NaKniSweMo Day 1 (or) Holy Crap, That’s a Lot of Stitch Markers!

I really wanted to stay up until midnight to cast on for the start of NaKniSweMo.  I sat catching up on my shows and working away at Esjan (it’s off the needles!) until the shawl became so heavy my wrists started aching, but I was on the last little bit of border, so I pushed onward until it had been bound off completely at 11:45 pm.  Dreary eyed, I glanced at the clock and said “Screw this. I’m going to bed.”  And promptly fell into a deep slumber, from which I didn’t wake until 25 minutes before I (and my daughter) was supposed to be out of the house.

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So instead, I cast on during my lunch break and worked a few rounds.  The set up round was tedious.  Count to this number, place marker, count to this number, place marker, count some more, place marker.  The next round was much easier.  Looking over all of the charts, though, I wonder if this was the right decision.  This is my first Aran, and I’m on a deadline.  This is by no means mindless knitting – this requires a lot of thought and keeping track and NOT MESSING UP.

This sweater contains a whopping 54,138 stitches – less than what I managed last year, but with a lot more cables.  I need to knit 1804 per day to complete the sweater in time.  So far today, I have completed 896 stitches, about half my required amount.  I completed that in just under an hour, which means I can meet my daily quota if I commit 2 hour each day to the sweater, minimum.  There are no seams to worry about, so I don’t have any extra time to the finishing up process to think about, outside of weaving in ends.  If I’m smart, I’ll work those in as I go.

Looking at my schedule for the upcoming month, I will have two Saturdays completely free, 3 knit nights, one Sunday, and a four-day weekend (but only 3 of those days are available to the challenge).  Thanksgiving falls right at the end of the challenge, which means that will be a good three days to motor through whatever remains and play catch up.  On top of that, I have about 6 hours of commuting time that I’m aware of.

I think I can do this.

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