Sunday, January 1

January WIPocalypse - 2017 version!

Welcome to the first WIPocalypse post of 2017!
WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi, at her blog, and is really quite fun.

The first prompt is, of course:

Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
I'm a 40 year old woman living in North Carolina (for the moment, I've been interviewing all over the country, but: I will not move to the Gulf Coast, to the deeper South, or too far North where it's too cold).  I am a laboratory animal professional and I love what I do.   I currently live with my partner and my poochel in a wonderful community that I am super sad to have to leave (but you know, ambition).   I love stitching, table-top board gaming, video gaming, and other fun little hobbies that get in the way of my cross stitching ;) ).

Here are my current WIPocalypse projects, with their start years:
  1. Epic RR - 2014
  2. Deco Spirits - 2014
  3. Desert Sunsets - 2015 
  4. Stained Glass Zelda - 2015
  5. BoInk - 2008
  6. Fantasy Sampler - 1999 
  7. Freshwater Pearls - 2002
  8. Fortunate Traveler - 2005
  9. Celestial Dragon - 2002
  10. Enchanter - 2002
  11. Chinese Dragon - 2008
As you can see, some of these projects are getting, what we might call long in the tooth.   Part of that was that I was very active on the TWBB for a while and the TW projects were all ambitiously started at that time, and the rest of it was because I went through a stitching slump from 2008 through 2014 or so.    In theory, my goals are to bring down the average age of my WIPS as much as possible by stitching on the oldest stuff first, but in practice, my WIPocalypse goals are to get as many WIPs done as possible, I'd like to get a rotation down to 6 pieces (I have a spreadsheet that I've assigned future works to their slots, even!).

Pictures of my WIPs are here at my WIP page, I keep it updated (more or less), particularly when doing any SAL posts.   I plan on taking part in other bloggers' SALs as they hold them, and #TWOctober.  Fantasy Sampler has got to be done this year, and hopefully some good progress on Celestial Dragon.

Only WIPS as of January 1, 2017 will count for WIPocalypse, anything else is just extra.  Wonderful, yes, but WIPocalypse, no.  So you won't see any projects listed on those check in posts, though I think I've been pretty good about keeping my blog updated (even if I have a little lapse now and again, life gets busy y'all).

I will have a duplicate post for WIPocalypse that I'll use to keep progress updated.   It gets cross posted to the WIPocalypse tab.


  1. Great plans! I was debating about joining WIPocalypse as well, good luck!

    1. I think WIPocalypse is my favorite. Glad you're 'here'!

  2. Best of luck on your interviewing. We've lived in several states and some we never thought we would (like where we are now, CA). Totally understand, but always found stitching groups to join, so making friends was easy. I'm always amazed at all the projects people have going on, especially TW and HAED. I have one or two TW in my stash, but haven't started either, one day maybe. Can't wait to see more of your updates.

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I do a lot of boardgaming, which is a great way to meet people, too. I also used to meet people when I first moved out here to NC :)
      I'll try to get some good progress on my projects; I'm glad I'm more focused on working through the stash than acquisition these days :)

  3. Good luck with your goals and interviews! Can't wait to watch your TW's this year since I don't really have any going in my pile at the moment.

  4. Good luck with your interviews. Just had a look at your WIPS list. Such pretty projects!

  5. Sounds like you have wa wonderfully exciting year ahead of you - not just in terms of stitching, but with ne profesional challenges and possibly a big move too! I'm looking forward to following along on your adventures.

    1. Thanks! I'll try to keep up with the blogging; sometimes I let it get put by the wayside and I really shouldn't, because I enjoy reading my old blogs :)

  6. It sounds like a good plan! Good luck with your interviews you could always come here to southern California!

    1. HAHA! UCLA is hiring right now. I'm actually a native (Bay Area) Californian.
      But I'm interviewing midwest now (too many violent crazies at UCLA for my tastes)

  7. Good luck with your WIP list and your interviews! Can't wait to see your stitching progress.


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