Numerical Knitting

May 2, 2007

Keeping my Sanity and MDSW

Filed under: General,Knitting — by bethc @ 1:00 pm

If you’re only interested in my upcoming trip to MDSW and not my life, skip the next three paragraphs!

Life has gotten hectic. In addition to my regular, crazy life I agreed to do some outside consulting work. I admit I was dazzled by the amount of money involved and agreed before I thought through the amount of work and the time-line. Now I am struggling to stay afloat. Of course you might notice that I am spending my only break today without students working on a blog post rather than getting some of this work done, but it wouldn’t be nice to point that out!

It got so bad that this week-end I resorted to making a “to do” list. Something not normally part of my behavior. When I do resort to such radical measures I use my palm to keep the list. When I started this list I took a gander at the previous lists (still stored on the palm) and discovered that I almost always start a list in late April. So, I guess it’s not just the extra work… but that’s sure not helping.

I have been trying to knit about 10 minutes before I go to bed each night in hopes of calming my brain so I was interested to read about a character in The Friday Night Knitting Club who does the same. I’m not very far into the book yet, but am finding it a nice, light, entertaining read. Progress continues on Branching Out (see above) with a row or two here and there but mostly on the top-down raglan. I’m getting close the the end of the body I think, time to do some measuring.

I am planning a trip to MDSW on Saturday. I will arrive bright and early to do my shopping and then will be met at 11:00 by a group of four great 7th grade girls. Julie and I taught them to knit last year, and this year their parents bought a trip with me at the school auction.

So I need a little help! I think Julie is going to post about this in her blog because she gets thousands more hits than I do, but I’m putting together a scavenger hunt for the girls. I will put them in pairs and each pair will have a digital camera. Any thoughts on great things for them to find? I’m thinking some will involve photos, some will involve asking questions and getting information, and at least one will involve shopping! Some I already have in consideration are:

  • cutest animal
  • longest line
  • prettiest color combination in one photo
  • find out the differences between two different breeds of sheep
  • most interesting knitting “accessory”
  • what happens to turn wool on a sheep into yarn?
  • best thing you can buy with this $10

Of course most will be subjective, and everyone will win. I would love your suggestions!


  1. You could show them pictures of some handknits off knitty/etc and have them play a version of bingo (“I got a Clapotis, One Skein Wonder, and a Simple Knitted Bodice! I win!”)

    You could also play “Count the number of women without the good sense to wear an undershirt under their lacy handknit tee” — but that might not be so appropriate for 7th graders (a lesson in fashion, and things that won’t fly under the dress code at school, I suppose).

    Comment by Amber — May 2, 2007 @ 1:32 pm |Reply

  2. OK, this might be a bit gauche but I think you should include “the geekiest knitter”. 🙂

    Comment by Elinor — May 2, 2007 @ 3:36 pm |Reply

  3. Hello, I’m here from Fricknits 🙂 Here’s some more suggestions:

    – Person carrying the most yarn/fiber (and still walking)
    – Person wearing the most handknits
    – Youngest knitter

    Comment by Kristy — May 2, 2007 @ 5:54 pm |Reply

  4. – Knitter who looks like they’re about to die from the heat from wearing their own knitting 🙂
    – Strangest fiber being sold
    – Most expensive fiber being sold
    – Who sees the most sock knitters
    – Find someone who does not knit or does anything with fiber, AT ALL

    Comment by judy — May 2, 2007 @ 8:58 pm |Reply

  5. I’m not good at these things, but my one suggestion would be most interesting object used for spinning. Seems like when I went last year there were some weird things like cds being used… but maybe that’s not too weird.

    Comment by laura b — May 2, 2007 @ 11:14 pm |Reply

  6. Hummm, let’s see:

    -most interesting color combination in a skein
    -fugliest knitted item (on display or on a person)
    -10 pictures of knitted socks with sandals or other shoe that exposes the handknit
    -previous MSWF logo t-shirts or bags
    -most expensive item found (could be a spinning wheel, etc.)
    -5 pictures of baby animals
    -weirdest food item

    Hope that this helps! Sorry to hear that you life has been so hectic lately. I assume we probably won’t see you tonight?

    Comment by Amber — May 3, 2007 @ 10:13 am |Reply

  7. Blue Ribbon Winning Sheep would be a good one as well. Coolest yarn. Before and after pictures of sheep shearing.

    I’m incredibly jealous. I went to MDSW 2 years ago while visiting my brother and I got this one of a kind yarn to make a Clapotis with. Have never found anything like again. I’d love to go again one of these days, but would definitely go with fellow knitters as my brother and his wife got bored after the first barn of vendors. 🙂

    Your Secret Pal

    Comment by Your Secret Pal — May 3, 2007 @ 10:30 am |Reply

  8. Have a lovely time there.

    – Person wearing the most handknits
    – Most unusual handknit item
    – Non-traditional knitters doing their thing (young boy knitting, etc.)

    Comment by Stacy — May 4, 2007 @ 11:23 am |Reply

  9. Branching Out looks fabulous.

    Suggestions (FWIW)

    Prettiest knit item
    Most Colors in a knitted item
    Weirdest Looking Gadget
    Funniest Stuff You Can Knit With……

    Have fun!

    Comment by Carrie K — May 4, 2007 @ 3:26 pm |Reply

  10. Branching Out looks great! Lovely yarn choice for it, too.

    Comment by Nicole — May 4, 2007 @ 6:21 pm |Reply

  11. Sorry to hear life is so hectic. Funny thing–when you said you wrote your notes on your palm, I imagined that you took pen to skin and really wrote on your own palm (i.e. hand). Got it on the second read through when I figured out you couldn’t keep old lists for long on your hand-palm.

    Your Branching Out is looking gorgeous. I REALLY need to do some lace this summer, but I am such a wimpy baby about it.

    Comment by Holly of HollYarns — May 8, 2007 @ 3:13 am |Reply

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