Very briefly, the WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings and is in it's 9th year. The aim is to work on your project(s) throughout the year to prevent the end of the world - as there was a joke the year the WIPocalypse started that the world would end. I think it has morphed a little bit into stitching on projects you'd like to complete before the end of the world - I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong!
So, a brief introduction for those that don't know: I'm Bethan, 29 years old and I live in Cambridge with my husband. I used to teach Science to 11-18 year olds; I changed jobs last Easter and now work at an exam board, advising teachers who are delivering exam content. So I'm still in education, but my work stays at work. It's amazing. And theoretically means more headspace and time for crafting.
I love to cross-stitch, quilt, crochet, and sew clothes. I have also taken up running in the past year, so that may feature a little bit. I tend to blame my big sister for most of my crafting - she taught me how to quilt and links me to lots of lovely fabric and projects (although I tend to do the same to her too!). We do encourage each other quite a lot too, so it works out well.
On to setting my goals. I have learnt from last year not to have too many, as lots of things appear and become a priority (usually someone having a baby, meaning a baby quilt needs to be made). We'll see how it goes though! I've split up what I'd like to work on into musts and wants (and am ignoring several other projects stashed away!).
- Theatre t-shirt lap quilt - my friend Lauren (who I go to shows with) has a collection of theatre t-shirts that she would like making into a lap quilt. Eventually there will be two lap quilts. She has been very obliging and given me a deadline for this as I seem to work better with deadlines. This has to be done by her birthday in August. I have a basic plan and methodology, but have yet to start, so we shall see how it goes.
- Pinafore dress - I started this in my sewing course in September. I only work on it during my course. It is quite close to finishing - basically just putting the invisible zip in. Eeep.
- Lap quilt - this is something I have the material for and the design for. It is intended as a gift, and I have set myself the deadline for this one. (No pictures for now)
- Crochet jumper - This is a lovely jumper I started in December, but have had the pattern (in the Your Crochet Christmas magazine) for a year. I'd like to have it done before it gets too warm but we shall see how it goes.
- Disney cross-stitch - this won't be a finish like all of the above, but I'd like to make another dent in it. We are closing in on starting the third year of it, and I'd like it to take less than 5 years (my previous record). We shall see!
- Beauty and the Beast quilt - this is actually one for me. We have a reading chair in our bedroom that needs a lap quilt, and this material is just perfect. I've had it for a couple of years, so it is time I make it. It will be the first quilt I have made myself since my very first quilt years ago.
- Sirocco jumpsuit - I would love to get this made this year. I have the material and pattern printed for it (I was a bit too big for the already printed version), so I will be moving onto this once the pinafore dress is finished).
- Flamingo - Darren bought this for us in November. Unless he decides to take up crochet as well as cross-stitch, this is on my to do pile. I'll probably start this once the jumper is finished.
- Christmas garland - I bought this intending to make it this year. However, quilts and stockings took priority so I will put it together through this year. If I'm sensible, I will stitch two a month. If I'm like my usual self, I'll start it at the very end of November in a mad dash to get it complete before all the Christmas decorations go up.
So there is my list for this year. It seems sensible. Doable....