February Knitting Marathon…

…continues!

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

  • KNIT KNIT KNIT KNIT KNIT

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…

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

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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!


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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

  • KNIT KNIT KNIT KNIT KNIT

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…

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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…

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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…

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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!

LET’S GET READY TO ROCK THOSE NEEDLES!!!

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

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Voila, the first sock is done…

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

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Short posts this week – gotta stay focused!!!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

Happy February Everyone

Welcome to a new month of goals!

For 2013 I decided to change things up and make new “resolutions” EACH MONTH.

I will set lofty goals to get the adrenaline flowing and excitement building but if I don’t complete each one by the end of the month, I’ll simply remind myself that it’s good to…

“Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.” –Les Brown

…and then I’ll re-write my list and try again next month, dreaming BIG all the way.

So, here’s how I did with my January goals…

  • Blog every day  – I came close with 26 posts / I’m calling this one a success
  • Include more pictures – I definitely made progress here/ But I’ll keep it for Feb too
  • Schedule first Knitting Marathon of the year – done! / Next Marathon:  Feb 10 & 11
  • Finish 2 WiPs – PROGRESS but no FO’s / You know which 2 I hope to finish in Feb!
  • Design a pillow & publish on Ravelry – didn’t get past the start of my design swatch / Yes, this one carries over to Feb as well

And my February goals are…

  • Include more pictures in my posts – because pictures tell a great story!
  • Finish 2 projects – hopefully by Feb 14th ♥
  • Publish my pillow on Ravelry – already in progress, I need to take it to the finish line.
  • Update my works-in-progress page – it is SO out of date!!!
  • Start sketching for a 2nd design – not sure WHAT it will be, but I hope to get it sketched anyway 🙂

There you have it – 5 Shoot for the Moon knitting/blogging goals for this month.  Time to get to work!!!

To all you Goal-Setters out there…

Shoot for the Moon!  Make it happen in February!!!

If you have another minute and 4 seconds, I want to leave you with a video I found on the blog… Retired Ruth – Life in the 50’s & Beyond

It’s titled Find Your Puddle and it sure made me smile 🙂

Apparently cats aren’t that into blogging.

How was I to know???

All week while I thought my progress was being posted, my guest blogger…

CusterAsleepOnJob

 Was either asleep on the job, or…

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Daydreaming!!!

I am happy to report though that progress WAS MADE on both Pete’s socks and my Valentine’s Day sweater.

Close to finishing sock #1 – getting ready to start the toe!

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And here is the front of my Valentine’s Day sweater catching up to the back!  I will focus on this project over the weekend while Pete is around 🙂

ValentineSweater_ProgressFront2

So here we are in February!  Just 12 days til Valentine’s Day – if you haven’t started knitting for your LOVE, you may want to think about other options.  Here’s some advice from the Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee)…

“When confronted with a birthday [or Valentine’s Day] in a week I will remember that a book can be a really good present, too.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

If you still think you have the time and you want to show your kitty how much you care, try knitting her/him some fish* …

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Despite the fact that she fell asleep on the job, I may knit up one of these for Custer!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting (or book browsing) to ALL ♥

*Opens a link to the Ravelry project page with a free PDF pattern for the cute knitted fishies. 

Studying, knitting and welcoming…

my guest blogger for the week!

I am pleased and excited to introduce you to…

My cat Custer who will be taking over writing duties for the week.  I think she will do great and I’m anxious to get your reactions to her guest posts.

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So what do I think of the striped socks Cheryl is knitting?

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Let’s just say I’m glad they’re not for me.  My human, Pete is a pretty easy going guy though.  I think he will take those socks right in stride.  Now whether he will wear them outside of the house… that may be open for debate.

Alright now, back to my day job…

SleepingOnREbooks

Valentine’s Day is just 18  days away – why not knit something special* for the feline in your life!!!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

*Opens a link to the PawsitiveKnits.Wordpress blog (Dublin SPCA) with a PDF pattern for a knitted mouse. 

