So my knitting planning is settled. I’ll finish the mittens with the baby pants as the zombie to their epicness. I imagined I would finish this week, but it doesn’t look that way.

I will therefore probably not be Banging Out a Sweater in February, however much I feel like a lemming really wanting to jump off that cliff. When I need a new epic project, it will be l’ensemble irlandais. You can see the swatch for that above. It is 7 stitches to the inch (by the time I got to the end) on size 1 needles, which I think is as low as I will go.

Yet I continue to be charmed by the idea of making a sweater in a month. The Seamless Sweater book says it can be done in two weeks simply by knitting at a steady lope for three or four hours a day, which she says we can easily fit in around our workday.

It should be easy. “Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!” as the old labor slogan put it.

But I have a absolutely not managed that on any workday this week. I had a mending job for my husband, and choir, and exercise and housework and dealing with insurance and vital records, not to mention working 9 or 10 hours a day.

I got the swatching done, and about three rounds on the aforementioned mitten knitting.

I just finished work, and the ten minutes I’ve spent on this blogpost have already eaten into the three hours between work and my pre-sleep reading time. I was sort of planning to have dinner, too, and to clean up the kitchen, and to do a short weights class.

I’m a piker.