Thursday, June 05, 2008

Summer Contest!

So in the past year I've realized that our culture is living a lie, that so many times I have fallen into. Its the "I can't do it" or "I don't know how" lie. I know when I've faced some of the new things that I've done this year, I went in with the attitude of well we'll see how it goes, I don't know if I can do it but I'll try. This has been with breadmaking, sewing, crocheting, gardening, landscaping; ok basically everything new I have done. Even when I have completed something new and I'm excited about it and showing someone I've heard, "Wow, thats awesome I wish I could do that but I'm just not a good _______". It strikes me as odd that we would count ourselves out before we even try, now I know that some people just don't want to try or make time for things but it seems to be a common answer.
In response to this I'm going to challenge myself to start or finish 5 things that are new to me in three months time.

1.)Grow a garden and actually harvest some veggies.(already started this).
2.)Start and finish a sewing pattern
3.)Start a Granny Square blanket and make at least half of the squares.
4.)Finish my knitted dishcloth that I started way long ago.
5.)make one of those cute crochetted animals I see on Ravelry.

I'll check in every now and again to let you know how its going.
But join in, let me know something that has totally intimidated you and try to do it!
For anyone that keeps up with it and does 5 new things in the next three months I will put your name in a hat for a fabulous prize! Just comment here and then whenever you update your blog with your progress on your list just comment back here that you updated.


Happyplace. said...

What a great idea!
I think I just completed my first 'new' thing...I entered a swap (hey, that was a first too!), and since I sent things that I wished for myself...and I wanted some handmade stitch markers....I got what I thought might work, no book-no pattern- just winged it, and made some! They turned out great, too. I thought for sure they'd be yarn-snaggy, that there must be special ways to twist wire, etc...but I winged it, and they aren't snaggy at all! I'm making tons to send out to the RAK group on Ravelry.

mama k said...

oh fun! And Dirkey is going to follow a PATTERN? what what?
Seriously though, I know lots about following patterns due to my years of sewing lessons so let me know if you need me to interpret.

And the crochet animals are soo fun! You just need to follow the pattern and make sure your stitches are really tight so that the stuffing doesn't show through. (Use a smaller hook to get it tight.)

I gotta ponder what I want to challenge myself with...

Em said...

This is a great idea, Dirkey. I will really need to think on it and decide what I want to tackle.