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Pre-kids I knit a lot. I made Kaffe fassett patterns, lots of cables, etc. Since kids I have made dishcloths <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
Recently I found a bag of yarn and a pattern for a sweater I was going to make for my dh years ago. Pretty simple pattern - rich red sweater with different coloured stars all over. I have started one sleeve and and almost half way through it. I would love to be able to give it to him for Christmas. In the old days I would have finished it in 3-4 weeks but now I don't know if 2 months is enough time!<br><br>
Can I post my progress here and ask for reminders to keep going?<br><br>
I have so much yarn stashed away in my basement - I would love for this to be the beginning of knitting my way through it all.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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First off, nobody here will judge you because you don't have as much time to knit now as you did before children.<br><br>
Children are a huge responsibility and time with/for them always comes first. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Anyway, I'd love to see your progress on the sweater for your hubby.<br>
I started a sweater jacket with Peace Fleece about a month ago and only have about 2 inches of it knit so far. LOL!
 

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That sounds like a great sweater! I would love to hear the progress as you knit it for him for Christmas!<br><br>
I think sometimes, for me anyway, it's the *idea* of doing a big project that seems overwhelming and not the actual work . For instance, if you carved out time for just one major launching session for a project, where you broke it down into smaller projects for each piece, - then when you do have time to knit you don't' say to yourself "oh, I don't have the concentration/time to figure out what needs to be done, let me just do a dishcloth." instead you just do your 1/2 a sleeve or whatever, before the increases start.<br><br>
This is what I'm trying to do, anyway, because I tend to get psychologically overwhelmed so easily! It's true w/ kids there's much less time, but there actually are quite a few 10-15 min segments of time throughout the day. Just have to be ready when they happen because you never know when they will be!<br><br>
I'm kind of going on and on here, does anyone know what I'm talking about?
 

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Know exactly what you mean. I break everything down. Do the ribbing tonight, do a swatch and the math one night, or say 1/2 hour here, etc. All done after 8 at night with laundry and cleaning (which I always breakdown also).
 

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Thanks! I was able to get half of a row with stars done yesterday, that brings me to the halfway point in one sleeve. I'll see if I can get these stars finished before the weekend.
 

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Yikies! It is Friday and I haven't finished those stars yet. If dd asks to watch a video today, I will use that as an excuse to sit and knit.
 

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Post pictures, please! Even of unfinished stars. My husband is knitting me a dress and right now it would make a wonderful top or mini-skirt. This was supposed to be my solstice present a year ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think you can only post a link to pictures hosted elsewhere (like at photobucket).<br><br>
When I was busting my hump to knit up 2 cabled scarves for my dad and step mom, I figured out how many inches I needed the scarf to be, divided by how many days I had left to know how many inches I needed to knit each day.<br><br>
If you measure up the total number of inches you need to do, but count the sleeves as half (since knitting an inch of sleeve might be about half as long as an inch of back? or use a different fraction - you know what I mean), then you'll know how much you "have" to knit each day. IF you count your days ending with say 12/20, you'll have a little cushion (and time to block or whatever).<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
~amey
 

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I got the stars finished. I then realized that the sleeve is 75% complete. I **** have one Halloween costume to finish, then I can get back to knitting. dh is away all next week so I don't know how much down time I will have - but my hope is to get the ribbing for the other sleeve done by next weekend.<br><br>
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
 

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Great job! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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on the other hand: knitting while dh is away is perfect for a gift!!!<br><br>
now take that sweater out to the beach, run, yoga, knit and then do pushups!<br><br><br>
(i'm considering pushups here in the computer lab. no one is here today....)
 

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I have knit about 8 rows this week. After the kids are in bed tonight, I will put a Desperate Housewives dvd in the computer and knit some more. I also want to cut out pieces for a quilt for our bed. Maybe I will knit for half the movie, cut for the other half. I love the weird humour - it should keep my needles clicking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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