Impromptu Knitting 10k – Update #3

Over halfway!!!

After knitting for more than 3 hours, I’m pleased to say I reached my goal of running through the first skein of Shelter for my Little Wave cardi.

Here’s what 1 skein knitted up looks like…

1 skein down and 7 to go, I’m 1/8 of the way there! Seven more days and I could be wearing a new sweater 🙂

Ok, back to the needles… Let’s do this!!!

Impromptu Knitting 10k – Update #2

Over 2 hours in!

And would you believe I’ve already finished my vest?  Good, I didn’t think so! Boy an hour seems like so much time, but when you start knitting away, all of a sudden 60 minutes are gone and it just doesn’t look like much has happened 🙂  Well, all knitters know the enjoyment is in the journey; after all if I wanted a sweater to wear tonight, I would be at the mall shopping!!!

Here’s where I’m at…

The Cicada vest from Vest Bets – yep, same pic as last time, didn’t work on this one…


Little Wave cardigan by Gudrun Johnston – Little Wave pattern is starting to emerge…

For this pattern, the entire body is worked at once so every row is a big investment! The beauty of it is that once I’m done knitting there won’t be any side seams to finish! Loving how this pattern is starting to develop.

Ok, time to get back to the knitting… Let’s do this!!!

Impromptu Knitting 10k – Update #1

First water break!

One hour in and there’s progress but not as much as I’d hoped.  It took a bit to get settled and in the groove, I think I’ll see more significant gains this next hour.

5.2 hours of continuous knitting to go and here’s where I’m at…

The Cicada vest from Vest Bets – armholes shaped…


Little Wave cardigan ny Gudrun Johnston – Little Wave pattern set…

Ok, time to get back to the knitting… Let’s do this!!!

My Impromptu Knitting 10k

is about to begin!

Yesterday evening, I realized I was going to have a full day available with no obligations other than to make progress on a couple of knitting projects.

So, why not have some fun and shoot for 6.2 hours of continuous knitting to see where it will take me! 


  • My 2 projects: Cicada vest from Vest Bets and Little Wave cardigan by Gudrun Johnston
  • I’ll keep you posted on the hour (kinda like a water station for runners)
  • Join me if you can and keep me updated with progress on your project

At the starting line, here’s where I am with Cicada …

And with Little Wave cardi…


Ok, time to get knitting… Let’s do this!!!

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?