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Month: February 2006 (page 2 of 3)

Olympic Update: Judges Allow a Do Over

Thankfully the Knitting Olympics are not a “one chance & you’re out” type of event!

I continued to make progress on Saturday with the Capri Shawl. Around noon on Sunday when I started to add the 2nd triangle pattern into the shawl I discovered that I had messed up the 1st triangle. Since I want to enjoy this shawl long after the games are over I decided that the best option was to frog the whole thing & start over. Definitely a good choice! I have recovered & advanced passed where I was at noon.

Knitting Olympics Update #1
(The triangle designs are a bit hard to see when all the stitches are squished on 1 needle.)

What have I learned so far during my event? The directions for Capri are very light & have a bit of “do what you want” to them; however, the few “number of stitch” instructions that they have haven’t been quite right in my book. After a bit of “Amy Arithmetic” I feel good about this pattern & the progress I’m making. I’m probably about 30 minutes away from finishing up skein 1 of 3. I feel this is knitting tight even using the size 9 needles that were recommended – next time I’ll go with the 10. It has been a long time since I’ve knit on straight needles so that is taking some time to get used to again but is better now that so many stitches are on the needle.

Going for Gold!

Now that the torch is lit in Torino and the Athletes Pledge has been delivered it is time to introduce my knitting event for the next 16 days…
(…cue the Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams…)

Knitting as the torch is lit!
Steady knitting right after the torch has been lit.

The Capri Shawl from Morehouse Farms in Aqua

Good progress was made during the Opening Ceremony. By the end of the evening I was at about 50 rows. (That included 2 “issues” – 1 of which was the most delicate knit surgery that I’ve done…had to back out about 10 rows).

My friend Kristy came over to watch the ceremonies (& snap the picture!) – she didn’t have any knit projects going so she had her own Paper Olympics making Valentines as I knit. We both thought that these opening ceremonies were fabulous.

The knitting continues now while watching the US Women’s Hockey team. The rows on the shawl are still pretty short so they progress quickly – I know that will soon change but I’m pleased with the progress so far. The real challenge will be the blocking at the end – the full wet blocking is something new for me.

Why the Capri shawl? I was contemplating what to select when Lolly posted about her Morehouse Farms shawl project. As is often the case with reading blogs I followed the links from her post & loved the shawl kits. The Capri was an easy choice for my first lace shawl project – especially for these Olympics: …The Winter Olympics are in Italy…Capri is in Italy…One of my favorite stops on my Italy/Greece trip in June 2005 was Capri…the Aqua color of the yarn reminds me of the beautiful water around Capri…while the pattern may not be terribly difficult (& reminiscent of my baby blanket projects) it is a lace pattern which is a new skill…the full wet block at the end to shape the shawl is something I haven’t done in the past & I think may be a challenge (or at least a test of my patience)…


Early in my knit blog lurking days I saw someone equate reading & clicking through blogs to Alice going down the rabbit hole. There are times when I start reading blogs where one click leads to another…and another…and another…here’s an example of how all the clicking works together…

I can’t remember how I came across the link to Melissa’s dishcloths…Lolly’s recent post had a link to Whip Up…this week they had a post about Handmade valentines which had a picture & link of the same dishcloth pattern…I followed that link & discovered Natalie had made the dishcloth as part of the Monthly Dishcloth Knit-a-long. In 1997 my grandma taught me how to knit using her basic dishcloth pattern from Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn – this knit-a-long seemed like just the one for me to join. So I’ve joined up & look forward to trying new dishcloth patterns each month!

(I’ve continued to knit a few more Valentine dishcloths this week – I think a couple will stay home with me.)

With regards to another joining project…I have now joined Team Midwest in the Knitting Olympics. Fellow Midwesterners who browse my blog, check out the Team Midwest blog for details about how to join the team!

Knitting for Subtitles

Knit Valentines

This project was the perfect weekend knitting activity while waiting for the Olympics & working my way through the at home Netflix. This weekend I ended up with all foreign films at home…having to read subtitles means that the knitting can’t be too complicated. These Valentine themed dishcloths will be making their way to my Mom & sister with some coordinating dish towels.

The knit details:
Melissa’s Knit Valentine DishclothI see some of her other designs as future “quick projects” in the coming months
– Strawberry varigated Sugar n’ Cream yarn (4 dishcloths from just under 2 1/2 balls of yarn)
– Size 8 needles
– The Valentine Day’s Sheep from Katie’s Shop was the perfect accessory to mark my odd row needle.
I had originally planned to use a solid color yarn for these; however, this was the only Valentine themed Sugar n’Cream yarn at Michael’s on Friday afternoon.

The movie details…thoroughly enjoyed The Chorus/Les Choristes. Also, I “finally” saw Cinema Paradiso & loved it – as often as I’ve heard the soundtrack it seems like I would have seen the movie by now. Interestingly enough, one of the ‘old movie’ songs in the film “Anna (El negro zumbon)” has been wonderfully redone on the latest Pink Martini CD.

Think Pink…Pink Martini that is!

So I had already been planning this post, with this picture…then Lolly’s Project Spectrum was announced & I thought this post is an “early entry” into Project Spectrum. The picture was taken in “full color” & then I had some fun on Snapfish with the effects & applied the pink tint. I have never been much of a “pink person” – without a doubt this is my favorite pink! 🙂

Pink Martini

For the last couple of years, whenever anyone asks what my favorite band is I immediately answer Pink Martini. I first discovered this band in 2002 when I saw them in concert at The Hollywood Bowl & I was instantly hooked. In fact when I saw them, I flew home from LA to Chicago late on Sunday night – got up early on Monday morning to drive to my project in South Bend IN & at lunchtime on Monday went to the South Bend Border’s to pick up their “Sympathique” CD.

In September 2005 they “finally” came to Chicago & yep, I was at both sold out shows at The Hothouse.

The concert experiences at the 2 different venues were like night and day – but both were incredible experiences. (The above picture is from their show at The Hothouse.)

Both CDs are in constant play in my car stereo, home stereo & on my laptop at work. This is music that can be on constant repeat loop for me & I never get tired of it. Pink Martini has always had a good following in Europe and when I was in Italy in June I heard them on the radio while strolling through a piazzo in Rome – how appropriate. If you haven’t heard them before I’d encourage you to check them out. I have noticed their music turn up in several movie soundtracks.

Back to Project Spectrum…when I was uploading these pictures to print out for the scrapbook I picked the pink tint for all the pictures I wanted to include in the layout for the Sept. concerts…pink & black pictures on black pages with pink paper…I haven’t put those pages together yet (way behind!)…I’ll post them here when I’m done – hopefully in March for Project Spectrum’s Red/Pink Month.

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