate - Christmas by the Letter
2. Ink Circles - Cirque des Cercles
3. Glendon Place - Murky Manor
4. Stoney Creek - Noah's Sub
5. Shepherd's Bush - Be Attitudes Afghan
6. Dragon Dreams - Dragon Virtues Afghan
7. Bothy Threads - Cut Thru Fairy Hill
8. DMC - Wild Ones Alphabet
9. Midsummer Night Designs - Heaven Above
10.The Primitive Needle - Witches Hollow
11. Teresa Wentzler - Tradewinds
12. Dimensions - Sleigh Ride

I'm pretty sure this is the complete list - I've searched around and can't find or remember any other new starts I've had in the last couple of months so now it's organising the folders with charts and floss and taking pics of them all.  I'm at 26 WIPs which is better than the starting total of 2011 which was 32...

Thursday, 29 December 2011

2012 WIPocalypse Plans

Thursday, 29 December 2011
So as I've mentioned several times I've signed up for the 2012 WIPocalypse - WIP stripping for the year.

My 2011 plans worked pretty well up until the last month.  I started the year with 32 WIPs and, of those, 9 are now finished, 1 has been abandoned and 3 have had significant work.

The problem is that I've had about 5 new starts recently, all small projects, so my current WIP list is probably still around 27 - I am in the process of tidying everything up and doing an official count.

However, what I do have are several BAPs (that's Big-Arse-Projects for those not in the know) so my main plan for 2012 is to work on those in a monthly rotation.  So each one will by my focus piece for a month and I will work on that and possibly some smaller projects during that month.

So the monthly rotation is:

Jan - Cirque des Cercles
Feb - Be Attitudes Afghan
Mar - Murky Manor
Apr - Cut Thru Fairy Hill
May - Wild Ones Alphabet
Jun - Heaven Above
July - Tradewinds
Aug - Christmas by the Letter
Sep - Noah's Sub
Oct - Witches Hollow
Nov - Dragon Virtues Afghan
Dec - Sleigh Ride

Trust me when I say that not one of the above will be even close to finished after 2012 (well maybe Cirque but it depends how distracted I am this month).  However I'm thinking that if this rotation works for me I should keep it up until all of the above are completed.  What I'm not sure if I'll do is give some projects two months when others are finished or start other big projects.  Still I'm pretty sure I have plenty of time to decide that LOL.

So over the next three days I'm going to compile a complete WIP list (again) and photo each one as well as make sure each has it's own project bag kitted up so I don't have to hunt around for stuff when I decide to get stitching on something.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

'Tis the season...

Sunday, 18 December 2011 be extremely busy!

We've had nativities, pantos, christmas meals, discos, carol singing, parties and visiting friends.  We're just about finished - we just have a Christingle service and a Carol Singing to go and then school is out and we're headed full steam into Christmas.

It's been manic keeping track of everything - even Connor was involved in a Nativity and a Christmas party - plus all the normal things like Beavers, Ballet, Greek School, etc. but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel now.

I'm pretty much ready for Christmas.  All presents are bought and about 2/3 are wrapped.  I'm waiting on three parcels, two for DH's birthday which is Boxing Day that are waiting to be picked up at the post office in the morning and the last one is an additional stocking filler for Connor so, should it get held up, it's not really a disaster.

We're just back from a pre-Christmas visit and present swap with my family and now I have a mountain of gifts for the kids.  DH's parents arrive on Thursday to spend a week here and I know they want to take the kids shopping so I'm going to have two very spoiled children in a weeks time.

I've also pretty much completed the food shopping, I'll be up and out at stupid o'clock on Christmas Eve to get the turkey and veggies/fruit but everything else is here.  I'm hoping DH will take the kids and his parents into town that morning so I can have some last minute Mum time to get things ready.  Or, if I'm organised, to sit and stitch in front of a Christmas movie LOL.

I have been stitching a bit but not as much as I'd like as evenings have been taken up with chores so I've not made too much progress.  I've been working on L*K's Christmas by the Letter and will post a picture soon.  I have also cut out the squares for a Christmas table runner and place mats but whether or not I'll manage to get them sewn together in the next week is another matter!

I do intend to get a post together charting my crafting successes of 2011 and my plans for next year.  I've signed up for the 2012 Wipocalypse so I'll be documenting that too.  I'm hoping I'll manage some progress on my BAPs next year but also, after a year that mainly involved abstinence I think I'll be starting one or two (or four or five) new projects next year as I'm in need of some variety.  I also intend to get back to my Baby Jane quilt blocks. 

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