Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
July 4th, 2012

WIPocalypse – July

First, a very happy Fourth of July to my American friends ūüôā ¬†And a belated Happy Canada Day to the Canadians. ¬†And for everyone else… Happy Wednesday!

I’m taking a holiday from work today. ¬†K and I saw Brave this morning and really enjoyed it. ¬†We then went for lunch at a local sushi place with Terri and her DH and finally stopped at JCPenney to pick up a few items for K to take on her upcoming vacation to Georgia. ¬†Friday will be Z’s turn. ¬†The child just keeps growing!

And now… home to relax a bit for the rest of the day. ¬†It’s been rainy and overcast so while still warm (it *is* Arizona, after all) not unpleasantly so.

On to the WIPocalypse update!

Since our last chat, I’ve made a bit more progress on LHN’s Sea to Shining Sea

I’m thinking a push during the Olympics next month will see this complete!

A little more progress on my June Cottage…again, another very close to finish. ¬†Maybe this month?

Before I headed off to Dallas, I pulled out many of my “small” WIPs and will be adding them to the WIPocalypse list for the year. ¬†I have every intention of getting the WIP list under 30 by year end and finishing off the smaller items is a quick way to make an impact.

One of the ones I found was an old Mill Hill Snow Charmer. ¬†I’d only but a couple dozen stitches in and had followed the directions (a rarity) using three strands. ¬†I have since figured out to use only two strands (such a rebel) and the perforated paper was not conducive to ripping out even the two dozen or so I’d put in. ¬†One of the benefits of using fabric for the MH Bead & Button pieces is that I tend to have some leftover paper…. so I restarted the snow man and am much happier with the look.

January 29th, 2012

Rotation Redux

Note: January has been a very very busy month for me with both wonderful and horrible happenings.¬† I will share some with you, but in no particular order… just what makes sense to write about when I get a notion to write.¬†

Years ago, I tried to use a strict 10-hour rotation method to bring my then 20+ WIPs under control.  I managed to stick with it for a few months before collapsing under the attempt to contain my somewhat fickle stitching whims.

It definitely appealed to my detail-oriented and results-oriented mind, though.  I tried at various points to spin it up again using my handy Pampered Chef timer (great tool) but always bogged down and stopped when I was less-than-enthused for whatever piece I was working on.  So the challenge was how to balance to keep progressing on larger designs without losing the ability to adapt and still get the satisfaction of a finish?

After chatting with Terri a few weeks ago and listening to her share her plans to get back to timing, I thought I would give it a go and just let it develop its own rhythm.

I hit the “Start Timer” on the 17th and have made it thru four 10-hr slots successfully ūüôā¬† I bought a second timer (West Bend model) so if I got stuck on one piece, I could overlap two slots without losing track.¬† Given that I stitch in two areas of my house and I can’t work on every WIP in both areas, it helps if I can overlap a bit.¬† The other “rule” that is working well is not trying to figure out the order of the WIPs more than one slot ahead.¬† I’m using my WIPocalypse list, but other than keeping to that list…I’m not planning very far ahead.

I’ve managed:

  • 10+ hours on Liberty Lane (I started timing after I’d put in a couple hours)
  • 10 hours on Rosemarkie (Long Dog)
  • 10 hours on Lilac (Mirabilia)
  • 10 hours on Sea to Shining Sea (LHN)

Pictures of the first three will come with the¬†Jardin January¬†round up this week.¬† Here’s the Sea to Shining Sea (finished is here – scroll down to second design)¬†pics:

Start:

Ten Hours Later:

Not bad!

And what is next?

Dimple Designs L’Epoch Nouveau…. let’s see how much I can get done ūüôā