I met my goal and I finished the jumper on Saturday! Unfortunately I have not taken any pictures of it! It is cute and I hope that the recipient will enjoy it too. Now on to finish my Jay Walker socks and a many other projects hanging around the house!
Well - I did my best and I got as far as I could. I had a lot of problems with these socks, turns out I was reading the pattern wrong =( so I had to start over 3 times. If I had a few more hours I could have made it. But Iam really happy with the progress I made. What you are looking at is 6 days of knitting. I only started knitting in August of last year. I taught myself out of a book and had never heard of Threaded Bliss until a few months ago. (can you believe it!!How did I survive?!) So I think I've done pretty well. If you want the long version stop by the ol' blog. But my fingers hurt and it is hard to type LOL!!! I'm sure you can relate!
...but no delay in finishing!!
Unfortunately I had to use an alternate closure (to call it finished!) - the custom zipper I had ordered a week ago has yet to make it's appearance. I. Love. This. Sweater. And. Yarn. (Psst - If you love it too, it's available for free download now from their website!) Can't wait to put the zipper in to wear it properly!
We ( Jenny and Shawn) finished !!!! our Olympic projects. Shawn's first hat was perfect and my hat was already sent to its new owner in Switzerland. The sweater was a perfect fit for my little boy and he wore it today. Levi is our Bronze medalist. She learned a new technique, but didn't complete the blanket. She ( much like some of the US team) had obstacles ( 4 children and her crazy week at work) to overcome. We are hoping she will win in 2010 Vancouver. We are proud of you all and look foward to another challenge. How about the Iron Man ( Iron Needles for us)? Three projects for the triathalon!!!
I finished today at 1:32pm. I came up with some modifications to the pattern that made the fit in the heel and leg better (some odd tapering was involved for the leg) and ripped back the sock I had finished to before the heel and redid it. The reason: I had an ugly loop left over from doing the short-row heel wrong, and I originally knitted the leg in stockinette, which I decided I didn't like. So I left it on the needle without binding off, and knit sock 2 in the lace pattern with some mods to make it work. And liked it, very very much! So I finished sock 2 last night and then today was spent redoing sock 1 to make it match. I am very happy! I finished!
Yarn: Socks That Rock, Red Rock Canyon
Pattern: Elfine's Socks
Needle: 40" Addi Turbo, size US 0
Yahoo! I'm going to ice my hand, take an Advil, make a sandwich and work on freelance. There will be no further knitting today or tomorrow. I need a break!
So, I finished my picovoli... last Saturday. I steam blocked it then, and it was too big, so I washed it and blocked i agains my favorite form fitting t shirt, and guss what! Its still too big. I wanted to make another one, so I will be mtaking another one in the smallest size instead of the 2nd size, which was supposed to fit.But it doesn't... but its done! So, here's a picture!
AND I'M NOT READY!! I've got it 3/4 done and I'm having hand pain, but I'm pressing through since this is such a great sweater and I've got a challenge to meet. I did not work on it last night, since we were looking at homes in Lexington, KY (yes, Sheila, we will be moving...waaaaaaa...) it was bound to happen since I've finally found a wonderful LYS AND a hair salon that does a wonderful job (Breon in Berry Hill) and NOW that I've got my home all situated it's time to move, less than a year in the house as well.. SO, if anyone knows of any LYS in Lexington please email me I NEED to know, but never fear, we'll be coming back to visit since we have friends here and still love Nashville.
I think I did really well and who knows, maybe I'll have it done by the end of next week so I can show it off for spring!
life is good &
wednesday was spectacular in its extremes
now about the knitting olympics - as is usually the case with me, just the right thing seemed to make itself happen as if on cue and i never even saw it coming. at one point, i had even considered making my challenge for the 16 days to NOT knit at all. instead, i would spend the time doing everything else that has fallen by the wayside since i first uttered the words aloud "i'm going to open a yarn store."
since that fateful day, i have virtually lived, breathed and slept Threaded Bliss Yarns. don't get me wrong, i'm not complaining about it at all, just stating the facts. if i hadn't been willing to take this adventure on 24/7/365, then i'd have been a fool to have taken so much as a single step in this direction.
