Two Years of Tiny Knitting

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That’s right—last Friday’s Tiny Firecracker marks two years of knitting tiny animals, foods, people, and other various things. It started with a Tiny Brain on July 1st, 2009, then continued every weekday that month. After that, I was having so much fun that I’ve kept up the Tiny Challenge on a weekly basis ever since.

Some of the Tinys have been more successful than others, but it’s been a rewarding challenge. Coming up with a new Tiny to knit every week has forced me to take a regular break from current projects to brainstorm and problem solve. I’m made Tinys while I was on vacation, while I was under the weather, and while I thought I was way too busy to make time for it. And I’m glad I did! Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi is a direct result from this project, but even if it hadn’t turned into a book, I would still see it as a fulfilling way to spend a few hours each week.

Click around on the image above to be taken to the original blog posts.

Now for the question: will I keep it up? I don’t see why I should stop now—my love for Tiny knitting is as strong as ever—so I think I’ll keep making Tinys as long as I can. Maybe the project will change a bit over the next year, though. I would rather be flexible about the challenge and keep it meaningful rather than continue it just to try to break my own record.

If you’ve ever thought about doing a creative challenge, whether to be documented on a blog or just something to do in private, I encourage you to start today! Make an illustration each week, write a poem every month, or take an improv class. I’ll continue to knit and see what happens next.

29 thoughts on “Two Years of Tiny Knitting

  1. What a brilliant achievement! Congratulations! plus this collection of tiny photos would make a great poster :)

  2. I’ve been following your blog for a while, a couple months or more before the tinies, and I just have to say, no other blog has captured my attention and admiration more than yours! Your tinies are my favorite thing ever! Congratulations on two years, and the new book!! : )

  3. WOW! I’m so impressed! 52 Teeny Tiny Mochis! I really want to buy your book and stockpile some sock yarn and get cracking…

    So sad I’ll miss you in July!

  4. so weird… yesterday, i was literally thinking about all the tiny things you had knit and wondering if i had missed any… now to have a chart to match up with my memory is awesome!

  5. btw, i was thinking about the tinies while unloading and reloading the dishwasher and the laundry!!! (i need a bumper sticker that reads “i’d rather be thinking of tiny knitting”)!

  6. You are indeed the Knit Master! Awesome job and congrats on your milestone. I still ask….is it August yet?

  7. Congratulations! it’s been great fun to watch (and i’m still definately planning some gnomes of our own in the near future.)

  8. Congrats on the collection, they look so awesome together!
    I certainly took up a creative challenge a few years ago and instead of knitting toys designed by others I started designing and knitting my own.
    I agree with your sentiments to everyone, however small the challenge give it a go, the attempt will be rewarding in itself.

  9. oh my gosh, they are so awesome and colourfull!!!!! happy anniversary!!!! I have already knitted crocodiles and cowboys and acorns and stuff, and I can’t wait to see more. LOVE!

  10. Thank you so much for all the happy comments, everyone! I hope this post will be a little reminder to find moments to be creative on a regular basis.

  11. I have really enjoyed checking your blog and seeing all of the tiny knits you’ve come up with. It’s so fun to see them all together! I’ve enjoyed knitting some of them and I can’t wait for the book! Congratulations on all of your tiny knits!

  12. I remember when you began this and I have loved seeing your new designs. I like the accountability of a public creative challenge- nothing like deadlines to keep me motivated! I don’t have any long term projects like yours just yet though.

  13. keep the creativity coming! you’re a great source of inspiration and FUN! i too try to come up with something new on a regular basis – i find once-a-month a pretty hard deadline sometimes, so once-a-week looks like (tiny) superhero powers to me.

  14. Congradtulations
    i love you tiny series and hope you keep it up :)
    maybe a tiny manatee next?

  15. Wow 2 years! Congratulations Anna! I love everything you made! I will definitely be buying your Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi book!

  16. So cute!!!! (that applies for every singleon of your tinies)

    I reaally want to buy your Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi book! Perhaps my aunt in the US can get one for me before she visits us in Australia… I really hope so!

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