Saturday, October 14, 2006
I went to the Yarn Expo here in Anchorage two weekends ago, which was great. Lots of classes were offered - I took a lace class, offered by Donna Druchunas, author of the new book "Arctic Lace" book about the Oomingmak cooperative, quiviut, and the Native knitters (mostly Yupik). It was very informative, and I'm looking forward to knitting some lace scarves and things. I highly recommend "Arctic Lace". It has patterns, as well as a section on designing your own lace patterns. I also took spindle spinning, and a class on making your own needles from dowels of different sizes and woods, which was very easy - you start by sharpening the ends in a pencil sharpener! And decorating the tops of the pairs of straight needles was a fun and creative activity!
Kathy, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, that all your Masters Level 1 work will be accepted the first time around ('cause it's apparently hard to do). I hope you'll post something about your results, as I'm sure it will be enlightening. I will post again when I send mine in.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I just wanted to let you know (and this is mostly for you, Choc) that I finally mailed the Chemo Caps to "Cancer Connection" here in Juneau. I finally admitted that I was only going to make one, for now, and that no one besides Choc was going to send any either. So I sent the three I had collected. If and when time allows, we can always send more.
On another note, I'm wondering how the Level I work is going for Linda and Choc. I mailed my Level I submission one week ago. I'm sure there will be stuff I'll have to "rework," but I'm glad to have gotten it in. The next decision will be if I immediately plunge into Level II, or not.
Choc, Thanks for being such a loyal visitor to Knitting Weather. (I'm back at work 4 days a week and I can see it's going to take a toll on the blogging. Hopefully I'll manage to post something every week or so.)
I hope everyone is well. I'd love to hear what everyone is up to knitwise, if you have the notion.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
It's been awhile so I thought I'd check in. I still have only the three chemo caps and I haven't yet delivered them to the folks here in Juneau. I've been wondering if any more are coming, and also hoping I could produce at least one more.
Tonight I decided it was time to dive back into TKGA Level I work and I'm wondering if anyone else has been working on their swatches. I was browsing around the message board at the TKGA site and it looks like instruction revisions are expected August 1st. I signed up on August 18th last year, so unless I really hustle, I may have to follow the new instructions. Hopefully the work I've done so far won't be for naught.
I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. The long days are divine .. the rain a little less so. I guess I shouldn't complain though, as we had a lovely stretch of weather last week which coincided with a visit from my family.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
The two fuzzy striped hats were made by Choc. They are wonderfully soft and stretchy and I love the colors! Choc, I'm assuming it's the same yarn and is striping differently because of the different sizes?? They don't seem that different in size and yet the stripes are totally different. Curious, isn't it? Mine (Choc has put me to shame, I've only knit one so far) is the pink girly one in the center.
I'm not normally a pink/girly kinda gal .. but it was fun to knit!
I won't rush to deliver these. Maybe some more will come trickling in .. and I'll try to knit up another as well.
Hope you're all well and happily knitting!
I finally noticed that the smaller hat has the narrower stripes .. that doesn't make sense, does it? Choc, what gives?
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday's mail brought my Level I packet! My knitting goal for Tuesday evening was to finish the sleeves of the sweater I have on the needles so I have done that but did take some time to look very briefly at the information. Today, Wednesday, I'll go shopping for a notebook and the clear pockets for my finished swatches.
What type of yarn are you using for your swatches? I am so excited! It's 2 A.M. and I am not sleepy.
I’ve been so busy knitting other things, that I only have two swatches done. And I'm only doing Level 1, not II. But Kathy, I agree with you, it seems pretty straightforward. There’s a Masters Group in Anchorage that meets on the first Saturday of each month, for people who are working on one or another level. One of the women who passed Level 1 donated her Level 1 notebook to the Guild library, which is great to have as a resource. I’ve been to two meetings, have looked through the notebook, and have had my swatches critiqued by the people who passed Level 1, so I’m feeling much more comfortable about knitting the swatches. A trick that I learned about checking your tension, on stockinette stitch, is to hold your swatch up to the window or a light, and look at the back of your work. If you can see “gulleys” between rows, your tension is not even, and your swatch will probably not pass muster. In my case, my purling is looser than my knitting, but I found that knitting “Eastern European” style takes care of it – purling by catching the yarn going down, rather than up, if that makes sense. It twists the stitch a little, so that when knitting back, the stitches must be knit through the back to look flat. Not great if one is decreasing and doing SSK, as you have to untwist the stitches first, then knit them together, but it has helped solve my tension problems. I guess I’d better start working on more swatches!
I finished my chemo cap, and hope someone at Cancer Connection finds it to their liking! Kathy, I’ll send it to you in the next couple of days. I had hoped to post a photo, but don't see the icon for adding a photo, today. Hmmm...
If people are looking for a project to follow chemo caps, we might consider knitting something for Lisa in Albuquerque, Team Alaska’s “honorary” Alaskan, as she’s expecting, with her new family addition due in August!
Sunday, May 28, 2006
I'm so delighted you've just joined up. It'll inspire me to get done if I know you're working on it too! And fun to have someone bounce ideas/questions off of. The first level knitting has been very straightforward so far. I've just been distracted by other projects. I haven't actually tackled the questions yet, but I've been thinking about working on them. Anyway, once you get started let's keep in touch about it.
Linda, aren't you on Level II?
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I finally touched base with a woman at "Cancer Connection" here in Juneau. They would welcome any and all hats we want to knit. I asked, but she didn't offer any guidelines for the hats. Comfort and easy to care for are the attributes I'm going to strive for. When asked, she did say that while they have some hats for women, they don't have any for children. I told her we'd probably make a variety and I'd be back in touch when I have something to deliver.
I'd say that frees us to make whatever we want - and not to fret 'cause whatever we make is sure to fit someone! (Ahh, my kind of stress-free knitting!)
We're going to be traveling a bit in June and I have some other things on my needles right now, but I'll try and get a hat or two going in the next several weeks.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Here are the dragon socks that were distracting me. I blocked them before sewing up the backs, so you can see the design better. This was my first attempt at intarsia: 76 yarn ends per sock to weave in when finished! Argyles should be easy after this!
Monday, May 01, 2006
and drying directions for the yarn that I used. That may be overkill but I remember being a bit mindless at the births of my kids and they were fullterm. The address to mail your completed preemie hats to is Choc Schafer, 1415 Millar Street, Ketchikan, 99901.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
I made another hat this week. I was worried the first was too small, now I'm worried the second is too big (are you starting to figure me out?). But I'll send 'em both to Choc tomorrow and hope that there is some baby in Ketchikan with a cold and appropriately sized head.
I left a message with the Cancer Wellness folks in Juneau. My husband took a return call from a woman who's name he didn't catch and who was headed out of town, but she was enthusiastic and positive about receiving hats from us. So I think you can safely start knitting assured that I will find a good home for any chemo caps you might knit. Do we want to extend the deadline for these, or is everyone up for getting them done in May??
Thanks to you all for your lovely and supportive sweater comments.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Hey Team AK-
I finally finished my sweater (I hope you don't mind indulging me, I had to show someone) and began a preemie hat last night. I finished it this morning. What a fun quick project. I've never knit a hat specifically for a preemie before (and my babies had such BIG heads) does this look on target to you? Choc, will you publish the address to which we should mail our hats?
I hope to have info to post soon about a chemo hat project. Also wanted to mention that the Dulaan Project (http://www.fireprojects.org/) is only accepting donations until July 1. There is also Afghans for Afghans (http://www.afghansforafghans.org/) if everyone is interested in an international project. Let me know what you're all thinking - and knitting. I'd love to see photos of other projects.
Hope everyone is well-
Monday, April 03, 2006
Sorry not to have posted this earlier, but I've been under the weather for the past week.
Here is an "enormous list of baby hats that can be made for charity knitting" that Jennifer of the Boulder Hand Knitters Guild compiled from the internet (thank you Jennifer!). Not all of them are for preemies, but can be adjusted. I find that, with a pattern for sport or worsted weight yarn, if I use lighter weight yarn and smaller needles, I can easily turn a 0-3 month size hat into a preemie hat. If the hat is for fingering weight, already, then an adjustment of number of stitches and rows would be in order.
The Basic Knit Hat Pattern from "Touching Little Lives" is a good one to start with, and gives an idea of how big to make them. It has small and medium preemie sizes, and newborn. "Baby's First Hat" is a nice lacey one, "Baby Tart" is darling, but has bobbles, so is probably not good for a preemie, Also, "About.com" has free patterns, some of which are specifically for preemies. Check out this blog: http://larissmix.typepad.com/stitch_marker/knitting_hats/index.html/. She has lots of cute baby hats. I made "Lilly's Hat" and used size 3 needles and Jamie baby yarn, and it came out perfectly for a preemie. Another that I made during the Knitting Olympics is the spiral hat listed at the bottom (using 54 sts, size 3 needles, Jamie Baby yarn).
Regarding sizes - I didn't measure the finished sizes of the ones that I made for the KOs, but you can visually compare the size of the four preemie hats with the one 6-9 month hat in the photo that I took and posted.
http://people.delphiforums.com/knit_chat/knitchat/patterns/babybonnet.htm Garter Lace Baby Bonnet -- uses worsted weight
http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKnittingPatternAnnaHat.asp Anna's Angel Hat Pattern (from Jimmy Bean)-- uses worsted weight
http://www.knitlist.com/96gift/giftapplehat.htm Apple Hat (from Knitlist) -- uses worsted weight
http://www.magknits.com/Jan06/patterns/bee.htm Baby Bee Hat and Bootees (from Magknits) -- uses worsted weight
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kbs-babyHat.html Baby Hat (from Lion) -- uses DK weight
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/baby_pixiehat.html Baby Pixie Hat (from Crystal Palace) -- uses sportweight ??
http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/leaf-edge-baby-hat.htm Baby Hat with Leaf Edging (from Knitlist) -- uses fingering weight
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kvs-babyHat.html Bulky Velvetspun Hat (from Lion) -- uses super bulky
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTbabytart.html Baby Tart (from Knitty) -- uses light worsted
http://www.geocities.com/crotiques/babyfirsthat.htm Baby's First Hat (newborn) -- uses worsted
http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/knithatpat.html Basic Preemie Hat -- uses sportweight/ DK/ worsted weight
http://www.thegarterbelt.com/em_beatrixhat.html Beginner's Fair Isle Hat -- uses fingering weight (PDF)
http://freddyknits.blogspot.com/2005/03/beginners-fair-isle-baby-hat-free.html (Another) Beginner's Fair Isle Hat -- uses DK/worsted weight
http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/1445260.html Bunny Beanie -- uses heavy worsted/ or lighter
http://www.sweetstitch.com/projects/cablehatpattern.html Cabled Hat Pattern -- uses dk weight (optional fur trim)
http://sarahpeasley.com/freepatterns/cameronscap.pdf Cameron's Cap (from Sarah Peasley) -- uses worsted, with earflaps (PDF)
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/holbabyeasterhat.htm Easter Egg Hat (from Barbara Breiter) -- uses worsted, zig-zag pattern
http://www.crafts-beautiful.com/projects/?view=view&ID=223 Debbie Bliss Hat (from Crafts Magazine) -- uses sportweight, straight needles
http://www.kerriesplace.co.uk/newbornhats.html Four Newborn Hats (from Kerrie's Place) -- ranges from heavy worsted to DK
http://www.p2designs.com/pdfs/ptn-froggyHat.pdf Froggy Hat/Bottees (from p2designs) -- dk weight (PDF) -- Preemies to older -- (super cute!)
http://www.p2designs.com/pdfs/ptn-duckyHat.pdf Just Ducky (from p2designs) -- dk weight (PDF ) Preemies to older -- (super cute!)
