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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? ♥

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 🙂

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!!!

Prepping for 26.2 hours of…

Mostly continuous knitting!

Yes, the sad truth is that while I have set aside 26.2 hours, not EVERY minute will I be knitting.

These and other things may get done between 1/10/2013, 7am and 1/11/2013, 9:12am…

  • Sleeping ~ 5 hours
  • Eating ~ 2 hours
  • Taking pictures, posting updates ~ 2 hours
  • Other necessities ~ 1 hour

To MAXIMIZE my knitting time, I try to prep the day before, by following my checklist…

  • Complete all items from my “must do today” chore list
  • Remind family of my plans – to ward off “can you help me NOW” emergencies
  • Plan meals & snacks – I’ve thought about hooking myself up to an IV for nourishment while I knit, but that may be going a bit too far!  Oh you don’t think so??? 
  • Gather projects & supplies – to eliminate the lure of other projects or stash browsing
  • Charge camera battery, verify space on media card, write 5 Blog post titles – for updates throughout the day
  • Enlist the help of my knitting friends to drive me to all of my destinations – with a promise to repay in kind
  • Verify update music playlist – key for supporting furious bursts of knitting or impromptu dancing to get the blood flowing after long bouts of sitting

Preview of Snacks for the day

Hours 1 – 15…

Snacks_Hrs1to15

Hours 16 – 26.2…

Snacks_Hrs16+

JOIN ME Thursday, January 10th beginning at 7am EST and let’s get ready to KNIT…

…A LOT!!!

Days 5 & 6 – back home and back at it…

Trying to keep my eyes on my January Goals!

But I’ve already missed the boat on 1 goal – posting every day.  So I want to share a video I play when I need to remind myself to get up and try again.  It helps me “stay the course!  Every time I watch it (which is often) it brings tears to my eyes.  I love it and hope you do too…

Get Up and Win the Race

Reminder:  My next Knitting Marathon will begin Thursday, January 10th at 7am EST.  Join me and let’s get some of those Works-in-Progress to FO status!  Check out my tips for preparing for a Knitting Marathon to get the most out of your 26.2 hours.

Progress on my GOALS for January 2013

  • Blog every day this month (5 posts in, only 26 to go!)
  • Include more pictures in my posts – working on it!
  • √  Schedule my first Knitting Marathon of the year – Thursday, Jan 10th beginning at 7am EST!
  • Finish at least 2 works-in-progress – still deciding which 2!
  • Design a pillow & publish it on Ravelry – sketching work complete; moving on to swatching!

Design #1 – Color Box Pillow (sketch)…

Pillow_Design1_Jan2012 001

 

Are you making progress on your January Goals?  If you’ve already stumbled on one, “get up and win the race”!!!

Remember, winning is no more than rising each time you fall!

Hello Again – Day 2 – I’m on a roll…

I’ve even checked off one of my January Goals!

Okay, so I only had to set a date on my calendar, but I do get to put a little check mark next to 1 of my 5 goals, and that makes me happy.

My next Knitting Marathon will begin Thursday, January 10th at 7am EST.  Join me and let’s get some of those Works-in-Progress to FO status!  Check out my tips for preparing for a Knitting Marathon to get the most out of your 26.2 hours.

Progress on my GOALS for January 2013

  • Blog every day this month (2 posts in, only 29 to go!)
  • Include more pictures in my posts – 3 pictures in today’s post, hey it’s a start!
  • √  Schedule my first Knitting Marathon of the year – Thursday, Jan 10th beginning at 7am EST!
  • Finish at least 2 works-in-progress – still deciding which 2 (out of 14) I would like to complete first!
  • Design a pillow & publish it on Ravelry – sketching work complete; moving on to swatching!

 

Design #1 – Color Box Pillow (sketch)…

Pillow_Design1_Jan2012 001

 

Design #1 – Color Box Pillow (yarns selected)

Design1_Pillow_ColorSelections

Design #1 – Color Box Pillow (swatch started)…

Design1_Pillow_StitchSelection

 

Have you set some Goals for this month?  Give yourself something to reach for every day!

