Whew! Here we are at November 30th. I may or may not make it through to NaBloPoMo. I have three days to put content into and if I do that by the end of the night, great. If not, well, that is great, too. To tell the truth, considering that I am operating under less than optimal conditions for blogging and posting and reading blogs or any of that, I am thrilled that I got this far and am only three days down. Technically I could just.......wait. I think I have an idea forming in this tiny little skull of mine. We'll see if it works out.
Did she or didn't she knit 50,000 stitches in the month of November? Well my friends, there were many stitches knitted, many stitches unknitted and frogged and ripped out. Unfortunately the number of stitches pulled out do not count to the final total. Interestingly, I have never kept track of how many stitches that were in any knitted object and frankly the numbers stunned me. I did complete two sweaters, the second one is blocking right now.
The first sweater totalled 52,349 sts. Give or take. By totalled I mean there are that many stitches in the finished item, but in the entire process of knitting that sweater there were 59,203. Yep, more than 6,000 stitches were unknitted and reknitted in the process. Here is the real shocker: I usually rip and reknit a much greater percentage of a garment when I am knitting it. Just my M.O. I try to explain this to my students everytime I encourage them to rip something out to fix an error or just to make something better and they believe that a sign of a good knitter is not having to rip out. OH! how they complain they are just NEVER going to be a good knitter! I rip out way more than I even encourage them to and now I have the numbers to prove it! The second sweater was a whopping 26,806 stitches. Not as many, but the yarn gave it challenges of its own.
So, I am giving thanks at the end of the month of Thankgiving that my hands held out, my sanity remained just as shaky as ever and I have two new sweaters to wear. Actually, three. I am still needing to put buttons on this one, but I have worn it already, I love the way it drapes when it is open. My fingers are twitching to cast on right.now! Oh, what will be the next knit?
So, if you made it through the merry-go-round of links and make-up posts you may have noticed that I need just.one.more.post.
2012. I made it! Did you? It does seem a little crazy to hang on to this blog for a one month tradition......