Monday, February 27, 2006

After the Fall

I have been defeated - partially by time & partially by my pattern. As I did not complete my entry in time, I have lost the gold medal. It's a sad day in my [knitting] world. In my defense, I did not lose in the spirit of Bode Miller, but rather in the method of Lindsay Kildow, by falling twice. Twice I was forced to frog my heirloom christening blanket and begin again.
All that said, I plan to press on. I think that, if a silver medal was available, it would still be in my grasp. My WIP is so very close to being a FO....

Monday, February 13, 2006

Oops! I did it again.

So, this time it was on the second row that I came upon that blasted extra stitch. I thought all was lost and I'd never attain my dream of Olympic GOLD. But, as any true athlete knows, sometimes you have to go back to the fundamentals to correct your mistake. Patiently, I went back to the pattern and re-read the directions: "CO 161 sts. Work one purl row." WAIT! "CO 161 sts." 161 sts! (I had 166 sts.) With dogged determination, I CO the correct number of sts., worked one purl row and completed 3 rounds of the 4 row pattern. Then I went to bed.............. thinking about 161 sts.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Choking Kind

It was my first Knitting Olympics event and I choked. I started off strong getting all 166 stiches cast on in under 10 minutes while hiding in my office at 2pm yesterday. I even got the first row done before someone came knocking at my door and I had to stash it in my desk drawer. Later in the game, I resumed knitting. I'm not sure what went wrong, but suddenly, at the end of the 3rd row, there is was - an extra stitch! I got back up and tried to salvage the project, but it was too late (with all the YFs & sl 1s). So, I've frogged it and am anxious to get back in it tonight. I really think I can still pull out a GOLD.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Olympic Call

Well, I've answered the Olympic Call and signed up for the Knitting Olympics. I'm making the "Heirloom Silk Shawl" from Knitting for 2 by Erika Knight (aka Baby Bloom) as a Christening Blanket for my best friend's baby due in June. I've got to close my office door and CO in approx. 15 minutes now. It's thrilling to think of 4000 knitters casting on at the same time. I'll post pictures at the end - me with my blanket flying over the podium.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Blanket of Love

I was thrilled to recently receive a picture of one of my first projects - a bubblegum pink hooded baby blanket . I was even more thrilled to hear that the baby uses the blanket on a daily basis. I love the idea of making something that becomes part of someone else's everyday life.