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/lace-beanie.html Lace Baby Beanie (from Bev's Country Cottage) -- baby yarn -- preemie/newborn
http://larissmix.typepad.com/stitch_marker/2005/09/a_little_hat.html Little Ruffled Edge Hat -- worsted SUPER CUTE!!
http://www.3gcs.com/adcock/free%20patterns/Shell%20Lace%20Baby%20Bonnets.htm Little Shell Lace Baby Bonnet -- worsted to sportweight (preemies)
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmissdashwood.html Miss Dashwood Baby Hat with Ties (from Knitty) -- worsted weight
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babynewhat.htm Newborn Baby Hat -- worsted weight
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babypetalhat.htm Petal Baby Hat -- worsted weight
http://www.p2designs.com/pdfs/ptn-HatPoppy.pdf Pretty as a Poppy Hat (from p2designs) -- sockweight to dk weight (small preemie to older) (PDF)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/my_pages/babywear/hkp/012.shtml Pull-on Baby Hat -- worsted weight, straight needles (easy!)
http://www.minidata.co.nz/major/freepatt/patt03.htm Spiral Rib Hat -- dk weight
http://www.geocities.com/blossomknitwear/superquickbabybonnet Super Quick Baby Bonnet -- worsted weight
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/iceland_babyhat.html Tri-Corner Baby Hat -- chunky weight
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
What do you think? My experience with a preemie hat is that it takes me about 4 hours to make one from start to totally complete, with ends sewn in. A pretty small amount of time out of a month, really. I think the other projects would also be equally short to do. We have 15 people on this team, so if almost everyone made just one hat, we’d have over a dozen to contribute! We could post photos, and if someone didn’t have time to contribute one month, they could always make something for another month.
Please comment, and perhaps we can get this going for April. Or even March – there are still 1 1/2 weeks left in this month, which would be enough time for me to knit a preemie hat.
I’ve been knitting hemp bath mitts in the past few weeks. I found a very nice weight of hemp, in four colors, at a fiber shop (The Rookery) on Shelikov Avenue in Kodiak (I was in Kodiak a couple of weeks ago on business), They’ve been turning out really well, and take so little “yarn” that I’ll probably be making them for everyone in my family for birthdays this year…I bought 8 hanks, and each one is enough for at least three mitts…
Oh, one more charity project that I just heard about: The Recycled Lamb, a fiber shop in Lakewood, CO is sponsoring knitters (i.e., supplying the yarn) to make "individually hand-painted, grown and milled in Colorado alpaca shawls which will sell for between $75.00 and $100.00 each" (they'll be auctioned off) with ALL proceeds going to Race for the Cure (Komen foundation). They need to be knit by Labor Day, in September.
Good knitting, and let's hear your thoughts about how we should move on!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
1. Kathy in Juneau commented... I was very interested in the Dulaan Project which Stephanie mentioned in her blog on Friday. This project distributes hats, mittens, socks, neck gaitors, scarves and sweaters for all ages from babies to adults - especially for children ages 2-10, in Mongolia. http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2005/03/03/kens_dulaan_hat.html and http://www.fireprojects.org/dulaan.htm. We could gather our knitted items together and send them as a group – perhaps by June or July?
2. Erin commented…There is one called Warm Up America that knits/crochets blankets for those who may need them. The organization encourages people participating to donate to local organizations. http://www.warmupamerica.com/home.html The object is to knit 7 inch squares to make into a blanket, using any pattern you like. If we did this as a team, one of us could collect the squares and sew/knit it together before donating it. I can imagine that we’d probably want to set a date by which to complete our squares.
3. And I found this one: www.ptyarn.com/longestline.html "Opal Sock Yarn is sponsoring a project to knit the longest laundry line of baby socks in the world. The project began January 20 and ends April 30, 2006. Knit only baby socks, any size, in any brand of wool, please no acrylic. Enter as many pairs as you like. The socks will be donated by Tutto GmbH of Germany to charity organizations there. There is Opal sock yarn as prizes for the three people who knit the most socks, and some special items as well. However, you must be a member of the OpalChatters mailing list to qualify for a PRIZE. Prizes will not be awarded to non-members. Mail socks to PT Yarn, PO Box 2784, Brookings, OR 97415, Attn: Baby Socks. Socks must reach them by April 30."
Has anyone else run across any other charities that sound good? What do you think of these? Only the third one has an imposed deadline.
Another thing that we could consider doing is a “one gift a month” challenge, to help those of us who like to give knitted holiday gifts avoid the last minute December rush! This sounds good to me. I think I could even do this, plus a charity project, if I keep the gifts small (hemp bath mitts!)
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
While I was in Kodiak, I knit another baby hat, for another friend’s daughter, and some leg warmers for myself. Of course, I still only currently need one, but the big boot-cast comes off March 21, and I’m looking forward to wearing two leg warmers, and celebrating! For now it’s back to “dragon” socks for my grandson, which I’ll try to finish before his birthday next month. I designed the dragon graphic for the socks myself, and will knit it in intaglio – only my second project in that technique.
By the way, did everyone email the gold2006 address, and receive your Certificate of Participation for the Knitting Olympics? If not, let me know, and I can email it to you.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
“This is an address set to auto-respond, so no live human will read your email. (Sorry) but every Olympian (finisher or not) who sends an email will be placed in the draw for the donated prizes. If you are part of a team, please send an individual email for each member of your team. I'll be drawing the prizes on Friday, so get your name in before then.”
Everyone should also read Stephanie’s Yarn Harlot blog, as soon as possible. In addition to being able to download your gold medals, she has written an inspirational thankyou to everyone who participated. She also has a special message to knitters who did not finish, which you must read!
And if you go to the Library page, and scroll to the bottom, under Media coverage you’ll find Catherine Hollingsworth’s article in the Anchorage Daily News.
I want to make note of one of our Knitting Olympians who does not have an internet connection, but faithfully finished her project before the Closing Ceremony. Betty N. made socks, which she will donate to charity, and figured out that it took her 57 hours and a little over 30 minutes! (I’m writing while in Kodiak on a business trip, and don’t have my notes from our conversation so don’t remember the exact number of minutes!)
This has been such a fun thing to do! I’m definitely looking forward to the Summer Olympics in 2006. In the meantime, should we keep this blog open, and discuss suggestions for another challenge?
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Have you seen this article in the Anchorage Daily news? http://www.adn.com/life/story/7488231p-7398352c.html
And has everyone read the Yarn Harlot's blog today? Inspirational. Linda, should we each post to Stephanie's blog individually, or are you going to send a team entry? (I just don't want to duplicate anything you might do.)
This has been so much fun, I hate to see it end. Linda, thanks so much for your work getting (and keeping) Team Alaska off the ground.
kathy (in Juneau)
Monday, February 27, 2006
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver, only 1 and a half skiens!
Needles: US 8
Notes: Ribbing was done on same size needles because I couldn't find my smaller ones and didn't want to loose time going to get some. I think it's worked out, but it would look more polished with smaller gauge for the ribbing.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, I like it better with a collared shirt underneath because the back of the collar sticks up a bit. For my first sweater I think it's a success!
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Hurray! Another gold medal finish for Team Alaska! The shawl neck cardigan is complete. It took a late night training session but another Olympian has achieved her dream. Thanks for letting me join the team and for sharing all your hard work and fun stories!
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Hey Fellow AK Olympians-
I flew back to Juneau this morning after being at a conference in Florida all week. I was a bit concerned during the week as I had fallen behind the pace I set for sock #1. I knit between sessions and at night in my room with the "Other Olympics" for company and managed to finish the knitting while waiting at SEA-TAC early this morning. After I got home I just had to kitchener the toe of #2 and then block 'em.
So I guess I earned my gold medal. Bob Costas hasn't been by yet to interview me, but when he asks, I'll tell him that it's really not about the gold. It's about being part of this incredible thing that Stephanie Pearl-McPhee got going. I have enjoyed being part of team Alaska so much!!
I made it! I was starting to worry about finishing in time, so I turned it up a few gears near the end, just like Chad but without the snide comments to the Dutch, and was done by the time Bob Costas made he's closing remarks for the evening. I really enjoyed watching the Gala, though it wasn't quite as fun as the years that Elvis Stoyka (?) was participating. I'm going to try and finish up on a pair of socks I had been working on before I joined Team Alaska during the closing games. Diana
While on our trip to Arizona, I finished the two baby hats for friends that recenty had twins.
As you can see my kitty was pretty excited to see me and to help take the photo of the beanies!
Today I will hopefully pick-up and (here is the hopeful part) finish the short-rows collar on the baby cardigan. It'll be a squeaker!
Thanks for all the posts and photos! I am inspiried by the Dale beanie and booties. I too am intersted in some pattern swapping. All the patterns I've been using have been coming from the Baby Knits for Beginners, by Debbie Bliss (1570762481). This is a great little book for simple patterns that can be modified per your imagination.
Thanks all, off to my short rows!
Friday, February 24, 2006
I saw Cathy’s flamingo at her house the other day, finished and fabulous, gracing her TV as we watched Olympics with Knitting Olympian Cait, and some other folks. Cait and I knit and Cathy quilted. I hope you’ll have a chance to post a photo, Cathy! Choc, your sweater sounds great, glad to hear that you got it sewn up again. Anyone else finished? It sounds like lots of people are getting very close.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Hope the rest of you have no problems matching your patterns and that you are all finished by the time the torch goes out on Sunday.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I'm lovin' all your updates and pictures!
The Beau Sweater is coming along well. (Pictures will come soon! I promise!) I have the front and the back done. And am working on the sleeves. I'm knitting both sleeves at once. This is a new strategy for me, but I'm hoping by only having to do the sleeves once I won't get burnt out as fast. Do others of you do both sleeves at once? (two sleeves using two skeins on one needle) My goal is to finish the sleeves by Thursday night. ...must knit faster...
On another note - today I got "Needled to death" from the library. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Go TEAM ALASKA Go!!!
I'm nearly done with my first "fancy sock" - a lacy pattern using size 1 needles. I had some trouble with the heel..I had to re-do it two times. Hoping to start the second sock tonight and with any luck - and barring any problems with the heel on the second sock - I will be done by closing ceremonies. But it's going to be a tight race!
Monday, February 20, 2006
Finished my first sock while watching the ice dancing. Weren't the American's fun to watch? They are so cute. And, what a soap opera with the Italians. I don't watch soaps and Barbara's dramatics made me want to turn off the tv for a while. Anyway, my pattern is by Knitting Pure & Simple, Beginner's mid-weight socks. This is my 3rd pair and if I actually get a pair that match, it will be a first for me. I'm using Rowan-felted tweed, color SH151 (purple).
Sunday, February 19, 2006
The Socks and I are traveling to Florida for my conference tomorrow. (Do you suppose if I sit in the back and don't drop my little metal needles on the floor I can get away with knitting through some presentations?) I'm a bit behind last week's pace, but feeling ok as I'll have travel time and ALONE time in the hotel to make it up.
Don't know how much computer access I'll have. I'll be reading and checking in if at all possible.
I'm due back early Saturday and hope to have good news to post before the closing ceremonies on Sunday.
Keep on knitting!
After I finish sewing my new sweater together, I'll resume knitting the sweater I was working on before the Knitting Olympics and see if I can finish that one before the flame goes out next Sunday.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
I haven’t quite reached my Olympic goal yet, however, because I haven’t yet made a hat for my new grand-nephew, born just last Wednesday. I decided that I wanted to do more than just a larger version of the spiral rib preemie hat that I made earlier, so checked through my various pattern books this morning until I found one that I like. It’s pattern 6003B from Dale’s Baby Collection No. 60, designed by Kari Haugen, which doesn’t sound very romantic or cute, but it is! The cap has a Norwegian design with the typical 8-petal rose (what many people often mistake for a snowflake) around the brim, and the main part of the cap is alternating stripes going from bottom to top of the hat (not around). I’ll knit it in Dale Baby Ull, with light blue for the main color, and white for the contrasting color. I may do the matching booties and mittens, as well, but the hat comes first, my last official “race” of the Knitting Olympics. Anything after that is a bonus, er, warmdown.
