Friday, February 26, 2010

My cheerleader, the metric system

After weeks of furious knitting, I have managed to add a 26 cm or 10 1/4 inches to the beast.

Never did I think I would use the metric system as an emotional crutch, but there you have it. After spending most of my vacation knitting, I only made it through 10 1/4 inches of black stockinette. Much more encouraging to have finished 26 cm.

A few days ago I realized that I had left all of the extra yarn for this project at home. This effectively ground my progress to a halt just before the colour work picked up again on the body, and completely eliminated any lingering romantic notion I may have held of finishing the project before the end of the Olympics. Enter a very understanding significant other and the kind folks at FedEx and one business day later there be yarn.

Thanks to the arrival of the yarn, I've managed to start digging my way through the colour work. I'll post my olympic progress after the end of the closing ceremonies.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Since I am both Canadian and planning to go to Vancouver to watch a few events, it seemed like the perfect time to hop on the bandwagon and cast on for the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics.

I debated between setting a completely unattainable goal and a giving myself a chance by casting on for something a little more realistic. Ultimately, the charm of knitting a Dale sweater designed for Canada during the Canadian winter Olympics proved irresistible and I cast on for Dale of Norway's Le Massif (rav link).

I am 100% certain that I will not get this beast, knit on 3.25mm needles, finished during the Olympics. In the last three days, I've made it through the sweater's hem, also known as the first of 22 balls of yarn.

So far she's a beaut. Wish me luck as I stagger off towards 11" of tiny black stockinette.