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Work In Progress - Call of the Wild


After four or five years of no stitching, I may be biting off more than I can chew with the project I chose once I got back my stitching itch. Fingers crossed!!



So I realized that I wanted to kick one addiction and promptly replaced it with another addiction. You'd think I'd go with something small or uncomplicated, right? Oh no. I have to spot and fall in love with this image back in August.



"Call of the Wild" from Mystic Stitch



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I began stitching September 3, 2009 but didn't start keeping track of my progress until January. Sadly, there wasn't much progress to keep track of at that point anyway.



As of January 1, 2010...



And January 8th...


When I get to the points where I'm working on the moon, progress slows considerably due to the constant color changes. I'm discovering that my biggest challenge with this project is managing my tension while I'm anchoring one thread after another.






Here's January 15th...


As you can see, for a week's worth of stitching, it really doesn't look like much was accomplished at all. I may start keeping track of how many different colors I use each week, but I'm a little concerned that it's going to either depress me or scare me away from ever doing anything this complex again. And considering the stuff I've got sitting aside waiting to be stitched, that'd be a BAD thing.






January 22nd...


Well, I didn't count the different colors I used this week, so that will have to wait til next week's update. I was determined to finish the page I was on before week's end, so there were a few days where the kids got dumped on Steve and I locked myself away to stitch like mad. Now if I could get away with doing that every week....


Odd.


Steve's glaring at me.






January 29th...


Seven colors this time. No wonder it looks like I got more done this week than in the past three weeks combined. Maybe I can keep this pace up. Yeah, I'm not terribly convinced, either. At least I'll be finished with the top row by next week. I'd like to start work on the wolf before Valentine's Day. Here's hoping!!






February 5th...


Thirty-one colors. Sheesh. I was so excited when I finished the last page and started on a new page which meant a large area of just one color. So I stitched and stitched and stitched, then noticed a couple of days later that something wasn't right. After going back over everything, I found my error.... on the first line of stitching in the new section. *insert ear splitting scream* Steve gave me an odd look when he saw me undoing my work, but would have made it out of the situation unscathed if I hadn't heard him snickering behind me. Did you know that a seam ripper makes a perfectly suitable instrument of torture when the victim is laughing too hard to run away?






February 12th...


Only 23 colors this week. I'm a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to complete this page this week, but I got awfully darned close! This coming week is going to be slow going though.... nothing but moon. *groan* So much for getting as far as the wolf by the 14th, LOL!






February 19th...


Very little progress at all this week. Between watching the Olympics, a week crammed full of doctor appointments and medical tests, and adding another night of singing practice at church, I just didn't have much time at all to get a lot of stitching done. My littles are getting a bit better about being able to entertain themselves for longer stretches of time though, so maybe I'll be able to do more stitching while they're awake and playing without having to gate them into the playroom.... maybe.






February 26th...


Even less progress this week than last. I'm still going through medical test after medical test and I have more scheduled in the upcoming days. At least the Olympics are ending soon and I'll have back the time I've been glued to the television cheering on the US and Canadian teams. (We won't discuss how many times I've managed to stitch my own hair into the moon....) I've also decided to take on a few smaller projects for the times Heather and Hunter are running around and I can't sit in one place with threads and stitching accessories scattered all over the room, so I may start including pictures of those as well.






March 5th...


Very little work was done on this project this week due to more doctor appointments, adverse reactions to new medications, and the quilt square I'm also working on. At first I was beating myself up over neglecting the wolf, but I think as long as I make some visible progress each week, I'll be okay. It just might be NEXT spring before I'm finally done with him. *sigh* Labor of love.... it's a labor of love. Yeah. That's it.


March 12th...


Life was a bit less hectic this week, which SHOULD have meant more time for stitching. I pulled out my stitching every morning after getting Heather and Hunter situated with their activities. I got myself all set up with my audio CDs of the Wheel of Time saga and made myself all comfie cozy for day after day of stitching. ......and then I spent hours playing tag, puzzles, dancing, or having tickle fights with my kids. As much as I'd like to have more progress to show on the wolf, I just can't bring myself to be upset about how my time was spent. *smile*


March 19th...


Umm.... yeah. So, I was able to put all of what seems like a dozen stitches into this poor guy this week. But it warn't my fault!!! My sister sidelined us with a "btw, I'm getting married in a month and a half. You didn't have plans did you?" which of course sent Mom into a raving panic that overflowed onto my phones and I spent a day trying to convince Steve that dresses for three females in one house was NOT going to mean missing a van payment (okay, so I lied, but hey!!), while trying to keep Mom from having a coronary on the spot. After letting us all frazzle away a few years of our life expectancy, Sis calls me and calmly says "What are you so worried about? HIS family is organizing everything."

*exhales*

I still think she planned this and secretly recorded the insanity to blackmail us all later...


Wolf? What wolf? Oh..THAT wolf! The new addition to the family tree and calendar also means a gift that needs to be ready by the big day, and that means the only project I'm working on that doesn't have a looming deadline is going to get shoved onto a back burner for a little while. *sniffle* I'm sorry, pup!


May 28th...


