Knitting Marathon – How do you track your rows?

I am knocking off row upon row of sleeve! Knitting sleeves for me is worse than having to knit the second sock. So I have to come up with things to keep me engaged. Like checklists. I am a wicked list maker. So, when things need checking off, I’m your girl. This is what I use to keep track of my sleeve increases…

Sleeve Increase Tracker

Sleeve Increase Tracker

Now, back to sleeve knitting, so I can finish this arm by bedtime.

First Sleeve

First Sleeve

 

Day 2 – a slow beginning

To start off day #2, I brought my scarves over to my Mama’s house so she could mail them out with my sister’s OTHER Christmas present that she made! lol… see? It runs in the family!

Then I was off into town to run some errands (dry cleaning, fresh veggies, humus, chick pea salad, you know… the essentials). Can I just tell you how bad the roads are here? We just got all that snow, and now it is snow/sleeting. NASTY! I was driving 35 on the highway, and still white-nuckling it. But now I am home, and have been working on my crochet basket.

Fabulous Crochet Project Tote

Fabulous Crochet Project Tote

I am off to knit some more! I am turning off the cooking shows, and putting away the crochet in favor of Kevin’s sleeve and last night’s episode of The Walking Dead.

Wanna check out some other crazies who have decided that knit marathon-ing is the way to go? Check out Cheryl Marie Knits to see her fabulous sweater and a pair of socks she is making for her hunny for Valentine’s Day.

Knitting Marathon Day #1 is in the books

You know when you are supposed to be doing something, but your mind keeps going everywhere else? Ya, my mind went to Chocolate chip Cookies. And the big bag of new chocolate chips on my counter. And I already had made a gorgeous chicken for dinner

Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken

So I couldn’t waste an oven already preheated! Right?

MMMMMM... Chocolate Chip Cookies

MMMMMM… Chocolate Chip Cookies

They just happened, I mean, I was sitting knitting, and then all of a sudden the butter just started creaming itself! What’s a girl to do???

Well, at least I got some good knitting progress as well. I have finished the cuff and 8 sleeve increases on the first sleeve.

Kevin's First Sleeve

Kevin’s First Sleeve

I have to say, I love this yarn. I was afraid I wouldn’t because it is not the usual yarn. It is Wool-Ease by Lions Brand. The only down side is that it rolls like a son of a gun. It is a little frustrating when trying to measure, or take pictures. (Speaking of which, my youngest says to me while I am photographing the chicken “Mom, why are you always taking pictures of our food?” Apparently she doesn’t read my blog.)

I am off, and I am probably done knitting for the night. I think I may spend some time crocheting – ya, I just said that! I finally learned! I can’t wait to show you guys the progress I have made on my basket!

Have a great night, and I will be back to marathon some more tomorrow.

 

 

Knit Marathon Update: Making soup is not knitting?

I have been a completely ADD knitter so far. But, I have accomplished quite a bit. As you saw earlier, I finished my 4 scarves which will be mailed out tomorrow to my sister for her family.

Sunday is church day for us, but one of my kids was sick, so she was brought to the clinic, and I stayed here with the other 2. While I knitted and attended church via the internet, the kids measured the snow for me and made a very cool fort

Total snow fall from NEMO

Total snow fall from NEMO

OK… Here we go again with that little “click here to see more” thingy… I feel like a real blogger!

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Knit Marathon – sort of…

Hey all – for those of you who have been with me for a while, you know that I have joined Cheryl over at Cheryl Marie Knits for several of her Knit Marathons. She is hosting one starting today. Normally I knit 26.2 hours over 2 days. It is a wonderful way to get some things accomplished with yarn! I am always amazed to see how much I can get accomplished when I sit and focus for an extended period of time.

This time I am going to do it a little differently. My hands and wrists are a bit sore, and I am afraid if I go straight through I will be forced to NOT KNIT *gasp* for a couple of weeks after I am done. Also, I have church today, and as a result of NEMO we have been cleaning the basement out (nothing major happened, we were just inside and it happened). So I have made a game time decision to knit the 26.2 hours over the next 3 days.

What you will see from me here are multiple posts during the days I am knitting, so you can see what all I am working on along with other regular blog posts.

*** as a side note, and completely unrelated, I finally figured out how to do that “page break” thingy – and will be inserting one of those “more” tags in my blogs from now on. When you click on the “more” button, it will take you to the remainder of my post. Here is my first official “more” button! Don’t forget to click it so you can see what I have already finished this morning***

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The Reason I Knit… Marathon update #3

Right here?????

This is the reason I knit… She was so excited to get home and have a sock!

I finished it just as the bus was stopping at the driveway. Literally. As in, I cut the yarn as she opened the door. Ends are woven in. Sock done!

Giggling ensued. Much happiness from my 11-year-old.

YAY!

Now, I have to run to my moms to get a pair of size 6 needles so I can cast on the sleeve of the Kaftan. I got a few more hours of knitting left in me.

Good morning Needles… Knit Marathon Day 2

Good morning everyone, what’s on your plate today?

Me? So glad you asked… KNITTING! But first? My iced coffee. Have you read where I explain about how to make this wonderful iced coffee concentrate? No? Well, that’s ok, because I just went through Marcaritaville to find it, and CAN’T! I must have written it on my old blog! lol… No worries, I will do it next week here! soooooo good!

As you saw last night, I even knit at Applebees (with my $4 Mucho Margarita).  It is amazing how much progress you can make on something when you set aside a large block of time to just get in and get it done. I think it’s the starting and stopping and getting ready and cleaning up that slows us down when we work in small increments of our time.

As promised, here is the picture of what I did last night:

I think next time I need to make sure my table is cleared off BEFORE we start knitting – I couldn’t find a clean surface in my house big enough to take a picture of this! lol… (Can you hear my husband cheering in agreement?)

Another thing I have been thinking about – NExt week I will do a Quilting half-marathon – yup! You heard me right! 13 hours of working on my Anniversary Quilt over 2 days… details to follow soon (Did you hear the cheer of excitement AGAIN from my husband?).

Off to knit!

 

 

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