yes i am. because i got a gold medal at cara's olympic closing ceremonies party (you know the one -- the one with the topless barbie). and if i have a medal, it must be true.
as you've all heard already, the party was great. there was good food, fun conversation, and beer (and topless barbies). but it was also educational. here's a couple of things that i learned.
1. grumperina knits really tiny thing. really she does! we all ooh and aahh about how beautiful her work is and how prolific she is, but the real truth is that her shawls ... they're doll shawls. we know, because we saw one. her socks? tiny little baby socks. really. the hats? fit on my thumb. craziness. this of course takes nothing away from her exquisite work. it just gives one pause.
2. carole's husband dale is a trooper. he's nice, and funny, and comfortable among 30,000 women who talk about yarn. plus, he brings the beer and the bottle opener. do not invite carole without dale. carole's nice and all, but she doesn't bring the beer.
3. there is WAY more drama in blogland than i could ever imagine. where have i been? do i not read the right blogs? has my habit of skimming long posts come back to bite me in the ass? WHY DON'T I KNOW MORE?! eh. i'm so out of the loop.
4. all drawings and contests are fixed. i did not win one prize on sunday. and i'm bitter about it.
While the original Olympic sweater is still a few days from completion, my last-minute entry of a raglan baby sweater was finished with some time to spare! Here's hoping that our lovely hostess will keep this blog running just a bit longer so that I can post pictures when my sweater is completed.
Congratulations to all who finished in time -- go rest those knitting hands in buckets of ice!
My Olympic entry was Branching Out, my first attempt at lace. I finished with a week to spare and decided to attempt a second one. (I felt like a wimp compared to some of the projects people were doing.)
I graduated from Silky Wool to the fingering weight Frog Tree Alpaca. I finished knitting on Saturday and had the second one blocked before the closing ceremonies. Here's a picture of the pair.
Now back to my regularly scheduled knitting....Will we do this for the 2008 summer Olympics?
I was only able to get a picture of my olympic project on their recipient last night, since my daughter had been visiting her grandmother for February vacation. This was my first time doing two socks on 2 circulars. Simultaneous socks rock my world! They were finished on time (actually several days early), and I actually even found time to work on a sweater after (about 30% done).
I had so much fun being part of the Olympics and part of Team Boston. Unfortunately I was unable to make either of the parties, but I greatly enjoyed reading all of your posts. Thanks for letting me play along.
There's obviously no Gold medal in my future, because it's true...I....DID....NOT....FINISH. Two long weekends of traveling (yeah? so what that one of them was a knitting retreat?), combined with 14+ hour workdays in between them, topped off with a weekend filled with a wedding shower in New Hampshire and a bastard of a cold, all conspired to knock me clean out of the running.
It's a heartbreaking defeat, but I will not be daunted. I will not give up. I WILL finish this sweater THIS WEEK or die trying. The torso is complete and the hood has about 6 rows completed. There's also about 6 inches of a sleeve. I can DO it. I can. Stop laughing. So you see, I can't talk now. MUST.KEEP.KNITTING.
ETA: For all of you out there still finishing up.....a KAL and button. Because what's a cause without a button?
My thanks to the Femiknitmafia for helping us *ahem* slowpokes stay motivated.
So I finished before the torch was extinguished, to my own surprise. I really didn't expect that I'd be able to do it when it was Wednesday when I finished the first armwarmer. My only problem is one is longer than the other too much ribbing on one so I guess I'll have to go back and fix that later, but for now I rest.