And because I thrive on deadlines, I cast this on yesterday and finished tonight. What an experience the Knitting Olympics were for me.
I generally don't just work on one thing at a time. I am a shotgun knitter. Lots of projects and this made me stop that and do one thing at a time.
And the Olympics themselves were emotional as well. With a death on the first day, I sure fell sorry for that family.
And ending with the Hockey Game of the century. I wish we could have won, but the game was well played. And in between all of the young people of the world, giving all they had. It is inspiring.
And the start of the closing ceremony was just fantastic. We can all take a page from Canada. Some things are not tragic, some things are just funny. Good Job Canada, Good Job.
Well I have added white to the sweater and I am still knitting, and almost to the last 4 rows I noticed that I was running out of white..and really can't go get more because this was a random ball of white that looked big enough to do a baby sweater in ...so now I am wondering in I am living in Denial...and that I am really knitting a cover for my Saturn.
But I am still Knitting. Possibley crazy, but knitting all the same
For few bright shining moments I thought I was done. I had run out of yarn so I stopped one row short of the pattern...hint first clue you are not done. Normally stopping one row short means that even thought I asked the woman at the yarn shop to figure out yardage, there was an error in the math...okay, then go back to the yarn shop with a ball band and purchase one more ball. But no, I just stopped, knowing in my heart that I was not done.
Then there is the wavey part.
This sweater looked perfect, folded like it was suposed to and one half of it is a Baby Suprise Jacket. The other half, well, not so much. Looks like a Manta Ray undulating across the ocean floor.
So today instead of proclaiming "done". I am in the frog pond. Taking it back to the neck bind off, adding another color, due to the one row short.
What I have on my needles at this point looks less like a baby sweater than almost anything I have ever knit. So I am knitting on faith. Faith that Elizabeth Zimmermann knew what she was doing and so have the thousands of people who have followed this pattern.
But I am knitting for Gold. And sometimes Faith is all we have. We just have to trust and go for it...even in knitting.
I am too excited about some really strange things today.
1. Getting out of the house. I have not been out in over a week and I am going to the Doctor. Not real excited about where I am going, just that I am going.
2. The Olympics. I love the games. I am a fan of Shawn White and love to see the skaters. I am in awe of anyone who does anything but fall on ice.
3. I get to start my Baby Suprise Jacket...and won't we all be thrilled to have that done and over with.
4. Well it is Friday. And as much as I love my job, and I do. I also love my weekends.
That is about it. Too much excitement!
Okay I am not there till tomorrow, and by there I mean on my couch, knitting, a Baby Suprise Jacket. I am scared of this pattern and I have 17 days to knit it. So it is time to put on my big girl pants, get my yarn together and be an athlete.
In addition to figuring out why my curser jumped around and made me crazy, and fixing it...read spend one whole day on the internet reading post that are written for someone who speaks computer and then looking up the computer terms then downloading the fix and adding it to my computer while either holding my breath or throwing things and cussing the person who ever thought of making computers, I finished a lot of things hand made.
I knitted a couple of face clothes for a freind of my hubs, a couple more for next Christmas, because I never finish my Christmas knitting.
I finished a pair of wool socks, and a gaiter for Pine Ridge, and sent 4 squares out to be added to an afghan for Pine Ridge Reservation. I made a sweater and booties for my newest GGD. I make a scarf for my DD and a pair of socks for my DS. And today I am finishing my Kai Mei for sock club. These will go to my niece in Chicago. I have a pair of Wool-ease socks that may get done today.
I am crocheting a sampler blanket for my GD and am about a third of the way done with it.
Then I will cast on for my next sock club sock, after I figure out what pattern to use with this pretty pink Trekking yarn.
My biggest challange will come with the Olympics. I am going to get together the needed nerve to do Elizabeth Zimmermanns Baby Suprise Jacket. I have the pattern, I really have two copies but put one away in a "safe place", and have no clue where that may be..not with my patterns in my pattens books, not in the patterns to do file, not in the mumble mumble bags that have started projects in them. So I purchase the pattern and read it and thought to myself, I am just up the creek without a clue. But then out came The Yarn Harlot with The Knitting Olympics. And before I could think I added to the comments that I would do the BSJ. Yikes. This pattern scares me because it is not a pattern as I am used to doing, but starts you out on a journey of just trusting the designer. It does not look like a sweater till you are done and fold it the correct way. There does not seem to be an up or down, a right front or back. Just a leap of faith.