Saturday, April 3, 2010

March Madness

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Glad you guys liked the Lottlympiad updates! They are fun to write. =) I think the most time-consuming part is looking up who the commentators were for each sport! (Jim is fictional, of course.) If only I wrote them down as I watched...

In past years, I've done monthly themes for my needlework, like "Strike up the Band Sampler August" or "Christmas in July". One of my favorites was always March Madness. The general rule was that I had to work on a different project every day of the month (if I worked on anything at all). I would usually plan in advance what the projects were going to be. This year, March came so close on the heels of the Lottlympiad and my birthday, I didn't have time to plan. So here's what I came up with:

I printed out all my WIPs (that I could remember), along with a few projects that I wanted to start. That turned out to be around 60 (I know, I know). I also threw in 6 blank slips...they would be wildcards! I would draw a slip of paper each morning, then work on whatever project I drew for that day only! I wasn't allowed to throw the paper back in the bowl...I had to work on that project. The only finagling allowed was on Stitch Group nights. If I drew a cumbersome or fiddly project that morning, I could draw again and do the fiddly project the next day. Or, if I drew a project the day before Stitch Group that was portable and stress-free, I could designate that for Stitch Group and draw again for that day. It worked really well!

Enough gabbing! On with the eye candy!

The very first day, I excitedly drew a slip:

This is a project that the wonderful Girl with Needles used to teach a group of us to crochet at A Stitchers' Gathering. I had done most of the top (brown) and started on the bottom (green). After my one night...

...I got the bottom curve done and am ready to continue with the "straight" sides.

The next morning, I drew a project that I literally have not set needle to since I walked out of the class:

In class, we worked on one of the buttons. Of course, my stitching has improved in the last 10 years or so, so I began by ripping some out. But by the end of the night, I had this:

The next morning brought some excitement--I drew one of the projects I've been wanting to start: Just Nan's Floral Fifteen. It's a 15-sided biscornu. I had treated myself to the kit (with silks!) for my birthday last year but still hadn't started it. These are some of my favorite silks to work with, as I've discovered while working on her Peacock Cypher.

I didn't get much done in one night, but it was fun!

The next night was Stitch Group, and I fortunately drew a stress-free project.

This is a Just Another Button Company design that was kitted by Needlecraft Corner.

And that was just the first week! More to come.

March Madness at the Lottloft means a different project every day! This year, I draw for it!


Jackie's Stitches said...

What a creative idea! I'm looking forward to seeing what else you discover in your pile of WIPs!

Blu said...

That's a really fun way to pick what to work on. But 60 WIPs? I feel a whole lot better about my 12!

Karoline said...

Some great projects there, it looks like a fun way to decide on a project.

Jean in Georgia said...

I want to see that Liz Turner Diehl project up close and personal. I don't think I've ever heard of that one before! Looks kewl. :)

Pixie said...

I love your idea. . . I just want to see the other 25 or so days!!

Erin (moviemuse) said...

This is going to be fun to watch!

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