Like Kathy, I hope that everyone will post a short note about your progress at this halfway point (actually a little more now) in the Knitting and Winter Olympics. It will be great to see how everybody’s doing.
Despite a couple set backs, including leaving my project at my favorite knitting store for a few hours, I have almost completed the heals on both my socks. I will take a picture soon, as I've finally charge my camera's battery. Also, on a side note, I recently received a gift certificate (it almost burnt a whole in my pocket , the 15 hours it was in my possession) to this store and came home with a bunch of yarn and a few challenging projects for the future. One is a lacy sweater I'ld like to knit for my niece and after reading the pattern, I may be over my head on this one. Hopefully I'll be able to get this done before she's an adult. She's 4 right know. I've also got a few complicated hats that I think will break me in for this sweater. Keep up the good work everyone, Diana
Friday, February 17, 2006
At 8:30 pm tonight -almost exactly one week since I first cast on - I finished my first sock. (Can you hear the crowd cheering?) The timekeeper on The YarnHarlot's site said 46.48% of the Olympics had elapsed at that time, so I'm right on schedule.
I'll be traveling to Florida on Monday (For a conference for work. Florida - in February - from Alaska - hard to believe!) I'm hoping the travel time will be good for my Olympic endeavors.
I hope everyone else will check in this weekend. It's really fun to see all the projects and hear your updates. k.
Here’s my progress photo:
Four Preemie hats, from left to right: stockinette with ruffled edge, 2 with regular rib, one with spiral rib. Center: Baby Tart hat, size 9-12 months, taking shape. What a size difference!
I’m almost up to the top decrease row. Bobbles take forever! I sure was glad that the men’s figure skating was on while I was knitting this evening. I only dropped a few stitches while sitting with my mouth open watching some of those amazing athletes.
Would anyone like to get together at the Pioneer Schoolhouse in Anchorage to knit Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon? Please reply in a comment to this post. If there are only a few people, maybe we can get together at someone’s house.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I'll post a photo tomorrow of my Baby Tart hat...too tired tonight. This hat is turning out to be my real challenge. It's coming along, but slowly, as I'm in the midst of Bobbles! Speed skating is also a difficult sport to watch, while knitting (at least for this hat!).
Good luck, all!
Happy knitting all. Another update to follow next week to report on the cardigan finale.
Go team go!
After a few false starts during the opening ceremonies - knitting short rows and watching the events didn't make for a successful flamingo tail - I found success early Saturday morning and completed the two tail halves for my flamingo. He has taken shape over the weekend, complete with feathery 'fur' in his body. Sunday I made a quick olympic run to purchase more 'fur' for his breast feathers and he has now assumed a floppy flamingo shape. If I can figure it out I will try to post a photo soon. Cathy
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
Note from Janice (not connected to the web right now): The baby booties are going swimmingly! I've almost completed one, and am looking forward to starting the second!
Like Apollo Ono, I wasn't giving this competition my complete focus and lost. Actually, I left my sock project at a friend's yesterday afternoon and have been without it for almost 24 hours. (Sorry I couldn't think of a better analogy) I've been harassing my friend with cell phone calls trying to figure out how to get it back. It's currently riding around with her in her car and has been all over Anchorage. She should be pulling up any minute or else I'll be chasing her down real soon. I will have to knit like a fiend to make up for last nights missed opportunity. I will stay focused from now on and not lose! Diana R.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Thought I'd give you an update on my "Jaywalking" Event. Things went pretty smoothly Friday night. Cast on and made a little progress. Had a minor set back Saturday morning when I discovered a stitch that wasn't fully stitched and had to rip out a good 6 rounds. The spectators groaned in sympathy. I spent the day trying to make up for lost time in between my son's basketball game and errands and the like.
Today, however, was an Olympic Knitter's Dream. We took our sons to Eaglecrest, Juneau's local ski area, and I spent the day in the lodge .. knitting! Sock #1 is now ready to have its heel turned.
In the interest of marital harmony I deferred further work on the sock for the evening in lieu of folding the 800 loads of laundry that had accumulated and making sure we were all somewhat ready to face a new week. But I've never gotten this far on a sock so quickly so I'm feeling pretty optimistic right now. Alas, I'm sure progress will be much slower as I re-enter the work week.
Anxious to hear and "see" how you are all doing. Isn't this fun???
I had to cast off earlier than I thought because I was running out of yarn, but its a pretty wide shawl nonetheless. Its made out of Heaven (90% kid mohair!) by lorna's laces.
My next project for the knitting olympics is the "craving to knit" cardigan from the yarn girls guide to simple knits. I'm making it out of thumper yarn from crystal palace. Its a great light blue color with flecks of lots of other colors in it. I'll post some pictures as soon as I get some new batteries for my camera =)
Hi all. Having a community of knitters is great fun. I have chosen to knit a sweater for myself. On Thursday I tested my tension to figure out the right sized needles to use and wound one ball of yarn. Friday at lunch time I went to a yarn shop to get the 3.5 mm circular needle and to get the rest of my yarn wound into balls. They had the needle I wanted but their winder was not set up to wind balls from the 360m yarn hanks(?) that I had. I started casting on the sleeves shortly after 7 P.M. Friday while watching the Olympics opening ceremony. I had set a goal to have the sleeves finished by the end of Sunday(today) with subgoals for Friday and Saturday. It took until 1:30 A.M. Saturday to accomplish Friday's goal and 12:30 A.M. Sunday to accomplish Saturday's goal. Maybe I'll get today's goal done by 11:30P.M. Oh, well, I took time to do my usual Sunday things so I'll have clean sheets to sleep on, clean clothes to wear, and food to eat.
I've enjoyed reading about the exploits from those of you who have shared. Go TEAM ALASKA.
Wow, wasn’t it great to watch Chad Hedrick win the 5000 m skating yesterday? I’ve knit 2 1/2 preemie hats since the Opening Ceremonies. I may have to change my goal to knitting one hat per day, the way that things are going. Of course, as you can see in the photo, I have a lot of time on my hands to knit right now, with my healing (but broken) ankle (note tiny hats near the top-left of the paw-print throw).
