Then as the year progresses, things crop up, Weddings, Babies and of course, the SAL. Now there are two types of SAL (Stitch a long for the newbies). The first is where two or more people decide to stitch the same design together. Like The Spooky Countdown which Giovanna and I are both stitching. It is easy to say Yes or No to one of these, you already have the design and it fits into your schedule. Or people suggest it and you think "No, not really me, I'll pass on this one".
Then there is the second type - The Mystery SAL. Cue Scooby Doo music.
You know the designer, you like the designer, you like the subject matter from the title. But you don't know what the design will be like. And everyone is getting excited about it. And excitement is contagious. And you know you won't catch up if you start later, and what if it is discontinued and you kick yourself for evermore for missing out. And all the other girls are doing it, Mum, I'll be the only one not, what will we talk about at school now?
Yes, you are transported back to school and the dread fear of missing out on the latest craze. So you dutifully sign up and somehow juggle the other projects you already have. This is what happened with the Joan Elliott SAL. She announced it via her FB fan page and everyone jumped in. The border was released this month with one face due to be released for the next eight months. Here is my progress so far: