Valentine Sock and 1/3…

is unveiled!

It takes about 34,000 stitches to knit an average pair of socks – I made it to about 20,000 before I had to stop and wrap!!!

Hmm, what’s this?  …

Sock Unveiling1

Is it a book? …

Sock Unveiling2

No wait, it’s a “finish it yourself” pair of socks …

Sock Unveiling3

At least one foot will stay warm …

Sock Unveiling5

Will he be wearing the second sock before the weather turns warm???



February 2013 Marathon Recap…

Or just how much knitting got knit?

The results are in and here’s how my time was spent…

  • Knitting – 13 hours and 12 minutes
  • Sleeping ~ 6-1/2 hours (somehow I can’t seem to get it under 6 – knitting CAN be exhausting!)
  • Eating ~ 2-1/2 hours
  • Taking pictures, posting updates ~ 2-1/2 hours
  • Other ~ 1-1/2 hours (you don’t want the details, trust me)

Check out fellow bloggers…  At Margareta’s Haus and Not Your Average Zoe – I noticed they were knitting up a storm as well!  I love the mini-chevron blanket that Zoe was working on and Margareta definitely had me beat with her production of 2 skirts and the beginnings of a baby sweater!

This month I knit more hours than the total of everything else:  13.2 hours knitting / 13 hours doing other.  In March I am going to really try to up the hours of ACTUAL knitting!!!  Ideas???

Lessons Learned…

  • Knitting something that is to be a surprise?  Schedule activities for that person so they won’t be hanging around impeding progress!
  • Decide from the beginning that you will be okay with slow-going if you work with teeny tiny needles!
  • Be ready to RIP if necessary and don’t waste time wallowing in self-knitty-pity.

Revelations Revealed and Resolutions made…

  • The break in my yarn won’t be noticed until I am 3/4 of the way across a really complex cable and lace row.   Resolution:  Don’t waste time, just “tink” it and get over it.
  • I WILL make a grand statement that I will be wearing a finished knitted item by the end of the Marathon JUST BEFORE I do the math and realize I couldn’t possibly finish even if I had 4 hands to knit with and twice as much time. :-)  Resolution:  Don’t whine, just keep knitting until the end, I’ll be much farther along than when I started!
  • I WILL find all sorts of reasons to knit for myself rather than someone else.  Resolution:  Banish the quilt and knit on!

JOIN ME for my next Marathon which will begin Friday, March 8th at 7pm EST and run through 9:32pm on Saturday, March 9th.  This will be a ROAD-TRIP marathon for me, so I am excited to see how it will work out!

♥ How did your Valentine knitting projects end up? ♥

My February Knitting Marathon…

is in the books!

At 8:35pm last night, when I put my needles away for the evening I was satisfied with my progress.  I am much farther along now than I would have been otherwise!

I finished out the marathon on my sweater since Pete was around all evening and his Valentine socks are supposed to be a surprise!  Won’t he be surprised when he gets 1-1/2 socks :-)

So the Valentine’s Day gift socks will be wrapped up with 4 dbl-points sticking out of one sock – what a unique gift that is!

My cables & lace Valentine sweater back and front …

ValentineSweater ProgressFront6

I am just 2 rows away from the armholes and I am heading towards the neckline!

Lucky for my sweater…

Pete and I will be road tripping it this afternoon to see our son play baseball.  With a 2-hour drive ahead, I just may make it to the neckline by the 14th!  And, since we have scheduled our Valentine dinner for NEXT week, I may still be able to wear it for our celebration – SWEET!

Hope you had an awesome 2 days of Knitting – Join me next month for my March Knitting Marathon – date to be announced soon!

As a matter of fact, I AM still Knitting…

…and knitting and knitting!

2:41pm – 5:28pm – knitting furiously on Pete’s second sock.

I’m not sure how many of the 17,000 stitches I have left, but it’s probably more than 10,000.

10,000 stitches left to go,

10,000 stitches to knit,

So many to go, so knit one row,

Only 9,912 more stitches to go!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a gadget that counted your stitches automatically as you knit them – How fun would that be! 

Getting “flap happy” as I approach the point where I can start the heel flap …

2ndSock StartHeelFlap


5:55pm – taking a break to eat, gotta fuel the final push…

I’ll be back soon to run through the Finish Line!

