Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Olympics Challenge Complete!

Originally uploaded by yogagardengirl32.
Woo-Hoo! Today, I finished the right (and last) mitten for the 2006 Knitting Olympics...also 2006 personal knitting project # 5. I am sooo psyched! As you can see, there are a few differences here:

- Left mitten's cuff is not as straight and the gauge is a tiny bit off.
- Right mitten is very slightly tighter than the left.
- Right mitten came out a little nicer than the first (left) mitten.

But, all in all, I am very proud of myself. I usually don't take a chance with my knitting...if it's easy and the directions are clear, I'll do it. I'm a conservative knitter on the whole. NOW, I feel as if I've taken a huge leap in my knitting skills.

This project was very difficult (more in thought than practice), especially on size 1 needles. I was very lucky that the Knit Picks yarn was very nice and easy to work with and the pattern was/is clearly written with no mistakes (although at the time, I'm saying to myself, "What the hell does THIS mean?").

I'm very thankful to the Yarn Harlot (awesome as she is) to inspire and challenge me to do this project. I never would have attempted this if it wasn't for her. Hooray for Stephanie!

Must also give some thanks to Grumperina, since I feel that reading her blog has also inspired me and constantly makes me say "OOOH" and "AAAH" and "God, I wish I knew her!" Hooray for Kathy!

Friday evening, 5 women (including me) from my ManchVegas Knitting group plus Joanne and her three friends are leaving for the Grand View Lodge in central NH for our Knitter's Weekend.

I'm nervous (first time away from Ben in his whole life!) and extremely excited. I hope Ian will do okay with the kids without me (and hope he doesn't set the house on fire or blow it up) and that he doesn't go crazy while I'm away.

I'm looking forward to finishing:

1. Ian's second sock
2. The baby blanket I started
3. Maybe the baby cardigan

(the other two projects...Mary Jane Lace Cardigan and Cashmere shawl must wait....don't want to overwhelm myself)

and also have a GREAT buy the Falling Leaves lace pattern from Fiber Trends and some yarn to make that shawl for someone....not sure who yet.

Wish me luck and will write when I get back on Monday!

Happy Knitting!


Alyssa said...

Beautiful Mittens! Congrats on finishing your Olympic event:)

GamecockDoc said...

Congrats! Your mittens look amazing. Might inspire me to try color work.

YogaGardenGirl said...

Thanks Alyssa and's definitely worth a try!