Wednesday, January 2, 2013

13 projects in 2013 equals this new math?

I signed up to take the 13 in 2013 challenge over on Ravelry.   Now a normal person would pick 13 projects and make that a goal.  But somehow, I'm in a challenge to finish 39 projects in 2013....yeah I understand that blank stare you are giving  your monitor trying to figure out how 13 equals 39.

Blame those 39 projects on my ambitious, un-employed muse.   Kraphti has nothing to do all do but sit and come up with creative things for us to do.  Dez is a working individual that spends at the minimum, 9 hours 5 days  dedicated to non-creative duties that earn money for Kraphti to go spending willy nilly on creative stuff.

Um why is she speaking of herself in 3rd in more than one?  Because there appear to be two symbiotic beings living in my head.  Dez, the logic responsible one and Kraphti...well....yeah, she's creative but knows no limits.  

So about these 39 projects I've come up with.  Both my creative and logical sides love books....of all kinds.  And since I have taken up fiber arts, my knitting, crochet, spinning, felting, etc books have grown at an alarming rate....thanks to Kraphti.  And while I buy these books...and actually read them, I rarely use projects from them.  Now I know better than setting the unrealistic goal of not buying anymore books, not gonna happen.  Instead my initial challenge was to knit 13 projects from 13 different books.  Normal and rational right.  Of course, I couldn't stop there.  I also love magazines, but rarely use them for projects.  So this leads to 13 projects from 13 different magazines also.  Still not bad...26 projects in a year...doable.  But then here comes Krapthi feeling guilty about her over purchase of patterns on Ravelry during black Friday (the logical Dez has to admit the deals were awesome).   Hey lets throw 13 projects from those purchases in also.

Wait...what...that's 39 projects?  Are you nuts?  (I really did have this conversation with myself)  I debated about it...Dez lost and Kraphti is in some creative euphoria. So the past week, Dez has been using her organizational skills to line up the projects for the new year.  I've got the 1st 12 picked out and yarn allocated to those projects. I'm sure I can get the 1st 4 completed this month.

January's projects:
The Erika Scarf
Downtown Clutch

Look for future blogs on each projects since one of my other challenges is to blog at least 13 times a month. Oh...this just gets crazier and crazier...right.

I've been asked if I will actually make these goals.  To be honest, I'm not sure, it is a big challenge to finish 1.3 projects a week.   Instead of thinking that I've set myself up for failure, I look at as a way to motivate me  to use the resources I have.   Even though this is quite a challenge, I plan to have fun as I race to the finish line.  I'll probably set up some rewards along to way, for a pat on the back.

Well back to the daily grind. Toodles!


  1. Mmm ... I admire your ambition ... and wish you all the best! Happy Knitting 2013!

  2. As an accused enabler, I am cheering you onward.

  3. Thank you. I'm still not sure if it's ambition or pure madness, but I plan to give it my all.