Ack! Somehow I managed to miss the check in for WIPocalypse this month. And, really, I don’t have anything to report. What little time I spent stitch was used to work on my Torah section, which I’ve already shared twice, and on my small for the Smalls SAL. (Check-in for that is tomorrow!)
So, I don’t have anything new to share. But, I can answer this month’s question:
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!
I freely admit that I jump around a whole lot, going from project to project as the mood strikes me. I used to think nothing of starting a new project when the mood struck. (Yesterday’s post is a good example.) But, I’m trying to hold myself back a bit now, since I have less time to stitch, and I really want to finish up some of the designs that are WIPs. So, this year, I’m trying to keep myself to ten projects plus the smalls for the Smalls SAL, and I keep them all near my stitching spot.
My plan is working okay. But, I am easily swayed by new projects. Thank goodness for Stitch from Stash.
As for switching between WIPs, I just do it whenever I feel like it, or when a self-imposed deadline is screaming towards me.
Thanks so much for all the wonderful encouraging words about my Torah Stitch by Stitch and my Stitching from Stash non-spending. My Torah section is on its way to the temple that is organizing the project (which happens to be right here in Toronto). If you’d like to stitch a section of the Torah yourself, you can head over to the Torah Stitch by Stitch page. They are still looking for lots more stitchers to help stitch all four scrolls of the Torah.
So, since I finished a project, that means I get to start another. Cuz, you know, it isn’t like I have a list of over fifty-four projects that are already started.
Path to Happiness – WIP
I’ve finally managed to put some stitches into La Pensée Positive from Les Marottes de Nathalie. I’m using a mixture of DMC floss, Dinky Dyes oops pack silks, and Hand-Dyed Fibers silks from detritus packs. I shared my colour choices in a blog post back in January. And, it really is stitched on white, but it was very difficult to get a good picture today. I managed to miss the whole five minutes of sun we were blessed with.
So, my list for BAP Attack’s Turtle Trot is back to ten. I may add an 11th project shortly (even though the rules are 10), because there is a Facebook SAL starting for LHN’s My Needle’s Work, and I have been meaning to stitch that for a couple of years now.
We are now 53 days into the year, and so far I have spent:
on stitching supplies. Yay!!! I purchased the March issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework . And, since I bought the magazine during the Nashville Market Exemption Weekend, I didn’t dip into my budget for this month at all. Double yay!!!
So, what did I work on from my stash this month? My Torah section, which I just shared.
Torah Stitch by Stitch – Genesis 21:19-22
I’ve also been stitching on my small for this month’s Smalls SAL. (All of my smalls will be from stash this year.) And, I dug out my copy of Little House Needlework’s My Needle’s Work for a SAL that will be starting shortly. I haven’t done anything more than look at the pattern, but at least it came from my stash.
Now, I will admit that I am having a really, really hard time resisting the new Passione Ricamo mystery SAL. I really want to buy the pattern, even though I know I won’t be able to stitch it as the pieces are released. But, it works about to about CAN$20, and that is a lot of money for a pattern. On the other hand, it is an exclusive and I hate to miss out on things. :( I hope that I can maintain my willpower.
I’m also doing well when it comes to spending money on other crafts. I bought exactly $0 of yarn and fabric over the past month. My husband bought me a bag of fibrefill for about CAN$15 at my request, since I was all out. So, that brings my total for the year (ignoring the exception weekend) to just under CAN$30. I’m very pleased by that.
I (just) made my six month deadline for my Torah Stitch by Stitch! Yesterday morning, six months to the day that I started, I put in the last stitch.
Torah Stitch by Stitch – Genesis 21:19-22
I started stitching on August 20, 2013, and didn’t really accomplish much. I took it out again in November, and finished about half the lettering. By the middle of January, I had finished all the words and got started on the border. I took the piece with me on my cruise, and stitched a little bit on it at every port. I was even working on it the morning that I watched wild dolphins playing off the coast of Cuba.
The cute, crazy little birds at the bottom come from the work of one of the organizers’ friends. Sarit is a fibre artist from Jerusalem, who creates these funky birds from fabric. Some of the birds were charted, and provided as an option to use to decorate the Torah sections. And, I thought they looked like fun so I stitched some.
As a bonus, here is me stitching!
So, that is one of my projects crossed off my Turtle Trot list. It is time to move on to the remaining nine projects, and possibly cycle in another one. But, before I do that, I need to get to work on my small for this month’s Smalls SAL post. Check-in day is this coming Wednesday.
I hope you are having a lovely day full of hearts, chocolate, and love.
Today is also Secret Stitching Sweetheart Day, another blog hop organized by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. Head over to her blog to see a list of the participants, and be sure to stop by and wish them all a Happy Valentine’s Day. And, if you are my secret sweetheart, please let me know in the comments below.
Valentine from my Secret Stitching Sweetheart
In other news, I am final done jury duty! Yipee!! So, things should be getting back to normal soon.
It is the same old story: I really haven’t had much time to work on things and I didn’t make much progress on my Turtle Trot projects. I did, however, at least get some work done on my Torah Stitch by Stitch.
Torah Stitch by Stitch – WIP
Once I’m done the border, I’ll be stitching some birds in the empty area. The Torah Stitch by Stitch organizers have provided some charts, and I think they look interesting.
Torah Stitch by Stitch – close-up
My goal is to have this finished by the end of the month, and cross one project off my Turtle Trot list.
Wonder what Turtle Trot is? Check out BAP Attack. But, in a nut shell, we are working our way (slowly) through some of our projects and posting monthly updates.
Well, I was away for a little longer than I expected. This past Monday, the day after we returned home from our trip, I began a week of jury duty. In my city, we are called up for a week to sit on a selection panel. Our chances of being picked to be on a jury depends on how many trials are happening that week and, of course, how the two attorneys feel about you. I figured I was in for a week of waiting around, reading and knitting. But, by about 11:30 Monday morning I was picked to be on a jury. There went my week, and it isn’t over yet. On Tuesday we will hear closing arguments and be sequestered to make out decision. Hopefully it will only take that day, but who knows.
Anyway, on to other things! The Olympics are on again, so that means it is also time for the Ravellenic Games over on Ravelry. This weekend I’ve been working on a couple of projects, and finished up one.
Tooth Fairy Pillow
The pattern is a freebie from Knit Picks: Tooth Fairy Pillow. The yarn is Knit Picks Brava in white. I made a few changes to the pattern, doing the roots like two-at-a-time toe-up socks using Judy’s Magic cast-on, and picking up stitches to knit the pocket.
When I finished it up, I told the little man that he can now start loosing his teeth.