On The Podium...Part Duh
My attempt at the 2 Pairs of Socks Dash is a success!
10:22 pm. February 26, 2006.
They are done. THey fit. DH loves them.
Well, he will when he wakes up. Aren't his snowmen jammies cute? He is mostly asleep but let me take a pic. >g<
Knitting Olympics, Day 16: Lessons Learned
Here's the condensed version of the post I made to my blog today. For full details, please visit the original entry.
Detail look at Kiri, unblocked
1. If time matters, then so does gauge.
The Lesson: If you have a deadline, check your gauge, and calculate how much you'll actually be knitting to complete the project. Even for projects where gauge doesn't normally matter.
2. Your hands always matter, and have priority over everything else. Don't wait until you feel the pain to take action - the damage has already happened.
The Lesson: Take care of your hands - they are your one irreplaceable and indispensable artist's tool. Take frequent breaks. Learn some stretches and exercises for your hands. Alternate between knitting sessions and activities that use the hands in a different way. And if you feel pain, STOP!
3. Goals are more important than deadlines.
The Lesson: Know what is essential about any project, and recognize what your personal conditions for "success" are. Don't let some outside force decide that for you - you are the person who must determine if you derived satisfaction from the work you have created.
4. If deadlines must happen, they must be met realistically.
The Lesson: Know your skills and limitations, and choose projects accordingly. Success comes from a good match of skill level, project size, and time available.
Would I do something like the Olympics again? I'm not sure.
Do I regret having tried the Olympics? Not a bit!
Knitting Olympics, Day 9: A Change of Focus
Folks, I've given it a good try, but one week after discovering the rookie mistake I made in calculating the scope of my Olympic challenge, I am forced to acknowledge that this Kiri shawl will never be done to my satisfaction (i.e., to an adequate size) in time for the closing ceremonies next weekend.
The mistake I made - thinking that I could estimate how many rows I'd have to knit from the number that the original designer did, even though they used a heavier weight yarn and much larger needles - was a rookie error. No, even a rookie should have seen that laceweight yarn on size 1 Addi's would be hugely different in gauge than a DK-weight yarn on size 7's. Duh.
I had thought I'd go ahead and just make Kiri as big as I could, settling for a smaller shawl if necessary. But the truth is, the pressure of deadlines and Minimum Daily Knitting Requirements is getting to me, and I wouldn't be happy with a shawl I can't wrap adequately around my shoulders.
Rather than completely disassociate myself from the Olympics, however, I have decided to switch my allegiance to Margene's Eddie Along. I will continue to work on Kiri, but I will go ahead and make her the size I want her to be, and I will enjoy the process without requiring myself to knit a minimum portion every day.
I will even allow myself to work on other neglected projects as I desire. And I get to leave the house for casual, non-knitting outings, too! <g>
This decision was made this morning. To kick-start the new phase of my reality, Gryphon and I went on an outing today, shopping at local bead and yarn shops, having lunch at a classic diner, and generally enjoying the sunny - if windy - New England day.*
It didn't take long for me to feel more refreshed and relaxed than I have been all week. I couldn't entirely resist taking knitting with me. But it was a neglected sock that was put aside for the Olympics that got the knitterly love, while Kiri sat home cooling her needles.
Other than making that initial mis-calculation, that is. If I'd made a proper estimate, I would have selected a different project for my Olympic challenge. But, although I won't qualify for the gold medal this time, I am glad that I made this attempt. I've been sitting on that laceweight yarn since last August, saying "I'm going to knit a lace shawl, really I am".
And look at me - I'm knitting a lace shawl!
*More about today's outing later this week - there were a few Knitting Around stops!