Friday 1 January 2021

December WIPocalypse

 Hello lovelies! I'm starting to write this post on NYE, 11:47pm, and that's as close to 'posting still in 2020' as you're going to get ^.~ I planned to write this earlier today, but time got away from me preparing my New Year's start and video chatting with friends. This time, I'll do it a little different and put the actual WIPocalypse stuff at the end. Let's start off with The Loneliness of Autumn, which I've been SALing on with Rachel for exactly one year today!

Last time I was at 22.4% and reeeeal close to finishing the 3371:

I finished that colour on the 18th, at 23.59% and 28,020 stitches total:

And that's where things got exciting, as my next colour was 4,231 stitches of 3852 - a real colour, a nice dark yellow, that still looks super bright against the dark colours around it! As it's spread out a bit more than the background colours, my average stitches-per-thread have gone down a little, but over the 14 days since I've still made good progress. Right now I am at 24.38%/28,968 stitches total after 158:27h with 3,283 to go until the next colour.

As you can see, I made it through the first row of pages, and almost two pages of the second row. Most of the stitching happens in rows 2 and 3 so the yellow will be pretty dense there. At this rate, I might be able to start my fourth colour as early as March! It's back to a boring brown then, but enough exciting colours are to pop up during the next year to keep things going.

Now, to move on to more WIPocalyptic topics...the topic of the month is Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc). You have seen most of my before and after pictures already, and apart from TLOA I didn't really have a year long project, but I can talk a bit about my goals in general. Last January, I decided that I was going to do a 10+10=20 thing for the year - working in 10 hour rotations, and reducing my WIPs by 10 (from 49 to 39). The first goal worked pretty well, at least until September or so - that was when my goals just blew up and everything went crazy, but I am very much looking forward to getting back to a bit more of a structured rotation now. The second goal I totally failed fact, I just yesterday managed to get my WIP count back to where I started! So at least it's not gotten any worse! ... I guess. 

All in all I am pretty content. I finished a couple big projects (Lady Justice, The Mermaid, and the Zoe Box only needs a liiiittle bit more of finish-finishing), a ton of small ones (including so far 11 of the 12 Bookmarks of the Month), and made decent progress on some others. Hopefully 2021 will be just as productive, or even more - I have a couple of fun things planned, but that's a topic for the next WIPocalypse and the 2021 kickoff.


Rachel said...

YELLOW!!! I'm so excited for you to be actually stitching a 'colour' now and can't wait to see more of the glow of the street lights (I should get to that part this year too).
Congratulations for a fantastic year of stitching (and other crafting hobbies) but more importantly for not increasing your number of WIPs. I hope you are able to decrease their number this year, although also know how tempted by new starts you are! But as long as you're happy and enjoying your craft, who cares!
Here's to a successful 2021 then. :)

diamondc said...

Leonore: You have made great progress on the design, 11 out of 12 bookmarks is wonderful.
It has been a trying year, I hope and pray that 2021 will be a better year health wise and hopefully things will get back to normal.
Happy New Year


Bethan said...

Really lovely stitching. It's nice to see the yellow coming in! Happy New Year to you

Pamela said...

I love seeing this autumn picture develop!

Susan said...

I love watching your progress on Loneliness of Autumn. It is so neat seeing each color's progression.

Carol said...

I'm just fascinated with how you stitch by color, Leonore! No way could I keep this straight. It's fun to watch it "come to life" this way :) Hope 2021 is a good year for you and your family (and your stitching!). Happy New Year!

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

That yellow is fabulous, it's nice to see those bright colours making an appearance.
You did well, keeping the total WIPs at the same level.