Tuesday 31 January 2023

Stitching Stats, Q4 (2022)

Well, hello there. My goal was to get these stats up in January so I wouldn't feel 'behind', so, I guess once again, I just so made the deadline! At least this one was a self imposed one. Anyways!

For all of 2022, I tracked my stitching stats, quarterly, and posted about them. It was an experiment, so today, after this post, I'd like to here your thoughts - is this interesting to you at all? I'll keep tracking for my own amusement, but I don't have to write about it if it bores you! And if I continue, are there any other metrics you'd like to see?

As expected, the last quarter of 2022 was a little slower for me, crafting wise, as I started my new job and had a lot of long, busy days. Hopefully things will calm down a bit as I get settled, but we'll see about that. So anyways, in Q4, I had a total of just 187 hours of crafting (down from 251h in Q3). 

I worked on 18 projects (16), but that included Christmas ornaments, so I finished 8 (4) of them (and 2 more since). At the top of the field, there was an unplanned new start on For Every Problem with 32 hours, followed by TLoA at 30 (48) and Snuggle Up at 23 (45). Just a little less time on everything, but the pattern stays more or less the same!

As you can see, the distribution of crafts was also more or less the same, although I spent some time paper piecing over Christmas break and should have some updates on that soon-ish!

Of course, my stitch count also took a nose dive. Here's the whole year for comparison, and you can totally see where I started a new job, can't you? Still, nothing to scoff at, over all!

Just for the fun of it, I also did the other graphs for the whole year. I did *not* include the whole list of projects under the pie chart - for those, I advice you to consult my stats for Q1, Q2, and Q3 - but thought it'd be fun to see the top contenders!

Sunday 29 January 2023

January WIPocalypse

Look at me, still being on time with my SALs! And also look at me, still not having posted my 2022 stats, and there's a page finish I need to tell you about...ah, well. Girl's gotta have priorities!

Speaking of priorities, first things first - the question of this month is If you have been to retreats, what are your must-bring items and supplies? I can't really answer because I've never been to a retreat but I'm looking forward to reading all your answers because I actually signed up for my very first retreat a couple weeks ago! Stitch Basel 2023 is going to be held in Basel, Switzerland, this September, and that's just half an hour train ride from where I live, so perfect location! I'm very excited and will probably tell you all about it when the time comes.

Now to my monthly stitching...I've been a good girl, keeping up with The Loneliness of Autumn, and after spending most of the month stitching 928 (a light greenish grey that's hardly showing up) I now got to 825, a very pretty blue that looks absolutely *stunning* amidst the darker colours of this design! I'm not sure if there is enough of it stitched yet to really show up in the picture, but I'm very much enjoying it. Hopefully, there will be some more really pretty colours showing up soon!

In the progress of stitching this month, I also made is past the 80k line, and I'm now at 80076/118800 stitches or 67.40%. It's starting to feel like the home stretch, even though there still is a looot of stitches left to do!

Sunday 15 January 2023

January Gifted Gorogeousness

Jo's wonderful SAL for all things gifted and giftable is going into yet another year, and of course I'm on board with it! As usual, this SAL is held on the 15th of every month, and I while the linkup is open until the end of the month, I have a bad reputation for checking in right under the wire. Each year I make a new effort to check in earlier, and it usually lasts for a month or two before I fall back into old habits, but as this is the first month of the year, here I am, and I am in time!


Despite my new resolution, I still wanted to have a finish to show, so I spent the last couple days frantically knitting away on my latest baby jacket, and finished it just this evening! This one is for another of Felix' relatives - he got such a big family!

I also wanted to be able to show you the next part of my Snuggle Up blanket that I've been working on since I was gifted the yarn for my birthday last year, but I didn't quite make it - I'm still 3/4th of a row short, but as the last row won't change the look a lot, that's okay!

I'm at round 73 of 85 right now, so I think finishing it by my next birthday is not out of the question, which would be awesome!

Tuesday 10 January 2023

January Fully Finished Gallery


I am very pleased that Rachel, out mistress of ten-hour stitching sessions and fully-finished objects, is hosting this SAL for another year, to keep us motivated to finish what we start and to also, maybe, eventually take care of all those objects in our box of shame! 

I actually have a couple things ready to get framed, buuut my framer (aka my husband) isn't really feeling up to it lately, so either I will have to learn to do it myself, or keep busy with other kinds of finishes in the mean time! This month, I ended up stitching an emergency ornament, which I started on Sunday and rushed to finish today because I really, really wanted to be on time at least once this year!

So, my choice was the next one of the 2015 Ornaments of the month which I have been stitching since, well, 2015! But as of today, there is only one left, and I'm pretty sure that will get done this year as well, so that's something! As usual, I stitched the front as charted on 18ct aida, and did a little back using elements of the back stitching and the name of the month and birth stone.

And also as usual, I finished it with a beaded edge and a braid made from the three colours used in the design:

Excuse the crappy picture, but I *literally* finished this ten minutes ago and it's been dark since I came home! So yeah, that's my first finish-finish of the year (also, third finish, but who's counting!). On to many more, my friends!

Monday 9 January 2023

I got ninty-nine problems, but this project ain't one

As promised, here is my first finish of the year! This was actually *so* close on NYE but I didn't quite manage a last finish in 2022. But here it is, and I present to you in all it's glory -

For Every Problem by Cloudfactory

on 32ct Murano Jurassic Sands by Sparklies

Total Time: 35:37h


This was such a joy to stitch, I love the simplistic colour schemes and stitching letters is so much fun! I want it hanging in my office, so I'll have to see if I got a frame in stash or need to buy one!

