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.
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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.