Yes - I admit it I am a sucker for a challenge. When I first heard about this one I thought no way and then I thought well maybe, and before I knew it I had signed up. To be honest I haven't chosen all of my projects yet, and I will be cheating ever so slightly because they will be a mixture of completely new and already started WIPs, but the aim is to try and get most if not all of them finished by 31st December 2011. So (deep breath) here goes with my first update - Days 1 to 4:-
For my first project I have chosen "The Needlework Shop" by Country Cottage Needleworks. I've had the chart kitted up for a while courtesy of an exchange in Friendly Stitchers, and I have been looking for a good excuse to get it started so here it is. I love how it is coming along and can't wait to get back to it. I have another CCN chart I plan to do for this challenge, one which I got at Harrogate this year - I just have to decide on my fabric for that one.
My second project is "Bring on the Snow" by Waxing Moon. From what I can remember I bought the chart in 2009 at Harrogate (I think but I could be wrong lol) and kitted it up some time ago but just hadn't had a chance to start it. Any excuse eh? Anyway - here's my progress so far. Anyone how knows me knows I love snowmen - as long as they are of the stitched variety of course!
For my third project I am doing "Blackberry Jam" by The Sweetheart Tree. Again I bought this at Harrogate in 2009 and have taken it out a couple of times, looked at it and then put it back in the basket. This time however, it stayed out and I love working on it. Another one I can't wait to get back to - and it has the right mixture of cross stitch, speciality stitches and beading too.
My fourth project is "Royal Blossoms 2007" by Just Nan. This one was a surprise gift from DJ a couple of months ago and I loved it the moment I saw it, and having now seen the finished article I can't wait to do more on this lovely piece. As soon as I had decided to do the challenge this one was top of my list!
Well that's my progress so far - I am back at work as of today so the next few projects will be already started WIPs so that I don't have to mess around with getting everything together and sorted. Time is limited in the evenings unfortunately :( I'll post an update of those towards the weekend.
I am really enjoying this challenge so far - thanks for reading and for all the encouragement!