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Friday, February 10, 2006

And We're Off...

Well, for me and those in my time zone (Atlantic) who are partaking in the Knitting Olympics, it has been nearly 10 hours since we were allowed to cast on. Quite honestly, I did not hear fireworks, nor applause, nor cheering, nor did I see throngs of fans outside my window encouraging me on in my attempt to go for the gold. What's up with that???!!

I suppose there are those who will think I'm some sort of geek or just plain off my rocker, but that is their opinion. Ok, so I probably am a geek and I just might be off my rocker, but since when has that stopped me from doing something? Ok, ok, so I admit that it may have stopped me from doing things in the past, but they won't knock me down this time!


To the left, you will see my humble beginnings of my endeavor to do my part for our "little get together" called the Knitting Olympics. As you can see, my yarn is peach, but looks sort of off white on my screen. I'm using my 5.0 mm (size 8 US) bamboo needles, and a cable stitch holder/needle/thingamajigger. The pattern I chose is the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern from
www.helloyarn.com (note the colour of the scarf in the picture...it is not two colours. It is supposed to be all blue, but sadly the printer was running out of colour ink so it looks like it is blue and lilac). The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver which I dug out of my stash so that I could get a dent in that! I know a lot of people will cringe at the thought of this type of yarn being used, but it's what I'm using!

I don't have a current picture of my progress to date, but I can tell you that after measuring it, I have roughly 7 inches done so far. I am enjoying this pattern, and the cable stitch is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I have a thought simmering on the back burner in my mind for if I get this scarf finished early. I'm not going to say what it is yet, or if in fact I will do it, because I might not have time to do it because of school work. However, if things work out well for me, I will fill you in on the details at some point ;o).

It is not a little after midnight, so I am going to head off to bed and rest up for a day of studying and knitting. Hope you are all enjoying your first day of the knitting olympics. I'm looking forward to reading and seeing pictures of everyone's progress.

Happy knitting!

8 comments:

Tina in Wonderland said...

The yarn looks like a pretty shade of light pink on my monitor. I think your scarf will be really pretty, I love that pattern!

I also like to use the Red Heart Super Saver sometimes, especially if it is something that is going to get a lot of 'wash and wear', like the Harry Potter scarf I made for my son. No way was I gonna use fancy foo-foo yarn on that, since I know it gonna go thru the washer a gazillion times! Plus the Red Heart comes in a lot of pretty colors and I think it knits up really nicely.:)

Sharon said...

You didn't hear me over hear cheering loudly????

Can't wait to see progress pics.

Sedie said...

Good for you going for the gold with cables! I love that pattern. I actually have it lined up for some red yarn I have in my stash, but that will be for Project Spectrum which begins in March, after the Olympics! I think the super saver is a good choice for lots of wear and wash items.

Your yarn looks like a pretty pink on my screen, but whatever the actual color is, it looks very pretty.

Enjoy the process and good luck!

Gracie said...

I heard cheering in my head.......

The cables are going to be beautiful. Once you get the hang of them, I would suggest doing them without a cable needle. It is so much easier and faster than what you would think. There are a bunch of tutorials online.

Rachel said...

My mom is working on that scarf right now! I've seen so many great ones knit up on blogs all over the internet -- it's a really nice pattern. Good luck!

Elizabeth said...

Can't wait to see the scarf - I have that pattern in my stash as well. :)

Catherine Kerth said...

i love that pattern, made mine out of alpaca, yum! i just started my olympic knitted project tonight! eek!

Mustang Girl said...

.:hehe:. I just posted about how I wanted that pattern.. and there it is!! you rock!! :) thanks for the link!! I am definately going to try this one!!!