Olympic gold

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Pattern:  Lace Leaf Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark for Fiber Trends
Yarn:  Mountain Colors, Mountain Goat - 55% Mohair 45% Wool – the colorway is Silverbow (now disc), I bought the yarn on clearance last summer.  I have about 60g (about 135yds) remaining of the 4 100g skeins I started with.
Needles:  Clover Bamboo
Started:  Feb 10th
Finished:  cast off – Feb 24th; blocked – Feb 25th
Notes:  I knit 11 repeats of Chart 2.  This was knit for the Knitting Olympics and the Evelyn Clark KAL.  This was my first shawl and first real lace project.   

I do have to say that this project made me feel more confident about my knitting abilities. I mean, if I can knit a lace shawl in less than 16 days, I can do anything.

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ETA: my Gold Medal

all at once

Why does it seem all the magazines, I like to pick up, come out all at once?  I had to run to the store to pick up pins to block my shawl, and there they were, four magazines I almost always pick up and one I occasionally buy.  I know, if I am picking up more than half of them a year I should just subscribe, but I haven’t yet.  I also ran thru the pattern section and picked up a booklet on adding crochet edges to fleece baby blankets.

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Since I was at the craft store I picked up a package of beading needles so I can start Odessa and some tiny crochet needles for beading Mrs Beeton.

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I did get the pins to block the shawl, I have a history of not getting the one thing I went to the store to buy and having to go back . . . and since US Olympic Team Gold Medalists receive performance bonuses I thought I should get one too.

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I know opinion varies on this needle set, but (one of) the next projects I am planning calls for a 40″ US11.  I was planning on getting Clover Bamboos, but I have recently been told the join on the 40″ circs were not too good, hmmm.  I looked at AddiTurbos but they scare me because I have a nickle allergy and I don’t want my hands to get red and ichy, I know, I’m picky like that, and I have a fear of buying them and then needing to buy another set because I don’t get gauge with the first ones.  This way I can just switch out tips until I find the one that works.

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Here is the shawl, all dry and folded nicely.  The final reveal will be tomorrow when the sun is out and I can get a good pic outside.

an inch

I soaked it; I spun out the water in the machine, on gentle; now it is on the bed, blocked to within an inch of its life.

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After blocking out this shawl, I can see where blocking wires would come in handy, if you did a lot of lace knitting.

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I really like the look of this pattern and I would like to knit it again in a lighter weight yarn, maybe fingering, I’m not sure if I am ready for lace weight. 

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the Olympic Knitting . . .

. . . she is fini.  The blocking, she is not. 

I spent yesterday at the Seattle Home & Garden Show, with the kids and my folks, good times.  I got lots of ideas, but lost a large amount of knitting time. 

That’s ok, I finished the knitting last night and then bound off this morning.  I will be blocking it tomorrow morning and hoping it dries before bed time, since the bed is the only place I can block the shawl.

zzzzzzzzzzzz

I am having to resort to performance enhancing substances.

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Caffeine and carb loading, in the form of those huge Costco muffins. I was sitting, knitting, after lunch and started to nod off, guess I’ll be making a 2nd pot of coffee today.

day eleven wrap-up

. . . in which, like a fool, I put a countdown timer on my blog.

Nothing like a little pressure.  If I calculated correctly, the flame goes out in Torino at 8pm, which is 11am local time form me. Ok, I can do that . . . knit faster, knit faster, knit faster.

Feb 20 - 1 repeat – 10 rows (128)(-32)
Feb 19 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 8 (118)(-32)
Feb 18 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1, rip 6, knit 10 (110)(-30)
Feb 17 - 1 repeat – 10 rows (105)(-25)
Feb 16 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1/2, rip 6.5, knit 5 (95)(-25)
Feb 15 – 1 repeat – 10 rows  knit 3 (96)(-14)
Feb 14 – 1 repeat – 10 rows – knit 11 (93) (-7)
Feb 13 - 1 repeat - 10 rows – knit 9, rip 7, knit 2 (82) (-8)
Feb 12 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 15 rows (78)(-2)
Feb 11 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 37 rows (63)(+3)
Feb 10 – Opening Ceremonies – 40 rows – 26 rows (-14)

I think I should clarify what the numbers above mean.  First is the date, number of repeats and equivalent rows I planned to knit.  If I did not knit the planned number of rows that is crossed out and the number of rows I did knit is listed.  The first number in () is the total number of rows knit overall and the second in () is where I am in relation to The Plan. 

day ten wrap-up

Feb 19 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 8 (118)(-32)
Feb 18 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1, rip 6, knit 10 (110)(-30)
Feb 17 - 1 repeat – 10 rows (105)(-25)
Feb 16 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1/2, rip 6.5, knit 5 (95)(-25)
Feb 15 – 1 repeat – 10 rows  knit 3 (96)(-14)
Feb 14 – 1 repeat – 10 rows – knit 11 (93) (-7)
Feb 13 - 1 repeat - 10 rows – knit 9, rip 7, knit 2 (82) (-8)
Feb 12 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 15 rows (78)(-2)
Feb 11 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 37 rows (63)(+3)
Feb 10 – Opening Ceremonies – 40 rows – 26 rows (-14)

day nine wrap-up

. . . in which we have a very full day.

