I want to take time out from my own little self-centered world to point out other folks in the bloggy ‘hood who are involved in charity events.
Claudia and her hubby will be participating in a bike ride to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. They will be riding their tandem bicycle (which, by the way, I think is wicked cool) on June 25-26th for 175 miles over two days. Claudia’s got a button in her sidebar where you can donate $$ to support them. And Claudia will be drawing for prizes! You can read about it here!
Greta designed a beautiful scarf that is one of the Autism Awareness Patterns that are available here for a donation. There are also prizes available here — check out the information on the Autism Awareness blog linked above.
Knit 4 Paws is an organization inspired by Critter Knitters. There are several ways to help out — you can donate blankets or yarn, or shop in their soon-to-be-opened store. They’ve got a knit-a-thon and knit-outs planned, so have a look around the site.
So, a question for an expert: what goes into speed in knitting?? Obviously, time & dedication – you’ve been knitting for how many hours a day for how many years? And technique affects speed. What other factors come into play? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Yup, all of the above.
Actually, I think my knitting technique slows me down. I’m basically self-taught, and that was long ago when I was a little kid. My knitting is pretty streamlined at this point, but my purling is very slow. Still, my tension is always great and I’m not trying to set any speed records (present situation excepted).
The number of hours per day that I knit varies quite a bit. On weekdays the absolute maximum time I can knit is about 4 hours. More on weekends. But I don’t usually knit four hours on a weekday. I am this week, though.
Another thing that speeds me up is my ability to memorize charts easily. With the Inishmore charts, I actually remember them from the last time I knitted Inishmore (July-August 2001). How’s that for good long-term memory?
And of course, I can make cables faster without a cable needle then with a cable needle.
More Prizes! More Prizes!
I have made a prize page for the Inishmore Challenge Raffle because we’ve gotten donations for prizes from several lovely people. I though we needed to have ’em all in one place!
And I’ll be adding another prize in the morning . . .
Oh. You Wanna See Progress?
Here is L-B’s progress she made on Monday:
And a close up:
Here is my progress as of right now:
The back is seven rows from completion. Lucy is jazzed!