Saturday, April 10, 2010

2010 Summer Challenge

So I've got this list of, like, 1000 things I want to do to the house. Yeah, I know, I said 48 a couple posts back. I exaggerate a lot. Anyway, the point is it's a long list. And, feeling energized by my recent success in finishing the fence painting, I've decided to capitalize on this energy and get some shit done!

And, knowing myself as I do, I'm going to need a little motivation to keep the momentum going. So here's what I'm going to do:

20 projects in 20 weeks. Let's call it the 20/20 project. Each week I'll pick a new TO DO off the list and make it a DONE.

I must admit that, as I just typed that, I felt a little knot growing in my stomach. It's one thing to set a personal goal like this and another all together to send it out on a blog to be read by a million people (there's that exaggeration again). But, well, you guys are all nice people and I'm sure you'll supply all the support and encouragement I'll need.

In addition, knowing that all work and no knitting makes Lynn a grouchy, unpleasant girl, I'm also going to choose a knitting project for each week. Given the short timeline I'm setting and the that my knitted gifts stash is completely depleted, these will be small projects - hats, socks, mittens, and of course, more granny smack.

So, here we go...

Week 1 house project:

Painting the pergola

This job needs to be done quickly because the grape vines growing on it are about to make the task infinitely more difficult...

And, Week 1 Knitting project:

These really colorful socks came from an idea sent to me from Wayne of TFC in the comments. He met MARIANNE WILLKERLIN of "SOLMATES" who makes lovely socks that I will be copying all week. Thanks for the tip, Wayne.

Now, we're off! Wish me luck.


  1. Second attempt to add comment. Good luck with the projects, that's about 15 more than I have planned this summer. I am sure the vines won't mind a little green paint on them.

  2. You are so ambitious! Ok, the painting is one of those things that has to be done, but the KNITTING, WOW! Those socks are so cool! I look forward to seeing images of them "completed and feeted!"

    Lois in Cincinnati

  3. Anonymous6:59 PM

    I have an idea: Put down on paper
    or keyboard all 20 projects so you (we) can see them as you go.

    That way you're always reminded what needs to be done and all of the wonderful accomplishments that you have completed - CHALLENGES AND REWARDS!

    Wayne TFC