March 4, 2010
While I was waiting for the Olympics to start I needed a project to work on that didn’t take a lot of thinking. I had this yarn that I had wound into balls and so I started the Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman. In the week before I started (and focused all my time on) the Ravelympics projects I got almost through the second lace pattern. It’s so much fun to knit, just going around and around. I just have to be careful that I have the correct number of stitches after working the increase row. I forgot that lesson after I increased to 524 stitches and knit 4 plain rows. When I started the 3rd lace pattern I had two extra stitches that I had to get rid of. After much contemplation I decided to thread a lifeline in and rip back 4 rows. It worked very well, and while the shawl was off the needles I got to lay it on the floor and get a sense of how it looks.
I’ve also started teaching bobbin lace to a couple of friends. I was able to get a little bit of work done on the Schneeberger bell that I mentioned last time.
March 1, 2010
Here are the medals I received for my projects. For my mittens I received:
And for the scarf I received this:
I think I read that there were over 8,000 knitters participating in the Ravelympics on the knitting forum, www.ravelry.com and over 20,000 projects were entered. I think that’s just stunning. I admit I watched more of these Olympics than I ever have and it was fun to be counting down to the closing ceremonies and wondering if I would be done with both my projects.
Now regular life (and crafts) can resume and I’m looking forward to that as well. I am quite far along in the knitting for my Pi shawl and I made great progress on my Schneeberger lace bell. I’ll just pretend that I planned the bell for Christmas 2010 and maybe it will be finished!