So far I’ve knit today’s hat watching the US Women’s Hockey team beat Germany. It's hard to cast on while watching a hockey game! Now I’m going to go resume my station and watch Nordic skiing – the women’s pursuit. How are the rest of you doing? Sweaters and blankets? Cathy G, how’s your flamingo?
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Indeed I started my project last night and made good progress. I'm working on a shawl-collard baby cardigan in some fine Italian merino wool (in honor the host country). So far so good! I'll try and send a photo soon.
Thanks all and happy knitting.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Just thought I'd post a few quick photos before I crash. This Olympic athelete stuff is exhausting. Finally able to cast on at 8:23 p.m. Note my homemade Knitting Olympic button, buttons.
Not a lot of knitting progress, but I managed to cast on without mishap and get the sock knitting established enough that I can carry it with me everywhere I go tomorrow.
Hope everyone else had a good start.
GO TEAM ALASKA!
For those who don't know me I am Linda's daughter. I'm currently in Edmonton working on my master's degree. I'm very excited to be coming home to Anchorage next Friday for 10 days!
I just finished watching the opening ceremonies. Boy is it hard to knit lace and watch TV at the same time! I am attempting to finish my fan and feather shawl, and I only have 36 rows of about 400 stitches left. 3/4 of the rows are plain knitting or purling but the other 1/4 are the lace part, which makes it a little slow going. This challenge is good incentive for me to actually get some knitting done. It is very tempting to not do schoolwork for the next week and just knit and watch the olympics. What is a girl to do?
Have a great weekend of knitting/olympic watching!
I live in Anchorage, just found out this afternoon about the team, love the olympics and love to knit, so this is perfect. Had a sock pattern and some really nice yarn just waiting for me to start, so I'm starting a swatch right know, so I can be ready to cast on during the olympics opening starting in an hour less than 3 hours. Diana R
Introduction from Choc:
I have lived in Ketchikan for 22 years and my name is Choc. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 7 and I knit my first sweater 4 years later. The sweater I will be knitting is using wool and a pattern I got when I visited New Zealand, oh the places you can go with air miles. I will be using Crucci pattern Vol. 561 and New Zealand Aran wool. I will be making it shorter than the pattern shows.
We are 15, now! Several Team Alaska members are members of the Knitters of the North guild in Anchorage. They have cordially invited Team Alaska members in the Anchorage area to use their space at the Pioneer Schoolhouse from 1-3 p.m. on February 18 for a mid-Olympic Knit-along. Bring snacks and your project. The guild would appreciate it if we could contribute $5 per person, for use of the space. It would be good to get a head count if people want to do this, as not everyone is in Anchorage.
Gotta go, time to watch TV and CAST ON! Have fun on your projects!
Erin here. I've been knitting for a little over 2 years, and am addicted. I'm never caught without knitting needles around. I am self-taught, and while I think I'm doing well, there is still soooooooo much for me to learn.
I lived in Ketchikan for over 5 years, and just moved at the end of January down to Southern California while I job search. (Any library jobs in your area???) Everyday I'm here I remember why I love Alaska so much!
It is my pleasure to be on Team Alaska! I will be knitting a man's sweater. It's called Beau, designed by Kim Hargreaves and is in the Rowan Vintage Style book. I'm using a yorkshire tweed aran in "darkside". It is a dark blackish brown- beautiful.
I've swatched and my needles are ready to go!
(For some reason I can't get my pictures to upload...but, to see some check out my blog - The Bookish Knitster.)
Look forward to seeing all of your knits.
Just a quick note about self and project. I am Kathy from Eagle River and have been knitting for a couple of years. I have recently become a grandparent (Nana) which is very exciting but taking some adjusting to my young 41 years of age soul. I decided to make Kaden (grandson) a sweater using the "Knitting Pure &Simple Baby Pullover" pattern. I am trying out some new yarn -Nashua Handknits Wooly Stripes in Ocean (blue/green verigated). The project should be easily done in our 16 day time limit. It will be fun to create a small sweater that Kaden can wear for awhile and later when out grown the sweater can be placed on his teddy bear that sleeps in his babybed. The sweater will also serve as a reminder of the olympics 2006 for myself and Kaden.
I hope to get to know you and the projects you are working on over the next couple of weeks. Have fun and happy knitting.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
We are currently 13 on Team Alaska, and I have a feeling we may hear from a few others at the last minute. I haven’t heard back from Kat or Steph (can’t imagine that they might be BUSY), but have looked at the TEAM USA KAL discussion, where the same question about starting and ending times has been asked and debated. It looks like the majority are going to start while watching the Opening Ceremonies (which are on TV at 7 p.m. in Anchorage), and finish by, or while watching, the Closing Ceremonies. Since this is definitely on the honor system, I would trust that if you want to start at 2 p.m (or 10 a.m.). you’d also try to finish at a comparably early time. I’m going with the “watching TV” time frame, myself.
The first event that has Alaskans in it- biathlon, with Jay Hakkinen and Jeremy Teela - is going to be broadcast at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. I don’t know that I’ll be up for that one! But maybe I’ll catch Pam Dreyer in hockey at 8 a.m.
Good luck all you Team Alaskans!
I'm so excited, and so happy to be part of TEAM ALASKA. I lived in Alaska for 11 years, but just recently returned after 17 years away. Tonight I need to do something to keep me away from my Olympic yarn. Thought I'd figure out how to post photos now, so it wouldn't interfere with knitting time later. Here's my yarn .. patiently waiting to be turned into socks.
I'll probably get a late start tomorrow as I have to work during the day and then there's an evening fundraising event at my son's school. (Do you s'pose I can square dance and cast-on at the same time?)
kathy in Juneau
I'm originally from Anchorage, AK. My parents still live there and we've been there for 15 years. I now live in Salt Lake City, UT, but get home to visit every now and then. Utah is great, but I miss the "green-ness" of Alaska. I've been knitting for about 5 years now and actually started while in Alaska. I also love to sew, make books, and read. Check out my blog!
