2/27/2006

I DID IT!!!

I finished! I finished blocking the socks Saturday night! I was so excited! In all that had slowed me down over the past two weeks I still managed to whip out 2 pairs of socks. Of course I’m put to shame by Pink Lemon Twist who had the same goal as I and blew me out of the water by knitting not 2 pairs, but 4 pairs! They are beautiful though and I will make some of the flame socks eventually!
Kaylee was so cute during the whole thing, and kept asking me to let her try them on. Knowing that they wouldn’t fit I told her ‘no’ and that as soon as I finished I would knit her a pair. Keeping in mind that I have started two pairs of socks for her in the past and have yet to finish any of them! So last night I cast on out of my leftover Spearmint Lorna’s Laces (Kaylee picked that yarn – she LOVES it!!!) and got past a heel turn of one sock. She tried it on every 5 minutes (partially because she was excited and partially because her foot has grown so much since my last attempt at a pair for her that my pattern was wrong). Pictures of my socks and Kaylee’s socks to come soon!
Oh, my Olympic Ticker? It’s still counting down. Maybe to the next Olympics?

2/24/2006

Knitting Olympics - Day 15 Update

Ah-Ha!!! Maybe my Olympic Knitting Gold isn’t too far out of my reach at all! Due to a sick child yesterday I had to stay home from work. Although I had some work I still had to get done, I managed to do all but 5 rows and a toe of sock one from the 2nd pair. I was going to go to bed, but then got a second burst of energy and decided to transfer the 1st sock onto my DPNS (I use these to make the toe) and use my circs to start the 2nd sock. I got 6 rounds into the ribbing and think I may be able to actually finish. Luckily it’s the weekend and I have lots of knitting time!! I should have taken pictures, but I wanted to wait to show you to completed pair. This is my first EVER solid pair of socks and they are pretty and soft and I love them!!!

Wish me luck!

2/22/2006

Oh, The Madness!!!

I am NOT meant to have a Gold Medal for the Knitting Olympics.

Just as I get back on track – Gold is at the end of the tunnel, I can even see the little hole in the Gold Medal- I get FOOD POISONING!!! Actually, Adam and I both got it. I worked a full day Monday feeling horrible and then stayed home all day yesterday. There was so much knitting time passing me by. It was all I could do to make sure not to move the wrong way or I’d be visiting the Porcelain Goddess once again. All I can hope for is some speedy hands tonight when I get home from work. My Olympic Ticker on my side bar is slowly turning red NOT GOOD!!!!

2/20/2006

Knitting Olympics – Day 11 Update





One pair of socks is all I have to show. Still, I’m proud of myself, and I’ll tell you why!

I was given a big project at work. This huge project was given to me Wednesday afternoon. I had no time to work on this massive project until Thursday afternoon. Because of this unfortunate detail, I was forced to work ALL weekend on this GINORMUS project. If that wasn’t bad enough, I come back Saturday to find that EVERYTHING I had accomplished on Friday had not been saved. I didn’t save it I suppose. I don’t remember the program asking me if I wanted to save, but it probably did. ANYWAY that seriously cut into my knitting time. I STILL managed to finish the first pair only 2 days late. If I really book on the second pair and finish the first sock tomorrow I’ll be back on track.

Wish me luck!

2/15/2006

The Knitting Olympics – Day 6 Update

Here is a picture of my Spearmint Gum sock.



I’m still working on the mate, which I didn’t take a picture of. It’s only 25 rows into the ribbing and would make for a pretty boring picture. To keep on schedule I should have been well on my way to a heel turn last night, but I have had a headache for 5 years 4 days now and last night I finally crashed. I couldn’t do anything except on the couch staring at the TV. At least it wasn’t the type of headache makes me sensitive to light and sound or TV would have been out of the question as well. Hopefully tomorrow I will have Second Sock Pictures to share!

Good luck everyone!

2/14/2006

I Left My Sock At Home – Gah!

My computer at work is so much more forgiving than my computer at home. Therefore it is much easier to post photos at work. But did I bring my Olympic project to show off? NO! Can I go home on my lunch break and take a quick photo shoot? Yes, but I won’t. Tonight’s my WW meeting and I always walk my lunch break before the meeting. I guess I’ll tell you about it today and hope for pictures tomorrow!

The Knitting Olympics:
At the end of Day 4, I have finished the first sock and am 12 rows into the ribbing on its mate. I used my green and white Lorna’s Laces from my oh so generous Secret Pal. When I finished, Adam said it reminded him of a piece of Spearmint Gum. (I’m sure he meant the wrapper as the actual gum itself is white ;-) ) It is beautiful and fits perfectly. I’m definitely sold on Lorna’s Laces. But I can’t seem to find a place that sells them. If you know of a place please let me know! I’m hooked!

