For many people, it seems, November 1st is the start of a monthlong challenge to do something extraordinary. And not just that, but to do it with (or perhaps in some competition against) other people, using a cute nickname that's somewhat understandable once you have the code. Here are some options that I've seen:
- NaNoWriMo: The one that started it all, NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, in which participants try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I believe a first draft is expected, not a publishable manuscript.
- NaBloPoMo: NAtional BLOg POsting MOnth, in which participants (often with the help of a prompt from the linked page) write a blog post per day during November.
- NaKniSweMo: NAtional KNIt a SWEater MOnth, started by Shannon Okey aka Knitgrrl, to knit a sweater of at least 50,000 stitches (so baby and/or superbulky ones don't count). The link here goes to Ravelry, FYI.
- NaKnitDeMo: NAtional KNIT DEsign MOnth, which may or may not be confined to my (perhaps loony) friend Katherine, who is going to try to sketch out a design a day, so that she has 30 ideas sketched by the end of the month.
I'm declining to participate officially in any of these, for lots of reasons. Among them, I already have quite a challenging month ahead of me and don't need to add more work! I've got the samples and patterns for them to finish and send to KnitCircus, a sweater to design and knit for the DS, and several other designs in the works for KnitPicks, for starters. And then there's the fact that when I set myself a goal of, say, blogging every day, I feel guilty when I (inevitably) take a day off (like, say, the day after Thanksgiving, which is mostly spent asleep and digesting). But since I also feel some peer pressure to do something amazing this month, here are my mini-goals:
|5 skeins hanging to dry in the shower|
- Samples and pattern sent to KnitCircus ahead enough of time that I can use Priority not Express mail. I've swatched for half of the samples and am stuck until I can find a specific stitch dictionary to see how something has been done before, before I can write out the stitch for the second.
- Sweater for DS. He's small (small for a person, not for his age), so that won't be a huge undertaking. This means knit the sweater, write the pattern, send it to the TE, get testers. I hear the dryer dinging; that means the swatches are dry!
- Finish the patterns for KP that have been hanging around my neck. These are a vest, hat, scarf/hat/mittens, purse, and child's outfit.
- Set the handspun that is waiting to be set. (Hey, look! Halfway there!)
- Spin 8oz by the end of the month.
- Figure out Xmas gifts for people, including any that should/can be knit.
- Mail Parallel her dang present from last year's Xmas, birthdays, and baby arrival!
- Get back to my preferred turnaround on tech editing of 4 days, not 7-8.