10,000 Hours Call for Help

Entering this first quarter of 2012, I need help funding the instructional side of 10,000 Hours. Here’s a breakdown of what I have lined up:

$150 – Local immersive knitting weekend. Including 6 hours of instruction from a professional knitting teacher.

$35 – Local class on knitting gloves. New techniques for me will be creating a thumb gusset and learning how to knit the individual fingers.

$28 – Local class on seaming knitted items.

$90 – TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association) Master Hand Knitting Program Level 1. Correspondence research and instruction program.

Total = $303

If you can help, please visit the 10,000 Hours Sponsorship page and look over the sponsorship levels and their corresponding benefits. I have added the Sea Change print (pictured above) to the $100 sponsorship level. (For which you also receive a photo from the 10,000 Hours project and an invitation to The Amateur Hour party once I reach 5,000 hours.) Only 20 Sea Change prints are available. And of course sponsorship at any level is greatly appreciated.

I truly am at a point where these things won’t happen without sponsorship; so, I thank you in advance for any help you can give in sponsoring the instruction side (the absolutely essential part) of 10,000 Hours. And please spread the word! Thank you so much.

*About Sea Change: I made Sea Change to commemorate the first 500 hours (1/20th of the journey). I knitted a “Sea Foam” stitch lace swatch, attached it to a printing block, shellacked it for durability, and have run a limited edition print & watercolor on 100% rag linen paper. This print is currently available through  10,000 Hours Sponsorship at the $100 level. You can read more on Sea Change in my June 2011 blog entry.

A New Year of 10,000 Hours

Here it is, exactly 11 months since I started down this 10,000 Hours road and I’ve crossed the threshold into a new year. So, in the spirit of New Year’s traditions I thought I’d share some of my plans “resolutions” for the coming 12 months of this project.

  1. Clean Up the Books: A huge chunk of 10,000 Hours is data. I enter the hours weekly. I track the progress of individual knitted projects. I have a large spreadsheet with formulas and orderly columns. It’s all very official and number oriented. When a knitted project is finished, I title it with the number of hours it took. For example, my very first square took 8 hours to knit and is titled Hours: 0 – 8. Here’s the problem though. Let’s say I then work on a big sweater for a while like 30 hours, then I stop and work on a quick pair of mittens for 10 hours. I haven’t finished the sweater so it is not in the list of finished projects and is not titled. But the mittens are done. They are the project that were finished after Hours: 0 – 8, they took 10 hours to knit, the mittens then get titled Hours 9 – 18. In this example, however, I have 48 hours of knitting done and a sweater languishing on my desk. The project titles aren’t reflecting the progress of the over-arching project. Over the course of 2011 my knitting-hours to project-titles discrepancy grew. A lot. I did, in fact, have a sweater languishing on my desk as well as a really, really ugly hat that I couldn’t bring myself to finish, and various other small unfinished objects (UFO’s in knitter-speak). My knitting-hours to project-titles gap was around 200 hours at one point. So… I am tackling those UFO’s. I’m deciding to either finish them, rip them out, or give them new life under glass with sketching and commentary. Currently the hours/title gap is down to about 40 or so hours. There will probably always be a bit of a gap but it just feels much better to have the books neat and tidy.
  2. More Art: Okay. I’ve been at this 11 months now. Time to start producing more 10,000 Hours related works.
  3. Design: In 2011 I designed four knitting patterns. I LOVED doing it. Figuring out how to actually knit my ideas has pushed me to learn new techniques, solve various knitting problems, and clearly communicate knitting instructions. Designing seems to be a great way to keep pushing myself along the 10,000 Hours path.
  4. Take 10,000 Hours Out on the Town: It’s high time I get this project out and about and not just talk theory with the people I meet; actually bring my work out into the light of day. Yeah, that’s the scary part.

So, Happy 2012!!! Here’s to continuing down the uncomfortable (but glorious) path of growth, discovery, and art.