anyway, in the past 13 days, i've probably knitted less than i have in any 13 day period since i returned to the craft right after 9/11/91 (after a roughly ten year hiatus). the beauty for me in this "olympic event" is what i have done instead of knit. finally, my house is back in order after the great yarn deluge of 2004. honestly, it stayed a chaotic mess forever since i've spent all my time since then either working or knitting. with that much going on, very little time remained for anything else.
okay, so my house is clean and pretty much in order (there are still a couple of closets i need to tackle!). that task couldn't possibly have taken 13 days, right? well, almost right. in the past 13 days, i've also taken quite a bit of time off from the shop (lots of it spent cleaning, actually!). i read, i relaxed, i caught up with friends near and far, i've had some fun and some really great meals and somehow, even with insomnia of a heretofore incomprehensible magnitude, i've relaxed. for the record, that actually means i've been as relaxed as much as I possibly can be. if you've been reading my blog for a while, then you know the truth. i define a type A+++ personality so relaxation doesn't quite occur naturally without some serious prompting! now THAT's a challenge worth platinum (even gold isn't good enough to reward ME for RELAXING).
i will finish the coat. knowing me, it will probably be soon but it definitely won't be on sunday. i, for one, am perfectly happy about that - everything in the past 13 days has been worth every second NOT spent knitting...
...and then some!
Maybe if I call it "Retro" no one will notice how uglyit is. I should have just frogged the purple and started over with it. But I didn't. I did it in this Orange. It looks great, almost like a sunset in the ball, but knit up it just looks Orange.
Well, Niquie mentioned the word "Retro" so I'm going with it. They are not ugly, they are so totally retro!
Here's a progress pic
If you want the long sappy version about how I leared something and it's all about the Olympic Spirit and determination and all that crap, you can go by the blog. But I'm just leaving the short version here!!!
Sheila - I'm so glad you got some sleep! I hope you can get some more!!
Here it is - finished Clapotis. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and am so, so glad I chose the yarn I did. Worsted would be far too heavy for my taste! Once again, I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Socks That Rock" yarn (fingering weight) in Moss Agate on size 4 needles. I did have to add repeats into the pattern to reach the correct measurements, but it was sooooo worth it.
Okay, so I slept for two nights at least! Anyway, what I have just observed is this; while now it is natural for me to knit continental, I still tink the English way.
Yes, I said TINK - one cannot frog lace with black mohair. Suffice it to say, I KNOW THIS! I am trying, struggling and still, I feel like an ice dancer wearing a day-glo flowerd costume, falling on my arse and becoming publicly, royally, pissed off at my partner!!!!
I've moved and my Olympic knitting has gone down the toilet.
So, I spent all my time working on my new blog! Hey, I had to accomplish something.
So I made an undo-able mistake and I had to start over. I started over in a different color and I got about 2 and a half inches into it and it looks icky. I hate it. The color looks great in the ball but very bad in the actual sock. I think it would probably look great in some kind of lacey pattern.
So I put my all into my blog instead. I have my main page up (mystrawberrylane.com) with a link off of it to my blog. (mystrawberrylane.com/blog)The My Strawberry Lane company is far from being ready so it's just a sort of splash page now. I'm mostly using the web space for my Blog and I'm working on getting my product line ready for the company. is it weird to have my blog on the site? I think it makes it more personal.
Anyways, I need advice. DO I start over on the sock (in the pretty color) and try to just get as far as I can or do I pick up the Somewhat Cowl and try to finish it by Sunday? The Somewhat was done to right under the sleeves before the Olympics Started (don't I look stunning) Is it cheating to switch projects?
geez...this is a long post.
