Sunday, February 12, 2006

I'm Knitting as Fast as I Can

Poke around the blogs and you'll find reports of folks who are blocking the Alice Starmore size 2 needle fair isles they finished the first sleeve on before the flaming skater (not that there's anything wrong with that) made his way around the ring. I've decided to avoid the ubiquitous Progress Report posts...let's just say that here, on Day 3, I have recognizable K2 P2 ribbing. And I'm having fun. See Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics Athlete's Pledge. And knit on.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Survivors Ready...Go!

Another button, nabbed here. For all I know it says "Knitting Olympics Sucks," but I like it. Some random notes on the opening ceremony:

  • Who wears the best hats? Austria wears the best hats! Love the fun fur toupee look. Am scouring the web for a picture.
  • Nothing says Olympics spirit like 70's and 80's disco music. Ah Ah Eh Eh, let's all chant...indeed.
  • OK, I totally get the Bode Miller thing. And the solo guy from Ethiopia? Mrrow.
  • Whatever happened to the Jamaican bobsled team?
  • DH called the Sophia Loren appearence early on, but he figured she'd be lighting the flame.
  • What is the deal with Pavarotti's scary eyebrows? And buddy, lip-synch much?
  • Yoko Ono. YOKO ONO???

Oh yeah, I cast on and knit a few rows. Go New York go New York go!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Haiku Socks--A Beginning

I managed to get a few inches of cuff on the Haiku Socks from Jessie's yarn. I'm using the basic pattern from Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, letting the yarn do the work. I'm not much of a sock knitter, but I'm loving the yarn so far...springy enough to hold a rib, soft and sturdy. And the color (bad flash here) is gorgeous. I'll see you after the Olympics, socks. Onward.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Christmas Rose Bag--F.O.

The calm before the Knitting Olympics storm, and the first F.O. of 2006. Christmas Rose Bag from Handknit Holidays. Knit using Lamb's Pride, 4 shades of pink and purple; size 8 circulars. Sucky picture, but I do like the bag. It's holding 9 skeins of the Tahki Donegal Tweed I'm using for the dreaded Saranac. Seriously, what the hell was I thinking? I need a motivational coach (or good drugs).

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Go Team New York!

Woo hoo! Modgirl has answered my prayers and formed the Knit Olympics Team New York. I've got my yarn, my needles are heating up, and I'm ready to go. On the other hand, I'm awfully fond of this button posted by Uncle Leona:

A sweater in 16 days? What the hell was I thinking, indeed. (By the way, these buttons and lots of other Knitting Olympics stuff are being anthologized here by Kat with a K. Thanks, Kat, you rock!)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I'm A Poet and I Know It...

I can't help it if I show it. So, Jessie sponsored a contest on her blog: two skeins of gorgeous handpainted sock yarn for a Haiku, and I WON!! Nothing like a prize to boost a girl's ego. You can read my winning entry here, and while you're at it, visit Jessie's website and check out her stuff--it is lush. My yarn arrived a couple of days ago and photos don't do it justice--it positively glows in the skein. Part of the deal is I have to test it out for her so I'm going to try to get a pair of socks on the needles this weekend, although I'll probably only get part of a cuff done before I have to plunge into the Knitting Olympics. I was secretly hoping that Stephanie wouldn't get around to entering me, but there I am on the list committed to a sweater in 16 days. Yeah, right...but maybe a sleeve will get me the bronze. I have a gift certificate to the Mean Girls Yarn Shoppe (you know who you are), so I'm headed out this week to get the goods. I haven't joined an official team yet--I have a hard time getting behind all the USA rah rah flag stuff--but if anyone has come up with a TEAM NYC button I'm so there. In F.O. news, the Christmas Rose bag is blocking over an ice bucket and salad plate as we speak. A couple of miles of i-cord to go and I can stick a fork in it and call it the first finished object of 2006. Photo to follow. Speaking of photos, R.I.P. Coretta Scott King: