Thursday, February 16, 2006

Breaking Olympic records on the train

The first week is nearly up. This is what I had created by the Knit Lincs meeting on Saturday afternoon:

The 22 rows of rib at the bottom of the jumper. The pattern wanted 1 x 1 ribbing which I LOATHE, so it's 2 x 2 and looking fine. Just to prove that I wasn't knitting on my sad old lonesome:

Another record-breaking Knit Lincs meeting. I think there were 14 of us, but I kind of lost count, what with people wandering around admiring patterns/books and chatting. This meeting wasn't quite as crazy as the last one, when we arrived during a music recital and just before the Community play started (loads of people wandering around in costume!).

Today was a total record-breaker:

All of that sleeve was knitted today on the train to and from London, I just have a few ends left to weave in. I have decided that Denise needles are essential Olympic equipment - it's so useful being able to use the cords as stitch holders. I left the body of the jumper at home today on its cords and just took the needle ends and another cord to do the sleeve (I didn't think there'd be enough left of the body to fill the train journey). So I think I'm on schedule, as long as this jumper gets finished over the weekend and the next one started. The next one won't be quite as psychedelic...

Today I also visited V V Rouleaux for the first time. Wow, very very yummy shop. Didn't buy anything (and was disappointed as I thought there might be buttons and beads there too). But there was SO much other stuff, I did lots of stroking, fondling and drooling. Then I trotted off to the Button Queen - also fab. Friendly staff and I did buy something but it's a secret! ;-) And then I was right by John Lewis so had to pop in - had never seen the yarn dept so crowded. The yarn ladies were rushing around refilling shelves, and as fast as they did that crowds of people were emptying them. There were almost balls of wool flying through the air!

I had also intended to visit the Cloth House and Persephone Books, but ran out of time (that's what drooling does!). Ah well there's always next week!

8 comments:

Anne said...

Looking good - and even louder than mine ;-)

Glad to see Knit Lincs is getting bigger - I've finally listened to your 15 min of fame - on my new MP3 player no less. Very impressed.

Nic said...

The knitting is coming on. Must be all the cheering you're getting from the sidelines from us slackers who didn't compete ;o)
Sorry I've not made KnitLincs again. I want to come and play but its just baby illneses and grumpy menfolk stopping me. (Nothing major then Nic!!)
Nic
x

KnitYoga said...

Glad to hear knitting is alive and well in Lincs! The jumper looks great - really happy and bright - and it looks like you're well on schedule with your Olympic knitting. Your shopping/drooling expedition sounds like it was fun. Do J J Rouleaux sell yarn??

Anonymous said...

That jumper is really coming along beautifully!

/SP - AKC

jess said...

go girl....

Anne said...

Yes, yours is definitely more psychedelic than mine!

btw - I've also sent you an email - a couple have been bounced back - can you let me know if the latest gets to you?

Ta muchly!

Mary Anne said...

Yay for you, Olympic knitter! Way to go. I love the photo of you working away on your project. I hope you are taking some rest breaks in between.

Amelia said...

I love your sweater, you really are doing a fine job of it. Isn't VV Rouleaux just a heavenly place? I am never sure what I would do with all that ribbon, but I think a cardy with some edging has to be in order one day.