I’m sure that everyone you know has been announcing their version of the Obligatory New Year’s Resolution List. Normally, I’m rather opposed to New Year’s resolutions because I’ve always felt that anytime is a good time for change, not just at the beginning of the year. So I assure you that it is purely coincidental that I happen to be announcing my own new goal today as well. 😉
I’ve decided to challenge myself to Make Something Every Day for the month of January. If it goes well, perhaps I’ll continue it for the year. I decided to post this to my blog mostly as a way of keeping track and also as a way to (hopefully) keep myself accountable.
By Make Something Every Day (MSED), I mean that I will attempt to make/create something new each day, possibly knitted, quilted, sewn, baked, drawn, written, anything really. Any medium I care to try, as long as it is something that can be completed in just one day. It might be something as grand as a fully finished art quilt or something as simple as a batch of cookies. This is more about getting my creative juices flowing and about embracing the art of imperfection than in trying to create a new “masterpiece” each day.
January 1’s Project: Knitted Heart
I first attempted to make a small wool bag in which to carry my cute new Philipps speaker (thanks Mom & George!), but eventually I realized that A) I wasn’t going to be able to finish it in time and B) it was waaaay too big for my very compact lil speaker so I needed to rip it out anyway. Sigh. Fortunately, I had already begun to put together a sort of cheat-sheet of small/quick ideas for days just like these when I either didn’t have much time or my first project didn’t work out, so I was still able to finish a project for today: a knitted heart.
And what will I do with this little knitted heart? Not a clue. That’s not the point of this challenge. I’m not to trying to make Things, I’m trying to make things. Maybe I’ll turn it into a Christmas ornament or a lavender sachet, or use it on a Valentine card. Maybe it will be a bookmark or a coaster. Or maybe it will just hang on my bulletin board and remind me that the creative Process is much more important than any Product could ever be.
My knitted heart, measuring approximately 4″ high and 3.5″ wide, was knit out of 3 grams/12 yards of Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer colorway “Fiesta” using the free pattern “Love Stitches” from Poppies and Milk. And here’s my Ravelry project page, if you are interested.
P.S. If you’d like to join me on my challenge, feel free! I’d love to hear about your experience.