Fourteen times 239 times two
Friday January 14th 2022, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Knitting a Gift

Two days in a row of 3,346 little white boxes with a dot, an x, a slant / or a slant \ or a V or the like as my eyes move across the chart and my hands around the needles, count one two three, or seven, or seventeen. Starting in the morning, taking rest breaks, continuing on till the brain rebels: any other color! Any other thing to look at! Read words not symbols! You’ve already iced your hands once today, stop!

And so with those 6,692 stitches done I have 21,510 left to go, along with 2,390 of the final edging.

My brain is a busload right now of middle school kids taking a long ride to a field trip destination that the chaperones knew they’d signed up for for the good of the kids and so now they just have to put up with their singing, 23,900 bottles of beer on the wall, 23,900 bottles of beer! Take a stitch down, wrap wool around, 22,899 bottles of beer on the wall!

Yeah when it gets to that point you know it’s time to park the bus and call it a day.

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Ha! I think I would find knowing the number more discouraging than encouraging, but if it works for you, go for it!

Comment by ccr in MA 01.15.22 @ 7:12 am

The gorgeous-ness is worth it???!!!

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 01.15.22 @ 8:13 am

Only 23,900 stitches to go! Congratulations! It is a gorgeous color. The new version of the song will forever be a favorite. Back in the 70s, my husband’s HS band took a bus trip from the Bay Area to Canada to perform with a sister school. They started at 1,000,000 bottles of beer. I knitted socks for my brother with the foot-long feet and kept track, 39 hours and right around 39,000 stitches for the pair.

Comment by DebbieR 01.15.22 @ 10:23 am

I count a lot of things (my own little quirk) but that many stitches/bottles of beer–not 99 was the most I could manage.

Comment by Sharon Stanger 01.16.22 @ 2:18 pm

I laughed! Thank you for the gorgeous picture and the extra intake of oxygen.

Comment by Suzanne 01.19.22 @ 2:46 pm

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