Four weeks four challenges

The beginning of this year has been pretty full-on and I’ve not had a lot of time to work on the things I’ve wanted to. Life now appears (fingers crossed) to be giving me a breather, so, as it’s the start of a new month, I’ve decided to set myself four challenges during the month of May. If you’d like to join in that would be fabulous. Joining in however doesn’t mean you need to do four challenges in four weeks. You could do One Month One Challenge or One Week One Challenge or any number of challenges you choose. Four Weeks Four Challenges - Bekki Hill

Why am I doing this?

It’s impossible to set yourself a challenge without learning something new. I’ve just made that up BTW, but I’m sure I’m right, because if you didn’t learn anything, it wouldn’t be a challenge. The great thing about new learning is that it:

  • Improves or adds to our skills – obviously!
  • Exercises our brains and improves brain function.
  • Pushes us out of our comfort zone and in so doing increases confidence.
  • Increases our motivation to learn (and therefore achieve) more.

Setting a Challenge the way I plan to can also help me:

  • Gain greater learning from what I do.
  • Increase my motivation to complete the challenge
  • Keep going when I feel like giving up.
  • Address ‘failure’ more effectively.
  • Use what I’ve learned more successfully.
  • Gain a greater sense of achievement, which in turn increases confidence.

My Plan

On each of the first four Fridays in May I’m going to start a new challenge – but not necessarily finish it that week. A challenge can be anything you want to challenge yourself to do. My first challenge is designing and knitting a lace patterned jumper. I was inspired by this… Four weeks four challenges - Bekki Hill - Lacy Jumper Four weeks four challenges - Bekki Hill - lacy jumper close up To gain maximum benefit from the challenge, I need to check I’m chasing after something I want. My reasons for taking on the challenge are:

  • I would love to have a jumper like this.
  • I will learn new skills/techniques
  • I want to become better at designing jumpers
  • I love knitting.

For a challenge to be a challenge it needs to stretch our boundaries in some way, but if we are to achieve our goal we don’t want to aim so high it puts us off. This challenge stretches my boundaries because, although I have designed the odd jumper in the past, I’ve never designed a lacy one and never one anywhere near as complex as this – however, I’m quiet confident I can do this.  To focus myself I’ve made an action plan with start and finish dates:

  • Start this evening.
  • Work out and cast on the appropriate number of stitches for the back and begin the rib.
  • Whilst starting back, identify other stitches I want to use and make test swatches.
  • Knit in my free time and other time I can squeeze in knitting , such as on car journey’s.
  • Complete by 15th June 2015

King Cole Cotton Yarn As I made my plan, I also considered the possible pitfalls, so I could plan to avoid/deal with them. The pitfall I identified was that I may get distracted by the other challenges as I take them on. I will also lose time to them, so I set a six week deadline to finish this challenge, so I have plenty of time to do it. If you do join me in challenging yourself this monthlet me know how many challenges you’re taking on and what your  plan to work. If you blog about it, please link back to this post. Thanks! I’ll let you know my second challenge and how I’m getting on with this one next Friday. Bekki

27 thoughts on “Four weeks four challenges

  1. That is a stunning pattern!! I’m currently working on finishing an afghan for my niece for her high school graduation present. My aunt made my me and my sister both one for our graduations, and it is a tradition I’m hoping to keep alive! Her graduation is mid-June and I’m not even halfway! Ahh!!

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  2. And I thought I did nutty things! Good luck! I would join in only I have this small thing called an election going on for the next week and then I have three weeks to close down my current office, decorate my bedroom and my kitchen and then start a new job… I might join in next week… But really looking forward to seeing your challenges!

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    1. Should I worry that I’m please you think I do nutty things? Wooo that does sound busy, but, yes would be lovely if you can join in for a short while. Good luck with your whole huge list of stuff.

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      1. Nah its good to be amongst friends! I can’t WAIT to be back to normal. Need to think of a challenge yet – probably crocheting myself a jacket. In three weeks so I can wear it to my new job.

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      2. Aw! Thank you. Three weeks will soon go by and you’ll be all done and settling into your new job – how exciting 🙂 A jacket in three weeks with all the rest of that – sounds like a challenge to me. Well more than a challenge to me as I can’t even crochet!


  3. Seems like a great challenge! Lovely jumper too. I will follow to see your progress, of course. Now, will I join you? I can think of several challenges to take up…I’ll post if I do. All the best and thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. You’re really making me want to get my knitting needles out again, Bekki – and I’ve managed such self control for well over a year now. That jumper looks wonderful. I’ve never designed my own patterns, though…well, not since I made lots of doll’s clothes when my two daughters were little.

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      1. If I started knitting, Bekki, I wouldn’t do anything else until I’d finished it. I really do enjoy doing it and my writing would be put on hold again. 😦 So, unfortunately, I just have to leave it alone for a while.

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