Friday, July 20, 2012


What are you knitting for the Olympics?  I had planned to knit a waist-coat, Weave, for a friend, but one of my daughters moved up her wedding to mid-September from "maybe December", or "after I graduate in May, 1213".  She wants a wedding shawl, and chose Icarus.  I started the shawl last Saturday, July 14th, as I didn't dare wait.  So I'm not knitting anything for the Olympics, but I will continue to knit at least 1,110 stitches a day.  So far I have knit more each day as I prefer to stop at the end of a wrong side row.

Hope to hear from other Alaska knitters.


Monday, March 08, 2010

Mile 4 Muffin Stop-Iknitarod Update

Took my knitting with me to watch the Iditarod Start in Anchorage at my friend's house, where she's hosted the Mile 4 Muffin Stop for may years. I posted some pictures at my blog, and there's a picture of me standing to the right of Karen Ramstead on the cover of the sports section of the ADN. I'm the lady in the red jacket, wearing a skhoop, holding a camera and, of course, her knitting bag. I'm such a geek.

I'll be posting another update about my knitting soon on my blog, as I have some good news. My copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann's book "Knittting Workshop" arrived in the mail on Saturday.

But now, I must do a little spring cleaning and then get a little exercise in, before getting either blogging or knitting done.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Another Challenge...

So, how many of us are going through Olympic withdrawal?

Diana, the Iknitarod sounds like fun - mush, you huskies!  I see the rules are to start March 6, with the start of the race in Anchorage, and then finish when they do - about 10 days to 2 weeks out.  At least, with this one, if one can't keep up with the leader, one can always tag along with the red lantern musher.

Since I knit one argyle sock during the regular Olympics, I was thinking about knitting the mate during the Paralympics, which closes on March 21.  That's about the same time frame as the Iknitarod.  I'm going to keep posting here, and invite you all to do so, as well.

Here's a toast to more challenges!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Another Athletic Knit-along

For those of you who enjoyed the Olympic Challenge, I've found another challenge that may interest my fellow Alaskan's. An Initarod. The group is on Ravelry and I'm planning on knitting my first Elizabeth Zimmermann project, the Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) for my son's guitar teacher's new baby girl. Heading over to Titlewave to see if I can find a used copy of her book, Knitting Workshop, so I not only have her pattern but learn some important sweater knitting skills.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Gold Medal Now Online

Here's a link to Yarn Harlots site with information about the medal, etc.

Whew! Just Made it.

My hands are toast! Two hats and two socks in two weeks. I can barely move my fingers.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympic Sock

Phew!  This sock was a photo finish!
I knit like crazy during the hockey game (intense!), sewed the instep to the gusset,

then knit down to the toe during the closing ceremony,

"kitchener stitched" the toe, and finished sewing the back seam as the flame went out. 

Knitting one argyle sock was a good challenge and a doable goal for me for this Knitting Olympics.  I'm looking forward to finishing the other sock soon, and wearing them in public.

Olympic Sweater

Here it is....
My Olympic Eastlake sweater! Can't believe I finished in time.

Pattern: Eastlake by Norah Gaughan **Errata available!!**

Yarn: Dream in Color, Classy - Happy Forest

Needles: US 5 & US 7

Mods: Knit in round up past the eyelet row. The neckband extension of the front is a bit funky & far from perfect. If I were to knit this pattern again, I'd use short rows for the sleeve caps & redesign the top to omit the neckbands.

Can't wait to wear this out & about!


Project Two!

Completed project two! This is one of those teapots that sits in its own cup, and it needed a cozy to keep my tea warm. This is supposed to be a pumpkin, and is kind of close. . .
Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Official End Time, Please?

Firstly, what official end time for us here in alaska time zone?
sometime today, I know......
So , I had a bit of a false start, knitted a few inches and saw i was not where i thought i was in the chart, and so i waited until i could see KathyM, Master Knitting Instructor, to put me back on track.
I have hope that i can get within a few inches a done, depending on time left.

Either way I will post picture at the end.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Regrouping to finish the Argyle Sock

Congratulations to Choc and Kathy on achieving your Knitting Olympic goals!

I've realized that the last time I did this, I had a lot more time at my disposal.  I feel like I've  tripped while skating, but am regrouping and heading towards the finish line, anyway.

So, having gotten my pesky WORK out of the way, that's been getting in the way of knitting, I'm concentrating on just one sock.  I've finished the leg, and am knitting the argyle part of the instep.

My goal is to get that done today - maybe by the end of the afternoon.  Then this evening, I plan to work on the heel, then on to the rest of the sock.  I think there's hope!

How are the rest of you doing?