Monday, January 23, 2006

Knitting Olympics

So last week the Yarn Harlot announced the Knitting Olympics. I was immediately torn. This time of year is very conducive to knitting. But I have several large quilts (larger than I've ever finished) that have been in progress for years. They are not art quilts, but one in particular is very nice, and this is also when I tend to work on older projects.

I realized that during the Olympics I can not not watch them. Also, I must cry (out of joy) during each medal ceremony, and during each moving moment when someone unexpectedly does their life's best, or alternatively wins the gold medal that the whole world fully expected them to. So not much quilting would get done during that time anyway.

Then there was the issue of what to knit. Maybe Butterfly, on the cover of Rowan #37? OK, stop laughing! I knit an airy scarf last month, I've done a tiny bit of lace. But you're right, I couldn't do it in 16 days. How about Tubey, using the huge hank of beautiful Blue Face Leicester that I bought at Maryland Sheep & Wool last year?

Isn't it purty?

I really know nothing about the durability of this yarn. I haven't seen many folks talk about using it. It is super soft, but I think I'll save it for another day.

I've always (well, since I started knitting last year) wanted to make Sitcom Chic. I realize I am one of the few knitters on the planet who haven't made it yet, so I'm a little behind the curve here. I have some Cotton Ease that would work, but last year at MD S&W I ran into a very nice lady from maybe Richmond? who had on a slightly dressier version . It was beautiful! So, in search of a (very) slightly dressier yarn, I got some Austermann Mayfair from Elann in Polished Turquoise. (Shown on top of some Cotton Ease for comparison. Doesn't look much dressier here, but in person it is more crepey/drapey.)

So the swatching has begun! I am officially a member of the

On a more somber note, tragedy struck on or about 9:00 PM EST Saturday night. During a ritualistic pre-bedtime frenzy, local youths clashed in a tug of war. There was one injury:

The yarn is broken in several places. I don't know how to mend this without some knot tying or additional unraveling. Any suggestions? There are two different types of yarn here (knitted together), and I only have some left of one.

Next time: Tips on printing on fabric (part 1).


Debra said...

Fear not, fair maiden. I, too, have been knitting just over a year... but I only knit socks, to that little sitcom sweater aint' even on my horizon. Besides... on me it will look like a garbage sack!!

Diane Doran said...

Oooh! Socks! I forgot. That was my other option. However, I've already signed up for a sock class at my LYS, and it starts after the Olympics are over. And the whole point of taking the class was to learn how to knit socks without having to teach myself.