The Bad Mommy

I work only to pay for his therapy later.

Location: Novato, California, United States

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Knitting Olympics

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot, writes my all-time favorite blog. Even when she's not writing about knitting, yarn, and related topics she's extremely funny and clever and, I think, worth reading every day. (Her books are equally entertaining and I recommend them highly as well.)

Stephanie is hosting The Knitting Olympics - and yours truly has joined the ranks of Olympic Knitters. I find it noteworthy that Knitting Olympians outnumber actual Olympic Athletes with some 4000 knitters and something like 2400 athletes.

So I'm knitting a clapotis in Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb (silk and wool) yarn in the Gold Hill colorway. It's a belated Christmas/birthday present for K, who holds the distinction of having actually been born during the Winter Olympics the year they were held here in California, in Squaw Valley. How appropriate is that? Plus, she didn't get a knitting Christmas gift this year because I ran out of steam at the end.

I got off to a bad start Friday night when I got to the third stitch of the clapotis and realized that in spite of having nearly two years of knitting under my belt, the task of purling into the front and back of a stitch was something I hadn't had to do before and I couldn't figure it out by reading my two knitting reference books. I'm a visual learner and couldn't follow the written instructions. Sad, really.

So Saturday morning I hopped down to visit Warren & in about 30 seconds he set me straight. I cast on yesterday afternoon and have been happily knitting away (and watching the Olympics) ever since. I'm almost through half of the first of the three skeins of yarn in this pattern so am feeling reasonably confident that I may actually be able to finish by the time the Olympic flame is extinguished. Of course, that assumes that I won't get seduced by any of the fifteen other projects I currently have in the works, including two pair of really excellent socks and a very cute little cotton hat that I'm making as a store sample for Warren. So much yarn, so little time.

Next weekend is Stitches West and the yarn market there is what I think of as Nirvana for knitters. We'll be going down Saturday morning, spending the night and coming back Sunday afternoon. Last year M was out of town that weekend and I made C drive down with me both days. Never mind that he had a fever and felt like crap. (Although, in my defense, I did pay him to go the second day - $2/hr, door to door.) Awesome, awesome stuff and a number of you got Christmas presents last year made from yarn picked up there. I think of it as a stash-enhancement exercise. Maybe I can get M to show me how to post pictures and in a future post I can share my finds.


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