The Star Wars Knitting Goddess

knitting and sci-fi - is there anything else??? The ramblings of a crazed mother/wife/student/sci-fi fan as related to knitting (usually).

Monday, February 27, 2006

I have officially not finished

I have now officially not finished my Olympic knitting. I, like the majority of athletes in the televised Olympics, did not win a medal. I enjoyed the challenge of knitting a sweater in 16 days but, alas, while I gave in a real try, I did not finish. You see, my real life did not stop for the Olympics. I even went to the ballet (it was wonderful!). The ballet is great to go to but it's a bit hard to read a pattern and watch the amazing ballerinas and dansers. I have finished the back of the sweater, as I was so proud to show off (mistake number 2 - mistake number 1 was picking a sweater for my husband rather than one for my five year old) and I have the majority of the front done. I got up to the neck shaping and my brain actually started to sizzle in my head. I think I've figured it out but I'm not entirely sure. I'm letting the pattern directions *sit* in my brain. It's interesting how if you let something hang out in your subconscious, your brain will work on it and figure it out for you. You just have to wait.

In the mean time, I picked up and worked on some legwarmers for Elena. I actually began them before Christmas and am now getting back to them. I've also been dying to have a go at some mittens so I started a pair last night for Elena. She's great to knit for.

Okay, okay, so I know if my mom reads this, she's going to freak out because she wants mittens and to her I say - relax!! Mittens, unlike a sweater, take like two days to finish. Seriously. I probably could have finished Elena's first mitten last night but she was asleep and I need to try the mitten on her. I *should* be able to get your mittens done this week. (Next week is Spring Break and I'm planning on knitting A LOT.)

So for Spring Break knitting I'm planning on working on:
a rebel alliance pillow for my brother
Bhavika's hat and scarf
Clare's scarf and gloves (the gloves only need a fur cuff)
mom's birthday present
(Maybe I can finish the Olympic sweater and my brown & blue t-shirt sweater by then and only have to block and sew them together)
Is that doable?? I think so. I (like so many other knitters) tend to forget exactly how long it takes to actually finish a project but I think this is okay.
Isn't it??

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

No time for a picture

I am not nearly done with the olympic knitting. The back is done. The front is almost done to the armpits. There are no sleeves.
I just thought I would record my progress. I am still here and still knitting.
Maybe I'll make it. That's a BIG MAYBE.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Knitting Olympics UPDATE

Good Monday Morning!

As you all know, the Knitting Olympics officially kicked off on two o'clock Friday afternoon. I wasn't able to cast on until three because I was at work. While waiting for the buses, I began the sweater. This picture is where I am this fine morning. (The needle is a fourteen inch needle I put in for perspective.) I've knit the ribbing (it's farrow rib, in case you're interested) and then knit about a million miles of stockinette stitch (16 inches) to the arm holes. I have just cast off five stitches at the beginning of the last two rows. Then it's nine and half more inches until the neck. I'm hoping to finish the back of the sweater today or tomorrow morning at the latest. I'm hoping all the other olympians are doing well! I wanted to update over the weekend, but I didn't want to take any time away from knitting. I have an hour during Elena's ballet lesson this morning. Hopefully I can get a lot done! That's it for now.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Still feeling rotten . . .

What to do with this yarn?? I am currently thinking of a shawl.
This is the yarn for the Knitting Olympics Sweater.
I’m still feeling rotten. At least I’m not running to the
Bathroom every five minutes.
Maybe I’ll feel better tomorrow.

Stomach Flu

I'd like to blame someone for how awful I feel. I've felt bad before. I've been in pain but this stomach bug (since I know it's not technically a "flu") is kicking my butt. Elena is feeling pretty good. Poor Tristan threw up at school and had to come home early. He's got it coming out of both ends - as do I. I thought about putting up a picture of the now infamous "puke pail" but I wasn't really sure you'd want to see it.
On to some knitting.
Finished the back of the t-shirt sweater and started the sleeves. Melissa (of Peggy's Strands of Heaven - my LYS) had the idea to knit both sleeves at the same time to prevent second sleeve syndrome.
That'sallfornow. Gottavisittheporcelaingodnow.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Ha! - The camera has been located!!!!!

