I am excited to join in with the 2014 WIPocalypse that Measi is hosting at Measi's Musings. I last did WIPocalypse in 2012 and it motivated me to finish a large sampler.
Measi wants us to introduce ourselves also. I guess most of my readers know me and my style but if you don't here is a little detail. I am mid-40s and live on an island, Tasmania in Australia. I am married to David, a newly qualified obstetrician and gynaecologist about to start private private in 2 weeks. So exciting and scary but yes, this means he is moving back home permanently with us (he has been working and living 4 hours away from us over the last 12 months). I am also a doctor who works part-time in general practice seeing a wide range of patients. My favourite thing about GPLand is following a patient through a pregnancy, then meeting their new addition and watching the baby grow and thrive over time.
To balance my work life I have a creative side. I have been cross stitching since I was twelve. It was something I always went back to as I found it relaxing and easy to do in the evenings. I have become much more serious about it since 2009 when I joined Blog Land. I found bloggers who cross stitch were so friendly and inspiring that my craft/quilting blog has become pretty much all about CROSS STITCH!
Back to WIPoclaypse now. Here are the projects I want to work on and hopefully finish. during 2014. I will post progress at every full moon. I have two largish projects that are my WIPocalypse stitches. I only have two as I know that plenty of stitching time is needed on both of them this year in order to finish them. Cross stitch is slower than it looks (in my experience). I probably only get to stitch for 1-2 hours per day.
Promises Kept by Dimensions The Gold Collection.
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I have been stitching this Noah's Ark project since 2009 when a friend gave it to me. She had stitched half of the ark and lost interest. I think she started the project in 2000 so it is an oldie but a goodie. I have picked it up from time to time until more recently when I have been working on it more regularly.
Finally I am working on the lower half of the ark. The project looks deceivingly close to a finish but alas it has a vine border with lots of little animals surrounding it. There is a lot of mixing of colours too which makes this project slower. Admittedly, when I stitched the giraffe this week I totally eliminated a mixing colour. I couldn't find the second colour to blend with the yellow as it wasn't labelled well, so I just used the yellow as a double strand.
Cut Thru' Castle Bothy Threads
I started the Cut Thru' Castle mid-2013. In January, I have almost finished stitching the fourth room which is the Royal Bathroom and the Dragon's Lair. There is just a little man climbing a ladder to stitch on the right of the sampler to finish off before I move stitching the 5th page. There are 9 pages in total so I am almost halfway there. Over January I have done more backstitching in the King's Chamber.
You need a medal if you have read all of this post! Happy WIPocalypsing…