101 Things In 1001 Days

“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet” ~ Sadie Delany

  • Begin Date: January 1, 2010
  • End Date: September 28, 2012

The Challenge:
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 is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.


  • Italics/Bold = In progress
  • Strikethrough = Finished!

New Tricks

  1. Run a 5K
  2. Run a 10K
  3. Run a half-marathon
  4. Learn how to roll my kayak reliably
  5. Write a short story
  6. Learn how to make truffles
  7. Learn how to silk screen from my Mom
  8. Learn how to trim my bangs myself
  9. Take a guitar lesson
  10. Take a cake decorating class
  11. Learn how to make focaccia bread

Material Girl

  1. Buy a summer dress that makes me feel good
  2. Buy a party dress suitable for weddings etc. that is NOT black
  3. Have Mrs. Blake’s opal ring reset into something I can wear that will remind me of her
  4. Get a massage
  5. Buy the perfect red lipstick
  6. Wear that red lipstick
  7. Find an outfit that matches my FM boots so I can actually wear them at least once
  8. Buy a pair of sharp scissors for trimming my bangs
  9. Put $50 or more into our savings account each month (Began: Jan-2010)
  10. Buy a new hairdryer (mine’s at least 20 years old)
  11. Learn how to do the “smoky eye” look
  12. Wear the “smoky eye” look somewhere

Home Is Where The Heart Is

  1. Buy a bench for our front porch
  2. Open an IRA
  3. Do the paperwork to roll over my PERS account from my old job
  4. Paint at least one room in our house a color other than white
  5. Plant a vegetable garden
  6. Plant dahlias
  7. Finish the front garden bed
  8. Finish the other front garden bed
  9. Plant roses
  10. Plant a fruit tree
  11. Put up a shelf to hold all our kayak & knitting magazines in their holders
  12. Find a place for all my buttons (inside the house, not the garage)
  13. Eat dinner off my heirloom china at least once
  14. Find archival storage boxes for my heirloom china
  15. Organize our closet
  16. Clean out and organize the kitchen “junk” drawer
  17. Clean up the office
  18. Put up a permanent shower rod in the guest bathroom
  19. Hire a contractor to put up display cabinets for my fancy china in the dining room
  20. Put up a wall cabinet above the toilet in the guest bathroom
  21. Finally replace the paper shade over our “bonus” window in our bedroom with something permanent – Completed March 9, 2010: Wood blinds from Lowe’s that match the wood trim on our windowsills
  22. Buy an advent calendar with drawers or cubbies for the baby (future holiday traditions)
  23. Finally put all our photos into albums where they belong
  24. Transfer all our photos in non-archival albums, to archival albums
  25. Buy, build, or otherwise create, a headboard for our bed
  26. Make a home maintenance schedule of some kind so that I can keep track of the batteries in the smoke detector, furnace filter replacement, etc. on a regular basis

I Made This!

  1. Knit R. Darling a pair of thick, warm, house socks
  2. Knit R. Darling a hat with earflaps
  3. Spin enough yarn to knit a complete item of some kind
  4. Knit something from my handspun
  5. Re-finish my antique dresser
  6. Make a lemon meringue pie from scratch
  7. Bake spritz cookies
  8. Finally figure out that recipe I have for Dot’s Eggnog cake
  9. Try 10 new recipes – (#1 Frango no leite – 1/17/10; #2 Crock Pot Pot Roast – 7/7/10; #3 Grandma’s Rhubarb Cake – 7/26/10; #4 Hot & Cheesy Chicken Casserole 8/31/10; #5 Skillet Lasagna; #6 Baked Shrimp Curry 4/23/11)
  10. Finish my copy of the photo album I sent my best college friend 3 years ago for Christmas
  11. Build a light box for photographing objects
  12. Knit a pair of Fiddlehead Mittens (finally)
  13. Enter a photo in the Knitty calendar contest
  14. Finish R. Darling’s Aunt D’s felted handbag
  15. Make my own fabric at Spoonflower
  16. Dye my own yarn
  17. Write a knitting pattern
  18. Knit my Mom her Fake Isle Earflap hat – Completed November 24, 2010
  19. Open an etsy shop
  20. Sell something from my etsy shop
  21. Learn how to add bust darts to a sweater
  22. Knit something that requires steeking
  23. Make those recycled Christmas card ornaments I’ve been meaning to make for a couple years
  24. Knit 5 things from Interweave Magazine (IK Knits, or Knitscene) – (#1 Chameleon Scarf completed June 9, 2010; #2 Oscilloscope Shawl completed January 9, 2011)
  25. Grow a munchkin – Completed February 2, 2010
  26. Embroider something
  27. Sew a complete project from start to finish
  28. Make a temari
  29. Knit a Baby Surprise Jacket
  30. Knit a vintage pattern
  31. Whittle my UFO’s down to, preferably zero, but 3 minimum is acceptable (As of January 1, 2010 I have 10: Chameleon Scarf, Jaywalker Socks, Secrety Squirrel Test Knit Socks, Cabley, Fiddlehead Mittens, Lelah, Lace Edge Jacket, U-Neck Vest, Bitty Baby Sockies, Cherry Fizz) – (First UFO completed June 9, 2010: Chameleon Scarf; 2nd completed: Cherry Fizz; 3rd completed February 16, 2011: Jaywalker Socks)
  32. Whittle my stash down to approximately half of what it is at the start of January 2010 (calculation forthcoming)
  33. Make 6 things (whether recipes, or crafts) from Martha Stewart
  34. Bake a Red Velvet Cake (or cupcakes)
  35. Knit a pair of Monkey socks
  36. Knit a Clapotis
  37. Knit and donate at least 2 afghans (or enough squares to make 2 afghans) to Warm Up America
  38. Knit a sweater in pieces so I can learn how to seam and not be intimidated by sweaters constructed like this in the future
  39. Knit a sweater using Tuulia Salmela’s “Tailored Sweater” Method

Other Malarky

  1. Lose the baby weight
  2. Get a checkup
  3. Watch a Marilyn Monroe movie
  4. Watch a Dirty Harry movie
  5. Go snowshoeing
  6. Take a photographic history tour of our town with R. Darling (we take the photos)
  7. Get my library card (or at least check to see if the one I have still works) – Completed January 22, 2011
  8. Fertilize my houseplants
  9. Read Lord Of The Flies
  10. Take my guitar in and have the strings replaced
  11. Go to Stitches
  12. Try a mojito
  13. Take a vacation

8 thoughts on “101 Things In 1001 Days

  1. 1. Wisconsin has wonderful spots for snowshoeing – just saying… you know, if you need a trip or anything. :)

    2. The Container Store has wonderful China storage boxes. I ordered mine online.

  2. You inspired me to start this when you posted about it last. Now I’m having fun seeing how many things we have in common (or nearly in common) on our lists. Can you believe that I have never knit a complete pair of socks for myself?? :) I seriously walk around all the time mismatched in my handknits…

  3. Love your list! It’s inspired me to add knitting or crochet to mine. Probably crochet as I find that easier. I too have a huge stash of yarn that needs whittling down! Good luck with completing all your goals.

  4. Love the list! I really like how you organized yours into (cleverly named) sections. I should put mine on my blog so I can do the same thing.

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