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The Shawl Is Finished… What Next?

I’m late in reporting this, probably because I’ve been celebrating for a full week, but…

THE SHAWL IS FINISHED!!!

Completed on 03/27/10, it measures 83″ x 16″ after blocking. And I just love it. For my first lace project, I can’t help but feel a real sense of accomplishment.  I wore it to work on Thursday, and, predictably, nobody took notice of the long swath of cranberry  tossed carelessly around me.  But no matter.  I’ll be wearing it a lot.  My coworkers will notice eventually…

[remembering that I work with J2EE architects and Java developers…]

… no, they won’t.  The heck with ’em, I love it, I’ll wear it no matter who’s noticing.

Here’s the old picture.  I’ll update it the next time I wear it.

So, now that this project is done… what happens next?

  • Socks, knit with Austermann Step.  I try to always have socks on the needles, because it’s by far the best travel project around.  I shove the yarn, 5″ sock needles, and tape measure into my little Goknit pouch, attach it to my purse, and I’m ready to knit anywhere.  And I do.  The socks will be for my husband, picture to follow.
  • Cathy Carron’s Gathered Mesh Polo, from Interweave‘s Spring 2010 Knitscene mag.  I chose this project out of, like, 8 other finalists for my big Spring project because it’s utterly wearable 3 out of 4 seasons of the year, and presents a new challenge for me:  seamless sweater construction.  I just ordered the yarn – Blue Sky Alpaca‘s Skinny Cotton – in an interesting grayish/purple-y color they call Zinc (#304).  Should be starting this next Friday, and I absolutely can’t wait.  It’s the only thing preventing me from splurging on new shoes.  Oh wait, I did that, too…

Anyone else starting anything new for Spring?

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A Little Knitting, A Little Politics.

So, now that the Olympics, and the Knitting Olympics, are over, what has yarnyMarni been up to?

  • Still working on the Superior Lace Shawl.  It’s so close… I’d say I’m about 75% finished now.  I reeeeeeeally love it, and <bonus!!!> according to the Spring issue of Vogue Knitting, lace is, like, so in this season.  Sadly, this also means that I’ve been working on this thing so long that it started off being in style, then it went out of style, and now it’s back in style again…
  • I’ve officially “donated” a handknit sweater to my daughter’s school’s annual auction event.  I say “donated” because it’s not actually knit yet – it’ll be a custom-made, custom-sized garment for the lucky winner.  I’m very curious to see how much it goes for… let the furious bidding war begin!
  • Is it me, or is everyone getting sick these days?  I feel like I’ve spent way too much time working from home, nursing myself back to health after being hit with both stomach flu and regular flu.  It would  be easy to blame this on the 4-year old daughter, but she’s only responsible for the stomach flu part, not the achy, feverish mess of  a coughing, stuffy flu I’m suffering from right now. And the worst part?  I was too sick to prop myself up in bed and knit.  What a waste of a day off.

Now for the politics part.  These days, it seems necessary to get your national news fix from a few different sources, just to balance out any bias that may filter its way in. For me, that means reading 2 newspapers, watching 3 news channels, and listening to 1 news radio station.  But there is one channel, and particularly one show, that I will not tolerate.  The host singled me… me!… out for ridicule and contempt, and that, my friends, is not acceptable.  See for yourself.  And be careful… you may be singled out any day now, too.

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Knitting Olympics Results.

Goal: 8 rows/day on the Superior Lace Shawl and begin 3rd and final skein of yarn.

Olympic Results:

Goal of 8 rows/day achieved 13 times.
Goal of 8 rows/day not achieved 3 times.
Goal of 8 rows/day exceeded 5 times.
3rd and final skein started?  Yes.
148 rows knitted during Olympics.
21,312 stitches created on shawl during Olympics.
Gold Medalist?  Heck, yeah!!!

Overall, this was a great exercise.  I’ve made some serious progress on the shawl, and I’ve proven to myself that just 8 rows a day will actually get you somewhere.  In fact, if I keep this up, I estimate this’ll be done in another 2 weeks.

Hope everyone else achieved knitting greatness these past couple of weeks.

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Olympic Status.

One week down, one week to go… how’s everyone doing with their Olympic Knitting?  I started off strong, easily knitting 8 rows/day, but fell behind mid-week after a particularly grueling night at the gym.  You may be thinking, “why is 8 rows per day so challenging?” I probably should have explained this better in my last post.  The answer is, because 1 row = 121 stitches in my shawl pattern, which calls for a 4-row repeat.  So my goal was to complete 2 repeats, or 968 stitches, per day. That’s a lot for me… and I’m kind of a slow knitter.  And now I’ve got another goal – one way or another, I want to have this thing done by mid-April.  I want to wear it to a formal dinner I’ll be attending with my husband.

So… we here at yarnyMarni HQ have been watching a lot of Olympic events, but nothing has excited our nerdish tendencies more than Men’s and Women’s Curling. About time people were recognized for high-caliber sweeping, eh?  What’s everyone else watching?

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Olympic Knitting.

Well, I did end up spending a lot of time in my house after all that snow, but I did not have the day off from work.  Apparently there’s a policy out there somewhere that says if you have a company-issued laptop, and are able to, under normal circumstances, work from home, then 18″ of snow shouldn’t stop you.  I admit, I did get a lot of work done… but I really would’ve loved the free day off.

So is anyone out there entered into the Knitting Olympics or Ravelympics?  In case you haven’t heard about these, it’s kind of a competition for yarnies to challenge themselves during the 2 weeks of the Winter Olympics.  You can choose to start a new project, or even pick up a WIP that you tabled for a while, and try like mad to finish it before the Olympic Torch is extinguished during the closing ceremonies.  If I’m not mistaken, the idea for this was originally Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s, and it received such a huge, positive response that they keep bringing it back.

So of course this all leads to my participation in the Knitting Olympics:  am I competing?  Well… no.  Not officially.  I’m not signed up anywhere, but I am still challenging myself – you can call it a “time trial” for a future Knitting Olympic event. I finished the Beagle Scarf – it’s blocked and drying now.  So I decided to go back to the Superior Lace Shawl and use it as my unofficial Knitting Olympics entry:

By far the most ambitious project I've ever attempted. Not hard, just time-consuming.

I’m challenging myself to complete at least 8 rows a day, and also get started on the 3rd skein of yarn before closing ceremonies.  If I can actually do this (even if it’s not finished), I’ll have what it takes to officially enter the Knitting Olympics next time… and win gold.

Anyone else participating, officially or not?

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