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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Socks and Olympic Knitting

Due to a mess here at the house yesterday, I didn't have a chance to blog, so today you're actually going to get essentially two blog entries. Twice the insanity! Woo Hoo.

As you can see above, I've made it past the dreaded, time sucking heel turn and gusset thingy on my Latvian Lace Socks (from Folk Socks with Knit Picks Essential). I hope to finish this first sock today. I've enjoyed knitting this sock. The lace is pretty but it's easy to do without really paying too much attention - great TV knitting. I'm having so much fun knitting socks lately that while last year was the year of lace (this was true for many knitters - at least the knitbloggers out there), I think this year might be the year of socks - at least for me personally. Part of me wants to go pull out my sock drawer right now and get rid of all of my commercial socks. Nothing like not having socks to really force you to knit them. But I think if I did this, since I would then HAVE to knit socks, I would rebel and refuse to knit another sock. Yes, my mind, it is a crazy place...

Something else that I've been batting around in my head (actually I realized that I needed to start thinking about it this weekend so it hasn't been in my head for long) is that the Olympics are coming up. Opening ceremonies are one month from yesterday. Now, I realize that there are people who get their Olympic fix by checking the paper or the Internet each morning, seeing the medal count, and then they go on their merry way, content with this tiny dose of athletic glory. I am not that kind of person. I am the kind of person who watches every night, keeping up with the intimate dramas of the athletes and their sports. I weep for the athlete who dedicates his performance at the Olympics to his dog who was attacked by radioactive squirrels just a week before opening ceremonies. I cheer for the longshot (I just love the various bobsled teams that come from places where you're more likely to find frozen drinks than freezing temperatures). And of course, who doesn't enjoy watching the antics of those wacky French judges? Needless to say, if there is an Olympics, there must be Olympic Knitting. Like every other aspect of the event, there are rules.

1. Olympic knitting must last for the duration of the entire Olympic games.
2. Olympic knitting must be simple patterning, easily memorized, and not chain me to a chart.
3. Olympic knitting must be easy to put down and pick up again. (I have to be able to wipe my eyes when I tear up the National Anthem)

I'm off to sort through my stash to see what I've got and I'll report back (there might be a blog poll later). In the meantime, let me know in the comments what your suggestions are for Olympic knitting and if you haven't already, go learn all the words to your national anthem. We really can tell when you're faking it on the medal stand.


Blogger Alison said...

The Latvian sock is beautiful. It's such a great pattern (as are most Nancy Bush patterns). I eventually want to get rid of all my commercial socks, too. They just don't fit as well as custom-made ones, do they?

10:33 AM  
Blogger Sedie said...

Your sock is coming along great. I love the idea of having a project for the Olympics. I am one of those who simply looks at the stats and goes about her merry way, but that was pre-knitting/crocheting. I'll have to re-evaluate and join you in the stash diving.

11:49 AM  
Blogger margene said...

I knit that sock twice last year and just love it. You are so right on Olympic knitting. I'll be ready.

1:25 PM  
Blogger sopranospinner said...

I'm so close to finishing the baby project for my friend (notice it is now singular, although it is a sweater, socks and hat that match). I simply MUST knit with handspun. So I will attempt to only knit with handspun for the duration of the Games. I LOVE the Olympics and watch during all waking hours (and tape skating, if necessary).

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Missy Troble said...

Try Madli's shawl from Interweaveknits Summer 2003 issue. It turns out well in everything from Rowan kid silk haze to Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb to lace weight alpaca. It does involve grafting the end border to the live stitches of the rest of the shawl, but you can always just crochet them together and it blends in with the garter stitch rows that separate the main pattern from the border.

3:06 PM  
Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

I'm with you on the socks! They are portable. I can get my lace and color fix without having to commit to months(and get bored). They are great gifts! I love socks right now.

5:17 PM  
Blogger HJ said...

I'll be right there with ya on that Olympic Knitting! I am an Olympics Junkie! I'll watch every last minute of whatever they will show me!

6:31 PM  

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