Lookie lookie!! It's the WOLF getting some love again! Granted you wouldn't know a single stitch had been added if I wasn't sitting here pointing and gushing about it, but that's okay. I PROMISE there are some new stitches in that fabric! Oh and you see that line of white stitching? That's the wolf's head!!! I'm finally stitching on something other than the moon! *cartwheels*

I have no idea when this poor guy is going to finally be finished, though. I have an entire list of things promised to friends and a couple of small surprises I'm hoping to add to the mix, but only one has a deadline of any sort so wolfiepoo here is in no danger of being sidelined again anytime soon.

*eyes the calendar*

Yeah... go ahead and cross your fingers for me, would ya?




June 4th...


Not much progress at all on the wolf this week. It's been a busy week for us and I'm so excited about seeing my son this summer that I'm really too scatterbrained to get much of anything accomplished. I've been trying to get at least one grid square done each day I sit down with it, but I'm failing miserably. I just can't keep myself focused on any one thing for longer than a few minutes at a time. Not exactly helpful when doing an activity that generally requires hours of quiet time.....


June 11th...


I suppose this was an okay week's worth of progress. I'm getting discouraged with how slowly the wolf is coming along. When I started "Call of the Wild", I had hoped to finish it by the beginning of May. Now I'm wondering if I'll get it finished by NEXT May. *sigh*

As always, when I'm stitching on the moon, there are constant color changes. One 10x10 grid on the chart often uses more than 20 colors and when I'm getting up every few minutes to attend to the wants and needs of my littles.... well... Stitching's coming along slowly. LOL.


June 18th...


Hrmm... I really thought I'd gotten farther along on the wolf than I did. Oh well. I'm just going to resign myself to finishing this poor guy NEXT May. My only excuse for such minimal work on my stitching is that I'm leaving at the buttcrack of dawn tomorrow to go pick up my son for a month and I'm so excited I'm having trouble sitting still.

I'm trying a new tactic now with my stitching as well, which might be pretty obvious. I was noticing that when I studied my stitching to see if my tension was at least sorta even, I was able to pick out the points where I moved from one page to the next. Not something you want to see, lemme tell you! So now I'm trying to fudge the page "edges" a bit and we'll see how that goes.


June 25th...


Bare minimum progress on the wolf this week due to lots of family activity. Michael's here now (YAY!!) and Steve's been on leave and that's meant running errands left and right and going out to play as often as we can. Yesterday, which would have been a day to stitch on wolfiepoo was spent swimming at the creek instead. Yep, it was fun! We don't even have any major sunburns like we were expecting.

I've added a whole slew of projects to my list of things to complete this summer and fall, so it's gonna mean slower progress for "Call of the Wild" again. I've decided that I'm going to put at least 100 stitches into him every week. Even I should be able to keep up that pace, right?

*cough*


July 2nd...


Sadly, the wolf is going to end up being sidelined again for quite some time. While I will continue to put at least one day's work a week into him, it's highly unlikely to be any more than that. I'd switch to doing monthly updates on him, but I'm afraid that'd only encourage me to ignore him completely for the most part.

At least I got to work on his nose and mouth so there's some visible progress for this update. There's a decent sized chunk of one shade of blue coming up, so I'll probably stitch that color next time I pick up this project.

Hey... I gotta fool myself into believing I'm still cruising along somehow!!

Roses and Music was completed on Tuesday afternoon, so it's now resting happily on the 2010 page. I'm not sure which of the 4 gifts I'm going to be starting next as I still have to rifle through all my fabrics to see what I actually have on hand that will be suitable for each project. I suspect it's going to be a White Willow design of a dachsund, but we'll have to wait and see.

Since all four of the gifts are needed by October, I'll be deciding pretty quickly (before lunch??) and you'll see the first one next week. Wish me luck!!


July 16th...


Yeah, I know. I missed a week. Let's just say that last week was less than kind to my free time and my computer. Michael downloaded a virus of some kind and while Steve was able to save my harddrive and all my files, my video card wasn't so lucky and it took a couple of days to determine it was beyond the realm of rescue and to scavenge his long neglected computer's video card to replace mine. *whine*

Wolfie DID get a smidgeon of love, though it's probably hard to tell. I spent what time I had for him filling in a ton of confetti stitches and arguing with my tension again. There's still so much anchoring and tying off in the area I'm on that about the only consistent tension I have seems to be at the base of my skull and behind my eyes. *mutter*

Hopefully next week's update will show some progress worth looking at, right? Well... no promises! Once again I'm on a deadline to complete stuff and I didn't allow myself enough time. And once again, that means Call of the Wild will be the project that suffers and sits in a corner waiting to be loved on again.


July 23rd...


Like I said last week, just a smidgeon of time available to work on this project. To compensate for that, I chose to stitch in areas that called for larger patches of colors rather than the typical confetti stitching. Unfortunately, that means that next week's progress is going to be awfully hard to see since I really have no choice but to fill in the dozens of confetti stitches I ignored this week.

Hrmm... now where have I heard that before?


November 19th...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!

Last week didn't see an update due to it being a stupidly busy weekend for us. Of course, I didn't have much to put here anyway. Buzz was finished up and added to the 2010 page, and then I put a few stitches into wolfie-poo here, but not enough to show any visible progress.

But this week I was able to put a couple of days worth of work into him and his muzzle is nearly filled in. I'd very much like to have the moon on this page completed by next update, but with birthdays, roadtrips, and Thanksgiving coming up, I'm not holding my breath.

I'll be working exclusively on the wolf for the rest of November, then I'll add in my next project which is going to be a gift for one of our lead pastors. Here we go!!




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