Monday, January 25, 2016

WIPocalypse January 2016

I know I just posted my weekly progress report, but this morning I decided to join up with Measi's WIPocalypse for the year. I've never really done anything like this before so hopefully I won't screw it up!

This month's question is: "Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year"

Most of you guys know me, but for those that don't, I'm a mid-forties Asper who also happens to be a Disney freak with just a mild obsession with stitching ('cough cough). I get a lot of stitching help from my pup (not really, he just likes to snuggle while I'm trying to stitch) and other than work, I don't really do anything else. I'm also not known for my brevity, so I'll apologize now for the length that this post will invariably become.

Right now, I have several WIPs in progress, which is new to me...I've only ever stitched one project a time up until a couple of years ago and this is my first year with so many, especially since I had three new starts in Jaunary. I'm not sure if we're supposed to show where we started January 1 or where we are today, so I'm going with the today option and I'll split each project up with their progress and my goals for them.

28ct Monaco 1x1 full stitches
I'm going to be working on this one this week for the first time this year, so the only progress I have to show is where I left off at the first of December:
My goals for her are to finish the current row plus one more. I managed two and a half last year, but I really only had two projects in rotation last year and now that I have so many, she's going to take longer.

28ct Monaco 1x1 full stitches
I worked on these guys last week and I'm now here:
My goal for them is to finish the row by the end of the year and maybe get started on row four.

28ct Monaco 1x1 full stitches
Snow White-000
This is a new January start, so she's only gotten one day plus one week's worth of love, but she's now here:
My goal is to get her at least halfway finished before the end of the year. It's a big goal, but because she's not filling the entire patterned area, I have high hopes.

28ct Monaco 1x1 full stitches
Night Wish-000
Another new start, this is fast becoming my absolute favorite. Purple is my color, so I'm hoping it doesn't change how I feel about it. Like Snow, she's had one day and one week's love and is now here at almost the first page finish:
Since this one is a bit larger than Snow, I'm only counting on about two completed rows by the end of the year.

28ct Monaco 1x1 full stitches
Christmas Contest Suteki-000
My last January start, this project is being saved for a SAL blog, so I can't post any progress (but those who are interested enough can find the progress on my Flick albums), but my goal is to have her finished by the end of the year. I'm working on her strictly on the weekends, but she's moving pretty fast considering what a pain she is to stitch. But she is a gift for my sister, so I can't stop now!

18ct Aida 2x1 full stitches
Cinderella Castle-00
This one was a late year start and the second of a set. I finished the Sleeping Beauty Castle one in a couple of weeks, so I'm hoping this one will be as quick. As of now, I'm only here:
I'm hoping to have this done by early Summer.

22ct Aida 2x1 full stitches
I'm not sure what the actual name of this pattern is, it was one I bought off of Etsy. I had definite plans when I saw was going to be my first project on linen and I was going to make a pillow out of it. After two start-overs, the linen went buh-bye and I switched to 22ct Aida. I apparently haven't touched this since May, but that could change tomorrow while I'm "babysitting" my Grandmother for the day while my Aunt has surgery.
This was supposed to be a quicky project, but it's turning into a total pain. I still hope to have it finished by the end of the year though.

Then there are my two "eternal thorns" in my side.

18ct Aida 2x1 full stitches
summer ball
I hate, hate, hate this one with the fever of a thousand suns. It's a pain to stitch with all the fractionals (HAEDs have spoiled me), the pattern is difficult to read, I hate stitching in the horizontal because I have to use a floor stand instead of a lap one, just everything about it sucks. Once it's finished, it's going to look amazing, but I doubt I'll ever get there with it. Last I left off in March was here:
My goal is to just finish the page I'm on this year, but I doubt I'll even do that. I've decided that, on the months that have five weekends, this will be the fifth weekend project (to give me a break from Suteki), and since this upcoming weekend is a fifth, this is the weekend it get's attention (I won't say love for obvious reasons).

14ct Aida 2x1 full stitches
This pain in the behind is a pain for a whole other set of reasons, the main one being the navy material. I have to use a light box to stitch it and it's just uncomfortable. Plus, because it's on 14ct Aida, it just seems big and bulky to me. I last touched it in May and left off here:
Considering Disney World is coming up on it's 45th Anniversary, to say I've had the project laying around for a while is an understatement, but I'm hoping to get a big chunk of it finished this year. We'll see.

The only other project I have outstanding is Rainy Wedding, a gift for a co-worker. I've finished the body of the project:
and my next step is to stitch their names and wedding date on a separate piece of fabric (I had a designer on Etsy design the wording), and then mount it together and get it framed.

I have several Aimee Stewart bookshelves in my stash (all of them super-sized but not all of them max colors), but I have yet to start one. I haven't even bought this pattern yet, but I plan to do a summer stitch along with my good friend Heather, so I will need to start amassing supplies soon, this puppy is going to cost a small fortune to stitch!

And that's it! Oh, if I decide to do stitching for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, there will be another project in there somewhere.


Cross Stitch Claire said...

You have some beautiful projects, I love Maleficent and Suteki! Look forward to following your progress :)

D1-D2 said...

So many HAEDs o.O You know, all those cons for Summer Ball sound aggravating but I really like the pattern. I wonder if Golden Kite has a pattern similar to it (without fractionals)

OhSewCrafty said...

Beautiful WIPs! For super wide projects, I use a hoop that I mount on my 'z' Lap stand with universal adapter.

Linda said...

Awesome projects Keiley. I so enjoy watching your amazing progress on them. I do hope you will do the A-Z challenge this year.


Angela S said...

You have so many beautiful projects! I think your progress is amazing. Good luck meeting your goals!

Jaret said...

Those are beautiful projects! I love all the Disney patterns--some I haven't seen before so I'm going to have to check those out.

Tiffstitch said...

Great first post and good for you to join a SAL!

Rose Barrow said...

Wow what a great group of stitching!!!!!Looks great. Keep up the good work!!!!!

ANGIE said...

So many wonderful projects and good luck on your goals! Happy stitching!

Heather said...

Great list! I wish I had your stitchy time lol I'll be lucky to finish paradise this year. I bet you progress on ASIT way faster than me and I'm doing a regular size lol. Still haven't decided mc or regular though. I'm leaning mc. I'm excited to see Maleficent again!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Nice to meet you! Maleficent looks great as does the new Snow White. She looks like a quick stitch too.

Justine said...

Great to see all your projects in one post! I love Snow White and Night Wish the best I think. I'm sorry you're not enjoying Summer Ball as it's very similar to a piece I stitched for my mum about 20 years ago.

Bea said...

Great introductory post. In spite of the fact that I read your blog regularly I hadn't really realized you had so many projects on the go. Godd luck with your goals!

Vickie said...

I love all your projects!!! You are like me!!! Lots and lots of projects!!!