Friday, December 31, 2010

Crazy Challenge

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So there's this thing going around a lot of the stitching blogs, this Challenge for 2011. It has no official name that I know of, but it's earned the title "Crazy Challenge". Why? Well, because you're supposed to start one project a day for the first 15 days of January. Sure, that's fun, so far...a little wacky, but not "crazy". But then--then, my friends--comes the Crazy-with-a-Capital-C-part: You have to finish them all...IN THE SAME YEAR. Now, this is not how I operate. My spouse has a gorgeous stocking that I stitched:
It took me 10 years. TEN. YEARS. I'm not sure I've ever finished something the same year it was started that wasn't an ornament.

Anyway. So, obviously, any "challenge" makes me want to take part. However, I managed to talk myself down on this one, because it's too crazy...EVEN FOR ME. And that's saying something, as I once took eleven (11) needlework classes in a four-day period. I did hear a modified version that seemed a little less insane...start one project every weekend in January and finish them that's only five (5). If I don't pick too many large projects (i.e., LOTS OF ORNAMENTS), I could probably do it. But since that seems a little TOO sane, I'm going to round out the number to eleven (you know, for 2011) by picking six projects already in progress to finish as well. Ah, there we go...a "normal" level of crazy.

Here are the five projects I'll be starting:
  • Sapphire Star by Laura J. Perin
  • Random Thoughts by Drawn Thread
  • The Darling of the World by Lauren Sauer (ornament)
  • Eight-Pointed Star by Emie Bishop (ornament)
  • Lapland Santa by Mill Hill (ornament)
And those I want to finish:
  • Dasher by Mirabilia
  • Shakespeare's Garden by La Broderie
  • Squirrel Fob by Heart's Content
  • Keep a Secret by Just Nan
  • Mystery II (now Convent's Herbal Garden) by Chatelaine
  • Bumblebee Stumpwork by Liz Turner Diehl

Of course, somewhere in there I'm going to do some knitting, and beading, and....


Happy New Year, everybody!

Whole lotta crafting goin' on.


Daffycat said...

Oh, you crack me up! You are so much fun.

Best wishes in the New Year, Heather!

Jackie's Stitches said...

Glad to see you're perfectly normal! :) I was starting to get worried.

Susan @ Real Girl Designs said...

Good luck with your version of the Challenge, Heather!

I hope you have a happy new year!

Erin (moviemuse) said...

Sorry, still too crazy for me! LOL I know, I'm sad. I think I should make it my crazy resolution to actally *see* Heather sometime in 2011. I miss you!

Anonymous said...

Crazy lady! I'm still working on a baby afghan for a shower last month, so count me out on timed challenges. I am rewarding myself with a trip to the yarn store for every 10 pounds lost, however, so I'll have plenty of projects to keep me busy. I expect I'll get the yarn for a Clapotis in a week or two...

TeresaB said...

I'm glad to see you haven't gone completely sane on me. I don't know what I'd do!

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