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101 in 1001

101 in 1001 (Day Zero Project).

I have about 20 {ed. originally, at time of writing} items so far although I have seen some people use "add an item to this list every day until there are 101 items", or similar as one of the 101 items on the list. That seems like cheating, maybe, but I guess it isn't because coming up with 101 items would be an achievement in and of itself! {ed. I added an item like this to the list in the end}

The other problem I am having with my list so far is many of the items are a bit hard to define; e.g. Do XXX. I need to work on making the items more measurable and less ambiguous, á la text on DZP's header image:

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that it is either measurable, or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of effort on your part).

Anyway, my list so far:

Items on the list86
Items completed17
Items removed1

  1. Learn Irish Cottage Knitting. I knit with the 'let go of the right needle whilst bracing it with my left hand and wrap the yarn around the needle' version of English knitting at the moment ('thrown' English knitting). I use my first finger and not my middle finger and am now pretty fast with K, P and rib!

  2. Practice Irish cottage knitting because my tension is much tighter using this method and I'd like to loosen it back up.

  3. Learn to knit using continental knitting. I am able to but am not anywhere near as fast as when knitting using the English/Irish methods yet.

  4. Learn to purl using continental knitting. I can not yet make this feel anything but awkward! ETA: I found this youtube video about the Norwegian purling and so now I can purl Norwegian/continental style!

  5. Practice continental knitting (both K and P) until it is fluid, faster and relatively easy.

  6. Practice two colour fair isle knitting (or other stranded colour-work) with one colour of yarn in each hand (i.e. Continental and English/Irish Cottage style knitting at the same time). Work on making sure it is not too tight or loose.

  7. Knit something in fair isle / stranded two-colour holding one colour of yarn in each hand. Probably something like my iPhone case that is K2 in colour 1, P2 in colour 2 in the round.

  8. Play my flute. More. At all. Measurable?

  9. Play my guitar. More. At all. Measurable?

  10. Sell stuff on ebay that we have no need for.

  11. Do more creative writing. Again, not measurable?

  12. Write down at least ten more of my memoirs/memories.

  13. Publish ten pieces of my writing (prose/memoirs/poetry) onnatf.

  14. Draw. More. At all. Measurable?

  15. Paint. More. At all. Measurable?

  16. Sew. Use my funkay sewing machine to finally make some of the projects I have in mind. More. At all. Measurable?

  17. Make a list of all the craft projects that I want to do/make and add those projects to this list.

  18. Unpack the rest of the boxes from when we moved in July 2008!

  19. Sort out STUFF and organise SHIT so that the flat is nice enough (IMO) to have people visit.

  20. Throw a party / dinner or host a 'group' (e.g. knitting) once the flat is party-able!

  21. Invite friends round once flat is nice enough (IMO) to have people visit.

  22. Find more (and reconnect with old) friends.

  23. Walk every day (health and other stuff permitting, OFC).

  24. Lose weight - get to target weight (15 st or less).

  25. Decide on a target weight.

  26. Swim.

  27. Go to the gym.

  28. Sing. More. At all. Measurable?

  29. Book to do a tandem parachute jump for the MS Society (UK) once I am light enough (15 st).

  30. Get a tattoo.

  31. Take photos.

  32. Post (some of) my existing 1000s of photos (on DVD) to flickr and/or LiveJournal.

  33. Bake. More. At all. Measurable?

  34. Add items to this list until it is full.

  35. Learn to accept 'failure' in things like this as inevitable and a part of life.

  36. Find or make a 101 in 1001 icon.

  37. List some of the stuff I have made on Etsy/Folksy/Misi/Dawanda. Get selling stuff!

  38. Decide what site to use to list my photos for sale. Preferably one that will print, package and deliver them for me as well. e.g. photoboxgallery, cafepress, imagekind or zazzle.

  39. List cards for sale made from my photos.

  40. List other photo products made from my photos, e.g. prints and canvases.

  41. Finish the gloves I am knitting for mum.

  42. Finish hubby's sweater that I was knitting but need to redo to make it fit.

  43. Finish the Cthulhu I was crocheting for hubby.

  44. Knit or sew a set of cargo-style leg pockets that either attach to a belt or round my waist for those jeans/trousers I have that do not have leg pockets.

