I feel a bit like a real Olympian this week: I’ve been doing emergency medicine while I have a cold at all sorts of crazy hours of the night and trying to get my knitting done while i’m at it. It’s going really, really, surprisingly well so far, but I’m about to go into a bit of a marathon in which I’m going to be on rotation from 3pm-11pm tonight, home from about midnight to 7 AM, off to lectures tomorrow morning, free from 11 AM until 3 PM (home? nap/secret knitting in the library?), and then another 3pm-11 pm shift. It’s not really that many hours of working (19 hours over the course of two days) but the timing makes it impossible to get enough sleep and leaves me with an awkward gap in the middle of the day tomorrow.

WELL, there’s no reason I shouldn’t go into this with an Olympian spirit: I can do this and I can enjoy it and learn from it. I can take a power nap to gain more from my lecture, as recently reported all over the news in a link I don’t have time to add. I can bring my knitting for those awkward gaps or come home and take a short nap if I really need it. And the hard part of the schedule will be over in less than 36 hours, anyway, and I’ll have some time to catch up on sleep, then. And I’ll blog in the spare moments that I should be packing up for school and eating something, too.

That’s right, guys, I’m participating in the Knitting Olympics. Tonight, David and I watched the open ceremonies as I cast on 555 stitches for his Cerus scarf (I’m scaling up the length a bit and compensating for finer yarn) and knit the first row.

Knitting a scarf lengthwise is weird, guys. finishing each row is an epic challenge. The scarf I just completed was done with bulky yarn and despite the ends-weaving-in nightmare, went very quickly.

the apparently miniscule amount of work I completed on the Cerus scarf tonight

555 stitches cast on plus one row = 1110 stitches. Where did they go? (Also, apologies for the webcam shot. It's not take-out-the-camera o'clock.)

So it’s official: I’m crazy. I’m going to be working all sorts of hours this upcoming week, I have one day fully off out of 7, the next weeks are no better… and I’m going to try to put thousands upon thousands of stitches into a fancy scarf for my boyfriend (perhaps I tempt fate, but it’s not a sweater).

I think that this is what the Knitting Olympics is really about.  It’s about pushing your limits in knitting and setting a challenge that really maybe shouldn’t be reachable, but showing that knitting is actually important enough to make it work.  (What?  Don’t look at me like that.  I am so very much not watching Project Runway as I type this post.  That would be silly.)

This is going to happen, though, everyone.  There’s no reason I can’t knit while studying.  I spent a stupid amount of money on a set of board review videos that I haven’t really used and should start using.  I can bribe myself with knitting to sit through watching them (or listening to them, since the set came with MP3s of all of the videos).  Getting “just one more row” done will be a lot more productive than usual, given the crazy length of the rows.  I’ll spend less time fiddling around on the internet and more time knitting and blogging about it and being resinspired to knit and blogging some more.  (Oh readership, your RSS feeds might light on fire.)  I might run out of yarn.  I’ll get more yarn.  I’m going to earn that gold medal.

  • Today I ran out of my building with a finished-but-not-blocked (and questionably needing it) scarf to give to my mom before she pulled away to her trip to Boston.  It’s cold there.  She said she wants to block it herself earlier this week.  I thought she might want it before her trip, anyway, since it’s cold there.  (At least in my mind.  It’s North!  North places are cold!)
  • I signed up for the Knitting Olympics.  Um.  Oh no.
  • Seriously I am going to use it as motivational for knitting David’s massively overdue scarf.  It should be possible…marginally.  If nothing goes wrong.  If my rotation isn’t as bad as I fear.  Um.  If.  So I think I get the spirit of the thing?
  • I am so tired you guys.  I couldn’t sleep well, I had an exam earlier today, it was extremely nerve-wracking and I’ve got other things on my mind and I got stuck (for about 90 seconds) in an elevator twice today and I almost passed out having my blood drawn because I was fasting and the NP who was drawing blood was not really doing a stellar job and kept fishing.
  • My goals for today include napping, waking up, watching the beginning of the Olympics, and casting on a scarf.  I’m thinking of doing the latter part of my plan in the neighborhood bar, if they’re showing it.  Yeah, that’s right guys, I lead a life of adventure and intrigue.

