KnitOlympics Day Five – ARE WE DONE YET???

OMG whose idea was this??? She should be fired, let me tell you that!!! Oh, wait. I’m being informed this was MY BIG IDEA. And isn’t is a GOOD ONE???

Okay, look, it is Day 5 of the Olympics and while I am every bit as involved and intrigued – even jumping up off the sofa during several swimming races to scream and cheer – I am less involved and intrigued by my knitting. Why? BECAUSE THERE WAS A REASON I STOPPED KNITTING THESE PROJECTS! THEY AREN’T VERY INTERESTING!!!

But let’s cut to what you really wanna know – how many works-in-progress have I finished? I am happy to tell you that I have SEVEN projects done and THREE projects frogged. If you refer to our original rules, you see that three frogged projects equals one finished projects. So that means I have finished 8 projects since Friday night’s Opening Ceremonies. I am just over half way to the Bronze Medal (or, in my case, a fabulous pair of bronze-colored sandals to take on my trip to Cancun at the end of this month!)

Here’s what’s newly done since my last post . . . .


Last night, I finished the second earring of Rosemary Hill’s Bijouterie earrings ( number 2 pair, if you are following along). One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn to knit with wire. Tick that off and put it away. Not a pleasant knitting experience, so I am afraid these earrings – which I started just after Stitches West in Feb – are going to be the end of it.

Next up –

Abandoned baby sweater

At some point in the last 2 years, I got it into my head that I would design a baby cardigan on the needles. This is as far as I got. I abandoned the project because I did not like the yarn – Crystal Palace Bunny Hop – because of its hand feel (acrylic-y) and the way the color pools. It looks like dirty pink camouflage. So this was frogged.

You can have it!

There are a total of about 3 balls – if anyone reading this blog wants them, message me with your snail mail address and I will send them to you.

And . . . .

Scribble Dribble

I started this project – “Scribble Dribble” from See Jane Knit – maybe 2 years ago. Again, the yarn was icky – Crystal Palace Party Ribbon and Kid Merino (do you sense a theme???). So I frogged it. There’s one skein of each, and again, if you send me your snail mail address ya can have ’em.


One more froggy!

Green Cardigan

Now, I’m a little embarrassed to tell you how long I have had this project. Maybe 6 years – at least. I bought the yarn – Elsebeth Lavold’s lovely Silky Wool – when Carolyn Pugh still owned Skein Lane. It was to be, I think, my second garment. It was a pattern out of Interweave Knits, maybe 2006. I remember it was a very plain cardigan with a simple cable along the button placket – too simple for me now and too simple to waste this delicious yarn on now. So, I frogged the completed back and I believe I have 12 to 14 total skeins. No, you may not have this. This is MINE.

Almost done!

But it hasn’t all been sadness. A couple of nights, when I have finished an icky project, I have picked up something in progress that I’ve enjoyed knitting. But none of those things are done, so no pics.

I am about out of low-hanging fruit. So I think I may only make it to bronze – silver, if I am lucky. But as we saw last night with the Bronze medal-winned performance of Danell Leyva, the joy of winning the bronze is – and should be – immense.

My goodness, these Games are a study in persistence and endurance, are they not? How about those Beach Volleyball women, Kerry and Misty May??? So what if their string of winning sets is over, they persisted, they went on! How about those bizarre badminton players – what up with that??? Among my favorites have been the rowers. Just keep rowing, just keep rowing! For me it will be “Just keep knitting, just keep knitting!”


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7 Responses to KnitOlympics Day Five – ARE WE DONE YET???

  1. Sarah says:

    Good frogging choices, Kimberly. I got through a project in Bunny Hop a few years ago and hated the damn thing. It is wonderful to be liberated by frogging out those poor choices!

  2. kjwinston says:

    Thank you, doll. Truly, it did feel liberating. It especially felt good to undo the Elsebeth Lavold because I am a much better knitter than when I started it and I can envision something lovely out of it.

  3. Rachelle says:

    As usual, I am LOL! I think I will be more sad when your knit Olympics are over than when the actual Olympics are…. So entertaining!

  4. kjwinston says:

    Just so long as you are not laughing AT me.

  5. Jan says:

    I totally agree with Rachelle. This morning I realized that I hadn’t received an update and worried that all that practicing had gone to waste. But no! You persevered. Phew. But I do have to say that when you first talked about this endeavor I thought, “There’s probably a reason those things weren’t finished in the first place!” Ripit Ripit.

  6. kjwinston says:

    I guess that’s true – I have been “training” as a knitter for 8 years. That makes me a Michael Phelps for sure! Maybe I should buy 18 pairs of shoes???

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