Monday, February 27, 2006

Bristow Completed

Here's a quick picture of Bristow, my entry in the Knitting Olympics. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Knitting Olympics--Goal Completed

I've finished Bristow. The ends are all woven in and the buttons are in place. I can hardly believe I got it done in less than the time allotted. I'll get the camera out and get some pictures posted, soon.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Thank You, Nona!

Bristow has been coming along so well. I completed the left sleeve, and then I began some assembly work. My side seams are nice; shoulders, not so much. I want this sweater to be nice, so I tried again, and again. It wasn't looking better. I couldn't make it work. So, I set it aside and bought buttons. That didn't fix the shoulders, either. I searched my books, but alas, they failed me. How about that ol' internet? Yah, buddy! Giant thanks to you, Nona. Your helpful information on how to change my pattern to short-row shoulders did the trick. It also allowed me to do my first three-needle-bind-offs. So, I ripped back, and it worked. Those shoulders are so much nicer. This helps me feel better about the fact that I really didn't make any new progress on the sweater. Okay, so buying the buttons and fixing the shoulders is very good. I learned new things, and elevated my knitting level--excellent. I just mean that I didn't get started on that right sleeve, or on the button/buttonhole/neck/bands. Possible bad weather and a long car ride to take someone to the airport mean that I should get some knitting time in on Saturday.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Olympic Update, Day 7

Whoa! Just a week in, and I've already completed the back and both front pieces. I have begun the left sleeve, and it's coming along nicely. Of couse my cardigan doesn't look quite as nice as these little pitcures because I have not yet blocked.

Monday, February 13, 2006


I wannabe a Knitting Olympian. I think I signed up too late to be counted. Even if I don't show up as an official participant, I'm doing it anyway. I've been knitting my first cardigan, Bristow. As I don't have the lovely KnitPicks Andean Silk, and I'm trying to be a good girl and use up the stash, I'm knitting this in Blush Heather Woolease that I picked up on clearance so long ago. I feel like I'm making good progress. So far, I have knit the back and the left front. I have no idea if I can do this in the allotted time. I just decided to set myself a challenge, and go for it. I guess that's part of the reason I was a bit tardy in attempting to sign up for this event. I've also set another Olympic challenge, and that is to exercise each day throughout the Olympics. That means no rest days, but I won't workout as hard everyday like I would normally. Besides, with all this knitting, I figure it's important to move about and make my muscles work in different ways. I'll also have to burn off the extra Valentine's calories. In fact, it's time to get moving now. We may try and avoid the crowds by doing our Valentine's Day celebrating tonight. Of course, if we hold off until tomorrow, I can go to knitting tonight. There is a request for my help on some socks. I'm flattered that she thinks I can help, but I think the other gals are better knitters than I am. Still, I'll do my best to be of assistance if I can.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A Month Later...

...and nothing to show for it. Well, that's both true, and not true. I've been knitting away. I just don't have any pictures right now. Here's what I've done:
  1. Completed Kangaroo
  2. Knit two 12" squares for a charity afghan
  3. Knit all but the border on The Sheep Shawl
  4. Won another round of "Fastest Knitter" at the local Michael's 5-Hour Yarn Event
  5. Knit Odessa (more about that, later)
  6. Made progress on the socks for my sweetie.
  7. Finally revealed myself to my SP6, Rhonda.
Check out Rhonda's blog. She's pretty nifty. I enjoyed spoiling her. It was my first go at the whole Secret Pal adventure. I wish I would have done better that round, but I really was trying. I hope to do it again one day. It is my desire that I will improve in my endeavor each time. I guess that goes for everything (except the bad stuff--I don't need to do those things well).