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Around the World in 80 days – Jan update


I’ve started a rotation for my cross stitching this year in the hopes that some of my older projects will get a bit of attention, and that I’ll keep up with the Papillon SAL a bit better than I did last year. The plan is to divide the month into four weeks with each week having a different project allocated to it. The odd couple of days left over are for wiggle room. Week one is currently for Around the World in 80 days. I did give it an extra two days as I lost four stitching days to a rather vile migraine last week. I haven’t made as much progress on this as I’d hoped but it’s had its rotation time and I’m moving on to the next project now. I think my eyes want a rest from the 32 count fabric to be honest. A week at a time is probably as much as they can handle, even with a magnifier lamp.

I started off by doing the outline as I like to see it get filled in and it’s helpful for counting when finding where I need to stitch. I love the Manor Red, which is used for that.

AtW090113There were a few errors in the chart, but the corrections are up on the LHN website. I was a bit puzzled until I found them, as you could see the discrepancies between the picture and the chart.

I think my favourite bit so far is that wee bird on the branch. I really enjoyed stitching that bit.

AtWbirdonbranchThe next project in my rotation is Outrageous Owls and I’ve already started it. My eyes are quite relieved to be back on 28 count. It’s amazing what a difference it makes. I’m hoping I can complete at least one owl and possibly two in a week but that may be a bit optimistic.

Week three will be for an older project and I’m considering pulling out the Hamilton/McLaren piece before it’s completely dated, although I could probably finish Venice Street fairly quickly if I put my mind to it. Decisions…

Week four is for the Papillon SAL and if I finish it quickly, any remaining days can be used for whichever of the other three I want to go back to.

On the 1st day of the month, I go back to the beginning and Around the World in 80 days. That’s my plan. Wonder how many months I can keep it up for?


Author: Carole

The books I read, the things I make, the places I go.

4 thoughts on “Around the World in 80 days – Jan update

  1. oh isn’t that looking smashing. Love the bird – my favourite bit on the whole chart is the balloon!


  2. How straightforward and logical that sounds, now just to stick to the plan. I am sure you will, and I wouldn’t!


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