Sunday 25 January 2015

The Small Project Challenge, Knitting in the Round and Woolly Hat Day

I don't know about you but I always have a lot of crafty projects on the go. I think it's only natural that crafty people are always thinking about what to make next, but that can mean that projects take a long time to get finished/never get finished (like the Rowan Drift cardigan that's almost finished but has been sitting in my project bag untouched for about a year). 

So, in 2015, what with this being the year I'm trying to get organised, I've set myself the challenge of finishing one small project each month. This will still satisfy my need to always be making and always thinking of the next project, but should hopefully leave me time to get on with and finish the bigger projects too (cardigan, I'm coming for you!) I'm calling it The Small Project Challenge!

For my first small project as part of my challenge I thought I'd knit a hat in the round. After the hectic end to 2015 I treated myself to a set of Denise Interchangable Knitting Needles, which were recommended by some friends from work. They are so handy as they are really portable and the sizes range from 3.75-10mm. You just slot the cord and the pins together and away you go

Save for a few experiments I've never knitted anything in the round on circular needles before, but I impressed by how quickly the work grew. I made the hat in a few hours and the bonus of knitting in the round is no ends to sew in! I used Rowan Creative Focus Worsted yarn which is a Wool and Alpaca mix. I like to keep my ears warm!

These Rico Faux Pom Poms are great fun so I stitched on one of those

Incidentally, this Friday 30th January is Woolly Hat Day in the UK to raise money for homeless charity St Mungo's Broadway, so I will be wearing my hat and donating to the cause.

How do you manage your crafty projects? Do you like to to finish one before starting the next, or like me, do you have lots on the go?


  1. Like you, I have lots of projects on the go, but I am trying to finish some of them before embarking on new ones.

  2. It's definitely the way forward to get projects accomplished!