What I learned this weekend during the Socktopia Knit Off!
1. Have a really high quality yarn to use. If it doesn’t feel good in your hands, imagine how it will feel for 10 – 12 hour stretches of time.
2. Try to avoid small needles. Ok, I used size US 1 DPNs and they are pretty small. But in order to get gauge with my yarn I needed to use that size and I could have even used US 0 needles but – OUCH!
3. Stretch your hands and wrists before you start, and every time you put the needles down (for beverage refills, bathroom breaks, food runs and internet checks). Before going to bed, give your hands a nice massage with a good hand cream.
4. Have lots of TV to watch. Rent DVDs. Watch a season of some show you always wanted to see.
5. Load up the I-Pod with podcasts or an audio book.
6. Frequently check your posture. No slouching!
7. Have plenty of caffeinated beverages and chocolate in the house. M&Ms work best.
8. Go for a walk. You’ll need it!
9. If there is no one else around to do so, don’t neglect your pets. If they need a lap or a cuddle then put the needles down. You may need them to lay on your hands later to get the blood flowing through your hands again.
Mostly I learned that it is possible to knit a pair of socks (regular socks with 7 inches before the heel) in a weekend. Nothing else gets done, but it is possible. It’s very rewarding to finish within the time constraints. I am a little in love with my socks. It could be from the constant yarn fumes tho.