Thursday, February 23, 2006

This is it!

Now that I've joined the knitting Olympics, I might as well blog about it. My original goal was to put together a cardigan that I've been carrying that completed pieces of around for years. If I were to pick my first sweater pattern to knit again, it would not be this. Size 5 needles, 5 pieces to assemble, crocheted border (I don't even know how to crochet!)
I knew my choice might be outside the rules (cast on when the torch is lit and all) but I knew that this truly would be a challenge for me. The seaming of the sweater was no problem. I actually like the magic of joining two pieces together with an even seam. So satisfying. I was finished before the week was out and while I waited for a crochet lesson from a friend, I cast on for another Olympic sized challenge. The childs placket pull-over from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
I got the lesson but crochet is not my friend. It feels like torture. I hate the yarn and the finished look. You can see my first attempt on the sleeve in this (very blurry) picture.
Okay I guess you can't tell but trust me when I say it looks like CRAP! So I'm doing what any Olympian would do under the circumstances. I'm getting some coaching. Yes, my LYS just happens to have a Crocheting for Knitters class this Saturday. It'll be cutting it close since the Olympics end on Sunday but I know that with proper form, I can get the gold.


Blogger allisonmariecat said...

I've never crocheted before, and I chose a pattern with a crocheted border for my project, too! Great minds, and all that.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what are the knitting olympics? is it too late for me to join?

6:49 AM  
Blogger lee said...

Oooh! my first anonymous comment. Do I know you? Anyway, the knitting Olympics was thought up by Yarn Harlot (I have a link to her blog on my sidebar) She thought it would be fun to pick a challenging project, cast on during the opening ceremonies, and finish during the 16 day regular Olympics. It became wildly popular with over 4000 people sigining up and receiving National coverage in Time magazine, ect. So it is too late to participate this time but I'm sure it'll happen again. It was very fun and I recommend it to any and all knitters!

7:55 AM  

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