Sunday, February 26, 2006

Lady Eleanor is done!!!!!

Hand me a medal please! My Lady E is done after a major snafu last weekend. She was moving right along when I decided to count the tiers. On one edge, I had 21 and on the other, I had only 19. Half way across tier 15, I had put her down to go do something and when I came back, I knit in the wrong direction. Happily knitting along, never realizing what I had done, I finished 5 more tiers. It was 2 a.m. on a Saturday night when I had this reality check.

I could not leave this blatant error glaring at me. Frogging 5 tiers, with tears not far away, I felt doomed to not finish. Sunday was make up day instead of progress day. All 5 tiers were back in place properly before bedtime Sunday.

My stained glass class was cancelled on Monday, thus I had one more day to make up the lost time from the weekend goof. Knitting every minute I could, she is done and looks beautiful. I need to get pics to post. I am still not very good at that.

Today, my house will appreciate my attention, the laundry will be finished, ironing done, and supper cooked. I have been neglecting it all for this. The dust bunnies are being chased by the kittens. Laundry has been languishing with only a load done now and then. All will be better today. lol

I now need to finish the training project, Danica, so I can wear that in this cold weather we are having.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Let the Knitting Olympics Begin!!!

The flame is lit and the games have begun. I cast on along with over 4000 fellow knitters for this wonderful event. It will be grueling to make it to the finish line, but perseverance is the key to success.

Lady Eleanor is a bit intimidating due to her size, but I am confident I can handle it. The first ball of yarn has been consumed by my project and now I know how many it will actually take to complete. I feared being short a skein at the end for the fringe. Out of one ball I completed the first four tiers and half plus the base triangle row and cast on. The project has 34 tiers plus 2 ends of triangle rows, totaling 36. I have 12 skeins so I figure I need 10 for the body and 1 for the fringe.

I need to run to the glass store and pick up some more stuff today. This will interrupt my knitting event temporarily, but I can catch up tonight. My goal is to knit between 1.5 and 2 skeins a day. This will fit nicely into the 16 days we have with a couple of days left over for "in case I haven't time" interruptions, like work. lol

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

My husband is the best!!!

I found some Noro yarn on eBay and he got it for me. It is #74 and has beautiful colors in it. It has green, purple, fushia, hot pink, and blue. Now I am ready to start the Knitting Olympics mentioned on Knitter's Review. Stephanie McPhee (a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot) started this on her site. I signed up and plan to make the Lady Eleanor Stole. You cast on when the flame is lit on February 10 and knit until the flame goes out on February 26. The idea is to pick something you feel will challenge you.

I have the pattern down pretty good, since working on the Danica scarf. My challenge will be to finish the Lady in 10 days. I am planning to use about 12 balls so that means about 2 balls a day and a couple of days to fringe. It might have a different fringe than what is shown in the pics in the Scarf Style book because I am not sure I like the length of the multi level fringe. I have to find a space big enough to lay it out for blocking after I finish it. Maybe my fabric board in my craft room. The only problem is I can already see my cat Rosebud laying all over it. Yuck! Her white fur everywhere!! Need to cover the stole with a white sheet. Mmmm~~ it might work.

The kittens are getting big and into everything!! They are just so precious and we love to watch them play. Each has a very distinct personality. The little girl is very independent while one boy is very in your face for attention. The other boy is just too sweet for words. He is the only one who does not seem to get in trouble. lol They all like to be petted and held for lovings.

I have picked out glass to start another project this week. I am planning to make a scene involving a cascading waterfall, a body of water, tree, and greenery along with some agate slices that look like boulders and some nuggets. It is a original idea and I really don't have a pattern for it. Sort of free style stained glass. However it comes out is what I get. I found some gorgeous glass at two of the supply stores and the idea just popped in my head. Can't wait for the end result. It should be something really spectacular.