Back to Back 2006

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The final time has been confirmed. We, the Potluck Spinners and Weavers, did not beat any records, including our own 🙂 On Sunday, June 4th, 2006, Kim Ellis our shearer started at 8:13am Atlantic time. 22 minutes later we had cast on and begun knitting both the front and back of our sweater.

Jan Gnemmi, Sharon Lynk, Elizabeth Aulenbach, Cathou Larocque, Muriel Martin, Marilyn Rand and I worked steadily until 10:49:27pm Atlantic time. That is 14 hours, 36 minutes and 27 seconds. Thanks so much to Helen Ruddy our timekeeper, to Anne and Jan our food and comfort coordinators, to Pia our cheerleader and motivational “break” dancer, and to all our guild members, families and visitors for all their support.

We took 26 minutes and 2 seconds longer then our team last year, and have started analyzing why that is. We know we lost two of our fastest knitters from last year. We know we ended up with a much more consistent sweater. We know that the team members didn’t feel as exhausted at the end as last year. We know that somewhere around the seven hour mar we were only 1/3 of the way through the front and back, so changed our strategy a bit. I think that doing the last 2/3 in the remaining 1/2 day is pretty good.

Despite feeling very sleepy today, I feel remarkably well, I thought for sure I would be immobile, guess all that stretching really did work. How many stitches per minute are people averaging on greasy fleece? Marilyn and I were averaging 25sts/min over 2 rows of 96sts. Our knit rows were generally about 1 minute faster then our purl rows. For the second half of the day Marilyn and I sat knees touching and knit one row, purled one row and then handed off to the other. We found the short bursts of knitting much easier then knitting for a half hour each time, which is what we did for the first half of the day.

At this point I think we are all stumped at how anyone could do the sweater in 5 hours or even 8 hours. This being said, I can see 11 or 12 hours being almost within the realm of possibility, just barely.

Julie Rosvall

Wolfville, NS (where it is my intention to do as little as possible today)

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