Friday, February 10, 2006

Pitius, haltius, tortius

I'm sad that I'm not participating in Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics.

I thought too hard and too long about what would be the perfect project. If I was prepared to buy the yarn, I'd love to cut my Fair Isle teeth on the "Fairly Easy Fair Isle" cardigan in Stitch 'n Bitch Nation. Everything else on my mental to-knit list didn't seem like enough of a challenge. I pondered knitting something fairly simple but large, taking quantity of output as my specific challenge, but that seemed contrary to the spirit of knitting excellence. Plus my next planned project was a crocheted baby blanket for Casey and Heikki's son Markku, so that seemed not quite right for the Knitting Olympics. (If I only crocheted, crocheting would be fine in my opinion...but otherwise it seemed I should knit.)

Well, now the situation has changed. The crochet pattern I wanted to use (and the myriad patterns I attempted afterward) proved a bad fit with the yarn of choice (Patons Be Mine). Crocheting in general is actually right out, because the yarn makes it impossible to see one's stitches. Several knitting patterns were not quite right either. Now the plan is to knit an ultra-simple baby blanket, since that seems to be what the yarn will support, but sadly I only have one skein at the moment.

So in this year's Knitting Olympics, you'll find me on the couch crocheting a dishcloth, swatching for this baby blanket, and maybe finishing Sonja's lace shawl, contentedly knitting along at home as a spectator. I just hope Yarn Harlot reprises her idea for Beijing 2008. That cardigan will still be waiting.

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