Every month I aim to set myself, and complete, a ‘crafty challenge’ – a personal goal to help improve my knitting and crochet, and to embolden me to react to all the patterns and inspiration that is available on the internet! By sharing this with you I feel more encouraged to branch out and do these challenges by the end of the same month, and hopefully you will be interested in what I am working. Perhaps it will help inspire you to try something new as well?
Since completing all of my crafty commissions over the last couple of months I've been wondering what on EARTH I should be working on this month! Ok that's a lie, of course I have a list a mile long of what I would like to knit and crochet at some point, but today I have been thinking of specifically what I would like to finish in the immediate future (the first month of the year) and I've set myself 3 reasonably large projects that I think will challenge me, but not stress me out alongside other achievements I would like to aim for, such as apply for some jobs (and hopefully get some interviews), craft spontaneously (because that project list is NEVER long enough!) and try to find that balance of emotions that stops people getting too down after Christmas is over but the days are still gloomy (I struggle with this every year, I LOVE CHRISTMAS - only 354 days to go!)
Knit a jumper (ideally one that fits!)
My sister bought me some James C. Brett yarn for my birthday last month (a specific request from me *looks cheeky*) because I had spotted a lovely cabled jumper pattern in Let's Knit magazine (Issue 86, Nov 14) that I really wanted to make. I don't like the blue colours of the suggested yarn and so chose one with pinks, greens, purples and beige running through. I've almost finished the front panel already so I feel pretty good about getting this project completed. And following the success of the cardigan that I knitted during the World Cup in summer I have high hopes that this - my 4th attempt at a jumper - will actually fit me and will be wearable!
Write a pattern for this owl hat
I have knitted this owl hat at least 5 times over the last 2 years, if not more, and have always done it from a pattern made up completely in my head. I have toyed with writing a pattern for this blog, particularly since my hairdresser ordered another one after Christmas, but wasn't convinced to do so until I received a question on Tumblr asking what pattern I used so that someone else could knit one for a friend. Quite flattering that she thought it good enough to ask me about the pattern, so I hope to type one up soon so I can send her a link.
Write a full Moogle pattern
Last month I shared a pattern to crochet a Moogle Christmas tree decoration (kupo!) and I'm so pleased with the way it turned out, and also with some feedback immediately received on Ravelry, that I would very much like to work out a pattern for a full Moogle amigurumi. I anticipate that this task will take the longest, and the pattern itself may not be up on the blog until next month (January will probably be spent working it out, testing, and editing) but this is something I would love to get done!
So with any luck by telling you what I want to get done this month I will feel much more energised and determined to get these done when I wanted them to (almost so I just don't let you down, because I know how you love my rambling at how amazing knitting is...you do, right....?). This, and also I really don't like setting New Year's resolutions, so some monthly goals should be more achievable!
What do you hope to get done this month?