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A beginners account of historical costuming and other textile pursuits

The 2020 Craft Challenge

26 Projects – 4 different disciplines – 365 days to finish.

Due to the covid19 virus and being in lockdown I should in theory have the time that I need to be able to do this challenge. In practice however, I have even less time than before. Why? I hear you ask…… because I have an almost 5 year old taking up every bit of my attention at the moment between suddenly becoming a preschool teacher with zero experience to child entertainer with even less experience I think Ill be turning this 2020 challenge into a 2021 challenge. Well at least I know what my goals for next year will be.


This is a personal challenge that came about after once too many times falling over bags of unfinished crafting projects or UFOs if you will. I am notorious for starting projects and never completing them. After a massive clear out after Christmas 2019 I discovered no less than 26 unfinished projects….. 26!!!!! 😱

I never ever make resolutions for the New Year but I really want to get 2020 off to a good start and have decided set myself the challenge of getting all my UFOs done by the end of the year.

They include:

  • 11 Crochet Projects
  • 2 Embroidery Projects
  • 11 Cross-stitch Projects
  • 2 Sewing Projects

It may not sound like much but most are large projects that will take time. I will be posting updates and progress as regularly as possible. Feel free to join in with your own 2020 craft challenge. It would be nice to know Im not the only serial UFOer out there.

Now for the most challenging part of the challenge….. I am not allowed to buy any more craft supplies (unless it is to finish one of these WIP). Hang my photo up in craft stores with DO NOT SERVE THIS WOMAN on it. Google needs to revoke online access to any craft related search.

Yes! I am cutting myself off from craft &yarn supplies for the next 12 months!!

9 thoughts on “The 2020 Craft Challenge

  1. You sound a lot like me. I have 4 knitting projects and two crochet projects that I’ve started. There is more yarn and I’ve forgotten why I bought it. The other thing I do is enrol in on-line art classes and I start with lots of enthusiasm and then I get bored or overwhelmed with the intensity or the enormity of the project. I think I should do the same and not buy anymore yarn and fabric until I finish the projects that I started. I’ll be checking in to see how you’re doing. Carol

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    1. Thank you! It’s nice to hear I’m not alone. Its going to be really hard being cut off from supplies. I went into town today doing a happy stroll to my craft shop only to remember I wasn’t allowed to get anything. My happy stroll turned into feet dragging and going back home empty handed was a new concept. Even my husband couldn’t believe I didn’t buy anything.

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  2. You’re not alone! I’m a project starter too, I finish some of them but a lot just get forgotten. I haven’t so much as set a goal as ambitious as yours but through this lockdown I’m getting around to finish some of the projects I started. I keep casting on new ones too though 😅. I’m cut from buying more yarn anyway, since the “not essential” stores are closed due to de pandemic, I would argue that they are “essential” but I chose to look at it the other way around and be thankful that I have so much UFOs since having enough yarn to distract myself feels like a saving grace for me right now


    1. In my opinion crochet and knitting are a post apocalyptic life skill therefore essential but apparently my opinion on it isn’t as strong as the governments to change their mind 😄 I’m actually raiding my UFOs at the moment to make myself new friends (amiguriumi dolls) so it could be that I have no UFOs left by the end of it all. Wouldn’t that be nice 🤔😁


      1. It certainly would be nice. Maybe just 1 or 2 left would be even better than all done? No UFOs left would mean you run out of yarn?!!😮 Besides, I don’t know about you but I like to have at least some projects on the needles at all times, so I can pick them up whenever I need some mindless knitting without having to think about what I want to knit

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