The fun part of my project is done - the mitered square part for the bodice of the jumper. Now, it is just knitting around and around and around and around for the skirt. I currently have 162 stitches on the needle, increasing every 2 inches, I think I have to get to 180 something stitches and then to the right length. I am glad this is for a wee child. I did get briefly distracted over the weekend and finished the first sock of my Jay Walker pair, but other than that it has been Olympic Knitting all the way. Hopefully I will finish by Sunday. I have to make my daughter's Jester costume for her play this week too, first dress rehearsal is Feb 27th! Thankfully, the pattern is easy and I don't have to make the hat. Here's to chugging to the finish!
Everyone cancelled at the last second for last night's get together. That's okay. I had stuff to do around the house. I actually kept looking out the front window to see if anyone would show up fashionably late. LOL!
Who: Team Threaded Bliss
What: Knitting Olympics - Closing Ceremonies
Where: Betty's House in Franklin, TN
When: Sunday, February 26 @ 7 PM
Why: Do you really need to ask?
Email Sheila - she'll reply with my home address and number.
So I walk away for 5 minutes and come back to find my knitting in a pile on the floor. I immediately notice the needle is no longer attached to the project.
Lesson learned: two year olds and unattended knitting projects just don't mix.
Now I am consoling myself with the last of my Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
So I did work on my Hourglass sweater some this weekend.
I have not finished the body to where you have to attach the sleeves. I am 1 ball into the 1st sleeve.
I still have the rest of this sleeve the other sleeve and the neck to finish. And then weaving in ends and blocking. Looks like a dryer blocking will be taking place of the wet blocking that I usually do. Maybe a steam blocking will work.
I can see the end in sight. I can see Sunday's end in sight too just hope I see the sweaters end first!
Congrats to everyone who has finished. And to the ones that haven't let's not give up yet.
Hey if Shelia and I are working this hard on our projects and not being able to get any real sleep latley anyone can do it. Although I don't have a chart to follow right now or I wouldn't have made any progress on my project. I don't see how she can do it.
Check out my blog for some updated pictures and some pictures from this weekend. O' check out the bird letter. I asked Shelia on the shop blog to let me borrow her Owl for a few days! LOL
I finished my shirt Saturday night. It looks really good, exceptI blocked it out a litttle too much and its a little big in the shoulders and the front. Hopefully, when I wash it and block it again it will fit! Pictures Wednesday or Thursday!
and that's all I'm going to do . . . if I have any hope of finishing this coat I have to finish one sleeve and at least one half of one front TODAY! Yikes. But I'm still trying. Luckily, last night I slept most of the night, only waking up once and I was able to fall back to sleep pretty quickly. Yahoo!!! (Amy, there just might be something to this carrot juice thing - but I'm suprised I haven't turned orange yet!)
I'm sorry I can't seem to locate everyone's email addy but I'll check my email throughout the day and will send Betty's info as a reply!
Hope to see everyone later.
As of 1:17 AM, my Clapotis is FINISHED!!!!! Ends are woven in, but I would like to block it, so I'll post a pic after I do that. Now I need to decide if I'm going to push myself to complete something else or just consider myself a free woman...But in any case, not bad for only taking up knitting 4 months ago, eh? LOL!
More of a project in sewing (weaving in ends stitching up the sides, bottom, etc.) the faux poster boy bag is finished. Right before I started I pretty much scrapped the pattern. I would highly recommend the directions in Stitch and Bitch Nation if you want to put your own image on a knitted object.
Project 2 is on the needles.
All of the knitting part of my pseudo-Poster Boy bag is FINISHED. I have to block it and sew up the sides today and will post pictures tonight. YEAH!! I am now challenging myself to finish 2 gifts by the end of the Olympics, the Mary Janes and a pair of socks for my dad. Good Luck to everyone. We still on for knitting tomorrow??
I've had way way too much time on my hands or this shirt is just flying. I'm less than 2 inches from finishing the knitting on my Picovoli! I wish I had this type of drive when it came to my term paper!
Seven days. As in one week? Can it be true? And what in the world have I been thinking? I've allowed myself to totally slack off. Ok time to get some serious self discipline. Anyone know where I can find some? Seven days....
(Now I have that Sting song in my head "Seven Days is all she wrote, a kind of ultimatum note...")
