The heat and humidity, I mean. Ick.
So much so that when I pulled the Peacock Feathers out at the train station this morning at 5:11 a.m., my hands were immediately too hot and sticky to knit. Eeeew!
A couple of people have commented recently about knitting speed. Esther asked if I could post some tips for completng things quickly.
So, here’s a typical weekday for me:
4:35am: I am up, showered, and dressed for work. Sick, I know. I sit on the side of the bed, watch the early news and knit until 4:57am, at which time I head out to the train station. Sometimes Lucy “helps” me with this (like this morning), sometimes she doesn’t.
5:11 am: I’m at the train station and the board says my train will be here in 4 minutes — time to bang out a couple of pattern repeats.
5:15 am: I knit on train until about 5:45 am, when I have to change trains.
Then, no knitting until lunchtime. I knit for a half hour at lunch, barring any work atrocities.
In the summer, I usually don’t knit on the trip going home — the train is usually packed with tourists so there isn’t the space.
In the evening, I generally knit a couple of hours (with some interruptions) — 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
So adding it all up, that’s about 3.5 hours in a “normal” day. A fair chunk of time. So my tip for speed knitting is persistence. Knit a few stitches whenever you’ve got a few minutes of spare time. It really adds up. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t think I’m a particularly fast knitter — I’m just a persistent one.
I’m curious: How many hours per day do you knit on a weekday?
Peacock Feathers Update
I’ve finished the last chart. I’ve found this last chart to be the most enjoyable one in the pattern, for some reason.
Possibly because it’s got the most openwork.
After the agony of the crochet chain, I’ll embark on the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl.
Fear not, Snow. Song of Hiawatha is still in the line-up. And the Spider Queen? A definite maybe.
Miss Lucy partook of the organic catnip this evening. And then she did this: