I joined NaKnitMo because I fancied the challenge and wanted to see how much I knitted in a month. I also thought it might help me be more realistic about my future knitting plans. So on Day One I started counting….
A 25 minute car journey saw 752 stitches of my colour block jumper knitted.
But an hour and a half in front of the telly only clocked up 742 stitches of lovely eldest’s Christmas jumper.
Spotted the difference? Yep, the fair isle yoke of Lovely Eldest’s jumper was far slower to knit than a bit of stocking stitch with a cable in the middle.
If I’d knitted the colour block jumper instead of the fair isle, at the same rate as in the car, I’d have knitted 2,600 stitches in an hour and a half. That would have almost doubled my day’s stitch total to 3832 instead of 1974! (I that know doesn’t add up if you do the maths – I also knitted 480 stitches of a Christmas tree square.)
So is it pointless counting stitches? I don’t think so.
Firstly counting stitches underlined that different knitting happens at different speeds. Yes, of course I knew that. But isn’t it easy to beat yourself up for not being able to whizz on with something that’s harder/slower than something else? It often is for me.
Also, acknowledging fair isle is slow to knit changed my perception of time. Knitting Lovely Eldest’s Christmas fair isle yoke seemed to happen much more quickly than when I knitted Lovely Youngest’s – which had slightly fewer fair isle rows. Does that sort of thing happen to you too? Or is that just me?
So, while I’m not sure I’ve learned much for future planning, I think, ironically, all the manic knitting I’ve been doing this month will make my future knitting a more pleasurable, less pressurised activity.
Having said all that, it’s just over four weeks to Christmas – so manic crafting will reign for a while yet. How’s your Christmas crafting going? Any tips on being more Zen with that?