Happy 2013 Everyone!

I looked at my New Year’s post from 2 years ago and realized…

My list of goals is still there, all items waiting patiently to be completed and checked off.

So in 2013, I’ve decided to change things up a bit.

I will make new “resolutions” EACH MONTH, instead of waiting a whole year to review and realize I haven’t checked off a single one!  I still plan to set lofty goals to get the adrenaline flowing and excitement building.  If I don’t reach my goals by the end of the month, I’ll simply remind myself of one of my favorite sayings…

“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.

That said, here are my KNITTING/BLOGGING GOALS for January 2013

  • Blog every day this month (yes, this one’s a LOFTY goal, but why not give it a try???  It’s only 30 more days!)
  • Include more pictures in my posts – after this picture-less one that is 🙂
  • Schedule my first Knitting Marathon of the year – my last one was July of 2012!
  • Finish at least 2 works-in-progress
  • Design a pillow & publish it on Ravelry (Shooting for the Moon here, since I have yet to publish a single design)

To all the other Goal-Setters out there – Shoot for the Moon!

Yarn supply crisis avoided…

…as one skein with exact dye-lot is located!

Rowan Handknit Cotton

Sometimes things DO go right!

I never thought I would be able to walk into a yarn shop and find this ONE skein of Rowan Hand-knit Cotton yarn with the EXACT dye-lot that I needed to finish my Little Blossom Cardigan; especially since my original purchase had been over 5 years ago!  What a lucky day – hmm…. perhaps I should go buy a Lottery ticket!!!

With the extra skein safely in hand, I can now turn my attention to completing the front and collar and move on to the embroidery stage.

Knitting Marathon is just 2 weeks away – are you gathering your projects for 26.2 hours of (mostly continuous) knitting?

Severe Yarn Shortage…

…causes anguish in Raleigh!

Little Blossom Cardigan - Running out of Yarn

Local knitter expresses grave concern…

Will her earlier decision impact her ability to go on???   We caught up with Cheryl Marie to find out just how serious the situation was.  Here’s what we found out…

CMK News:  “What are the current conditions?”   CM:  Well as you can see the cardigan fronts are not done and supplies are diminishing rapidly.  I think my earlier decision not to knit the intarsia blossoms into the cardigan have had a huge impact on my current rate of cornflower blue yarn usage.  I’m not sure if my supply is going to hold up.  This puts me in a huge bind.  Local outlets are not likely to be of help as these supplies came from an older yarn stash.

CMK News:  “And your plans moving forward?  What will happen to the cardigan?”  CM: For now, I’m going to push through and do the best I can.  There’s a slim possibility I can redirect some yarn from what was allocated to seaming, but I don’t know.  I just don’t know.

CMK News:  “What’s the worst case scenario?”  CM:  (sigh) “I don’t want to do it, but I just might have to cut the sleeves.”

Check back for updated conditions!

Knitting on Thursdays…

…always includes work on my Thursday Coat!

Thursday Coat - Left Sleeve

First sleeve is growing slowly – but hey, it’s a lot of garter stitch!

And it didn’t help that I had to re-knit this sleeve 4 times to get my rate of decrease correct!  Ah, the power of the gauge swatch!  If you are a new knitter, trust me, it’s a great habit to get into!  If you’re not a new knitter, I’m not going to tell you what to do, but if you have time, read this little gauge swatch story and make your own decisions 🙂

Oh, and if you want to test your knitting will-power…

…Go get started on your own Thursday Coat!

What’s this about will-power you ask?  Well, when Thursday has gone by and you haven’t worked a bit on this project that you are SO excited to finish, you have to be disciplined and remember that you promised yourself to work on the project ONLY ON THURSDAYS!   

So – Do YOU have what it takes???