Saturday, 3 January 2015
The DUCJC is a very special challenge in memory of a very special lady. SoCal Debbie was a prolific stitcher, blogger and commenter. Sadly she passed away very suddenly last year. One of her favourie challenges was the CJC:
CJC = Crazy January Challenge, one new start for the first 15 days of January
UCJC = Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, one new start for all 31 days of January
DUCJC = Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, stitch 31 projects one per day for January
Linda Stitchin' with my Furbabies is organising this all via a FB group. Thankfully Linda is not making us all attempt the SDUCJC (Super Duper Ultimate Crazy January Challenge) or 60 starts throughout January and February which she did with Debbie in 2012.
I have listed out my choices on my Challenge page. Here are the first three days of stitching. All three days have been "at home" days so I have got plenty done. I decided to have three new starts for these whole days and save the WIPs for work days when I have less time to stitch.
Day 1 - Dyan Allaire for Kustom Krafts - Little Snap Dragon
Stitched on 32 count Morning Sky by Crafty Kitten
Day 2 - JBW - Hobby Horse
Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen using DMC 115
This will have my cousin's baby's name added under the rocking horse.
Actually, that raises a good question - why is this called a hobby horse when it clearly is a rocking horse? A hobby horse is a stick with a horse's head and maybe some little wheels that you ride around whereas a rocking horse you sit on and rock back and forth. French speakers - are there two different words in French for these toys?
Day 3 - Country Cottage Needleworks - Poinsettia Place
Stitched on 32 count Permin Twilight Blue linen
I don't have the subtle variegated green so I am using a blend of the converted DMC and the next shade to it (3364 and 3363). I have found this is a great way of substituting varigated threads especially when you don't want the stripy effect, just a less blocky look to a solid area of stitching. I will get some more stitches in this one tonight.
What are my thoughts of the challenge so far? Don't pick your favourite projects at the beginning of the month! I am already itching to carry on with the first two choices!
I've also spent some time today tidying up the blog, making sure all the links have been updated to this year's SALs and removing the old ones. I am miles behind on adding projects to my Happy Dance blog so that will be next. I have a couple of finishes which were gifts so I couldn't show them before so that will be for another post too.
Finally, these three new starts all count for my Gifted Gorgeousness SAL. Two were gifts from generous stitchers and one will be a gift for someone. Credit will be given on the 15th January when we share our first GG Update. Don't forget, you can join in any time, this year, no obligation to post every month.