Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn


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Mediocre Olympic Showing!

So…It’s day four of the Olympics.  I’m working on my Olympic knitting, but it’s slow going.  Let me just say I really hate colorwork sleeves in the round.  I’m so desperate, I’ve now switched to double points.  I hate double points.

Here’s what I’m working on.

I mentioned in the last post that I was going to try to finish some projects, rather than starting new things.  Does anyone recognize this?

How about this?

Yep, it’s my Damask Kauni.  It set off a pretty big craze for a while.  I started it in 2007 and never finished it.  Why?  Because there is no possible way it will ever fit me.  I think it’s destined to live out its life on a mannequin as a decoration.  I last worked on it in 2009.  When I stuffed it back in the bag, I had about 4 inches left on one sleeve.  During the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and later that night, I finished the first sleeves.  On day 2, I picked up stitches for the second sleeve and knit a few rows.  Day three was pretty slow too.  This morning, I pounded out a bunch.  I ‘m still only about one third of the way through the sleeve.

I was wondering why my knitting looks so uneven, and then I realized I steamed the rest of the sweater.  Colorwork loves steam!!!  I steamed the rest of the first sleeve and it looks pretty decent.  I’m going to knit as much as I can the next couple of days because I want it finished!!!

The other thing I mentioned in my last post is that I had hurt my right hand.  I rested it for a couple of days, and it seems to have cleared up.  It gets a bit sore when I knit too much, but a nights rest takes care of it.

Gotta go.  The color work is screaming at calling me.  I need to work hard.  Doesn’t every Olympian want their mom to be proud???

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The Olympics and Knitting

So….the Olympics start tomorrow.  Technically.  There are some events tonight, but the actual time of the Opening Ceremonies is 10:00 AM on February 7th.

I love the Olympics.  I have for years.  My favorite part is the human interest stories, but I love it all.  In 2008, my love for the Olympics took on a new twist.  I decided to join the Knitting Olympics.  I chose a project that would be a huge challenge and I had 17 days to knit it.  I cast on during the opening ceremonies and had it finished by the time I watched the closing ceremonies.

I had a beautiful black cashmere shawl, knit with 1,800 yards of laceweight yarn.

Then, in 2010, I stepped it up a notch.  I decided to knit a Dale of Norway sweater for My Hero in 16 days.  I never went to bed before 3 AM.  One day, I had to rip out an entire days worth of black stockinette because I’d put the stitches for the zipper steek in the wrong place.  I even hauled a sewing machine along to Florida, just to do the steeks on the sweater.

I never did put the patch on it.  I finished on time, and My Hero wears it a lot!

When I started thinking about what I wanted to knit during Sochi 2014, I decided to knit myself a sweater.  I wound the yarn and did a test swatch. Then I started digging through my WIP drawer.  A WIP is a Work In Process.  I have lots of them.  I found about 10 unfinished cardigans.  I decided to see if I can finish three cardigans in 16 days.  I haven’t decided for sure which ones they will be.  I have the first one chosen, but it demands its own post, so more on that later.

I really feel like I’m in the best knitting shape of my life.  I’ve trained for years!!!  I’ve participated in the Olympics twice.  I’m disciplined.  I knit every single day!

But today I’m faced with a game ending injury!  (Have you figured out by now that this is very tongue in cheek???)  I did something to my right hand.  It feels like a tore a muscle in the palm of my hand, leading to my pinkie finger.  It’s so painful, I can’t knit.  (This part is really true!!!)  I’m trying to rest it, because tomorrow, it’s game on!

Good thing I’m not too old to participate in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.