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May 12, 2009

Cat Bullet


Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 8:51 am

As I have implied in previous posts, I’ve been on a big push to finish all of my current works in progress. I finished the Taos Stole and the Cats Cradle lace scarf (Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!). The last two evenings, I have spent working on the Mystery Stole 3.

Yes, the one that was started two summers ago. THAT Mystery Stole. My longest existing UFO (Unfinished Object). Perversely referred to as “my albatross”.

For reasons that I won’t repeat here, I was never very happy with the pattern; and when Mamma Cat ain’t happy, projects don’t get worked on.

However, as it so happens, I now have a project waiting in the wings that needs my Size 4 Knit Picks needle tips. MamaCat might not be happy, but she is also incredibly stubborn about taking needles off of projects before they are done (it is a psychological thing, which we won’t think too much about).

Therefore, this project is now in my focus to get done. As soon as possible.

To keep things interesting (and, because I’ve not had a blog contest around here in a while), I’d like you to submit your guess as to the time and date of when the project will be finished.

Some information to help you make an informed decision:

    1. As of last night, I have 71 rows left.

    2. Each pair of rows takes between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on complexity, mental state and how tired my hands are (and how many cats are in my lap at the given time).

    3. There will be a 99 stitch Kitchener graft to join the two halves together.

    4. This not a project that can travel, so I can’t work on it on bus rides.

    5. On weeknights, my bedtime is between 8:45 and 9:15. I generally get home between 3:30 and 7:00pm (work is fairly erratic).

    6. On weekends, when I am home all day, I generally don’t start knitting before noon (because it takes my hands that long to really get warmed up and able to knit).

    7. I will define “finished” as the two halves knit, grafted together and all of the ends woven in. I will NOT include blocking of the stole in the game, because I’ve been known to let projects sit around for months before I get around to blocking.

I pledge that this project will be my primary focus until it is done. However, I reserve the right to not work on the project in case of any of the following:

    Cute cats
    Misbehaving cats
    Shedding cats
    Dirty dishes
    Dirty clothes
    Lack of groceries or cooked food in the house
    Intense/exciting Colorado Rockies games
    Knitting Nights
    Prescheduled Arsenal dates

So, there you have it. Make your best guess in the comments. To avoid “skewing” the results, I won’t look at the guess comments until after I have finished the project. If you have any questions, I will make a second post shortly where you can leave questions in the comments.

Oh yeah – Prizes!! Well, I will come up with something that is “Winner Appropriate”. If you are a knitter, you will probably get something knitterly. If you aren’t, well, I’ll come up with something. Don’t worry. It will be something cool. :-)

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  1. My guess will be May 23, evening (8:30 PM)

    Comment by Mom — May 12, 2009 @ 9:33 am
  2. My guess will be June 12th so you have it ready in time to show me before we go to Estes Park on the 13th. Good luck!

    Comment by DonnaW — May 12, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
  3. May 20, 8:15PM.

    Comment by Kathy — May 13, 2009 @ 8:22 am
  4. I’m guessing you will finish on Thursday, May 21st at 8:00 pm. Good Luck!!

    Comment by Terrie — May 13, 2009 @ 2:17 pm
  5. I think you will finish on June 7 at 2pm.
    You can do it girlfriend. Best of success!

    Comment by Jan — May 14, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
  6. My guess is May 23 @ 8:30 PM….hopefully….;-)

    Good luck on the albatross!

    Comment by Elaine — May 14, 2009 @ 7:57 pm
  7. Better make that May 24 @ 8:35PM since someone has already guessed the 23

    Comment by Elaine — May 14, 2009 @ 8:00 pm
  8. My guess is May 29th……

    Comment by cheryl — May 15, 2009 @ 8:06 pm
  9. I’ll give you some leeway and go for my birthday–June 19–11:58 PM–my arrival time.

    Comment by sue — May 16, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

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