As many of you know, NaKniSweMo is a challenge to knit a sweater in the month of November. NaKnitMo is challenging yourself to knit a certain number of stitches in November.
For my dollar, NaKniSweMo seems like madness. Don’t get me wrong, Great if NaKniSweMo works for you. But in November I have enough Christmas preparations to attend to, without volunteering for a new big knitting project. On top of that I’ve got enough WIPs that it would be great to finish in 2015.
NaKnitMo, however, hits the other end of my sanity scale. It makes me ask:
‘Okay, what am I going to knit to achieve my goal?’
This question induces me to survey all my knitting projects, including what’s languishing at the bottom of my heap of WIPs/UFOS.
A sense of enthusiasm and excitement builds as I recognise, if I work hard, I might be able to finish several projects in 2015 and use my New Year’s enthusiasm to start some lovely new knitting in 2016.
My competitive voice also asks…
‘ How can in squeeze more knitting in to knit as many stitches in November as possible?’
This theoretically helps me identify more time to knit – although heaven knows I squeeze knitting in so many gaps already, that may be a challenge too far.
Despite my bias towards NaKnitMo, I do believe both NaKniSweMo and NaKnitMo are great challenges. But I also believe before taking on either we should have a good look around and ask:
Is this really a good idea?
Of course NaKniSweMo and NaKnitMo were inspired by NaNoWriMo. I’ve worked with many clients who’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo, who have had amazing and enlightening, even life changing (yes, I’m serious) experiences, – but again results depend on who you are and where you are.
So where are you? Have you ever taken part in NaNoWriMo, or any of the other challenges it has inspired? If you have, have they helped or hindered? Are you taking part on one this year? If so, how’s it going?
I’d love to know.