Friday, February 1, 2013

A Little Valentine's Math

After my holiday knitting, I did not get to take a knitting break.. sigh.  I try to give myveryownsister a pair of socks for Valentine's and her birthday as she, along with Jim, are my most enthusiastic and appreciative recipients.

Often, Jim gets a pair for Christmas but this year he got a hand spun, hand knit (on US5's) vest. (now where is the pic I took of that vest?). He does love the vest but still hankered for a new pair of socks.  Being a sucker for someone who so enjoys my knitting, I promised that the pair I had started last summer would be done for Valentine's Day.  I do tend to compartmentalize my projects which is how I often get into a knitting frenzy trying to make deadlines.

So I have been dividing my time between mvos' socks and Jim's.  Of course just doing socks becomes boring in a very short amount of time so I have amused myself with a Mystery KAL

and thinking about a new bottom up scarf/shawlette idea.  OK so a few times I stopped knitting to make a swatch or three, but really, they took up no time and kept me interested, even though Jim did mention the digression with a bit of jealousy in his voice.

So here we are on February 1. The thought for this morning was that I should take stock and see how close these objects are to finishing.  My sister's socks have to be mailed so I have concentrated on them for the past week.  One is actually now completed and the other is ready for the heel to be turned.  Both of Jim's are on the cuffs.  Sounds good to me but just to make sure I thought I'd formalize that into actual percentages and then into a plan for the next 2 weeks.

So if I count each sock as 100%, I then need to get to 400% to finish.

One mvos sock completed = 100%
The other mvos sock is ready for the heel to be turned so is at ~43%
(That's because I count the toe as ~10%, the instep with gussets as ~33.%, the heel as 25% and the cuff as ~33%).

One of Jim's socks is about 2 inches into the cuff so ~75%.
The other is just above the heel so ~66%.

That all adds up to about 285% out of 400% or about 71.25% of the total.
If I get mvos' heel turned today I will then be at 77% of goal.

I think hers can be done by Monday or Tuesday which gives the package plenty of time to get to Rhode Island and then leaves me a week to get Jim's done.  His are way slower as there are 80 stitches on US0 needles while mvos' are done with US1.5 and 60 sts.  Her yarn is a bit thicker too.

WOW this is so doable!!!!  Nothing like a bit of math to see reality.  My reward will be to actually get back to some socks I started for myself almost a year ago and to start that new shawlette.


fleegle said...

I get the feeling they actually make the needles themselves. But who knows. I went and bought a set of Knitter's Pride because I doubt they will actually replace the needle.

I hope you are doing well!

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