Sunday 8 January 2023

January WIPocalypse: Introduction

Welcome to the 2023 WIPocalypse kickoff post! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you all know about the sing and dance. If not, buckle in to learn something (that might or might not be interesting)! So, the question to start the year is Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year! 

Hi, my name is Leonore, I live in Southern Germany with my husband. I'm also very close to my elderly grandmother, who raised me and now I'm returning the favour by taking care of her. For work, I'm a software developer, and also working on finishing up my PhD (I was a research assistant until last year) and in my free time, I'm an avoid cross stitcher, crocheter, knitter, and dabbler in any other craft that catches my interest. I also love reading and playing video games! 

As for my projects, there are, of course, way too many of them, but I will be introducing three here, for various reasons. First, we have The Loneliness of Autumn. I started this as a SAL with Rachel who is doing a different version of the same design, and I am stitching one length a day (or most often, 30 lengths during the last week of the month). I'm currently a 66% after three years of this and hope to stay on track to maybe finish in another two!

For the one month challenges of WIPocalypse, I will be using my oldest WIP, the meadow tablecloth:

This is probably a little over twenty years in the making, but only had a couple stitches in it until the last one month challenge, when I finished 1/4th of it...so chances are good it will be finished during the year! Woop!

Typically, I also have a focus project that I try to dedicate a significant amount of my time to. My current focus project (although it's been a while that I worked on it) is Guardian of Wayfarers by PatternNavGavr:

This is about 32% finished right now and I am hoping to make some significant progress this year!

I'd also like to get my WIP count down over the course of the year, but that has been a goal for ages and...usually doesn't go well. We'll see how it works out!

Saturday 7 January 2023

The People Chose: Designers for 2023

So the new year is officially one week old...would you believe me I still have no idea what I'm doing? In fact, I keep making and remaking plans every day. Probably, I'll end up just doing another low-key year, trying to finish some WIPs and not starting too many new ones! However, this state of mind also means I feel a little lost when it comes to all the wonderful SAL kickoffs that are happening at the moment. One of them being the first installment of Jo's 'The People's Choice' SAL, which, in tradition with last year, has the theme of 'Designers for 2023'.

Well, as luck would have it, there is one goal I have made my mind up about - I while back, I made the mistake of guesstimating how much time all my WIPs would take me to finish, and to no one's surprise, I didn't like the result! Let's just say it is about one year of stitching time...24/7! And also to no one's surprise, a big part of that are my BAPs. Truth is I love starting these, but I'm not good at actually working on them, and this year I want to change that at least a little. My idea is to do one page on one of my big full coverage projects for every finish (smalls possibly excluded) that I have. Might not be super strict about it, but I'll try! And of the six projects that fall into this category, three are by one of my favourite designers, Jody Ellis from UnconventionalXStich, so I guess she'll be my designer for the year! 

The three WIPs are

The Puppeteer (55.87% done)

Kitsune (paper pattern, about 7% done?)

Sacrifice (1.91% done)

So if I *were* to set some kind of goal I'd say at least a page finish on each of them, and a row finish on The Puppeteer (I've done all the black on that one already, so most of the pages are filling in fast). More if possible, but we will see how that goes!

Friday 6 January 2023

The December SALs

Before we formally start into the new year, which will be with Monday's WIPocalypse kickoff, there are a couple of things to catch up on left from the old year. On of this is my monthly SALs post and yes, we are back at SALs, plural, at least for this month! 

Starting off, there is the Temperature Tree, which has finally gotten its last leaves this week. We had a cold week or two in the beginning of December, which got me some nice blues and pinks, but then it got back to uncharacteristically warm. Yes, that is at yellow on the last day of the year, at 17°C average on NYE! Crazy, I know. (fun fact, this was not, in fact, my first finish of the new year, but we'll get to the other one in time).

I've also picked up another SAL I want to work on monthly, now that both Magical Kingdom and the Tree are done...not a new one, but one I dropped of from after following along way too shortly. It's the Jacquie SAL by Faby Reilly which I started July of 2021 and only stitched to the third part. Now in December, I finished parts 3 (which was partially done) and 4 to finish the first panel, and hope to do one panel each month to get a finish in spring!

Wednesday 4 January 2023

December WIPocalypse

Hello and welcome to the last WIPocalypse of 2022...or the first one of 2023, however you want to look at it! Since we are usually at my in laws house between Christmas and New Years Eve, I rarely find the time to prepare everything I wanted for the new year, so I'm usually taking the first week of it to wrap up the old one, and WIPocalypse was just one of those things that trickled over this time. 

So to send 2022 off properly, the question of the month is Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc). Looking back, it was a good crafting year - while I still haven't managed to get my WIP count significantly below 50, it also hasn't gone over (49 at the moment), I managed to cross off a couple of goals (including finishing what used to be my oldest WIP), I got to catch up a little on adding my finishes to the top bar (still not quite there, but making progress!) and just felt better and more organized about my crafting and live in general. Not wanting to jinx things but maybe I am finally getting the hang of this adulting thing, as much as one can even get a hang on it?! 

What's interesting looking back, my three proudest finishes of the year all happened in March - Fans of the Far East, Ubuntu and my oldest WIP

I also kept up with The Loneliness of Autumn - even if sometimes I start getting annoyed with some of the colours, I always pull through and find a spot that I really enjoy working on again. At the beginning of the year, I was here, at around 46%:

Now, twelve months and almost 23,000 stitches later, we are here (I even gave it a little iron for the occasion):

This is The Loneliness of Autumn at 65.71%, or 78,068/118,800 stitches done! At least two more years to go at my current speed, but I'm glad how much the difference between these two pictures is showing. 

I'll be soon to talk about my goals for the new year, until then I wish you all a very happy new year, see you soon!