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February 23, 2006

Time for a Plan

Olympic Knitting 2006

As I mentioned last night, my Olympic knitting has sort of... stalled. It went along wonderfully while I was on vacation, but since I've been back home I've barely managed to knit a few rounds. This is Very Bad. And as the Closing Ceremonies are sneaking up on us rather soon, I think it calls for a Plan. With a capital P. (And maybe it will be in list form! We all know how I feel about Plans and Lists!)

(I must mention that I was forced to face up to the extent of the Very Bad-ness by Steph's similar post today. I wonder how S.Kate, Emma, and Ken are doing? Wouldn't it be, um, funny if none of us organizer/helper people finished? Hah. Funny. Yeah, that's the word.)

Unfortunately, in trying to create a Plan, I've realized that I... can't really think of one. This may be a side effect of the lack of sleep I've had recently, or maybe the "almost end of first work week after vacation" thing. But... hmm. I have done the ribbing (30 rows) and part of the first of six 8-row cable repeats for the leg of the sock. So let's say I have left, um, two hours of the leg, two hours for the heel/gusset, three hours for the foot, two hours for the toe. Nine hours. And let's throw an extra hour in there just in case. Okay. Ten hours of knitting. Where can we fit in ten hours of knitting between now and Sunday?

Thursday: 1/2 hour during my dinner break at work, and... that's about it.
Friday: 1/2 hour during lunch break. 1 hour at the laundromat after work. 3 hours when I get home, while watching Olympics and doing homework.
Saturday: 1/2 hour during lunch break. 1.5 hours fit in through the course of the evening. (It would be more, but I might be going to a movie with a friend, and while I knit plain socks in movies all the time, I'm not going to try it with cables. I think it would do more harm than good.)
Sunday: Hopefully three hours in the morning before going out. And there will be a buffer: I'm planning to go to a SnB-NH meeting in the afternoon, and to watch the Closing Ceremonies in the evening. So if I don't knit as quickly as I think I do, it should all be okay. I hope.

Now matching the schedule up with the hours per sock part above, I have the following goals:

Thursday: Get through at least the second repeat

Friday: Finish gusset, start on foot

Saturday: Finish foot

Sunday: Toe and finishing

Huh. That's actually not that bad, now that I look at it. Whether I'll be able to stick to it is another question. But at least I feel better now that I have a Plan.

Posted by Kat at February 23, 2006 04:59 PM

You can do it, Kat!! After all, sleep is hugely over rated. ;)

Posted by: Chris at February 23, 2006 05:07 PM

what about another vacation? :P
or at least take a sick day.

Posted by: aisling at February 23, 2006 08:27 PM

It's do-able, stay focused.

Posted by: Kat at February 23, 2006 09:18 PM

Did you ever read that book "The Little Engine That Could"? Justkeep telling yourself...I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Just keep on chugging along. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

Posted by: Jocele at February 23, 2006 11:59 PM

It's OK, Kat. I'm looking at maybe having a quarter of W done by closing ceremonies. Hopefully. And you have to admit, the idea of thousands of knitters now having yet another UFO on the sticks because they succumbed to a weird competive impulse is kind of funny.

Posted by: Erica at February 24, 2006 07:38 AM

You can do it. Just remember, a sock row is a small, fast thing. I'd say a system reboot is a good chance to do a row (or at least knit across a needle) and it's probably better for business and for universal karma then spending the same time cursing Bill Gates. In the time it takes coffee to brew, you can get at least two, maybe three rows in.

Posted by: Ivy at February 24, 2006 09:33 AM

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