The ends are defeated! I finished the ends on the second of David’s hats, a green and black Botanic (Ravelry link), inspired by juniperjune’s, (the first one was black and green since I bought twice the yarn I needed). I also finished defeating the enormous (for me) number of ends on a scarf I started knitting for myself but turned out to be for my mom (the Bumble Up Scarf, similar to the picture but with a nice grey as the main color). I’ll try to post pictures tomorrow, but more likely on Thursday when I’ll be home during the sunny hours.

A large number of hours of Legend of the Stupid were watched during this weaving-in extravaganza.

I know this is one of the most disjointed posts I’ve written lately.  I’m sorry, really.  I’m preoccupied with a number of school and life things that knitting is just not enough to completely soothe.  It helps, but… there’s still a lot on my mind.  I’m really looking forward to graduating and possibly having a chance to actually settle into a more routine existence where my biggest hurdle is actually how big my stash is or how many projects I still have on the needles.  (I can hope, anyway…)

My newest knitting malady is wanting to knit everything I see anyone wearing around.  Braided-cable-hat?  Ooh, I bet I could knit that!  I should cast on!  Striped sweater hung inside-out on the coat rack hanging from the door of our office?  Hmm, how is that seamed?  It only looks like a sixe XXXL, I bet I could make that in, um, a few…months?

It doesn’t take too long before I’m completely overwhelmed and NEVER GOING TO KNIT A STITCH AGAIN BECAUSE I CAN’T KNIT EVERYTHING.  Why can’t I afford a knitting machine (which I’m not sure I even really want in my saner times, since really, I knit because I like to knit)?  Why don’t I have two extra pairs of arms so I can knit and study and eat dinner all at the same time?  Why don’t I have infinite free time so I can knit everything this season now now now? (Never mind the fact that if I had a lot of free time my projects would probably stall even harder.)

I think what I really want is to finish a few projects so I can feel like I’ve gotten something done, but I’m also resisting finishing projects for some reason (possibly related to the hated WEAVING IN OF THE ENDS).  Really, a half hour of work would create a finished scarf and hat.  I could get so many brownie points towards ending the yarn diet!

So my goal for tonight is to work on something more finishable-in-the-short-term than the Girasole, as much as I love the Girasole.  The Girasole w0n’t be finished tonight and it won’t be finished until I order more of those foam blocking pads because it is going to be way, way, way, (and did I say WAY?) too large for my current ones.  So, tonight: scarf or hat.  Then tomorrow I’ll take pictures for the blog if the sun cooperates.  There.  And I’ll wind the yarn for David’s scarf so he can stop having blue fuzz on his neck from his old one.  And I’ll probably watch more of the world’s stupidest TV fantasy series and not feel guilty becuase dammit, I’m getting knitting done!

Note: There are no comments on this entry because for some reason it was attracting a hideous amount of canned ham product (I’m superstitious about  even naming it here).  Comment on another one if you have something to say for some reason. :)

Ahhh, that’s more like it. I may be squeezing it in when it’s already past my bedtime, but here I am, watching my current favorite dumb show, knitting some, typing some, knitting some. Yeah, it’s completely ineffective multitasking. Yeah, I’m making completely imperceptible progress.

BUT I AM KNITTING. It’s still victory. Maybe I’ll actually finish this Girasole someday. Maybe I’ll do the last few lines of knitting on the pretty chunky yarn honeycomb pattern scarf I decided should be for my mom and not for me (and then oh terror, oh hatred, weave in many, many ends). For that matter, maybe I’ll even weave in the two ends left on David’s spare winter hat so he can use it as a spare.

Speaking of David, maybe I’ll wind the yarn for David’s warm winter scarf while it’s still winter. Maybe I’ll knit it while it’s still winter! Er, this one I should really do.  And post pictures.  It’s going to be gorgeous.

Meta note: Not only am I knitting again, I’m really, really excited about knitting again.  This is great!

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