Friday, June 5, 2009

How to Knit a Hat in One Day

There are two methods:

1. Accompany a friend or a family member to a big city university hospital while he or she undergoes a special test that takes about 5 hours from start to finish.

You may not necessarily spend the whole five hours knitting, but you end up with this:

2. Knit a hat on a day that is full of errands and tasks.

It is not as effective as the first method, and the probability of ending with a finished hat by the end of the day is lower, but...

I gathered the materials.

Then I made a little breakfast, ate it and tidied up the kitchen. On the agenda today is to steam clean the grout in the kitchen only - That shouldn't take too long.

For those of you who have known me for a long time, this grout cleaning thing - been going on for y.e.a.r.s. Kind of like the decrapification thing. I'm all into it for about the first day, and then realize how monumental the task is, and the enthusiasm fizzles. It's just not fun!

I tidied up the den.

I cast on and started the first row.

I went for a three-mile power walk in the neighborhood.

I came home and it was about time for lunch; so, I made a little something, ate it and tidied up the kitchen.

The Kid needed a ride to drop his truck off to get some speakers added to his stereo system and then he needed to be dropped off to school for a mandatory graduation practice.

I got home and pulled ot the steam machine.

I started in on the grout. I'm ashamed to show you how gross it was.

I steamed and scrubbed for about an hour, and cleaned a 4-feet by 6-feet section of the kitchen floor. I was tired and put away my cleaning supplies.

I knitted some more on the hat, and realized that I was inadvertently knitting a mobius.

I tinked back, untwisted the stitches and started in on the hat again.

It was about 3:30 by then, and I still had errands to run. I took a shower and got dressed.

Before I got home, I picked up supper at Pei Wei. Yum!

After supper, I went to get my knitting, and discovered that my mom had found it and had knitted to the second red stripe while I was gone before supper.*

The hat was finished by me at a leisurely pace by 10:30ish.

The end.

MK out.

*There was still a chance that the hat would have been finished by me before midnight had she not done that, but less likely. Thanks Mom!



hmmm. wish my mom knitted and was close by to help me out.

Merry Karma said...

She's a real doll, that mom of mine.

Margo Lynn said...

Sneak knitter, your mom!

See, you just need to learn to knit while you power-walk.........

Merry Karma said...

I can knit when I walk...I just don't like to...sweaty hands and all.

Lorette said...

I know what you mean about cleaning. I started dredging out my walk in closet three weeks ago, and am working on it slowly when I have a day off. What a bore, I'd rather do just about anything else.

Your mom is great. I need a knitting elf.