I know what you’re thinking – I waste a lot of time planning but I love planning and I keep thinking . . some day I’m going to hit on something that works. Look how good I do with my meal plans and my grocery buying.
Here’s my plan . . which isn’t written in stone yet.
I’ve already listed the projects I want to start on special days next year and they’re in the sidebar. I do want to start First Thanksgiving this year so I’m going to change the Thanksgiving, 2022 start to another project.
There will always be a Focus Project. I don’t think there’s anything listed in the sidebar that will be finished before the next special day/start comes along.
These, of course, will not be worked on til they’re finished. I’ll probably work on whatever I start, til time to work on the next one.
Sunday Stitch Project:
There will always be a Sunday Stitch Project. I plan to stick with one Sunday Project til it’s finished and then pick up another one. It could be a new start, a WIP or one of the Focus Projects that I’ve put down to move on to another Focus Project.
CS 501 Project:
This is one that makes me smile. I now know that it’s possible to stitch 500+ stitches in a day. Not everyday . . maybe rarely depending on what I’m stitching and the difficulty level of that project and whatever else is going on in my life. I’m going to try to get 500 stitches in every day (except Sunday) to my Focus Project and once I’ve done 500 stitches, I can go on to the CS 501 Project and stitch on that every day once I’ve done the 500 stitches on the Focus Project. On Sundays, no matter how many stitches I make, I’ll stick with the Sunday Stitch Project.
The CS 501 Project can be a project I’ve already started. It can be a new project or it can be a Focus Project that didn’t get finished or it can be an older WIP.
If I can stitch according to this plan, it will keep me on a somewhat disciplined path and I need structure and discipline.
I intend to follow the Focus Projects list without deviating from it.
I’m going to make a list for Sunday Stitch Projects and CS 501 Projects. It will be one list and as I need a Sunday Stitch Project or a CS 501 Project, I’ll choose from something on the list. The charts listed will be in no particular order and they are just projects I’d like to get stitched. I’m not sure if I will add to the list throughout the year. Say Denise shows me something I REALLY want to start .. I hate so say “No, I cannot add to the list” because I feel like that kinda sets me up to get off track, but on the other hand, the list is there for a reason – pull from the list. I think I’m going to say I can add probjets but it has to be something really special!
I’m not going to put 60 projects on these lists. I’m trying to be reasonable and add things I might really work on. Both lists will include current WIPs.
Cindy F says
I love planning too but I am not as good sticking to a plan. I have taken to kitting up some of the charts I want to do sooner rather than later. I think I must have something like 6 or 7 ready or almost ready since some of the floss is hard to come by. Some of the charts I decided to just use DMC as it’s easier to find, although I went to Hobby Lobby today and they were out of one of the colors I needed! I also have a plan to start a pdf chart I bought the other day called “Land of the Free” next week on Veteran’s Day. My husband is retired Air Force so I thought it would be nice to honor his service. But….I still need to serge the edges of my fabric so my plan (probably not today) is to gather all the fabric for all the projects I have kitted up and cut, serge, and complete my kits. I got my Covid booster shot yesterday and I think it’s catching up with me and I’m tired.
You know I’m not so great at sticking to a plan but I still love planning. Which Land of the Free are you doing?
Cindy F says
The Land of the Free is from Willow Hill Samplings designed by Kimberly Mueller.
Shauna Trueblood says
I too love to plan even if I can’t stick to the plan. You might add a year column to your list so you know how long you have had the project. It may not keep you from starting something totally new, but at least you know it is a new project.
I have decided that I am going to start several projects on special days next year….well a few this year too. This scares me a little because I don’t have many WIPs, but most of this year I rotated between three projects, 2 stockings and Farmhouse Christmas. I found working only on those three got a little boring, so with stitch camp I introduced one simple project a month. I liked that much bettter, a couple of bigger projects and starting new small projects as time goes along.
I may also set up a Sunday stitch, simply so that I am always working on at least 2 projects in a week so I don’t get bored.
My goal is to have a list of my patterns by 12/31. And to have my important days starts picked out and the first 3 or 4 kitted. I have a new start picked out for Thanksgiving this year, but it is a very very small project so I may finish it over that weekend. I know what I am starting on Christmas Eve, but that is as far as I have gotten.
That’s a good start. I suppose you don’t even have to decide what you’re going to stitch for the entire year . . just so you know before the next important date. Sounds like you have a good plan going.