Knitting Updates

It’s finished! Now it just needs to dry so I can take pictures that will prove it has a sweater shape! ;o)

Effortless Fini

Thank you to everyone who entered yesterday! The winner will be posted tomorrow so don’t forget to come back to see if you won!



…of a sweater always starts out so promising. You have pretty yarn, you have needles, a pattern, if you are lucky, a nice bag to put it all in

Effortless Cardi

you cast on, you knit. You check the pattern, you keep knitting, back and forth (if it’s a flat knit), knit, purl

Effortless Cardi

you admire the fabric you’ve made so far, you count stitches to make sure you haven’t gotten ahead of yourself

Effortless Cardi

you decide to blog your progress, you pull out the camera, artfully arrange your knitting…

Effortless Cardi

…and then realize that at this point, the only thing it resembles is a shapeless blob.

Effortless Cardi

…but you blog about it anyway. ;op



…into the blogging saddle – can you tell? ;o)

I’ve been so busy making bags, I have barely had time to do anything but sew, sleep and eat and the blog has suffered immensely. I’m going to try to put a stop to the suffering – of course, I’ve said that before but this time I have a blogging buddy! My friend Sairy and I are both knitting a sweater and we’re going to blog our progress (she’s a bad blogger too, hehe).

I have my yarn wound and my pattern on my new toy (Santa brought me an iPad) so I am ready to go!

The Beginning

Any guesses on what pattern I’ve chosen? ;o)

Also, over the weekend I celebrated a blog milestone. I’ll be back tomorrow to continue the celebration so get ready for a contest!



…time for thousands of Olympic athletes to descend upon Vancouver and battle it out for gold.

…and time for thousands of knitters’ families to abandon all hope of clean laundry, hot meals in a timely manner and vacuumed living room floors for 16 days.  Why?  Because we. are. knitting.

I am signed up for the WIP category in the Ravelympics, I’m hoping I will finish Twist.  So far I have a sleeve and 6 inches of back to show for my efforts – want to see?  I thought you might so I took pictures.  ;o)

The back of the sleeve cap  that I finished during the Opening Ceremonies (about 4″ of knitting):

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-12-10 - sleeve cap

The back of the sweater so far (6″):

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10 - the back

both pieces so far:

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10 - so far

See?  6 inches done.  I just wish the measuring tape wasn’t so darned happy about it.  I’d like to see more inches there…:

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10

A close up of my stitch markers because I couldn’t resist – they’re so CUTE!  Plus, they make my sweater look very patriotic, don’t they?  ;o)

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10 - stitch markers

So, now you have my update so far – I’m pretty confident that I’ll either come very close to finishing or will finish prior to the flame going out – barring any unforseen tax preparation emergency or project bag necessity.  I participated in the Knitting Olympics the last time the Winter games were played in 2006 and managed to finish on the last day of the Olympics (a little late, but finished) – though that time I was knitting a sweater with a hood.  I’m smarter this time around.  I’m doing a collar.

If you are interested, you can find my posts regarding the last time I played Olympic games by clicking here.  I’ll try to have another update soon!  At the very least, my blog anniversary is coming up and it’s a big one so there will be a contest this week!

I thank you, RR thanks you and his car club thanks you.  All of you.  At last count we had 45 comments/entries and even more clicks through to the bank website (and I’m hoping that clicks = votes!).  You guys are awesome!!  I will tally everything today and pull a random winner for a skein of my yarn tonight – the winner will be posted tomorrow.  Good luck to you all!!

The past few weeks have been crazy busy for me.  Busy crunching numbers and busy in the sewing room (new bags are going up in the shop today!  Probably this afternoon – btw, did you know you could subscribe to an RSS feed for an Artfire or Etsy shop?) which has led me to yearn for ‘down time’ which has led me to do more spinning and, consequently, more knitting.  Instead of casting on a new project, I decided to start working through some of my WIPs.  First up?  My hands have been pretty cold lately so I decided to break out the gloves.

The last time I spoke of my Knotty Gloves was June 18th when I was at this stage of the game:

Knotty Gloves - all fixed!

For some reason, after I posted this, I put them down for almost six months (!).  I’m thinking maybe I was intimidated by fingers…ohwell, now they look like this:

Knotty Gloves Progress

Getting there!  ;o)

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