Nothing is written in stone and before the first of the year, I may change my mind completely but for now, here’s what I think I’ve decided for my 2023 Stitching Plan.
I listed 15 WIPs in the previous post and I know there are at least five more. I want to end 2023 with less WIPS. I’m not even making a guess as to how many but hopefully it will be at least a few less than 20.
On the last five days of each month, I’m going to work on a WIP – which ever one jumps out and says “Stitch ME!” I will work on that project for five full days.
Then, the first five days of the next month, I’ll do the same thing but on a different WIP.
I plan to do it kinda like I did the old Quiltathon weekends – for those ten stitching days I’m not going to schedule a hair cut, doctor appointments. I’m planning to not leave the house and I’m planning to either have quick to fix meals or meals from jars. I want to concentrate on knocking out the WIPs.
The other 20 days or so of each month I’ll work on whatever it is I want to work on. Some months it will be SALs. Some months it may be more work on the WIPs.
The Stitch Alongs:
The first five days of each month will interfere with stitch alongs. What I’ll do on the months we have group stitch alongs scheduled is I’ll work at least half the time on the stitch alongs and then whatever other time I can put in will be on the WIPs. Not every month will have a SAL scheduled.
There are going to be new projects I want to start too. I don’t want this to be so rigid that I have to work on something that isn’t what I want to work on but I think choosing the WIP I feel like working on, and only for five days on that one project . . I think it will be fine plus I love all those WIPs and will be so happy to get them fully finished and be able to see them on our walls.
Think that sounds like a good plan?
I may try something similar. I don’t get a lot of stitching (crafting) time, so it may wind up getting broken up a little differently throughout the month.
The great thing is finding what works for you so I hope you can come up with a plan!
Barbara Yarnell says
A WIP along is a great idea! I’ve chosen 6 WIPs that I want to finish next year, plus one extra, just in case. I’m in!
I know you can get all seven of them done!
I plan to play along, but in the shadows. I have a bunch of knitting wip’s, and I want to get them done! This way I can start something new guilt-free, but still spend time on the old stuff.
Thanks for playing, even if you stay in the shadows. 🙂
I know if I make a plan to work on WIPs, I won’t. I started a sampler done in silks back in July and got the bottom border done and got sidetracked. Now that the weather is colder and I’m doing holiday baking and cooking my hands are rough and dry even though I am being really good about staying hydrated and lotion. Guess what I want to work on? The silk sampler! I tried one night and it was a struggle. Back to cotton floss.
I know what you mean. Only One Rose is silk floss and it’s making me crazy. My right thumb has about 40 little cuts going the long way from using a sharp knife to cut winter squash, sweet potatoes, etc. and running into my thumb with the knife. About every other stitch I take, my rough thumb pulls the floss out of the needle.
I’ve been using Neutrogena Fast Absorbing Hand Cream and that seems to help if I would remember to use it enough.
I think your plan is a great idea!! I think I’ll try I too!! I’m always wanting to start a new project. I love doing the SAL. Hugs,
New projects are so fun to start. It takes a lot of discipline for me to keep going when there are so many screaming “START ME”. I’m right there with you.
I don’t stitch but love your blog. After the first of the year I am going to quilt 2 tops per month that I have all completed to get the 15 done in my pile in the sewing room and.donate them.
Fairly new reader here and really enjoying your blog! Trying to plan out my stitching for next year as well. Have way too many WIPs and am looking forward to joining in on your WIP along. I am currently trying to touch every single one before the end of the year to weed them out and put a goal on it. Almost as bad as trying the one strand a day, lol, also not my jam. But… I have already un-kitted two that need to be restarted so it is helping. Tried WIPGO last year but I prefer to stitch on what I want. I think pulling one out for the last 5 days of the month will fit my schedule best so may not have as much progress but looking forward to the fun!
The main goal is to be happy with your progress so you do what makes you happy. No stress. No guilt! Glad to have you as a fairly new reader and as a WIP Along participant.