Crazy January 2013 Challenge, Cross Stitch

2013 Crazy January Stitching Challenge

I have managed to finish one whole WIP for the August WIPocalypse challenge, but I’ll leave the details of that for my challenge post in a few days time … sadly it’s only a Christmas ornie, so that shows you just how much stitching has been done over the last few weeks!

While I haven’t been doing much actual stitching throughout August, I have been kitting up some projects and planning projects to join the 2013 Crazy January Challenge … same rules as normal where you choose 15 projects and start one a day for the first 15 days of January.  That part I don’t think I’ll be doing, as I often only get chance to do one strand of thread on an evening if I’m lucky, so that’ll just make me discouraged right from the get-go … instead I’ll just choose 15 projects that I intend to attempt and finish by the year’s end, and have created a Facebook folder to track progress.  The only problem so far is that I just can’t seem to stop adding projects to the pile that I really really want to stitch up … I’m supposed to narrow the choices down to just 15, and as you can see from the choices to date I’m not doing too well on that score!!  If my mojo returns soon, I might make a start on a couple of them before the challenge starts.  I’ve tried to keep most of them quite small to medium in size to make the challenge a little more manageable, but I’ve thrown one or two larger pieces into the mix as well.  (And the Christmas Quaker one shouldn’t be in this gallery, but I don’t know how to exclude it!)

As well as the 2013 Crazy January Challenge, I’m also hoping to work on at least 1 or 2 of my older UFOs to at least make some progress by the end of the year, even if they aren’t finished.  And finally I’ve also joined up with a SAL of Quaker Christmas II by ByGone Stitches – this is one huge mother of a project, so it may take me 10 years to finish … but I figure I’ll just try to do a set amount of stitching on it each month, be it one day or weekend, so eventually it’ll get stitched up 🙂

And last but not least I also went a bit crazy and finally succumbed to stashing a few HAED charts … who knows when they will ever get stitched, but they’re pretty to drool over in the meantime.  This is all because I saw a finished version of the Egyptian Temple one, then found out they currently have a 25% sale happening … and, well, the rest of PayPal blitzing history! 😉  I’ll add a piccie of my selections later 🙂


11 thoughts on “2013 Crazy January Stitching Challenge”

  1. Ooh I love the January challenge idea! Do you have the link to the original challenge if we have to sign up or something, I’d love to give it a go and find out more about it!

    1. Hi Hannah, Not entirely sure if there is an ‘official’ blog running it again this year – one of my FB friends, and fellow “challenge”, has decided to set up a Facebook group to do the challenge this year … I’m happy to send you the link if you want to join up 🙂 I’m thinking this might be even more motivating for me, as it’s so easy to upload progress piccies and check everyone else’s progress, rather than blog hopping just for the challenge (although I have to admit I found some great new blogs last time too!). Anyway, let me know if you want the details and I’ll send it on to you 🙂 Cheers, Anne

  2. What a great way to start my morning. I laughed and laughed. That is one ambitious pile! I love how many Mirabilia’s are on that list too!!! It will be fun to see all these new starts!.

  3. Hi Anne !!! were on several of the fb groups together!!, and Im starting the SAL too in november with the SSS & DDD group …I finally chose my fabric and colors I just need to start getting the materials so Im ready to start in November =)

    1. Hey Kalu! Nice to see a familiar face … and a new blog to read! 😀 Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment – I tend to forget about my blog these days and just use FB, and thinking I really need to get back into the habit of blogging regularly! Look forward to seeing what colours etc you’ve chosen … I’m just about to check out fabrics to make a wishlist of fabric choices 😉 Hugs, Anne

  4. Good luck with your list. I do a similar thing, I started in 2011 with my “11 in ’11” so this year it was “12 in ’12”. The idea is that I won’t start anything large which isn’t on the list. Although I can make a substitution of a different piece by the same designer. I’ve been more successful this year because I included my obligation stitching and more smaller projects!
    I’ll look at the FB page but I’m trying to resist any more SALs, the Papillon one is enough for me LOL.
    Looking forward to your progress in 2013.

  5. Personally I think if I did any stitching at all it would be a miracle. And today the bug bit, and guess what? It’s my eyesight that’s stopping me! I can’t see a flippin’ thing. So, optometrist here I come again. Poor old eyes!

    I love the MP’s in this post. The bookmark is on my mind.

    Maybe you should start a WIP February group, to finish up the January starts?

  6. This year’s challenge is officially on Yahoo ( I don’t know yet about next year. Here in Finland we have talked that we should have a challenge group for the unfinished pieces from 2011 and 2012 challenges. Some have started 30 or 46 projects in the last two years but have not finished them all so some won’t be starting new ones in 2013. I am one of those.

    This Crazy January was started here in Finland and first year (2011) was in blogs, this year’s on Yahoo and next year I really don’t know. I think I’ll start a topic at this in Yahoo.

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