Thursday, February 25, 2010

No gold for me

Even though I didn't officially sign up for the Knitting Olympics, I was hoping to medal, at least in my own mind. But it's not going to happen. I met my first goal, which was to finish the body of the shawl by Sunday, but the border is going much slower. My work schedule is very busy this week (good for the bank account, bad for knitting time), and there's too many other events going on in addition. I just don't have the time to knit.

The border seemed very challenging at first, but I've got the hang of it now, so it's going pretty smoothly, but not quickly. Here's a pic:

Blurry, I know.

I'm still working on Tom's sweater, when I can't take the lace-knitting any longer. I'm knitting the two sleeves at once and, as usual, it seems to take forever. At least they'll both be done at once.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Slow going

Olympic knitting is going slowly for me. Not sure I'm going to meet the challenge, but I haven't given up. It's been a busy week, and I haven't been home enough to get a lot done. Tuesday was knit night at the Purl, but this project is too complicated (and I'm way too mistake-prone) to do in a social setting. Wednesday was our double-bill of Doc Soup (a wonderful film on the Civil Rights Movement, Songs for a Revolution) and Shape Notes singing. Thursday was Knitty-sponsored Yarn Tasting. Lots of knitting, but not of the Olympic variety. Today will, I hope be better.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

No Knitting Olypmics

Since I had surgery the day of the Opening Ceremonies, I decided not to join any knitting Olympics groups (Ravelry, or Yarn Harlot). I feel a little sad about it, because it would have been a good way to get more connected to the on-line knitting community. But it just didn't seem practical.

I'm feeling much better today than I expected (though yesterday was pretty rough), so I think I will set an Olympic goal: to finish the Shetland Tea Shawl. A truly Olympic goal would be to finish Forest Path, but I'm not that insane. The Tea Shawl is challenge enough. Fortunately (or not, depending on one's point of view), I'm still working reduced hours, so I'll have plenty of time to watch. Also, we get four cable stations that are covering the events, all showing different things. So while it might be hard sometimes to decide what to watch, there's sure to always be something I'm interested it Least favourite: snowboarding, mogul skiing, short track speed skating, and ice dancing–hmm, see a traditionalist tendency here? Favourites: curling, long track speed skating, figure skating (though I miss the actual "figures" they used to have to skate; and I like the costuming less and less) and just about everything else:)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Not a fun kntting week

This has been a rough week, knitting-wise. I frogged the Leyburn socks. The pattern doesn't fit, top-down or toe-up. I like the fabric, but it just doesn't fit. So I'm going to use the yarn to knit of of Cookie A's socks, probably Sunshine.

I've been really struggling with the Shetland Tea Shawl. The last chart before the border is more complicated than anything I've ever done. It's a lace every row chart, and it's really complicated. I fretted over how to do one row for days. I posted questions about it on a Ravelry group, but it wasn't a very active thread, and I actually figured it out (as I lay in bed at 6am) just before someone posted the answer. Even still, there's been a lot of tinking on this shawl.

And I keep making stupid mistakes on various sweaters, causing me to rip back whole evenings of knitting. No fun.

On Friday I go into the hospital to have fibroids removed from my uterus. Not sure I'll do much knitting this weekend, though maybe by Monday, Family Day, I'll be up for it.
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