Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
I’m in my 50s and work full-time as a web publisher for an airline. I currently live in Sydney, Australia, which I’ve started to love thanks to having a great friendship network with fellow stitchers, but my home will probably always be Auckland, New Zealand where I grew up and spent most of my life.
I’ve dabbled in lots of crafts over the years, but cross stitch remains my one constant and which makes me the most relaxed at the end of a long work day. I love learning new things, so I like to dabble in specialty stitches and other techniques. I haven’t focused on this area of my crafts for a long time, though, so I’m hoping 2020 will be the year to kick-start my energy and enthusiasm for that again – I’m always happiest when I’m learning something new.
Goals for 2020
This year I’m kicking the year off with 56 craft WIPs/UFOs, which includes needlework and crochet projects. After last year’s pitiful efforts, I’m trying to learn from my mistakes and keep my goals simple (and hopefully achievable) this year.
- Progress on 12 WIPs/UFOs (aiming for a different one each month)
- Finish Quaker Diamonds
- Finish Three Kings
- Make progress on three canvaswork projects (WIPs or new starts)
- Start a bed quilt
- Make progress on a crochet blanket
- Finish at least three projects from Crate Crochet
- Finish at least one project from Crochet Society
- Finish at least one project from KnitCrate
- Complete 12 ornaments for Just Cross Stitch ornament SAL (Facebook)
- Complete 12 ornaments for Hallowe’en ornie SAL
- Finish-finish at least 12 items in my finishing pile
- Stitch at least one charity quilt block
- Finish and frame the Ronald McDonald charity stitching
- Make some bat wraps and joey pouches for wildlife rescue
- Sew an item of clothing
- Make progress on/start at least three projects with specialty stitches or non-cross stitch techniques (eg stumpwork, hardanger, etc)
- Start a HAED
I also intend starting a rotation again this year to keep me more focused. This year, though, I want to ensure I have a rotation slot or monthly time allocated to new starts for gifts – I have a number of projects I’ve been wanting to stitch as gifts for years now, so it’s time to start getting those stitched. I also want to ensure I give myself time to enjoy other pursuits and not just cross stitch and crochet.
And to kick off the year, here’s my list of current WIPs and their approx status (rounded up to the nearest 5%) – some of these I may scrap and start again, especially those at 5% for various reasons, and some may be offered up for rehoming. But for now, this is where they’re all at …
My WIPs – status @ 1 Jan 2020
|Designer||Project Name||Main type||% Done|
|Ursula Michaels||Ronald McDonald charity||Cross stitch||95|
|Nora Corbett||Mia Mermaid (retreat project)||Cross stitch||85|
|CA Wells||Sailors Valentine||Cross stitch||85|
|Teresa Wentzler||English Garden Sampler||Cross stitch||80|
|CA Wells||Cottage Etui||Cross stitch||75|
|Rosewood Manor||Quaker Diamonds||Cross stitch||70|
|Stoney Creek||Nature’s Resting Place||Cross stitch||70|
|Mediterranean Village scene||Cross stitch||70|
|Mill Hill||Three Kings||Cross stitch||60|
|Chatelaine||Egyptian Garden Mandala||Cross stitch||60|
|CA Wells||Pyramid Etui||Cross stitch||50|
|Prairie Schooler||When Witches Go Riding||Cross stitch||40|
|ByGone Stitches||Quaker Christmas II||Cross stitch||35|
|Teresa Wentzler||Noah’s Ark||Cross stitch||35|
|Shepherd’s Bush||Finch Song||Cross stitch||20|
|Country Threads||Paris||Cross stitch||20|
|Lorri Birmingham||Butterlies and Hearts needleroll||Cross stitch||20|
|Just Cross Stitch||Le Jardin Silk Sampler||Cross stitch||10|
|Anita Diamond||Quaker Flowers strawberry emery||Cross stitch||5|
|Textile Heritage||Topiary tree bookmark||Cross stitch||5|
|Mirabilia||Bluebeard’s Princess Mirabella||Cross stitch||5|
|Martha Schmidt||Hussif||Cross stitch||5|
|Lavender & Lace||Celtic Summer||Cross stitch||5|
|CCN||The Tea Room||Cross stitch||5|
|Drawn Thread||Almost Halloween||Cross stitch||5|
|Marg Low||Make a Christmas Wish||Non-XS||90|
|Cindy Valentine||Apricot Elegance||Non-XS||65|
|–||Berry Delightful Bag||Non-XS||60|
|–||Wool hot water bottle cover||Non-XS||50|
|Inspirations||Summer fruits pincushion||Non-XS||40|
|Inspirations||Wool beehive needlebook||Non-XS||35|
|Moss Creek||Schwalmwork Pinkeep||Non-XS||25|
|–||Bullion rose facecloth||Non-XS||20|
|–||Long stitch frogs||Non-XS||5|
|–||Vicki’s cot quilt||Quilting||75|
|Jane Nicholas||Stumpwork needlework accessory – thimble pip||Stumpwork||80|
|Jane Nicholas||Honesty and Heartsease||Stumpwork||70|
|Jane Nicholas||Oriental Poppy||Stumpwork||40|
|Jane Nicholas||Pomegranates and Beetle||Stumpwork||35|
|Laura J Perin||Lahaina Breezes||Canvaswork||30|
|Crate Crochet||Beginners beanie (box 6)||Crochet||95|
|Lululoves||Granny Square pincushion||Crochet||90|
|Hooked on Sunshine||Atlanticus blanket||Crochet||70|
|Maria’s Blue Crayon||Coastal Indoor Rug||Crochet||50|
|Crate Crochet||Crate Crochet Hook Roll||Crochet||50|
|Crate Crochet||Ripple Tote||Crochet||20|
|Crate Crochet||C2C Bag||Crochet||15|
|8-day kid blanket (blues)||Crochet||10|
|Hooked on Sunshine||Phoenix blanket||Crochet||5|
To help me keep track of progress this year, I’ve updated my monthly craft planner (all just done in Microsoft Word) and created a checklist of all my 2020 craft goals with space for me to write in any details. These are now all printed off and about to get hole-punched to go into a dedicated ringbinder. Other than being disorganised and lazy, I have no excuses now for not tracking my progress this year! 😉
2 thoughts on “WIPocalypse – Jan 2020”
Great lists. I think you’ve set some good goals for this year.
Did you know Rachel has a SAL for Fully Finishing Objects? The link is on my blog. We post on the 10th of each month.
I like the idea of listing your WIPs by percentage completed.
Wow, I envy your organization! I am trying to keep better track this year, but I say that every year!
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