Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sneak Peek

"Snxx! Snort! What?"
"Oh, time to go button shopping!"

Knitting Olympics sneak peek. Not quite there yet.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Aside From Knitting

I am obsessed with the Winter Olympics. Obsessed I tell you. And I'm obsessed with events that aren't the the general public favorites. EVERYBODY watches downhill with its slalom, giant slalom, super G, blah, blah, blah and figure skating-pairs, girls, boys....but not for me. For me it is: Curling and Snowboard. Now there's opposite ends of the athletic spectrum.

I like to think that I could do both. At almost 50 I may not be able to pull off any snowboard tricks in the halfpipe but snowboard cross looks like BIG FUN. It reminds me of when my sister and I were much younger and would stand in our snowboats (which was a new invention back in the what, late 60's? Before that we had sleds with runners and flying saucers, metal ones that send you down the hill spinning. They also hurt when your nasty little sister flings hers at you and it hits you in the mouth. Don't worry, I took revenge. ) and "surf" down the hill, off the jump and land somewhere other than in the boat because (now let's see today's snowboarders could handle this) there wasn't anything to bolt your boots TO the boat. I'd post a pic of a snowboat but I can't find one that looks like mine. YES I still have it. And my sister's.

Now, if you look up Curling, it's compared to shuffleboard, golf, chess, bowling. There's strategy, thinking ahead of the game, and a really cute guy on the Canadian team. It takes me the whole of the Olympics to figure out the scoring and the positions. I'll forget by 2014 and start all over again. There is a club in Petersham MA but it's almost an hour away, wah, wah, wah. Like golf, I love to watch the competitions. My only negative comment? What's with all the yelling? And how about Hawaiian shirts for uniform? Perk it up a bit. The Danish gals wore cutey skirts. Gave it some trendy standing. Something to work on.
Now excuse me, I'm going to get a beverage, my knitting olympics project and watch me some currrrlinggg.

"Mid-life crises. Just sayin'."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Finished Stuff

Prior to my Knitting Olympics project (the post will be submitted in its entirety at a later date.) I once again created a sweater around some buttons. These are "green" buttons. They came off of another garment so lets hear it for Reduce, ReUse, Recycle! (trumpets blare)
The full photo allows you to see my disaster of a craft room. The ballwinder and swift to the left, a kitty figurine with a crocheted shawl (it was a patch for a favorite pair of jeans with a big rip in the knee. I was attempting to be trendy.) There's a sewing machine, well, ya'll have craft rooms and have the same stuff...now where was I?
Ah, yes, sweater production. The above unit is constructed of Cascade 220, color unknown (a grey green heather) built on size 5 needles from the top down, set in sleeves, half button with collar. Finished chest is 36" and consumed 5 hanks.
The following item is Valley Yarns "Longmeadow" of cotton/microfiber origin. (anybody notice my stash consists of Valley Yarns Longmeadow and Cascade 220? I think I'm becoming predictable!) Maroon. Top Down Raglan. 3/4 sleeves. Shallow v-neck raglan, snnnnxxxxxx.
Oh, sorry. Bored myself to sleep. Both sweaters have my new love-front and back dart shaping. I may have left the baggy sweater world behind me. Not committing because there's nothing I love better on a cold yucky day is throwing on a pair of yoga pants, wool socks and a big baggy sweater to hang out at home. Yeah, the visual, I know. We won't go there and we won't be postin' no pic either.
I'll be posting these two on the Done Stuff page of this here blog and trying to figure out where in the heck I'm going to squeeze two more sweaters. Space is getting VERY limited at Chez Miss Sandra. If you don't hear from me after the Olympics (knitting or otherwise) it's probably because the giant sweater tower pile has fallen and suffocated me.