  45. Mend hubby's shirt!

  46. Explore the local bus system and use the buses to visit E.

  47. Explore the local bus system and use the buses to visit Crawley.

  48. Explore the local bus system and use the buses to visit Brighton.

  49. Visit iKnit roughly once per month.

  50. Go to stay with my brother.

  51. Write my 'bucket list'.

  52. Visit London Zoo with my D40x and long lens.

  53. Visit Wakefield Place and take loads of photos!

  54. Take a bus trip to Guildford and spend time with the camera along the river.

  55. Revisit Earnley Butterfly House with the camera.

  56. Explore the local bus system and use the buses to visit Chichester.

  57. Visit the British Library.

  58. Type up and post some of my on paper writing.

  59. Transfer the posts in nsf_writing to natf (using ljmigrate, maybe?).

  60. Learn to draw with my Wacom pen-tablet (practice the whole hand-eye-pen-screen thing).

  61. Participate in NaPoWriMo during April 2009, at least partially .

  62. Participate in NaPoWriMo during April 2010, at least partially .

  63. Participate in NaPoWriMo during April 2011, at least partially .

  64. Post a 'Birthdays Post' to my LJ each month.

  65. Run a stall at a craft sale (or similar) and try to sell stuff (knitted and printed/photo products).

  66. Hold a yard sale?

  67. Rebind that moleskine diary that I have with that hot-press watercolour paper that I have, á la this tutorial.

  68. Go out and do some wildlife photography - maybe by going to a photography day at the British Wildlife Centre again (BWC flickr group pool / my photos from there).

  69. Spend some time in an RSPB, Warnham Nature Reserve, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (or similar) hide with my Nikon and the long lens taking photos of the birds.

  70. Cover the large floor cushion.

  71. Make bag from the kids denim skirt that I found in Oxfam.

  72. Import nsf_writing into natf for posterity as the latter is a permanent account. I used ljmigrate. There was only one entry that will not import using ljmigrate and so I did that one by hand.

  73. Import natphotoblog into natf.

  74. Import nsf_photos into natf. Not possible using ljmigrate. I may have to work out some other way of doing this for my communities.

  75. Import jadieh into natf. Not possible using ljmigrate. I may have to work out some other way of doing this for my communities.

  76. Import natalief_in_wow into natf. Not possible using ljmigrate. I may have to work out some other way of doing this for my communities.

  77. Import nsf_artwork into natf. Not possible using ljmigrate. I may have to work out some other way of doing this for my communities.

  78. Import vwam into natf. Not possible using ljmigrate. I may have to work out some other way of doing this for my communities.

  79. Import antliae into natf for posterity as the latter is a permanent account.

  80. Back up natf to my natalief DreamWidth. May need to purchase a paid or permanent/seed account over there to do so but the latter costs $200 which I do not have access to.

  81. Read "Creativity Rules!" by John Vorhaus and work through some of the writing exercises therein.

  82. Read "What if?" by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter and work through some of the writing exercises therein.

  83. Read "The five-minute writer" by Margaret Geraghty and work through some of the writing exercises therein.

  84. Re-read "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron and work through some of the writing exercises therein.

  85. Learn to knit two socks at a time on one circular needle (I have this book).

  86. Read and work through "Mind Over Mood".

My deadline date is 1001 days from now = Saturday 17th December 2011.

I reserve the right to reorder and/or edit this list at any time and so the list item numbers may not, in the future, refer to the items that they do now. Once an item is completed I will use strikeout to cross it out.

If anyone has any comments on these items any suggestions as to how to reword them to make them more measurable or suggestions for new items, please feel free to comment on this post! I welcome your constructive input/suggestions!

Many of these challenges are dependent on my health and so I may consider some completed if they are attempted to the best of my ability at the time, health-wise.


Mar. 21st, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I knit with the "thrown" way of the English method and I can't tell you for the life of me how I learned it. I just kinda did it. Right after I really started knitting, a friend of mine, who knits that way, said something like, "Why don't you try holding the yarn over your index finger and knit that way?" So I started knitting that way. I remember it took some getting used to and it was a little slow going but i was working on a simple baby hat so I didn't have to concentrate much on what I was knitting, just holding the yarn.

What I can't get down is the Irish Cottage knitting, which is nutty fast, but I knit fast enough I guess.

Good luck on your list!!
Mar. 23rd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
I can do the thrown english method but my gauge goes all to pot and so I go back to doing it my 'old' way.

What is Irish Cottage Knitting? I guess I should google...
Mar. 23rd, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)

It's how the Yarn Harlot knits and is a variation of production knitting. I knit similarly but can't get comfortable with carrying the yarn over my middle finger and "flicking" it onto the needle. Even so, I can still get pretty close to how fast she knits, esp. if I learn to loosen up a bit so I can push the stitches quicker on the left-hand needle.
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Ah - that is what I meant by thrown English. Ah hah - it is called Irish.
Apr. 1st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
I cannot work out how to knit a purl with the yarn over my first finger. I will look for a youtube video, methinks.
Apr. 1st, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
This site has a bunch of knitting instructional videos for both English and German/Continental methods:


When the lady knits English, she's got the yarn over her first finger. Purling is no different than if you throw the yarn but you need to remember to keep the working yarn IN FRONT of your needle.


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