A number of you in the comments and via email mentioned Stephanie’s Olympic Challenge and asked if I would be participating.
Hey, thanks for asking. It looks like a fun idea. But will I participate? No.
Why? Two reasons.
First of all, gotta tell you, I have no interest whatsoever in the Winter Olympics. Silly me, I was thinking they were held in January, but I have since figured out that they aren’t until next month. I’m betting they don’t start until after the Superbowl, right? (Yes, I know I could find this info very easily with a little online research. I just don’t care.)
Truth be told, I have very little use for sports on television. (Aside: In the interests of full disclosure, I will admit to watching the Redskins game last Saturday. Hey, the King of All Remote Controls was watching it. Well, I watched part of the game. For most of the first half I was in the other room watching cooking shows on public television.) Heck, I have very little use for network television (yeah, I know this is beside the point). The majority of my tv viewing is spent tuned in to Turner Classic Movies.
Yep, I love the Dale Olympic Sweaters. I think they are, for the most part, very pretty. I buy patterns and often yarn for the ones I like. Sometimes I even make them. That is the limit to my interest in the Olympics. I’ve got pattern and yarn for the Dale Torino sweater, but it’s stashed away for future reference.
Second reason for not participating: I do not play well with others. (Ask L-B about the Inishmore Challenge.) And right now I’ve got my own little knitting agenda going on, and I’m sticking to it. Until I decide to change it. If I decide to change it.
Anyhow, this idea spawned some questions about what I consider a knitting challenge.
What could I knit that would challenge me?
Maybe a fair isle slipcover for my car? Nah, my car lives in a garage so I don’t really need a cover for it.
I could attempt to knit an aran house cozy. But I live in a high-rise condo, so I’d have to knit a cozy for the entire condo building, and some of my neighbors might not like that. (Yeah, that’s the only reason why I’m not going to knit a condo cozy.)
All jokes aside, folks, something like Sharon Miller’s Princess Shawl would be a challenge. I did buy the pattern for it. Seriously, how could I not buy a pattern for something described as “one of the most complex Shetland lace patterns ever offered for sale?”
But I have no immediate plans to knit it. Don’t have the lace knitting mojo going on right now. Not only that but, all talk about process knitting aside, I have no earthly use for such a shawl.
(But if you wanna see it being knit, check out The Princess Diairies, a blog by two knitters who are embarking on knitting the Princess Shawl. I was delighted to discover this blog a couple of weeks ago when one of the two knitters mentioned it on her main blog, which I’ve read regularly for years. Years, I tell you!)
Back to the Knitting at Hand
Here’s how the Rose sweater is looking this afternoon.
As you can see, I’m getting into the body pattern.
Rebecca asked (and by the way Rebecca, nice Ingeborg!):
Do you have the entire sweater designed, or are you designing it motif by motif?
The entire sweater is designed. I charted it out beforehand and wrote out the pattern. As I knit, I make any need adjustments to the pattern.
I do have a question—how do you like the Louet Pearl? I saw someone who recommended using it for your Baby Norgi pattern and I do love merino so I was curious about your take on the yarn.
It’s okay. It has a slightly . . . I dunno . . . stringy? feel while knitting, but if you wash or steam your knitting, it blooms beautifully. I knitted a swatch of my pattern with it before embarking on the sweater and was quite impressed with how nicely it bloomed after a good steam with my trusty iron.
I bought the Louet Pearl because somewhere I read that it was the same yarn as Koigu fingering and I was curious. I don’t think it is the same “base” yarn as Koigu — it feels completely different to me. While it does not suck, I do not find it extremely pleasant to knit — the stringiness irritates my hands somewhat.
Mmmmmm . . . Twisty!
Thanks, Tracy, for this comment:
The twisty legs are called “barley twist” in furniture lingo – as in “oh, does that table have barley twist legs? no? just turned? ok, nevermind”.
Your table has lovely Barley Sugar Twist legs. They are named after the boiled sweets that used to be available in short twisted chunks in the UK (and maybe other places?).
I Googled “Barley Twist” and Barley Sugar Twist” — the terms are apparently interchangeable. I learn something new every day!
I am a huge fan of Barley Twist furniture legs.
I liked Ann’s comment that the table legs look plied. Good thing the twist is balanced, eh? Hyuk! Hyuk, hyuk!
I was looking at your table and was wondering what kind of article was holding your spindles.
Is this something you had made or is it available somewhere?
It’s a . . . spindle holder. I bought it on eBay. I don’t think it was commercially made — it was something I saw posted there that I thought would be useful.
I seem to remember seeing something similar available for sale online, but I’m coming up empty with Google searches. I can find spindle lazy Kates, but does anyone know of a spindle storage solution similar to this for sale?
P.S. to Snow
Lucy is looking forward to the next feral holiday! Me? I’m a tad nervous lest she take it too literally.