February Knitting Marathon…

…approaches the 20 hour mark!

With only 6.2 hours remaining, I have revised my goals – JUST GET ME TO THE HEEL!!!

 1:03pm - giving my fingers a break from the tiny needles to get some nourishment – knitting can be exhausting :-)

Just 2 more stripes and I begin the heel flap …

2ndSock Progress2

No time to waste, gotta keep KNITTING for my Valentine!!!

Still Knitting…

…and knitting and knitting!

 9:00am to 10:31am – I spent knitting on a backup project, my easy lacy rib scarf.

This scarf was a nice break and I really like the way it looks so different on each side.

Here is what I am calling the FRONT of my lacy rib scarf …

LacyRibScarf Front

And here is the back which looks more ribby than lacy …

LacyRibScarf Back

Ok, Cheryl – Time to get back to knitting for LOVE ♥

10:55am – picking up the teeny tiny needles to make a dent in those 17,000 stitches!!!

How are YOU doing on your knitting today?

February Knitting Marathon…


 6:33am – still working on my Valentine Day sweater


8:43amfirst break of the today to take care of some business

Slow-going on the sweater front, just 2 more inches knit, but I am ALMOST at the armholes…

ValentineSweater ProgressFront5

And the stripes aren’t striping as fast as I would like (perhaps boredom with going round and round and round?) …

2ndSock Progress1

Or perhaps because I am knitting with needles the size of toothpicks??? :-) 

Ahhh… the things we do for Love ♥

Right now though, I am happy for knitting friends, because I’m remembering that one friend suggested I could gift one sock for Valentine’s Day and the second sock for his Birthday – Brilliant Idea that I may have to employ. 

Another friend was knitting a Christmas present which wasn’t quite done and she wrapped it anyway and then just took it back to finish!  We knitters are such a resourceful bunch!!!

8:55am – Taking a Valentine break to work on my light grey scarf!!!

Okay everyone Let’s KNIT KNIT KNIT some more!

It’s 8pm EST, and my February Knitting Marathon…

…is in full swing!

Here is how the starting lineup is progressing…

6:00pm – started on the second striped sock


8:23pm – first break (I went a little longer because… well I just started!

After about 2 hours of knitting the striped socks are boasting more stripes…

Second Sock Progress2

And my Valentine’s Day sweater front is getting CLOSE to armhole edges…

ValentineSweater ProgressFront4

8:35pm – Putting on the coffee!  Making it decaf…  early to bed / early to rise for what I hope will be a VERY PRODUCTIVE tomorrow!!!

For now, it’s time to KNIT KNIT KNIT some more!

FEB 2013 Knitting Marathon to begin… @ 6:00pm EST

…Please Join Me!

I will be knitting for 26.2 “mostly continuous” hours (this evening through tomorrow evening) taking breaks to sleep, eat and post.  Check out January’s Marathon Recap for a typical breakdown of how my hours are spent!

Marcy of the Marcaritaville Blog has already started knitting for the day!  Check out her one month no-spend challenge as well!  And I’m hoping AndreSue will be joining us too!

So, I have my Valentine’s Day works-in-progress all ready to go.

I have cast on the second of Pete’s Striped Socks…


A little less than 17,000 teeny tiny sock stitches to go :-)

And here is the front of my Valentine’s Day sweater with, YIKES, only 4 days to finish…


I was hoping to have the front bound off by the start of this Marathon, but well, LIFE HAPPENS!!!

And if I need a break from those, I have 2 more projects ready to go…

Feb Marathon Backup WiPs

…so there you have it – THE STARTING LINEUP!


Valentine Knitting Updates…

Will I finish the socks?  Will I finish the sweater?

I am determined to find a way to answer Yes to both!

Over the weekend I did my grocery shopping and meal-planning for the week so I am in good shape there.  Cleaning is in check and my evening commitments are minimal.  I will be studying by day with all breaks spent knitting.  By the start of my February Knitting Marathon on Sunday afternoon, I’m hoping my project status will be…

  • Pete’s socksready to turn the heel on the second sock
  • My Valentine sweater - front finished and 2 sleeves cast on

First sock with the toe ready to be seamed using the Kitchener Stitch


Voila, the first sock is done…


And the front of my cables & lace  Valentine sweater is progressing nicely…


Short posts this week – gotta stay focused!!!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥


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