Sheila - Can you email everyone my address and home phone number? I see it all the time on my receipts from the shop, so I assume you have it. If anyone needs directions, call me, but it should show up on Mapquest.
Here are the 2 dates. Come to one, come to both. It's up to you. See everyone really soon! Yay!
Monday, 2/20 - 7:00 PM to whenever
Sunday, 2/26 - 7:00 PM to whenever
I think I'll make spinach/artichoke dip and some cookies. And I'll have a bottle of wine also.
Greeting Oy-lympians, yes, I've experienced that wonderful feeling of "oy-ness"...dropped a stitch or two and spent at least an hour last night trying to figure out how to reclaim the stitches..and when I did, well there was a hole..SO, today I trucked on over to "the blissful place" and asked Sheila to "show me the stitch"..Midnight mistakes here I come...So, thankfully, Sheila fixed the boo-boo and adjusted my stitches and tonight, instead of knitting like mad, I spent it weaving in ALL of the ends from the color changes and it's much easier to work with, without all of the strings getting tangled in the live yarn I'm working with (2 different strands for both sides of the neck, front and back).
All in all, I'm very happy with the color choices and a few others noted that they liked them as well. Now for the fun part tomorrow/weekend, as I have to finish the neck and close it, continue with the back/front and then the other sleeve. We'll see how that goes since the directions seem a little squirrelly (vague would be a better word, but I like the thought of a little squirrel doin' his squirrel twitch) so I'm sure I'll have to tear out a few of these rows until I get it right..
BUT, I did not watch the Olympics..hubbie thought CSI would be more interesting instead of watching people go face first down an icy slope on something that looks like a piece of balsa wood with some sled rails nailed to it and they think WE"RE CRAZY for trying to knit whole sweaters in 16 days?? Hello, ticket for crazy train here...leaving from platform 10 3/4...
Well, more pics this weekend so you can all see the blob that is to be my pullover when all is said and done..
Sheila, hope you get some sleep and RELAX...David..you seemed a little frazzled today so I hope you have a better day tomorrow..BTW I enjoyed the hour I spent chatting with Phyllis and one of our fellow knitters. It's good to know that there are others in the world who can reinforce that I'm not the only "balanced" knitter in this world.
Hope S & B was fun tonight~ Happy knitting.
So, last night, I'm looking at my decreases, and I noticed that my SSK's didn't look like my K2tog's at all. I tried a few things and figured out that I was slipping both as to purl , so they didn't look right. So, last night, I gfigured out that if I slipped as to knit, then slipped as to purl, they looked great! So, I decided to ladder back all my ssk decreases, and I fixed them all! I'm very happy with that thank you!
I hope everyne else is doing well and learning something new! Its been a great experience! Hope everyone is challenged!
See ya later alligators!
Hi all. I will be away from the computer starting at 4:30 pm (est) today through Monday morning. Off for a weekend get away and hopefully some good Olympic knitting progress! I made good progress last night and this morning as I waited for my dentist appointment. I hope we all get over the knitting bumps and make good progress in the next few days! Go Team! Go Team! Go Team!
So I have a dilemma. I am really tearing through this bag - for some reason my 3 year old has decided to sleep - but the director at Vinny's preschool just had her baby. EARLY. Doesn't she know that she was supposed to wait until AFTER the Olympics so that I had time to finish the really cute baby Mary Jane shoes that I was going to knit her? So now I have to decide if I am willing to cheat on my Predators bag so that I can finish this gift. Will I lose all respect for myself? Will it ruin our relationship (which after a rocky start is going pretty well right now)? Monogamous knitting relationships are REALLY hard.
I am channeling Hayley Mills in the original Parent Trap. I've decided to take initiative and just ask everyone what they want to do for meeting up at my house. What do you all think about the following 2 dates?
Monday, 2/20 - 7:00 PM to whenever - Just to get together, stitch, bitch and watch the Olympics -
Sunday, 2/26 - Closing ceremonies - I think it starts at 7:00 PM.
Do you want to do both? Just one? I vote that we each bring a dish. Please comment on what you might want to bring in regards to food.
I'll have Sheila email everyone with my home address/phone number.
