Let me let you in on a little secret: I don’t knit for many people besides myself. I never know who will really appreciate handmade goods, especially hand-KNIT goods, so I keep my fibery handiwork to my household. This doesn’t mean I don’t knit AROUND others, however. I am not shy about knitting in public, unless it detracts from enjoying company. Company almost always trumps knitting, in my mind.
Last fall, however, a friend of Ted’s and mine requested I knit a blanket for him and his fiancee as a wedding gift for their nuptuals in August 2012. “No problem!” I said cheerfully. “A year? That’s MORE than enough time to finish a huge, daunting blanket!”
I’m laughing at myself now. I think my half-finished blanket is laughing at me too, as it’s almost June 2012 and I’m only HALFWAY done with the blanket. I started in February thinking that’d give me enough time, but nope. I suppose I can’t order any extra time to be spent between now and August, right?
I want to finish this blanket by the 18th of August, to allow a week for blocking and wrapping. If I divide how many rows I have left by how many days I have left, I can come up with how many rows a day I need to knit before I need to be done. Surely, I can stick to this.
There are 81 days left between now and August 18th. Adding all the stitch counts from all the different patterns in the blanket, I have to knit about 190 more rows. Let’s round that up to 200, just in case I missed any in my calculations. Better safe than sorry, right? Using my nifty difty calculator, 200 divided by 81 is a not so pretty 2.46913580246914, which, rounded up, is 3 rows per day. Now, I want to give myself a little padding in case I ever miss a day, so I’ll up that number to 5 rows.
Definitely, definitely doable. Now I’m not so scared.
Though, this means budgeting time out of every day to knit my 5 rows. 5 rows doesn’t seem so hard to me right now, but I’m fearful I’ll run into a day or 3 where I won’t pick up the blanket and knit my stitches.
This is where you come in.
I’m planning on tracking my row progress on my blog, every day, from now until August 18th. I’ll update my counts on the sidebar every day, and if I don’t, I want you to bug me about it! I want comments, contact form submissions, smoke signals, anything to keep me on track! It’s important I finish this blanket by the wedding so we have something beautiful to give to them on their wedding day. I can totally do 5 rows a day if I stay focused, especially with support from people reading this blog. I’m excited about this.
Now, off to knit my 5 rows for the day!