Monday, 29 April 2019

April WIPocalypse

I had a crazy month in April - first our vacation, not being at home for three weeks, and ever since we've come back I've been very busy trying to catch up with everything - and no I've finally made it, caught up on blogging (well, almost), blog reading and all my SALs, and I'm here for the WIPocalypse nearly on time!

The question or prompt this month is Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO. My oldest UFO are still those three table cloths are started more than a decade ago - no surpises there! - but I don't really feel like talking about them. Instead, I'm going to talk about my longest running WIP, as in the WIP I've worked on on the most seperate days, and that is my Puppeteer. I've been stitching one length (1m, folded in half for a loop start) almost every day since January 23rd, 2017! When I didn't get to work on it one day, I did two length the following day (or caught up on multiple days at once). In fact, I still haven't fully caught up for our vacation on this one, but still, that's a lot of days! I've used up the equivalent of 15 skeins of black floss by now (but I bought a cone) and I'm just barely over the halfway mark, namely here:

Actually, I reached an even bigger hallmark than 'halfway point' recently - no more boring pages! Well, there's one very close to the end that is all black and therefore very boring, but apart from that, every page has counting and shapes and fun. Gotta keep motivated for another 15 skeins or so!

Now for my less long running WIPs...I stitched on all my SALs, and caught up on the Mamluk and Blackwork SALs last weekend. Tiny parts on both, but both very fun!

I also worked on the Temperature SAL and finished most of April (well, all but the days that hadn't happened yet). If I counted right, I'll be turning the corner by May 1st and look, there's a tiny yellow day in the lower left!

Last week, I finished the front of the Spring SAL, then stitched up the back over the weekend:

And with everything else out of the way (well expect for the Puppetteer, but that one is catching up, slowly) I was finally free to return to my Mermaid! I did about 600 stitches over the weekend, and at the moment is feels like it's stitching up pretty quickly (at least for a TW). Maybe it's the rocks, or maybe I was just a little burned out and have since recovered, either way, I am very much enjoying it.

So far, so good, right? for my WIP count, that has been...not as good. I'm still at 50 (+1) with no new finishes this month...but as you can see, the Spring SAL is ready to finish-finish, another project is as well, and two or three more don't need too much more maybe things will finally look up in May. One can hope, right?


Pamela said...

You've made a lot of progress. The temperature sal is my favorite!

Rachel said...

Considering all the time you had away from stitching in April I think you've done fantastically well to (almost) catch up, so prospects are definitely looking good for May. Slowly and steadily you'll get those 50(+1) WIPs down. :)

Sheryl said...

Good progress on everything considering you have been away. The Puppeteer is amazing, so much patience to stitch 15 skeins of black. Don´t think I could do it. I like the pretty Spring piece and the temperature SAL which looking very pretty too.

Carol said...

Nice progress on all, Leonore! 50 WIPs??? Yikes--I would be going crazy. I really can't handle more than 2 or 3 :) Enjoy your month of May!

FlashinScissors said...

Wow! 15 skeins! You are patient! No, I couldn’t stitch that!
50 WIPs, wow again! Not too sure how many I have, but it can’t be 50.
I think I’ve only got 16 on my WIPocolypse list but I know I have more and, of course, I keep starting new projects (not all cross stitch though).
Love your temperature chart!
Barbara xx
(Oh, I’m joining in with WIPocalypse this month too)

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

What a great way to see progress on your oldest WIP. It's going to be fun when you complete all the black!
The Temperature SAL is going well, hopefully lots more yellow to come.