I now know that there are a total of 178 rows on the back part of this coat. I've done 91. The problem (and what has now proven to be the real challenge) is the relative vagueness of this pattern. With little or no guidance, I have to figure out how to work my decreases into the lace - some rows, that's obvious and some notsomuch!
P.S. Check out the newest addition to the Team Threaded Bliss sidebar!!! How cool is that? I got it here.
First of all, all of my fellow team members are AWESOME! I love to read how everyone else is doing!Let's see, Saturday night I freaked out and had to rip a lot (ok, it was more like Sunday morning). I actually had to write myself an obscenity-filled note about what to do on Sunday morning after I had my coffee. I guess that scared me, so I knitted non-stop all day Sunday and surprised myself with how much I got done. (not so surprising - I drank several cups of coffee).
So, the back is done, and I'm halfway through one front, so I'm on schedule. I'm glad that Sunday was so productive, because I've got an insane week ahead of me and not much time. Hopefully I'll keep my schedule free this Sunday to catch up for what I didn't get done this week. Whew!
I have somehow lost 3 stitches a long the way... I'm hoping thats all I've lost at least... I'm all the way done with the bust of picovoli and I'm ready to do my decreases and I'm three stitches short... I have an option actually, all my decreases are multiples of 4, so I was thinking that I could knit two stiches together, but where would be a good place to do it so it doesn't look obvious that thats what I had to do. The decreases that will be done are on the front and back of the shirt, so, I'm trying to figure this out... if you have any suggestions, lemme know.
EDIT: I found a stitch! So, I'm only 2 short, so I did one less set of decreases in the back. I hope this works...
I've had the hardest time getting any knitting done this week. I did crank out a few rows Monday and Tuesday, but I really need to get cranking! I think I've had a bit of Sheila's problem of being distracted by other things, plus I've been real sleepy this week. Perhaps tonight will be a good knitting night.
Okay, I really, really, really want to be on an Oprah show about knitting (or about lawyers who left law to open yarn stores of which there are actually quite a few!) My Mom wants me to be on Oprah so that Oprah "will find you (me) a husband." OY. I like my idea MUCH better.
Today I submitted a show idea (again) and told them all about the 4048 worldwide knitters taking part in the knitting olympics.
Now, I'll just wait for the phone to ring!
Ummmmm, well, ahhhhhh, hmmmmmm, errrrrrr.
It's like during college and grad school - when it came time to study for exams, I had to make the house spotless first. Suffice it to say, if you want to come over and eat off my floors, you could! I did figure out what happened to the missing five stitches. Gosh only knows what I did but I suspect it happened very, very late at night! Truthfully, the knitting is not all that hard although the pattern is a tad vague. I tell you what's really hard though is finding anything in a piece of knitted black mohair. You can't see a thing and that, in and off itself, is an olympian size challenge. Thank heavens for my Ott Lite.
Though my progress has been delayed, the 26th is still far away and I've got 6.5 balls of Kid Soft left. That's slightly more than 1/2 ball per day . . . I can do this!
Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day. Now let's get serious and start thinking about a wonderful way we can enjoy the closing ceremonies together and celebrate whatever knitting we are all able to accomplish (and in the cases of at least Deirdre, Jenny H. and David, how many projects they actually finished!). Ideas? Anyone? Bueller?
You know that you have been together too long when your husband knows that a great Valentine's present is to give you uninterrupted knitting time. The back of the bag is moving along
Any other Olympians going to 'S 'n B' on Thursday? Might be a good chance to get together and swap horror stories, I mean support each other ; )
Best of luck to everyone
Well first of all Happy Val Day
And secondly - yes - I have made progress. I have knitted about 3 in (from the top of one of the points on the socks to the bottom)
The bad news is I basically have to hold my breath and break into a sweat to get them on. What the crap!? I have totally normal sized feet! I've already gone up a needle size. The thing is, if I have to start over again I'm probably going to have to go break something, or scream, or lie in the floor and sob.... So, they fit, as in I can MAKE them go over my heel. So I'm going to keep on going. If they don't fit then I'll get one of you narrow footed folks to take them off my hands.
