5 tips for working on a year long craft project

5 top tips for taking on a year-long craft project

At the beginning of 2014 I began a sky blanket. Inspired by Laura’s blog, the concept is to knit a square for every day of the year based on the colour of the sky at midday. I have a pallet of five colours to work from and I work with two each day. I’ve been recording the colours in a notebook and have slowly (and sometimes painfully!) been making the blanket this year.

5 tips for a year long craft project - This Little Space of Mine

With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learnt through the year while working on this year long craft project. It’s not easy, but the sense of achievement is huge.

  1. Don’t fall too far behind

    Perhaps easier said then done, but try and pace yourself and work little and often. That way, even if you do fall behind you’ll still be in reaching distance of being able to catch up.

  2. Have other projects on the go

    Having a balance can only be a good thing. The sky blanket is knitted, so I opted for a couple of cross stitch and small sewing projects.

  3. Remember the time of year!

    My one main lesson from the sky blanket is that knitting in the summer is horrible. No other way around it, when it’s hot the last thing I wanted to do was knitting and feel even more hot and bothered. Summer is for sewing and knitting is for winter.

  4. Get other people involved

    It’s going to be a long year if you haven’t got people around you who are interested in what you’re working on. My sky blanket requires me to check the sky colour at midday everyday and I love the fact my work colleagues also look out the window and sometimes help me decide on the colours to use.

  5. Make it something portable

    Thankfully I’ve been able to take my sky blanket squares with me, so even when I’ve been on holiday I could take it with me and work on it in quiet times. Nothing better than knitting on holiday! I think I would’ve fallen quite far behind had I not been able to take it around with me.

    And one for luck…

  6. Don’t underestimate how much time it takes

    I naively underestimated just how much time it takes to make a blanket. I thought about the time for knitting a square but never even considered the time it takes to sew the squares together or tie in loose ends. Had I known, I probably would’ve made each square much smaller.

Here are a couple more photos of my sky blanket, including a special appearance from Freds the cat. For more insight into my sky blanket and how it’s grown head here.

5 tips for a year long craft project - This Little Space of Mine

5 tips for a year long craft project - This Little Space of Mine

5 tips for a year long craft project - This Little Space of Mine

Are you thinking of taking on a year long craft project? While my sky blanket has been a labour of love, I’m so pleased I stuck with it and I can’t wait to see how it looks once we go into 2015.

I doubt I’ll do another lengthy project for a while, I’m looking forward to being able to freely work on projects, but don’t let that put you off – it’s a good challenge to have.


6 Comments on 5 tips for working on a year long craft project

  1. Kate
    27/11/2014 at 5:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Your blanket looks lovely – the blue and natural colours are so pretty! I don’t think I have the patience for a year-long project. I think it would feel like a burden and always be hanging over me each day, but that’s just me as I’m pretty impatient when it comes to making things! x

    • Leanne Beale
      28/11/2014 at 1:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kate! I agree, it’s a tough thing to do but I can’t wait to see the finished blanket. πŸ™‚ x

  2. Gwen
    27/11/2014 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this – such a gorgeous idea for a blanket! Not sure I would have the patience to do it every day though…!

    • Leanne Beale
      28/11/2014 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Gwen! It’s had its good and bad days, that’s for sure. πŸ˜‰ x

  3. Louise
    17/12/2014 at 12:46 pm (3 years ago)

    eek, you must be nearly finished now! how exciting! I bet it’s so warm and snuggly (and heavy). My grandma made us an enormous king-sized crochet blanket for our wedding and it’s incredible for these cold nights x

    • Leanne Beale
      17/12/2014 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Hey Louise, it’s perfect for this time of year – Freds and I have loved snuggling up with it. πŸ™‚ I’ve just finished October, so a bit of catching up to do. That’s so nice of your grandma – have I missed the photos for it? I’d love to see. x