Passing Down Crazy

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


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???


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.