Dear red sweater of mine…

will you be my Valentine?

I’m hoping the answer will be yes and I will be wearing my Cables & Lace sweater on February 14th, but looking at the calendar I see that there are only 18 days left!!!

While that SEEMS like a long time, I took a quick look at my schedule and available knitting time on those 18 days looks a bit scarce.  I will be at home a few days next week studying for a certification, but the keys words there are “studying”.  And any study breaks will have to be spent knitting Pete’s socks since those are supposed to be a surprise.

Bottom line:  Something else is gonna have to give!

  • Grocery shopping – we have food in the pantry and I see nothing wrong with cereal for dinner!  No shopping = 2 extra knitting hours next week.
  • Cleaning – this chore is already overdue, I might as well let the dust accumulate and get it all at once right?  No cleaning = 3 more hours of knitting.
  • Cooking – allowing Pete to experience the pleasure of cooking should free up about 5 hours next week.  But wait, our agreement is whoever cooks the other cleans up, so I’ll need to add back about 15 minutes per night.  After doing the math, that’s an extra 3 hours 45 minutes.
  • Sleeping – Not Negotiable!  If I don’t get enough sleep I’ll end up ripping more than usual.  No time gained here.
  • Blogging – I have lined up a guest blogger for next week, stop back tomorrow to meet her.  I think you will enjoy her fresh take on things.   Guest blogger adds 5 hours to my knitting time next week.

Things are looking up!  I just may be able to get both Pete’s socks AND my sweater done by the 14th.

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

Do these stripes…

make my fingers look fat?

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I know what you’re all thinking.  I need to get out more.

But seriously now, I’m having some funny thoughts about these stripes, as in…  I can’t wait to see the expression on Pete’s face when he opens his Valentine’s Day gift from me and it’s the pair of socks he’s been hounding me to knit, but they are…

STRIPED

in a BIG

and COLORFUL

and NOT REALLY MANLY way.

Note to self:  Have camera battery charged and media card empty, I am going to want to capture this on film for sure 🙂

Funny, but I suddenly have a renewed interest in finishing up these socks lickity split!

Here is the heel gusset started…

HeelGussetStarted

And a closeup of the heel gusset – the stripes have turned the corner :-)…

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Reminder for those of you knitting for Valentine’s Day…

20 days to knit some WILD STRIPED socks for the one you love 

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

Be careful when knitting for someone you Love…

the results may not be what you expect!

“If you were ever dumped after knitting a guy a sweater, consider the possibility that the problem was with the sweater, not you. The recipient probably took one look at the thing, imagined a lifetime of having to pretend to like (and wear) this sweater and others of its like, and saw no choice but to flee into the night”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks

Today, I looked at the stripes forming on the socks I’m knitting for Pete and paused…

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Then I remembered, HE has been the one hounding me to knit him a pair of socks!  That and since we’ve been married for a good bit of time, I think it’s more likely he will dump the socks if he just can’t imagine a future pretending to like cute striped socks.

Then again if he LIKES the socks, it’s me who may be doomed to a future of knitting mens socks on tiny needles leaving no time for knitting coats, cardigans, pullovers, skirts, tunics, vests, hats, scarves, or shawls for me!

Hmm…

No Cheryl, it just wouldn’t be kind to intentionally knit some weirdness into Pete’s socks.  They’re a Valentine’s Day gift after all!  Yes, wait until you’re knitting some “just because” socks to add some wildness.  That should stave off the sock requests.

Back to the socks!!!

I am picking up the slipped stitches on the side of the heel flap, knitting into the back of the stitch to twist the stitch and thus prevent holes….

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Voila, the side stitches are nice and tight…

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Sock trivia… the average sock contains 17,000 stitches, times 2 = 34,000 teeny tiny stitches.  THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE!

21 days until Valentine’s Day – that’s still 3 WEEKS of knitting time – Go for it!!!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