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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?  …

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Is it a book? …

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

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At least one foot will stay warm …

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

ONLY TIME WILL TELL 🙂

♥ HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL VALENTINE’S DAY ♥

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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? ♥

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 ♥

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…

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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 ♥

love, Love, LOVE…

this Valentine Sweater of Mine

I set aside Pete’s socks for the last couple days and picked up the Cables and Lace Filati sweater that I am knitting “pour Moi”.

The yarn is a hand-dyed, worsted weight, 100% merino called “Gather”.  It was created by Downtown Knits in Apex, NC.  I really like the way it knits up – it’s “soft and springy” and I think the cables and lace really show off the way that it is softly variegated.   Every time I go back to knitting this sweater I think, “I CAN’T WAIT TO WEAR IT!”

Hurry Hurry Hurry – Knit Knit Knit – PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE (is NOT my strong suit)

The size 6 & 7 needles felt like timber posts compared to the zeroes I’ve been using for the socks.  It’s always nice to change things up a bit.

Here is my lovely red sweater back all bound off and waiting…

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To be matched up with it’s lovely front that was cast on…

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And ribbed while biking  (hey if you only have time to knit or exercise, I say why not do both!)

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Do you see the extra ends at the left?  Stationery bike accident.  I let my feed yarn hang a little too close to the pedals.  You can probably figure out what happened. 🙂

Ribbing finished, changed to the larger circs for the main pattern (Ah, that’s better – a little more room on the needles)

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Then knit some more…

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Well now, that is a good bit of progress!

With Valentine’s Day just 22 days away, you better get your gift knitting in gear!  Especially if you’re knitting for your special someone AND yourself!!!

Does anyone remember what movie this line is from…  Love means never having to say you’re sorry ?

If you guessed it, we were probably born in the same decade 🙂

I am definitely NOT sorry I spent the last three days’ entire knitting allotment on my Valentines Sweater – back to Pete’s socks tomorrow I promise!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

Love is BLIND…

or will be by the time these socks are done!

Today, I cast-on a pair of socks for the love of my life.

And seeing as they are a special gift for a special person, I decided to pull out all the stops and knit a gauge swatch first.

So, I broke out my double-pointed TINY size 2 needles and dutifully cast on 30 stitches for a proper gauge swatch.  And then I started knitting.  When I had enough rows knit to test the firmness of the fabric…

the pattern indicated (and I suppose all good sock knitters already know this) that the knitted fabric should be extremely firm to ensure that the socks will wear well

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Well, it was pretty plain to see (after I got out my magnifying glass) that my knitting probably wasn’t firm enough.  So I pulled out my package of sock needles (in sizes 000 to 2) and spilled them out on the counter.  I picked up the 0’s which felt more like pins than knitting needles, and proceeded to knit several more rows.

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Not that I could see it very well, but the result FELT like it was a firm enough knitted fabric.  It had to be –  if I used any smaller size needles, it would necessitate knitting under a microscope.

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I made the best attempt I could to count my stitches per inch, and came up with 8.5.  Multiply that by the 10″ ankles I’m knitting for and that gives me 85 stitches.  But since I had to round up to the nearest multiple of 4, my cast on number became:  88!

88 teeny tiny stitches cast on for the first sock for the love of my life

Only 29 days until Valentine’s Day – not sure if I can knit enough between now and then to produce 2 socks, but I’m going to give it a try.  Like I said, LOVE is BLIND, or at least will be by the time these socks are done 🙂

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

With 30 Knitting Days until February 14th…

Why not knit something for someone you Love!

Tomorrow I plan to cast-on a pair of socks for someone I LOVE…

But, don’t tell Pete – it’s a secret.  Every time I cast-on for a new project, he points to his feet with a questioning look.  So far I have resisted and have selfishly cast on sweater after sweater for myself, but I think it’s time.  Yes, tomorrow I will start my first pair of men’s socks.

With luck I will have them well under way by Marathon Day on the 10th, so that I can finish them JUST BEFORE I finish my cables and lace Valentine’s Day sweater 🙂

Updates and Pictures tomorrow, until then…

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

January 2013 Marathon Recap…

Or just how much knitting got knit?

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

  • Knitting – 12 hours and 43 minutes
  • Sleeping ~ 2 hours more than I meant to 🙂 for a total of 7-1/2 hours (knitting CAN be exhausting!)
  • Eating ~ 2 hours
  • Taking pictures, posting updates ~ 2-1/2 hours
  • Other ~ 3-1/2 hours (including a 2 hour meeting commitment that I had forgotten about)

If that looks like more than 26.2 hours you are good at math!  I added 2 hours to the end of the second day because of the meeting I had to attend.

Lessons Learned…

  • Remember to check and clear ALL calendars (including the paper napkins in your purses scribbled with dates) the week prior.
  • Re-read all patterns prior to the start and actually LOOK at your knitted pieces to see which cardigan front you’ve already knit!
  • Be ready to RIP if necessary and don’t waste time wallowing in self-knitty-pity.

Revelations Revealed…

  • You WILL come across a knot in your yarn as soon as you are 3/4 of the way across a really complex cable and lace row.   Don’t waste time, just “tink” it and get over it.
  • The supplies you gather will be the ones you don’t need.  The only supply you WILL need will be at the bottom of your other knitting bag that is in the car that your husband drove to work that day.  Don’t waste time, just move to another project.
  • You WILL receive an email the day before your knitting day reminding you of a commitment that you had scribbled on a napkin that is in the purse that is in the car that your husband drove to work.  Don’t whine, just keep your commitment and tack on any time lost to the end of your knitting day.

JOIN ME for my next Marathon which will begin Sunday, February 10th at 5pm EST and run through 6:32pm on Monday, February 11th.

♥ A great way to finish up your Valentine’s Day projects ♥

I WILL…

be wearing my Valentine’s Day sweater by the end!!!