Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 UCJC - Day 31 ... and done!!

I can't believe this day is finally here. I also can't believe I managed to start 31 new projects in 31 days!! Holy crap! If I wasn't crazy before, I am now. What a ridiculous challenge!

Today's start is SK Oriental Courage by Lee-Anne Seed (HAED). I'm stitching this on 28 ct black jobelan , 2 over 1 tent stitch. I decided that since this piece has such huge chunks of colour that I would try tenting on this one too. I find the stitches are a little uneven right now, possibly because I am adjusting to stitching on black, which is more difficult than I had expected. Good progress for not a lot of stitchy time.

This challenge was 100x more difficult than I had expected. What a lot of ups and downs! It started off super exciting and fun, but within a few days the stress of switching projects every day started to get to me. I hung in there, and the stress of switching diminished thankfully, but then I couldn't remember most of what I'd stitched -- it was a blur. After 3 weeks, when I had 10 starts left, the exhaustion set in. While I enjoyed my daily stitching, I really wanted the challenge to be over.

Today I take a big sigh of relief -- no more pressure to start and stitch daily. No more pressure to blog like a mad woman. I can just stitch as much or as little as I want on whatever I want. Hurray!

I originally thought that I'd pick up Drama Queen and put some time into that piece once the challenge was over, but I don't have the energy or concentration for such a complicated piece. I think I'll pick up one of my simple, monochrome silk projects from the beginning of the challenge and just relax for a bit. :) It'll be interesting to see what gets finished in the next 11 months.

To my followers, old and new, thank you so much for joining me on this adventure.


  1. Congratulations!!! You did it! Now you can pick up and stitch whatever you want. Looking forward to seeing your finishes all year long!

    1. Thanks Debbie! You've been a great supporter and cheerleader throughout this challenge. I really appreciate all of your comments. :)

  2. Congratulations! I've been quietly stalking each and every one of your starts and cheering you on :) That is just SUCH an accomplishment! You should be proud of yourself. Take a breather! You've earned it.

  3. I think you should be really proud of yourself for seeing this challenge through! You have started some beautiful pieces and I look forward to seeing them pop up again throughout the year!

  4. Congratulations!!! You're fab braver than me and well done for making it to the end of January. :)

  5. Enjoy your stitching time now. I will keep checking back in to see what you are working on and your progress!

  6. Huge congrats on making it through to the end of January - now, relax...

  7. Congratulations on making it right through the whole month. I seriously can't imagine doing it! I would love to know how many people did - any ideas?

    Now I will look forward to all your progress, or is it another new start tomorrow...lol x x