Saturday, August 10, 2013

On the needles: The impossible is possible

I'm going to try something new for the rest of Camp Loopy. It's this thing called "Positive Thinking," and I read about it on the Internet. I know it sounds crazy, but apparently you focus on good outcomes instead of expecting every possible disaster that could occur. So I won't dwell on the fact that I'm way behind all the other knitters working on the same sweater and I haven't even divided sleeves and I'm behind on my grams per day plan. Nope. Not thinking about that at all. In honor of this new outlook I've renamed my project "Impossible is possible."

To knit the impossible takes a lot of focus, dedication, and sacrifice. One must be willing to knit at every opportunity. In the waiting room at yet another doctor appointment. In the breakroom at work. And yes, in the taproom at White Rabbit Brewery while DH samples a flight (or two). Sacrifice.

Friday, August 2, 2013

On the needles: Camp Loopy 3

Well, I've made it this far. One month and one project to go. This month's challenge is a project using at least 800 yards, so I picked a sweater. Yes, a sweater. In one month. But I'll get to that in a minute. First I want to show off my finished Camp Loopy project 2.

The challenge for project 2 was a popular pattern (on Ravelry) using at least 500 yards. Since I was on a high from finishing my first pair of socks in June, I really wanted to make another pair of socks. I searched Ravelry patterns for socks using 500 yards, and I found one that listed 450-500 yard requirement. My plan was to knit extra repeats to be sure I met the challenge. Since this was the first time I've ever tried to modify any pattern in any way, I didn't consider the size of the cuff. I should have added stitches so the taller socks would fit over my calves. Oh well, live and learn. I still love my socks!

Now it's on to project 3 and a speed-knit sweater. The pattern I picked is Tea with Jam and Bread. In case you aren't on Ravelry, the pattern photo looks like this:

And these are the colors I'm using:

So my sweater will look something like this:

And I have a plan to finish it before 11:59pm on August 31 (possibly right at 11:59pm). I calculated how many grams I'll have to knit per day to stay on target. When I hit the target I will be able to say that I survived completed my first year at Camp Loopy!

In other Loopy-related news, Little Loopy has a chance to star in his very own commercial during the Super Bowl. Please click here and vote for Loopy. You can vote once every day. I really, really want to see Loopy's Super Bowl commercial.
Doesn't he deserve a Super Bowl commercial?

I need to thank my wonderful husband and all my knitting friends for the support and encouragement to finish project 2. They didn't let me give up, even when I was convinced that I wouldn't finish in time. Thank you!

I'm linking up with other knitters at Patchwork Times.