I’ve been casting around for a 365 project. What to do? What to do? Turns out, I didn’t really need to try so hard.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been challenging myself to peel an orange in one piece. I think I’m up to something like 15 or 16 days at this point. (bear with me for a minute here, I do have a point). So we’re all sitting at lunch today and my friend Sarah was sitting next to me, doing what she does … peel the label off her Sobe Lifewater. Usually, she pulls it off in giant chunks. Today, she peeled it off in a thin ribbon. I looked at it and immediately “I could knit that”
sprang into my brain. I think she was surprised to hear the wheels in my brain spinning so loudly.
|365:1 – Sobe Lifewater yarn on plastic knives
I picked up a couple of knives that were sitting on the table and cast on. It took maybe 5 minutes and it was a blast. The result –>
The three of them (June, Lucy, and Sarah) were all excited. We started talking about all the cool things waiting to be knit. June snapped a picture of day 1 with her phone and started a list of possible material to use. It was one of those spontaneous brainstorming moments where we were talking too fast to capture everything.
Therefore, my 365 project will be something knitted every day. I can hear Erica saying, “But, but, but, you already knit something every day.” And she’s right. What makes this different is that I’ll be using something unusual for either the “yarn” or the “needle” part of the equation.
If you have suggestions, I’ll gladly take them. I’ve previously written that I didn’t want to take on a project because I was afraid I’d run out of ideas. This is going to be a challenge – but I already love to knit, what could be better?
I’ve been reading lately about people who commit to doing something creative for an entire year. It’s an interesting concept and one I’m thinking about trying. There are a couple things holding me back:
- What if I attempt it and don’t complete it?
- Are there enough different ways to be creative about something?
- When it gets hard will I push through or will I give up?
When I’m thinking about something, I read about it. I found a ton of interesting stuff on this concept. First, the guy who created and started calling it Project 365
, Noah Scalin. He made a skull every day for a year (some of them are way cool). He’s also written a couple of books and in the promotion of his second book, Unstuck
, there are a lot of articles talking about the project. Like this one
Scalin has 6 ideas about how to come to the project in a way that helps stick to the commitment and not just think about it.
- Let go of preciousness
- Freedom comes from limitations
- Get out of your environement
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Get things by giving them away
He expands on each of these in the linked article above. Go read it, it will only take a minute or two. (I’d buy the book, but I already took the “no new books” pledge.) He’s been featuring other Project 365’ers on his website and they’re all doing cool things too.
So, back to my initial questions.
- Attempt, but can’t complete?
Different ways to be creative?
- So what? I’ve started things over and over and I keep starting them again. Scalin himself said that the Skull Project was his third attempt at a 365.
Push through or give up?
- Seriously? I’ve been stretching myself and trying different things my whole life. I sat here and thought of at least a dozen ways to create my 365 idea.
- Here’s the thing. For me, it’s like working out. If I know that someone’s waiting for me at the gym – I haul myself out of bed and go. If I know someone’s waiting to see me succeed (or fail) or simply to live the project along with me vicariously, that’s incentive enough to show up. Every. Day.
- Anyone want to be a 365 buddy? We could bounce ideas off each other and shout encouragement through the interwebz.
I like the idea of doing a “thing” every day. It does help me to limit the box, so to speak. So my 2 ideas are either a giraffe or a snowman/woman/person. Any thoughts on which one I should do? Any ideas about materials to use? Any encouragement? Any naysayers? I’d love to hear from one and all. Drop me a comment and tell me what you think.