Monday, February 22, 2010

Going Crazy

Am I completely crazy? Judging by this photo, I am:

My theory has always been that you should do things right or not at all. Ralph Lauren's description of this hat is "intarsia knit" so it is intarsia I am knitting - instead of stranding. Why would I want all of those pesky navy blue strands poking out of my white stitches? OK - I admit, I had my doubts when I first started attaching all of these bobbins of yarn to my hat, but it is actually turning out alright. Crossing fingers.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Showing Some Team Spirit

I am not a Knitting Olympian. There is just no way. I knit for leisure, not for sport, but I found the perfect way to show my team colors through knitting. Anyone who knows me, knows that I looooove Ralph Lauren. I have gushed over the US Olympic Teams' outfits in China and now in Vancouver. It was actually my husband's idea that I knit the Moose Ski Cap that the US Olympians wore during the opening ceremonies. Lo and behold, someone has already come up with the pattern.

A quick trip to the yarn shop and I am ready to go. I am going to try out a few modifications - like intarsia knitting in the round, and I have chosen a sport weight yarn as opposed to the worsted that is called for in the pattern so I need to work out a little math.

We have had our own mini Olympics going on around here (which is why I haven't gotten much knitting done in the past week). My son started pre-school back in the fall and this week is his winter break. My nieces are also on break so they have come to stay with us for the week. Yesterday, we finally got a significant amount of snow so the four of us spent the better part of the afternoon sledding. So much fun! Today I took them to a local ski area and we went tubing. We had a total blast!

I have been impatiently waiting until my son was old enough to get him on a snowboard, so we might try that later on this week. I think the girls might want to squeeze in a little ice skating as well. The Olympic activities continue! Go Team USA!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Better Late Than Never

This post was intended for Valentine's Day. Time got away from me just a little. I started these sweetheart socks back in the beginning of January hoping to be finished by V-Day.

Yeeeeah - Not Happening. Lovely, intricate pattern - just not easy to memorize. I have to keep looking at the charts on every round. Not to mention they are knit on toothpick size needles. Ravelers have commented that they take a long time to complete. They were not joking. But I will keep on keepin' on. I manage to knit a round here and there.

View of the back

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thinking Ahead

Snow dusts the ground and the temperatures sit below freezing. It is the time of year when I can't help but to think of warmer days and sunshine. I am wishing for spring to come speedily. Winter just seems to last too long these days. Thinking ahead, I've started on a spring knit for my son.

That's the back of a little hoodie. It is coming along pretty quickly and I'm making a few mods which I hope will turn out OK in the end. Fingers crossed. And here's hoping for that warmer weather!