Aren't my kids ADORABLE?? (Ignore the horrible mess.) Although I didn't actually intend for this picture to show up here, it did. And I kinda like it.
Mike is the one that hid the camera. (And to think I was blaming it on the kids!)
I've finally got some picture updates. I'm waiting for the computer to download the pictures to the site and it's being really slow. (Makes me kinda nervous. It is going to work, right?? -- Some of the wrong pictures have popped up on the site. WHY?? Trying this again.)

The front of my t-shirt sweater is here. It's the blue and brown one. This project has been pretty interesting. I've never knit a big person's sweater before and I'm super nervous about actually putting the whole thing together. At the yarn store they keep telling me not to worry about it and they're going to help when I need help. (I LOVE the yarn store and Bridget, Melissa and Margaret. They really are so wonderful!)

I can't figure out how to move the picture to where I want it. Sorry for the blank space. This is the first sweater I made for my nephew. I *finally* sent it off to Missouri and he should be enjoying it soon.

I wanted to show off some yarn but something is wrong with the computer and it's not working. I'll have to try again tomorrow. Elena has the stomach flu but she is on the mend. Because she is still slightly ill and will be staying home today, I will be staying home too. Therefore, on the agenda for today is laundry (about a million loads - unfortunately I'm not exaggerating), about a load or two of dishes, minimal cleaning and finishing the back of my sweater. Maybe I can start on one of the sleeves.

The Knitting Olympics start Friday. I'm either excited or nervous.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Still here

I'm still here. That's a good thing. Sort of a vague way to begin a post. I don't have much interesting to say. That's not entirely true. It's more like my life (at the moment) is rather boring. Ha! Boring?? Two kids (one, who is disabled), the husband, dog, two cats, plus a mountain of laundry and school -- and I'm bored?? It's not regular boredom. I'm pretty happy that the status is fairly calm. I guess it's more like that Jim Croce song, Time in a Bottle, where he says that there never seems to be enough time to do the things that you want to do once you find them. Really, why can't I spend the day on the couch, watching the BBC, eating clotted cream with scones, drinking tea and knitting, knitting, knitting?? I mean, come on. Do we really need clean clothes and dinner? (Stunned silence.) Alright, I know that we need those things plus a bunch of other stuff but I'd like to spend a day or two hanging out and knitting.
On the agenda for today:
- put the boy on the bus
- get the girl dressed, in the car and over to Grandma's so I can play her piano (it's for school)
- take the girl over to the eye doctor for her appointment
- *QUICKLY* make the girl lunch and get her off to school
- head to the University for a voice lesson
- work with the best boss on campus (It's my mom - she is the best boss EVER)
- rush home
- make dinner, eat clean up QUICKLY
- take the girl to choir
- drive home, drop off the girl and go back for my rehearsal
- drive home again, spend a few minutes knitting (to restore my sanity) and crash
Not too bad but not nearly enough time for knitting. Maybe more time tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Knitting Olympics -- the sweater

Here it is. This is the sweater I'm making for Mike for the Knitting Olympics. I'm making it in all one color like I said yesterday. It doesn't look too hard but any sweater is a challenge for me. I had a *minor* meltdown when I was reading the pattern and saw that I had to "work 12 rows in 'Farrow Rib'." It should be okay because, according to the pattern, all I have to do is k2, p1 across the row and then repeat on the subsequent 11 rows. Whew. I thought it was going to be something horrible. Now, I'm not going to tempt the knitting gods and say something dumb like," This sweater should be a piece of cake and will probably only take me like maybe six days to knit." Saying something so stupid would invariably cause the knitting gods to punish me. Stephanie (the yarn harlot) says that they love to punish those who are overconfident and cocky. Not me. I'm not going to say it or even think it. Besides, I will be knitting on US 7 needles and while I know there are smaller needles, they're not exactly large meaning that the sweater will take longer than if I had decided to knit a chunky sweater.
Is it a sign that I keep typing 'swearer' instead of 'sweater'? Hope not.