International Stitch Making Month – InStiMaMo

Today people around the world began hurling themselves towards 50,000 words as part of the (Inter)National Novel Writing Month.

The aim of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words during the month of November, ideally in some sort of coherent order, to write a novel. I’ve completed it twice before, but it’s not really practical for me to take part this year, so I will just be cheering from the sidelines.

The fabulous KnitGrrl is hosting NaKniSweMo (knit a sweater month), and I like knitting, but I would rather crochet at the moment, and I have craft fairs to prep for.

I therefore propose a challenge for all the hookers, knitters-with-sweaters, embroiderers and sewers out there. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it:


InStiMaMo:  Make 50,000 stitches in 30 Days.

The Rules:

  1. Any kind of stitch counts, as long as it’s made by hand.
  2. Use any medium, and any technique you like, to make anything.
  3. Make as many things as you want, just count the stitches. For example, you could make 50 what-nots  using 1000 stitches in each. If you don’t know how many stitches are in your what-nots, work it out, or just make a guess.
  4. Nobody is going to count your stitches, just don’t cheat, OK? You’re only fooling yourself. 😉
  5. Take lots of photos and have fun! If you have a crafty blog, post a link below so we can all visit and see what you are up to.


This would be a great time to experiment with new techniques, make something freeform, herd your gifts, or attack that blanket you’ve always wanted to make.

Want to play? Add yourself to the comments below. Don’t forget to link to your blog and tell us about your project!