So, I decided to take Stephanie's challenge and do something I've never done before. I'm going to knit a whole sweater! I've started sweaters in the past, but I have yet to finish any, other than shrug types. I'm also desiging it myself, which is a first. It's going to be a top-down raglan with a low scoop neck. Very simple and hopefully pretty mindless knitting so I can watch TV while working on it. I'm knitting it in Red Heart 100% acrylic, just because I can't afford nice yarn right now, but also because I want to be able to wash it becuase I want a tighter fit. I'll be knitting on size US 8's for the body and 7's for the ribbing. So there you go! Hopefully it'll turn out like I planned! I can't wait to get started tomorrow!
Cathy - knitting a flamingo will be a hoot! (no species puns intended!)
Here are comments from new Team members:
From Kaden's Nana- Kathy Lockwood:
I am joining in on the fun. I have chosen to make a baby sweater for my new grandson. This will be a challenge for me, for it is the first knitted baby sweater I have tried. I am ready to go- this should be fun!
Good Luck and Happy Knitting Team
From Cait: OK I have decided to do the olympic knit along as long as I can do it on a WIP. I currently have 7 (seven!) WIPs that need some love. I have a very busy week coming up, with papers due, a midterm, and lots of reading to do, so I'm not sure how much knitting will get done during the first week of the olympics. However my KAL is going to be to finish my fan and feather shawl and a blue cardigan on which I have part of the back done. I may be biting off more than I can chew but that’s my goal!!
(from archeoharp: sounds great, Cait, I think WIPs should be allowed- can you wait to pick them up again until the rest of us start casting on?)
From Carly in Utah: Hi! Can I join the team? I'm originally from Anchorage (parents still live there) and I'd love to have a team to cheer on, no one in Utah seems to have heard about the Knitting Olympics! I'm going to knit my first ever "completed" sweater, and I'm designing it myself! Can't wait to get started!
From Kathy in Juneau:
This is a link to the pattern for the Jaywalker socks:
Though I've knit socks before, I've never knit these, and I've NEVER completed a pair in 16 days. The yarn is self-dyed merino from KnitPicks. The colors aren't perfect (photos soon, I hope), but the striping bit is awfully fun. And I'm hoping they'll keep me going.. you know,something like "I must get some sleep, just one more stripe ..."
Hurray, another Team AK member. Cathy, where in AK are you? I've seen, and been very tempted by, a Fiber Trends Felted Flamingo pattern. Is that the one you're doing? What a great AK project!
I also have a few general questions:
First, are we following the "Start at 2:00 pm local time" rule, or are we starting when the opening ceremonies are televised Friday evening? (And likewise, by when do we have to cross the finish line?)
Also, I'm kind of a newbie at this, but how do I post directly to the blog instead of in the comments? Not that it really matters, but maybe I'll have some inspirational photos to share once we get going ..
Another comment and question from J in Anchorage:
Well this is a cute idea. To be truly olympic, though, wouldn't we have to be competing on the same patterns with the same yarn and needles? Perhaps the Jaywalker socks. And yes, I'm a male knitter and can hang with the best of them.
Answers from archeoharp- Linda:
Question 1: The 2:00 p.m. rule was made by Stephanie P-M. I’ve sent her an email about what that means in relation to when we should end, and will post the answer as soon as I have it. My original thought was that we could start as we watch the Opening Ceremonies here in Alaska, or where ever other members might be, and finish as we watch the Closing Ceremonies, figuring that would give everyone the same amount of time to work on their project.
Question 2: When comments come in to the blog, they don’t automatically have your email attached. If you don’t want to include your email in your comment, but would still like to provide it to me, so I can invite you to be a contributing member and post directly to the blog, including photos, then please do the following:
Click on the “archeoharp’ link on the right
When my profile page comes up, click on email, on the left under “contact”
Send me an email that includes your email address.
I will then send you an invitation through blogspot to become a contributor. When you respond back to that, you should be on!
Question 3; There are lots of different events in the Olympics, so I don’t think there’s a problem with knitting different projects. However, J, if you and Kathy in Juneau want to compare notes on how your Jaywalker socks go along, that would be great. Send me your email address, and I’ll send you an invite to be a contributor.
Erin- ditto, if you send me your email address, I’ll do the same.
Carly, and Cait, looking forward to having you participate, have sent out your invitations.
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET...
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Erin, recently relocated from Ketchikan, writes:
Go TEAM ALASKA!!!! Can I join up??? I just relocated from Ketchikan (2 weeks ago) but am still Alaskan at heart. (Can I come back???) My Knitting Olympics *event* is going to be the Beau sweater from Rowan Vintage Style. I'm still waiting for my yarn to arrive. . .but I'm sure it will be here for the lighting of the flame!
GO TEAM ALASKA GO!
erin...still dreaming of SE AK.
And Kathy in Juneau says:
I finally decided I HAD to be part of the 2006 Knitting Olympics. Just sent a comment to Stephanie's blog and wondered aloud about a Team AK .. lo & behold here you are! I’m in Juneau. Going to attempt a pair of the Jaywalker socks that all the bloggers seem to be abloggin' about. (Self-dyed, self-striping yarn). Now, let the games begin!
From Anchorage Sonda, writes:
What a thrill!!
[I’ll make] a sweater/shrug for my niece's birthday. I'll also make something for
the neighborhood school, either a hat or mittens. Please let me know if
someone comes up with a group project.
Ladies, these projects sound great! Kathy in Juneau, where can we see a picture of these Jaywalker socks? And Sonda, and Kathy M, what kind of yarn/patterns are you using?
Wow, the Knitting Olympics has made the news! Links to the NPR interiew with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and an MSNBC blurb are on the right (Scroll down the page to find the article;the link is to the Rules).
Does anyone know any men who knit, who might like to join our Team? Most sports have both men and women competing, so why not the Knitting Olympics?
I'm off for a couple of days, but back before the Olympics start.
Elizabeth D. asks "But -- aren't we supposed to have four years of
training before we enter these events?"
