Monday, February 13, 2006

Winter Olympic Challenge - tripped at the first jump!

I cast on yesterday using Jaeger's Chamonix with the intention of knitting a jumper as my Olympic challenge.

Bit of a problem that it was day 2 of the Olympics rather than the openning ceremony! Oh well.

Knitted a tension square - decided I needed to go up a whole needle size from 6.5mm to 7.5mm (yes I am a tight knitter) - discovered that I didn't own 7.5mm needles! - knitted the band of the jumper with 6.5mm and ... went to bed.

Then today - couldn't find 7.5mm needles in the city (except those awful grey plastic birch ones - which I bought in desperation but won't use) - called Wool Baa and found out they have 7.5mm casein needles but not sure when I can get there to pick them up.

Got home from work - examined my knitting - decided it was way too sloppy - pulled it all out - decided to knit another jumper instead from the same book - and have started to cast on again...

What a comedy of errors and false starts!

As a result I have substantially revised my ambition and quite frankly if I finish the back of the jumper by the end of the olympics it will be a huge achievement!


Anonymous Rob said...

I think that it would be a good experience for you to use the "awful grey plastic birch" needles to see how the other half knitts. Also, who is goinig to be the lucky recipient of the new "Olympic" jumper?

10:25 AM  
Blogger lisette said...

the whole idea of the knitting olympics makes me feel ill from anxiety!! i am such a finisher as you know...what is chamonix? and what pattern did you end up choosing?

11:47 AM  
Blogger Taphophile said...

Oh poop. Isn't it always the way with needles? What a sorry tale. Do hope the new pattern works well, though.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Taphophile said...

Cheering like mad out here and both "my" Olympians are stalled. Hope you're too busy knitting to blog. :)

9:45 PM  

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