Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Here's the Knitting Olympics Medal

Here it is - the coveted Knitting Olympics gold medal. I DID finish a complete sock, and maybe going OnMission to the coast of Mississippi for 5 days at the end did deter me from finishing the second sock, but the work I did in Mississippi had eternal benefits, not olympic benefits...

I did see a Knitting Olympics team button that I should upload, but won't...it's team, "What the _____ was I thinking???"

I do plan to finish the second sock this week! Off to knit on it now...

Monday, February 27, 2006

Olympic Misery....

I've failed....thought I'd finish the second sock and earn my gold medal, but I didn't get it finished. I chose to spend the last 5 days of the Olympics on a mission trip to Long Beach, Mississippi to help Hurricane victims. I thought I'd have time to knit at night, on the van ride, etc., but every moment was busy and I slept most of the way home. The news media has failed us in showing Katrina victims in Mississippi and even now, 6 months later, folks are STILL living in tents or waiting for their FEMA trailers. We helped Central Baptist Church put a new roof on (insurance company decided NOT to pay...) and delivered household items to folks in FEMA trailers. The Olympic knitting competition was great fun, and I hope to compete again in 2 years.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mystery Quilt Finished...an olympic diversion....

I've finished it!! The mystery quilt from Planet Patchwork that I started Super Bowl Sunday!! It's for my daughter, Sally, and she really likes it. My friend is going to hand quilt it for me as a gift to Sally.
Now I must get back to the Knitting Olympics and finsh that other sock!! Why is the first sock in a pair so much more fun than the second....

Sunday, February 19, 2006

One sock down, One to go....

One sock finished with 7 days to go until the Olympics are over! The toe is a bit pointed...tried the kitchener stitch to finish the toe, and I don't think I did it quite right....but Cosmic Ray likes it and is ready to wear the pair. Here's a photo of him modeling - think he's ready to be a foot model??

Friday, February 17, 2006

Saga of the Olympic Sock....

Work continues on the sock...after messing up the heel and taking it out TWICE, we're finally making forward progress again. On to the instep....only 9 days to go until knitting olympics GOLD medal at the end of the Olympics~~!! Hopefully my husband will have 2 socks by then....

Happy Knitting,

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Olympic Progress....

Work is progressing on the Olympic knitting project - alpaca/wool socks for Cosmic Ray. A few stitches have been dropped and recovered, and I abandoned the pattern I was trying to create in favor of the straight stockinette look. Just an inch or so to go, and I'll be turning the heel...going to make it plum like the cuff. Better get back to work! I WANT THAT GOLD MEDAL!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Let the knitting Olympics Begin!!

Just after 2 pm today, while the opening ceremonies were beginning in Torino, I cast on for my Olympic Knitting project. I'm making a pair of socks from alpaca/wool sports weight blend of deep purple and gray. I have 16 days to finish these socks, and I'm off and running...er, knitting....with over 4000 of my closest friends, most of whom I've never met, but with whom I share a close bond of craziness and knitting. While other athletes are testing the limits of their endurance on slopes and skates, I'll be testing my limits to knit with sticks not much bigger than toothpicks. Hopefully I'll experience the "thrill of victory", and not the agony of defeat...


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Turned another Heel

I think I'm finally getting the hang of making socks. A good pattern helps, and the Beginner Lightweight Sock pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple is a good one. Now if I can get the sashing strips to line up right on my current quilt project, it will be a great day....

Getting ready for the Knitting Olympics which will begin tomorrow. I'm going to attempt to make a pair of socks from some lightweight alpaca yarn I found 2 weekends ago at the Main Street Fiber and Yarn shop in Watkinsville, GA.


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Socks I have knitted

My first pair of knitted socks. I'm very proud of these socks, even though the one on the right might fit an elephant's or hippo's foot. I'm getting better at learning what "gauge" means and how important it is for knitters to know....

Knitting Olympics

I've always wanted to be in the Olympics, and now it's MY turn! The knitting Olmpics!! I will cast on a project during the opening ceremonies, and finish before the end of the closing ceremonies. This, of course, will mean that several of my unfinished objects (UFO's) will remain unfinished, but who's counting those...unless the UFO patrol decides to scope out this place and report me to the UFO authorities. Has anyone ever been reported or checked up on for not finishing their projects? Between the knitting projects and quilting projects, I could be on the UFO's MOST WANTED LIST! But I WILL finish this project during the Olympics and earn a special seal for this site.

Until tomorrow,