Sunday, February 26, 2006

Gold Medal Please

After ripping out my Conwy socks twice, I decided to switch olympic knitting events to a different pattern. It was vacation week, so I did not want anything too taxing. I casted on these socks on the way to the airport Saturday February 18th and finished them on the beach Friday February 24th. These "Whitby" socks were designed by Nancy Bush, another beauty in her Knitting on the Road collection. Her inspiration was a Gansy sweater she saw while visiting the coast of Yorkshire England. I knitted them in Lamb's Pride Superwash, Lichen colorway. Thank you Stephanie for hosting the Knitting Olympics.

We had a wonderful week in sunny southwest florida. Great weather, baseball and family is a sure combination for a perfect vacation.

This spectacular sand sculpture was part of the Fox Sport News New England set on Fort Myers beach.

Pictured here is the sun setting over Sanibel Island. After coming home to NH with temps in the teens, we sure do miss you Sanibel. See you next year.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Faster Higher Stronger. Let the games begin. I have joined another knit along - the Knitting Olympics. Amazingly there are over 4,000 knitters all over the world that have joined this endeavor. We casted on during the opening ceremonies on February 10th and need to finish our project by the closing ceremonies on February 26th. The theme is to challenge ourselves, so I chose this intricate (intricate for me) Conwy sock pattern. The pattern calls for Lorna's Laces sock yarn and lucky me received some for Christmas from my wonderful SIL Patty. The baltic sea color is beautiful. I knitted the cuff during part of the opening ceremonies (what was the point of that Ferreira spinning donuts if you could not see the Olympic rings through all the smoke). This will be my vacation project when we report to spring training in Fort Myers next week.

I am putting the socks aside until I finish the sleeves for my aran sweater. The front and back of the sweater of the sweater have been binded together. I hope I can finish the sleeves by my last class on Thursday. If not, there are always other knitters from Keene that will be happy to instruct me.