In order to successfully execute a Very Ambitious Knitting Plan, one requires a few things. Firstly, a three-day weekend with no outside-the-house plans. Secondly, a concrete goal clearly defined before the Very Ambitious Knitting begins. Thirdly, frequent breaks for resting and stretching. Finally, a Netflix subscription, preferably combined with a Wii (so that one can use one’s remote to change programs) or a very comfy chair in front of one’s computer (it’s all about minimizing travel time). I have managed to hit all points this weekend, and I’m feeling rather content with it all.
Three-day weekend: Check. It’s Memorial Day. It’s also Dan’s birthday, for which, when it does not fall on Memorial Day weekend, I always try to take a day off anyway.
Concrete goal clearly defined: Check.
1. Get honest about socks for Ravelry trade. As I don’t quite remember when I said I’d have them done, but I’m pretty sure it was right about NOW, and also seeing as how they are not for me and that makes fit even more important than usual, and especially considering that as of Saturday morning I hadn’t finished the first one yet but seemed to be running out of yarn faster than was desired, I had to do a serious assessment of fit…
…and remaining yarn.
2. Once honesty has been achieved, figure out what mods are needed and make the second sock by Monday afternoon. That means cast on, knit, kitchener, weave in ends, all before Monday afternoon.
3. Weave in ends on baby sweater.
4. Work on fibonacci cardigan before Monday ends, even if it’s just a bit. Get at least as far as the waist shaping.
Resting and stretching: Check.This has been a weekend for twists and eagle arms.
Netflix aplenty: Extracheck. A few Farscapes, stumbled upon a Terry Jones series we didn’t know about, and 3 or 4 Midsomer Murders (which adds up to roughly 15 deaths, almost all of them bludgeonings).
If that seems like a lot, well, it felt like a lot. But not a totally unreasonable goal for the time I had.
If you ask me, one should also stop occasionally to appreciate one’s progress, pat oneself on the back (can be done during the resting and stretching portions of your day; cowface is an excellent knitter’s pose), and play Kirby with one’s husband, but these are all optional. The first four, however, are absolute musts.
Also, don’t forget to feed the cat. She turns into a real jerk if you ignore dinner time.