trying something new

At the beginning of May the lovely Kate set a challenge to herself to do a motif a day in May, and asked if anyone else would like to play along by setting their own challenges for May.

I did, I wanted to play. My challenge was to crochet a little every day, as I wanted to get better. Not show stoppingly better just better than the very, very basics I did know. I wanted to understand what the hell all of these terms meant like, hdc2tog, sc, treble clusters etc. So I did, and now it makes a little more sense instead of looking at it as if I was reading ancient Greek. May is now over and I’m determined to keep practising and keep getting better, (as everyone needs a hat with flaps and ears I think.)

Coming to the end of the month, I came across this short TED talk. He talks of trying something new for 30 days. I was in again. It didn’t have to be big, it could be really quite small. Teeny tiny steps towards doing something I would like to do.

I still want to keep crocheting to get better, so I think I’ll keep that one. It might not be every day, but it will be there for a whole lot of it. I thought I might also try two other challenges during June. One, I want to make each person in our family laugh. Not by performing a slapstick comedy routine, but just to find a genuine chuckle each day from them. My second thing I want to do is read about coal seam gas. Not technically your usual combinations, but important ones for me this month anyway.

I asked Mr Chocolate and Monkey Boy if they would like to play along. A lovely yes from Mr Chocolate. He is going to practise playing his new ukulele each day. Monkey Boy was a bit unsure about the whole thing. But he was happy enough at the suggestion that he and I read a little of a special book every day, and Wind in the Willows we are starting off with.

How about you? Feel like doing something each day in June?


* I really was so very humbled by all your lovely comments from my last post. That sort of honesty that so many of you wrote about in the comments is invaluable. Not only for me but for any other mums out there that might be reading and not commenting. So really, a heart felt thank you.

22 thoughts on “trying something new

  1. I give myself a task every week, but you have inspired me to make sure I practice my newfound knitting skill (attempted skill) each and every day. I’m stuck and can’t start knitting onto one needle now that I cleared it…I bet a quick trip to YouTube would rectify that and all I needed was to read your post and choose my attitude 🙂
    Your crochet skillz are mad! Love the beanies!


  2. Your crocheting is looking pretty great Brydie – these are gorgeous creations. I chuckled at the second item, but can see how it might be an important one! Now you’ve definitely motivated me to play along, but I might need to ponder what to pick…


  3. Your crochet looks lovely. I have started reading about coal seam gas as we have a lot of mining companies doing “exploration” not too far from us and ours. It is pretty interesting and very frightening depending on what you read and what agenda those who wrote it have.


  4. Your crochet makes me want to crochet but really I would love to knit another scarf for Sylvia – not sure I can do it every day because am so disorganised at that sort of thing but maybe will see how far I get in June. Then one of these days I will get to latchhook tassles onto a scarf – that would make me very happy! E would be happy to hear of another ukelele player – he is convinced they are taking over the world!


  5. I have a friend who recently spoke at a TED Conference. Her daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia and very nearly died but in the nick of time a bone marrow donor was found in the USA. She was speaking on raising the awareness for people aged between 18 and 40 to register for bone marrow donation. I am very anti coal-seam gas and how these companies (often foreign) with mining licenses have the right to trample and destroy other people’s property all for a fast buck with no thought for the long-term damage this does to our land. Great post! xx


  6. i just love the photo of your daughter in the hat you crocheted..i can do simple stitches but i can’t read a pattern..i have so many projects that my challenge is to finish them..especially my daughter’s quilt that is now over a year late..if i did a little bit a day and i would have it done in no time..


  7. That little hat is awesome! It would take a lot more than 30 days to have me at that level! I have been thinking about a new challenge. Missed the boat for June, but watch this space for July! Glad you are well 🙂


  8. This is such a gorgeous blog! I love it and on my new blog about living more green, gardening, and more, I have included this delightful blog of yours in my Blogroll of great WordPress places to visit. Hope that’s ok with you. Keep up the great blogging! Signed, a fan over at Cheers! Gina


  9. I enjoyed your post and the TED talk, inspirational, thanks! I think I’ll be up for the challenge next month, perhaps a drawing a day. Love the hats too. Your little girl is looks so cute in ears 🙂


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