Well, folks, I've been thinking it over and have finally come to a decision - Carnation is going to have to go on hold! Christmas is just six weeks away and my cousin's baby is due early January. Then I have to get the Beetle finished and framed for the beginning of March. I also have the Jayne Netley Mayhew piece to get done for the same time, but had to order the fabric from the US this morning, so that isn't even started. In order to hit all my deadlines, Carnation is dropping out of the list while I get cracking on ornaments for my two nieces. I also have to get the beads on Poinsettia and some sort of finish worked out for that before 17 December.
I overslept this morning, so laundry and housework took precedence over working on the Beetle. However I must get a grip with this piece. Part of the problem is that because I taped all the sections of my working copy of the chart together, the only surface big enough to lay it on is my bed! Therefore it is not easily transportable and can't be worked on elsewhere.
I did get another two blocks done on Carnation - top right, column 8. This means that I have started page 2 already. My plan for page 2 is to work across the page, left to right, one row at a time, instead of the current one column down, one row across method. That came about because I started off dotting about, doing as much as I could of one symbol before moving on to the next. Then I had to fill in the gaps. I shall miss working on this - it has been my sunrise piece, the piece I work on between breakfast and leaving for work.
Next up is Noah's Ark. The lion is now complete, apart from the backstitching. He still looks a bit like a bear, but I'm hoping that once the backstitch is done, that will change. I now have to choose between the elephant or the zebra. You'll have to wait and see which comes next.
Last up is my new start, a Christmas ornament for my eldest niece. The plan is to make them both an ornament every year. This year, the ornaments are stained glass motifs from the Design Library in issue 144 of World of Cross Stitching. As you can see, I've started on the framework of this spray of holly. This is the second shot at this section - the frogs have already been out to play on this one! These ornaments will be replacing Carnation as my sunrise piece.
I hope that all is going well with your WIPs - are you joining in Measi's 2012 WIPocalypse?