No. Next question?
Carol asks "How dare you challenge me to a feat of this magnitude? Do
you know what you are doing to me?
I have a pretty good idea what I'm doing to you, but you're the lady
who picked entrelac. Truthfully Carol, I thought less of you guys were
going to go for it. It turns out that when the men with the huggy
coats cart me off, I'll have lots and lots of friends to play with.
B. Asks "Will there be drug testing?"
No. Although you should be careful to make sure you are consuming
enough drugs. (Namely chocolate, red wine and coffee and toward the
end...hard liquor.) As for the stronger stuff, I figure that if you
can knit a challenge while using any other drugs, good luck to you.
It's like that Canadian Snowboarder who won gold while he was high as
a kite. Most peoples major feat after going the way of the BC
Skunkweed is to successfully locate a bag of cookies. The way I see
it, if you can do that while you are stoned, you should get two gold
medals. I wouldn't be able to find the snow.
Kat with a K asks "if I remember correctly, the flame is not actually
lit until partway through the opening ceremonies (?). Does this mean
that we need to knit something else while watching the beginning part
of the TV coverage and then switch when they lit the flame? Or can we
cast on when the opening ceremonies start?
Here's the executive decision. The Opening Ceremonies start at 8pm
Torino time. Torino is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, which
would mean starting at 2pm in the afternoon.
How about we agree on 2pm February 10th, no matter where you are?
(Does that help those of you without a tv?)
From Katie, who's going to do a shawl "Does it have to be blocked by
the time the flame goes out?"
Yes. Does a marathon runner need to cross the finish line? I suggest
steam. Less drying time than full immersion.
Many of you asked if Wendy was banned from the games.
Of course not. I went to her site and did some math though. Looks like
she knit one of those fabulous bohus sweaters in 3 weeks. I thought
1. Has anyone screened her for steroids?
2. It gives me the heebie jeebies to wonder what she would need to do
to challenge herself. Really.
Several of you asked if you had to do a sweater, or if you could do
more than one thing.
You can do anything that is a knitting project as long as it
represents a personal challenge for you. If that's 20 hats...go ahead.
The idea is to set a difficult and inspiring goal.
Finally, The list of Knitting Olympic Athletes can be found here:
The Knitting Olympics Page.
I know I said that I would list you all in the sidebar, but when you
see how many there are of you, I think you will understand why it's
got it's own page now. (Not everybody is up there yet, and not all of
the code on the bottom of the page works. Html vexes me. I'm working
on it. Give me a day or two before you register complaints. It's a lot
of work.) That's probably the page you should link to if you took a
There is now a link to the whole Knitting Olympic shebang on the
sidebar, should you wish to (and I hope you will) check in on the
I'm off now. I've got a full day of work, a whole lot of spinning and
a sweater to hack up.
(PS - for those of you who wanted to know about the wee blue gansey
sweater from the other day It's Design "E" from Sirdar Book 241)
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Synchronize your watches: the Opening Ceremony starts on NBC at 7 pm Alaska time Friday Feb 10,
The Closing ceremony starts on NBC at 6 pm Alaska time, on Sunday February 26. (not quite sure yet how long it lasts – 2 hours? Three?)
If you’re not actually IN Alaska during the Olympics, just go from the time that the Opening Ceremony starts in your area, and finish while you’re watching the Closing Ceremony.
When you’re commenting on the blog or emailing me with your information, please be sure you include your name, and information about the pattern that you’ve chosen, so I can include you in the Team Alaska info that I send in to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I will send in the first list tomorrow, and will update it after that.
Have you chosen your patterns/yarns yet? Anyone swatching?
I’ve chosen a bit of a race against time for myself: to make 5 baby hats in these 16 days, using a variety of patterns. Three will be charity hats for preemies, one is for a new grandnephew, and one is for a friend’s new little girl. I’ve been meaning to make these hats for a while. Part of my challenge will be using new yarns, and knitting patterns that I haven’t knit before. The other part is to simply see if I can do that many hats in 16 days (even if they are for babies)!
Here are the patterns I’ve chosen:
♥ Bev’s Baby Ribs Hat from the 2006 Knitting Calendar, with Jamie baby yarn (I may make two of these)
♥ Baby Tart from Knitty.com (2003) in Tahki Cotton Classic from Stacey Charles, Inc- lots of bobbles! It will be a challenge to do so many!
♥ Spiral Knit Hat by Lorraine Major, using spiral rib (new pattern for me) in DK wool
♥ Lily’s Hat from Larissmix.typepad.com, with knitted flowers (new for me), in Lamps Pride worsted
Also, kudos to Mike Yarborough for designing the Team Alaska logo. Aren’t the colored balls of yarn clever? Thank you Mike.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Only 6 days until Cast On (Opening Ceremonies), so there's no time to lose.
Knitters all over the world are taking up the challenge. Simply pick a pattern, something that is a challenge for you. There are no consequences if you don't finish it...this is for fun!!! The rules are easy...you cast on during the Opening Ceremonies on February 10, then try to finish by the end of the closing ceremonies on February 26.
Click on the "Knitting Olympics 2006" link at the right for the official rules from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (author of "the Yarn Harlot"), or go to this URL:
Team Alaska rules:
1. You must either live in, or be from, or have visited, or plan to visit, Alaska.
2. You must knit. (This is a KNITTING Olympics, 'nuff said).
3. You must seek a higher plane of knitting, pushing yourself that one extra step further than ever.
4. You must TRY to finish this commitment.
5. You must not stress yourself beyond comeback.
6. You must remember this is FUN.
7. You will NOT win a car, boat or vacation to some far away resort.
8. You must cast on during the opening ceremonies but may do a swatch before hand (training for the events)!
Please post and introduce yourself. Describe what you're going to make - the project, the yarn, why you chose this project, include a picture if you can, etc.
Don't forget to include the URL for your blog, too, if you have one.
ps.... I'm not really familiar with using Blogger, so feel free to add buttons, add links on the left, etc.... whatever you think will make this an excellent team site.