Sunday, February 26, 2006

Olympic Gold

I have won Olympic Gold and created a medal since I haven't sen one yet. If anyone else finished the Knitting or Crochet Olympics before the last day and earned Olympic gold, feel free to post a copy of this medal on your site (no need to give me credit). You earned it. My reward was being able to start a new project and finish another. I added a few more rows to a poncho I made earlier and needed a little more length in the back. I also started knitting a vest. I have a few ideas for dishcloths but we will see what happens with that. I also edited a pattern for a baby sweater on my site. Needed to sit with a calculator and sketch pad to fix it. Now onto writing more papers for my class (yuck).

Friday, February 24, 2006

Olympic Scarf Finished !!!

I finally finished my multidirectional scarf on Wednesday but my IE was giving me problems until now. I did 10 triangles with 6" of yarn left at the end. After the first 3 triangles the pattern was no longer the challenge. The challenge changed from the pattern to working on this project and ONLY on this project for two weeks. I always have a minimum of 4 - 5 projects going on at one time and work on all of them almost every night. It was difficult to work on this project alone. By the end I was glad to have it done and didn't enjoy it as much as if I had time to work on it and other projects at the same time. Right now I have socks on the needles, an afghan on the circular and planning on working on a baggy sweater just posted to Lion Brand Yarn website in crochet. I have a mint green yarn I want to use and need to see if I have enough.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Day 9 - Olympic Knitting

Well today is day 9 and I haven't given up yet. I am in the middle of my 7th triangle with a few more to go. I plan on knitting until I either run out of yarn or the flame goes out and I have to do the final triangle for the scarf. I will add the fringe afterwards as an added touch. Between all of this and work I have also typed several papers for my class I am taking leaving very little time for anything else. I have 7 classes (including this one) until I am finished.

Right now I am trying to cheer myself up since I am a little depressed missing my granddaughter since my last call to her was a sad one with her wanting to come back and live with me. She wants me to get enough money to come and get her. She really has not acclimated to her new surroundings and is used to being around the only family she has ever know other than her Mother. I'm praying that things will get better but it hasn't so far so I push myself into my work, my classes and my knitting to keep my mind on other things. I have designed a spring dress in crochet that will fit a 2 - 3 year old. It has butterflies around the middle using the ones designed by Chris Simon in the square she designed. The rest is my design and will be posted as soon as I can get it typed in. Right now it is written in a notebook on my sofa. Hoping to get it on here instead of my website very soon.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Day 2 - MD Olympic Knitting Scarf

Well, here is Day 2 on my multidirectional scarf. I am working on day three right now. I figure that each day I will do 1 or more triangles and see how many I have done at the end or when I run out of yarn since I have 2 super saver skeins to use. I have never gotten further than the first 2 triangles so I am now going into uncharted territory (for me). I did have a bit of a damper and would be further but I smashed my middle finger on my left hand Friday twice (long story).

If you are queasy you won't want to read further.

I finally had to relieve the pressure since the nail was deep red and the area around was swelling and turning dark red. I had to use a needle to rough up the spot I was to poke the hole. I have a jeweler's drill that is hand held with very tiny bits. I put this off until today (coward) and the pain was to the point that I wanted it done. I just held the drill and turned it back and forth a little, not around. I just wanted to break the surface. The pressure was such that the surface was broke and sprayed before I hit anything that hurt. Boy does my finger feel better. It is also a better color, though I will loose the entire nail in a week or two. I just didn't want anything to snag on my yarn and really hurt. At least it isn't a finger I really need to knit or crochet with. It just makes it fun to type with.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

2006 Knitting Olympics

I am now showing my case of temporary insanity. I am working full-time, taking college classes again full-time, and have joined the 2006 Knitting Olympics. I am using Red Heart Super Saver in Aurora Print with needles size 8 or larger (haven't decided yet). I am knitting a multidirectional scarf that looks like a challenge but will also be quite fun. If I finish I will try another project but want to try this one first.

I have been trying various gauges to see what size I want to do. I will probably use a circular from a set my Mother gave me from a kit she bought years ago. It has all the different needles, cables and joiners. Need a few more cables and joiners as I am also knitting a round afghan and will eventually run out with my 36" circular. I figure that if I join enough of them together I can have a really big afghan.

I will try to post a photo of my olympic yarn and needles and show my progress as I go.

Maybe next year I'll join the Crochet Olympics.