Feb 18 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1, rip 6, knit 10 (110)(-30)
Feb 17 - 1 repeat – 10 rows (105)(-25)
Feb 16 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1/2, rip 6.5, knit 5 (95)(-25)
Feb 15 – 1 repeat – 10 rows  knit 3 (96)(-14)
Feb 14 – 1 repeat – 10 rows – knit 11 (93) (-7)
Feb 13 - 1 repeat - 10 rows – knit 9, rip 7, knit 2 (82) (-8)
Feb 12 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 15 rows (78)(-2)
Feb 11 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 37 rows (63)(+3)
Feb 10 – Opening Ceremonies – 40 rows – 26 rows (-14)

I am not going to comment on the way the knitting is going, I’m just not gonna.  grrr . . . stupid YOs.  On the plus side I was looking over the pattern and I have knitted enough rows to complete the small shawl. I had always planned on making the large shawl, but at this point I will settle for the small shawl and any more repeats added to it will be a bonus. I will start the edging on the 21st as planned with whatever I have at that point.  I mean, do I really need a 90″ shawl? 

Yesterday was a very full day.  My folks came over to watch the kids while we went to sign the refi papers again (better interest rate, so I can’t complain too much).  On the way home from that we stopped and picked up a drain snake so hubby could fix the bathroom sink.  Back home, then out again to take whole family, with folks, to lunch.  My order from Elann.com was waiting on the doorstep when we got home, horray! 

(pic to come, couldn’t gat a good one)

Kids helped hubby fix the bathroom sink. I helped too and broke a nail doing so, out the the nail salon to get it repaired and get a fill. This is the one really girley thing I do.  I have horrible nails, thin and brittle, so I started going last summer to get gels.  I love them, they ususally don’t break. 

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While I was out I decided to drive down to Acorn Street in Seattle to pick up a 40″ circ for my shawl, but they didn’t have it.  I am currently working on a 29″ clover bamboo and I feel switching to an addi turbo at this time would be a baaaaaad idea, and they didn’t have any bamboo addis.  oh, well the 29″ is ok for now, I just think it might get to be too much in another couple of repeats.  While I was at Acorn Street I looked thru the books and patterns, came home with EAC’s Butterfly Shawl and EZ’s Knitters Almanac. 

After the kids were in bed, I spent the evening knitting while hubby and I watched Lost in Oblivion.  It is an amusing movie about the making of an indy film. We also watched some Battlestar Galacitca, good stuff.  Did I mention my wrist is starting to bother me, too much knitting I think, need to take some Tylenol.  I bet a lot of Olympic knitters are experiencing this, especially those of us who don’t usually knit like this.  Here’s hoping I don’t get Kwan-ed.

day eight wrap-up

. . . in which we signed a lot of autographs.

Feb 17 - 1 repeat – 10 rows (105)(-25)
Feb 16 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1/2, rip 6.5, knit 5 (95)(-25)
Feb 15 – 1 repeat – 10 rows  knit 3 (96)(-14)
Feb 14 – 1 repeat – 10 rows – knit 11 (93) (-7)
Feb 13 - 1 repeat - 10 rows – knit 9, rip 7, knit 2 (82) (-8)
Feb 12 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 15 rows (78)(-2)
Feb 11 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 37 rows (63)(+3)
Feb 10 – Opening Ceremonies – 40 rows – 26 rows (-14)

While watching some movies yesterday evening (Madagasgar with the kids) and last night (Fantastic 4) I was able to knit my 10 rows, while I have not caught up I seem to have stopped the free fall. 

Have I mentioned how much I love Netflix lately?  I love Netflix! It has all but stopped our purchase of movies, and saved us from some really bad ones we were sure we would like.

Yesterday morning after putting Daughter on the bus, Hubby and I went and signed the papers on our refinance.  Man, there is a lot to read and sign, and guess what, we get to do it again today.  There was an issue with the payment amount so some things have been reworked and we get to do it agan.  

day six and seven wrap-up

Progress has not been good, here, at the Olympic Village Couch.

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 Feb 16 - 1 repeat – 10 rows knit 1/2, rip 6.5, knit 5 (95)(-25)
Feb 15 – 1 repeat – 10 rows  knit 3 (96)(-14)
Feb 14 – 1 repeat – 10 rows – knit 11 (93) (-7)
Feb 13 - 1 repeat - 10 rows – knit 9, rip 7, knit 2 (82) (-8)
Feb 12 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 15 rows (78)(-2)
Feb 11 - 2 repeats - 20 rows – 37 rows (63)(+3)
Feb 10 – Opening Ceremonies – 40 rows – 26 rows (-14)

The trend does not look promising, but in my defense there have been some troubling things going on behind the scenes.  Daughter’s trip to the ER, we are in the middle of refinancing out home and getting bids for some improvements (roof, gutters, windows), and Hubby has been working huge amounts of overtime.  So, I will continue to plod along and with the weekend comming up I will attempt to at least catch up.