And yes - that is the Valentine bears in the Valentine Pic above!! They are with my lil Valentine and she loves them!! So stop on by the 'ol blog and check 'em out!
Wow at least I am not the only one having problems! LOL
I have casted on and ripped only once or twice since the opening but the reason this pattern is being knitted for the Olympis is because I had to rip several times before to get it right! You know I think more people do this than that admit too. At least we are here to support each other. So far Everyone's projects look wonderful. For those of you that are having some problems. Just think there have been people in the actual Olympis that have not even qualified on there 1st run that came back to win the GOLD.
Yes I decided to make The Hourglass sweater for my project. I have had several attempts to make this in the past that failed. Most of all for me to finish a project in 16 days is enough of a challenge and a sweater makes it that much more of a challenge.
I have knitted 2.25 balls of yarn. I have 9.75 left to go and we have only 12 days left!
Here is my progress so far-
Happy Valentines Day everyone!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU ALL!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Okay, I think we need a cheer for our team, it seems that most of us are feeling the pressure, not unlike our fellow Olympians in Turino (one of our lugers crashed and got a concussion, another alpine skiier fell and may have a concussion, etc)..So, here's a pep talk from someone who can talk it up: I know you all can do this, it's not as bad as you think..we're a great and wonderful team with a great and wonderful leader (Sheila, yes that's you...) with her great and wonderful staff and we have each other and we are all GREAT AND WONDERFUL KNITTERS!!!
GO KNITTERS, GO KNITTERS..U-S-A! U-S-A!!...WE CAN DO IT!! WE CAN ACHIEVE OUR PERSONAL BESTS THROUGH PERSEVERENCE AND LOTS OF CHOCOLATE (it's V-Day of course), much Starbucks and lots and lots of love (can you feel the love??)
Hope you were all inspired (ok you can stop laughing now...), snickering too...I'm going to go now and finish making my hubbies V-Day dessert (choc pie) for tonight.
GOOD LUCK AND GOOD KNITTING!
I've casted on 5 times, and I've ripped 5 times. Each time, I cannot get the marker placed and sts joined on my DPNs. They currently feel awkward to work with. To top it off, I might run out of yarn. I am misjudging how much yarn I need for my long tail cast on, so I end up wasting and cutting yarn each time I cast on. I also had to knit 3 swatches.
I am at a crossroads. I think I want to buy a new ball of yarn before I re-cast on.
that I'll post pics of my sock soon.
I should have taken a picture before I frogged it the first time. I got a good 2 and a half inches done and it wouldn't fit over my foot! It was hillarious, in that I-want-tobeat-my-head-against-the-wall kinda way, or in that "someday you'll look back on this and laugh" kinda way. I also should have taken a picture the second time I frogged it when I had cast on 55 stitches instead of 76 and was already past the picot and 2 rows into the pattern. I have NO IDEA how that happened.
But, I hung in there and I cast on for the 3rd time. I stayed up way past my bedtime and I got through the 8 rows that make up the picot edging and 3 rows of pattern. I'll take a progress pic tonight, when I have some progress of which to take a pic.
The good news is, magic loop is INCREDIBLE!!!! I love it, absolutely love it!!
1.25 balls of yarn used so far
6.75 balls remaining
150 yds per ball
4 stitches to the inch
2 row counters
20 chart rows
22 decrease rows
12 post it notes
1 stressed knitter
11th pattern row
72nd decrease row
I'm supposed to have 99 stitches!
Hi! I just joined your team on Friday. I started my project although in fits and starts as I entertained my daughter and 5 of her friends Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon - while we got a foot of snow. I did get some done and I even watched a bit of the Olympics. I am an ex-(east)Tennessean now living in Maryland. I have a blog at http://astitchadane.blogspot.com
OK, so the front of the faux-poster boy bag is complete and thanks to my friends at Threaded Bliss we have decided that the back will be patchwork squares. That leaves the handles. I am thinking about cables (similar to the Tasha bag from knitty). Any other ideas?