I know this is a knitting blog but I’ve finished this week’s MKAL clue and I just have to tell you about the most important thing today. For months we’ve been working towards a certain goal. Today was the release of the 100th body pump choreography and our instructor has been drilling us for weeks and weeks with extra work outs just to hone our skills and technique.
It was a big event and we were nervous even though it was just a regular class. We had four instructors and the music was great, the choreography was fun and there was swag – a shoe bag and a water bottle, all with a logo. Yay!
I am super pleased with myself even though it actaully only was a regular work out with some special features. Who would have thought it could be this fun to lift weights? Now we’ll just keep doing the same thing for the next three months, but without features.
This time of the year color choices are essential. Blue is not a color for the months January to March and this year I’ve take that seriously. It all happened by chance actually but it seems I have no less than three pink projects going on the same time. First there is my current MKAL in a lovely shade of hot pink. I decided on the color back in October and I’m really enjoying it. Second I have my socks in different shades of pink. I picked pink since the socks are for my friend Emma and she also got a pink hat and a pink shawl this fall and she enjoyed that very much, she actually picked that color herself so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with pink socks (one can never go wrong with pink socks, that is one of the absolute truths in life). My latest project is a baby cardigan where I had the choice of picking gray with blue or gray with pink. Since it’s January I picked the pink one, and also because I thought that one the prettiest.
So here we are, three projects in pink. I like it. It also so happens that I’ve been planning on knitting pink for quite some time, doing a bit of a stash dash. I wouldn’t call it a yarn diet since I’ve never and will never believe in any diets what so ever, but space is limited in my stash right now and I’m sure there are many lovely yarns to come and it would be awesome if I can fit them. Hence, it’s okay if I use stash yarn. (I know I say that quite often in January but well, yeah, we’ll see.) For my three current projects only one uses stash yarn and that yarn was added recently (like September?). It still counts though, it’s stash yarn. I bought it to knit a baby sweater sometime if there were any babies coming up and well, there is one on the horizon and I’m using stash yarn. In pink. Let’s just hope the baby will like it as much as I do.
My sock experiment continues well. It took me two hours and 40 minutes to reach the heel. I must say I apparentely knit much faster than I expected.
In three hours I had almost finished the heel flap. Unfortunately I forgot to look at the timer after I was done with the heel and the gusset and I also forgot to look after four hours but I have another sock that I can time as well.
The entire sock took 6 hours and 7 minutes to complete which was quite surprising. I had thought it would take me about 8 hours to knit a sock. This is a size 38 and that’s obviously nothing compared to a size 46, which is the size that most of the men in my family have. I might have to time another pair of socks as well, at least in my size, it feels a bit limited to know how much time a size 38 takes, since no one I knit for regularly has that size.
This should mean that a pair of socks takes 12 hours and a quarter which sounds like nothing when you know how much time a sweater takes (not that I’ve timed it but I know it takes more time than a pair of socks does) but still, think about it. 12 hours. That’s more than a working day. It’s a work day and a half. By that speed I should be able to finish three pairs of socks, i.e. a total of 6 socks, and get past the heel on a seventh sock in a work week. Since I do indeed do a lot of other things besides knitting during my week it’s quite impressing that I manage to squeeze so much knitting in. And to think I still find 6 hours quick!
I quite often get the question how long it takes me to knit something. I find it hard to answer. I am a fast knitter but more importantly, I am an efficient Knitter, I find knitting time pretty much everywhere. That means that if it takes three hours to knit a baby sock it will take me six days to knit a pair if I only knit for one hour each night. But I don’t, I throw in a quarter of an hour here, and a half hour there during the day and all of a sudden that pair is done in just two days or even less but it’s still the same amount of time.
The other day I was out drinking beer with some friends, friends who haven’t seen me knitting and therefore aren’t that aware of my obsession interest. I tried to explain it but it was hard, and the question came up, how long does it take to knit a shawl? Personally I find it irrelevant to know how long it takes to knit a shawl, not two shawls are alike and depending on the pattern and the size, it can take just about any amount of time. This is not easy to explain to a non-knitter though. Instead I estimated that it takes me 16 hours to knit a pair of socks and that’t what I said to my friends.
After I got home I started thinking though. Maybe I should actually time my sock knitting so that I have something to tell people when they ask? I had planned on a sock project for a while so why not take the opportunity? Today I cast on and the above progress represents one hour’s worth of knitting time. I probably should have picked a plain sock but I know the possibility of finishing will increase with a fun pattern. I took my regular one – Business Casual – one that I know well, and here we go. I’m very curious to how this will turn out.
I’ve had a feeling lately that I’m not knitting as much as I think and this week has confirmed my suspicions. On New Year’s Eve I cast on the second sock in a pair and it wasn’t until tonight I actually finished it. That’s a week. A whole week. Not just any week either, a week off work. I have been writing on my paper (finished!) but that can’t be the whole explanation, I’ve done that before and still managed to knit a lot. It’s not like I have knit on a ot of other things either, no, it wasn’t until yesterday that I cast on something. I don’t know what’s happening, am I no longer a knitter? Or am I still tired with a somewhat absent brain? A few weeks is not enough to base to many conclusions on but if my knitting is suffering, that might be the reason why I’ve been so distracted lately, if the knitting isn’t working, nothing is working. I might have to look into this and make sure I get enough knitting every day. One can’t neglect for too long one’s need for daily knitting time.
Lately I’ve become a bad procrastinator. I’m not sure why but I am. I know I could be worse but I definitely could be better too. Too much procrastination just leads to anxiety and that’s just an unnecessary path to go. Once I actually get some action in my work it’s time to finish for the day and attend other things. I know it will work out in the end, I’m still sure I will meet the deadline, but I also know I could have been almost finished by now, had I not procrastinated.
The good part though is that my procrastination leads to something. It gives me finished garments and a sensation of moving forward, which obviously I am, just not in the way I thought I would be. I’ve almost at the heel of my second sock and since I’m anxious to finish it, this is a good thing. I have other socks in pipeline (in more intriguing yarn btw) and these were socks I started last year, I want to cast on something new for 2017. Also, best to finish all the socks I want to make, before the sock urge wears off (I’m surprised it lasted this long). So, I need to knit fast. But also try not to procrastinate as much.
It’s a new year and I don’t know how I know but I do know that this is the year we’ll make it happen. I think that every year. Or rather, I sing that every year. So far 2017 has brought me cookies, knitting, crêpes and tea and best friends. If today is any indication, this will be a good year. So far I haven’t slept at all in January but I have high hopes for the next few hours.
I don’t believe in New Year’ resolutions but we have picked two words to live by: brave and adorable, that’s me for the next days. My other possesion was given to me by Agnieszka. I will keep these words in mind during the next year. It was a lovely evening and it actually resultet in a few resolutions.
Brave and adorable
Do not stress too much, it’s good to keep one’s brain intact
Still enjoy working out
To knit 12 bigger projects for myself
Learn to appreciate whiskey
This should be doable during this new year, right? Brave and adorable, that’ll be my mottom through that I can handle anything.