Tuesday, May 06, 2008

70,532

Seventy thousand, five hundred and thirty two.  I have been wanting to count the stitches in a completed sweater ever since Tiennie did it.  And decided, with charts and rows, this was the sweater to count.  Seventy thousand, five hundred and thirty two stitches.  That is a lot of stitches, and a lot of "throwing".  (I knit using the English method.)  Amazing to think my hand brought yarn around the needle seventy thousand, five hundred and thirty two times.  I think we should all give our hands a massage.  Or at least a kiss.
Ruby is finished.  Blocking as we speak.  Photos soon.

47 comments:

Tanya said...

Yama hama, Leslie! That's a lot of stitches :) Looking forward to those pics.

Tanya

Kathy said...

That's a lot of knitting! I can't wait to see Ruby!!

Knit & Purl Mama said...

That's certainly a LOT of stitches! Wow! I can't wait to see pictures of the sweater on you!

emily said...

leslie, she is beautiful. even just her folded up self. absolutely beautiful. can't wait to see you wearing her!

Denise said...

And I wonder why my wrists ache sometimes - Sheesh.
That's an impressive number for sure. So what you knittin next ;)

zebraknits said...

Yeah!!! Will wait patiently for the photoshoot.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Beautiful, even before the blocked and preened photo shoot. You're right about being kind to your hands. That really is a lot of work for a single garment, but don't you feel good about it?

amandajean said...

wow and oy.

I have thought about tracking the number of hours that it takes to make a quilt, but with the amount of interruptions that I get with my 3 little ones, it would be nearly impossible.

Sarah Jackson said...

That's a lotta stitches! Did you count cable crossings too? I've been counting stitches in a blanket that I'm knitting for Jeff. Å queen size blanket on size 5 needles. I announce after each color block how many more expressions of love I just knit for him. We're at over 200,000 right now.

kim said...

Why am I humming that tune from Rent? Wow, that's a lot of knitting. It looks beautiful. I can't wait for the big unveiling!

Knitterella said...

Oh man! Can't wait to see Ruby in all her glory!

(wonder how many stitches we'll throw in a lifetime!?)

SpiderWomanKnits said...

LOL! You're so funny. But, oh my wow that's a lot of stitches!

I remember you posting about how you love to knit jackets and this one is just so beautiful. Can't wait to see Ruby's photoshoot.

Knitting Diva said...

OMG all those stitches...what fun!I can hardly wait to see you model Ms. Ruby! I love the color!

theresa said...

I suppose counting just comes naturally to a knitter...beautiful job on Ruby...awaiting the finale...

Stephanie said...

That is a LOT of stitches :) I can't wait to see the model shot!

Macoco said...

Yowzers that is a lot of stitches. I can't wait to see more of Ruby!

peaknits said...

Wow - that is a lot of stitches!! Looks like a beauty already!

fiberfiend6891 said...

I've always wanted to do that...

opportunityknits said...

Mind boggling! Can't wait for the photos :)

wiscjennyann said...

Wow! What a triumph! Can't wait to see the photos...

Louise said...

Clever, clever girl. Your hands must be extremely fit! Can't wait to see it.

nicole said...

Woohoo, looking forward to seeing the fruit of all that hard work.

Stacey said...

wow. that is truly amazing. I don't even want to know how many stitches would be in my 6'3" hubby's sweater!!!

TD wool design said...

i can't wait to see it! your work is so gorgeous.

Elizabeth said...

Wow. All those stitches - all that counting. Ruby looks beautiful and I can't wait to see it in full glory. Thanks for video link. I am thinking about trying Continental on a project to see if it's a bit faster (although I've heard that it can also give a looser gauge).

Jess said...

Holey Moley that's a lot of stitches to knit! I can't wait to see the finished sweater modeled. Everything you make turns out more than fabulous!

jenna said...

Yipe.

house on hill road said...

go you! i can't wait to see ruby in all her glory!

sherri said...

Ruby is my all time favorite sweater. I had thought it was your other one from vogue's anniversary edition, but clearly this one is the winner.

Queen of the froggers said...

Goodness me, loads of stitches! I look forward to seeing Ruby!

Windy Knitty said...

Wow! That's amazing. Can't wait to see the finished shots!

Amy said...

Oooh, so exciting!!!

Alyssa said...

Its almost frightening how many stitches go into a garment.

iknitipurl said...

Wow. That really is a lot of stitches. Funny how you don't really know how much goes into it until you really look at the details. Can't wait to see the finished project!

tiennie said...

Yowzers!!! You totally did so much better than me in the stitch count. It's beautifu and I can't wait to see the modeled shots!

Virtuous said...

Whew!! @ stitch count!

Ooh I can wait for Ruby to be on display!

Philigry said...

oh my god leslie. i think you need a full massage after that! wow. i am dying....can't wait to see ruby!

Meggie said...

Yikes! That is a whole lot of knitting! But then I know how quickly you knit.... Can't wait to see photos of the FO.

gaylen said...

I have always wondered how many stitches in a sweater - thanks for figuring that out. I can't wait to see your finished gem. g

Grace said...

eeek, fantastic! and i can't begin to tell you how happy i am to hear that you knit english-style. praise the lord! i was starting to wonder if all the really good knitters were continental and that i was missing something, lol.

Sandy said...

Oh, I can't wait!

Seanna Lea said...

I love knitting math like this. The number of stitches in a pair of socks, how many rows in a stole, etc. Amazing how many stitches you did in such a short period of time!

Of course, now I want to listen to Seasons of Love.

ali said...

Um, wow... that's a lot of throwing. I'm a thrower, too, and it's clear to see why there are some aches and pains now and then... because, surely it has nothign to do with the fact that I'm getting older...

Happy knitting-
ali

Emily said...

So how many calories do you think you burned from all that throwing?

Yarn It said...

That is a LOT of stitches! I have wondered myself how many stitches I have knit in a garment. Maybe sometime i will count. Can't wait to see Ruby. She is looking gorgeous so far!

MadMad said...

Wow... That is something! Guess where I was today? At a yarn store, flipping through the Debbie Bliss book, looking at that pattern, the yarn... I am such a follower. And you are such a pusher. The only thing that saved me? They only had 16 balls of the yarn. I chose to view it as an omen.

Sharon said...

Ahhh I can't wait to see it. I have the book also and that is a ton of knitting you did.