The Olympics:
Speed Skating
My speed skater lost his 1500 meter competition in the qualifying round. He was in 2nd place (top two continue) and would have been fine to stay, but he decided to jump ahead. Once he was beside the guy he put his hand down for balance and ended up catching the other guy’s skate. After that, it was all down hill. There are still other competitions he can enter but it was still sad. He’s the only reason I watch Speed Skating!
Snowboarding
Shaun White (aka The Flying Tomato) took Gold in the Halfpipe competition. After falling in his first run of the qualifying round he was a little worried. Nailing his second run guaranteed him a spot among the 12 finalists. With a score of 46.8, White took the Gold and shared the podium with Silver Medal’s American Danny Kass. White and Kass also stood side by side as gold and Silver medal winners in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

As a bit of an afterthought throughout all the knitting and Olympics, Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Hope your day is full of Love and Romance!

2/10/2006

The Knitting Olympics Athletes Pledge

I, a knitter of able hands and quick wits, to hereby swear that over the course of these Olympics I will uphold the highest standard of knitterly excellence.

I will be deft of hand and sure of pattern, I will overcome troubles of yarn overs and misplaced decreases. I will use the gifts of intelligence and persistence (as well as caffeine and chocolate) and I will execute my art to the highest form, carrying with me the hope for excellence known to every knitter.

I strive to win. To do my best, and to approach the needles with my own best effort in mind, without comparing myself to my fellow knitters, for they have challenges unique to them.

While I engage in this pursuit of excellence and my own personal, individual best, I also swear that I will continue to engage with my family in conversation, care for my pets, speak kindly with those who would ask me to do something other than knit, and above all, above every stitch thrown or picked, above every cable, every heel stitch, every change of colour, I swear this:

That I will remember that this is not the real Olympics, that I'm supposed to be having fun and that my happiness and self-worth ride not on my success....

but on my trying.

Let the games begin!

(Taken from the Yarn Harlot's Blog)

2:00 PM

It’s 2:00 PM and where am I? At work. Where should I be? At home. What should I be doing? Casting on for my Knitting Olympic Challenge. Am I Sad? Very. Just wanted to share my pain. :-(

2/06/2006

So Excited!

I’m looking forward to The Knitting Olympics! I love knitting and to know that 2600 (and counting) other people will be knitting at the same time as you is just exhilarating. As I said before, I’m making 2 pairs of socks. After those, there are an additional 2 pairs I’m hopping to whip out pretty quick. After that I will finally be able to start on the Swing Jacket from the Winter edition of Interweave Knits. I think I’m going to attempt this in “Wool of the Andes” from Knit Picks but I’ve never used this yarn before so I’m not sure how it knits up. I’m thinking of ordering a skein and see if I like it or not. It seems to come in every color EXCEPT pink (and no, I’m not doing the jacket in pink. Burgundy is the color for me). I have been dieng to felt a pink and black striped shoulder bag but can’t ever find the color pink I’m looking for. If anyone knows a company that sells 100% wool yarn in baby pink at a reasonable price please let me know!
Guess what? I’m going out Friday with an old friend I haven’t seen in ages. It’s going to be awesome! Dinner, a movie, maybe some shopping and definitely some drinking! The only thing is I will miss the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. AHH!!! I need as much knitting time as I can get. But that’s ok. If I don’t finish in time, I don’t finish. I will have a great time with a great friend to think about instead and that’s well worth it!

2/02/2006

Weight Watchers, Knitting and Secret Pals

I’m having a wonderful time doing Weight Watchers. So far I’ve lost 5.4 pounds and am currently on my 3rd week. I just need to exercise a bit more.

On the knitting front, I finally finished that sock and am to the heel decreases on the second sock. I don’t think I already said that. Anyway, I’m so sick of this pair that I almost never want to knit socks again. Which isn’t good because I finally received that socks sampler I told you about last week. Let me tell you, this is definitely worth $50! There was every color of the rainbow; 50 grams each! I can’t wait to play with all the colors! Wish me luck on The Knitting Olympics!

My Secret Pal is awesome! I received my first package from my SP Monday. I was so excited. After bombing out last round that this round is even more exciting (and thanks again to Danni for being a sweet angel)! In my package was a beautiful purple ribbon with knitting instructions on it, a sock pattern book and two skeins of green and white Lorna’s Laces sock yarn. I was so excited to see that yarn! Secret Pal will never understand how much I’ve been dying to get my hands on some Lorna’s Laces! Yay! I think that will become one of my two Knitting Olympic socks! So thank you so much SP!!! Hopefully, I will be able to post pictures soon! My camera is just so aggravating!

Count down to The Knitting Olympics!!! 8 days until Cast on!!! Who’s ready?!