Sunday, February 14, 2010

Olympic Antics...

I have, excuse me, had four projects working in my knitting baskets... this one, a sweater for Little Man. The colors light my heart! Almost as much as knowing each stitch is just for him.

The afghan from h---! Passed this pattern up three times before taking it home with me. It just kept calling me back... Mercy me... a learning experience for sure! I'm still well within the novice ranking! My success with Little Man's last sweater obviously made me feel a bit too big for my britches! I am persevering... and being humbled.

And, occasionally, I celebrate making it through one repeat of the pattern without having to start over!! And, I do mean celebrate!

This is my calming piece... a prayer shawl that requires nothing of me, but to show up and move in rhythm... I need a piece like this to keep me going.

Then along came this! Friday night I was hopping through my favorite blogs and there on the Yarn Harlot was the post about the Knitting Olympics. Over two thousand folks had signed up to cast on a project with the lighting of the Olympic Flame and finish it in seventeen days... before the flame is put out. I mulled it over... and then, could not resist.

So early Saturday found me seeking yarn for Little Man's Easter Bunny! I have pledged to finish it before the flames go out. Geepers... how do you work four toothpicks at a time?? As you can see, I had to take a break from the toothpicks in order not to snap them in two and cast them into the fireplace!!

I will get to the bottom of running the toothpicks! Oh, what Little Man and blogging gets his Noni into! LOL!

Happy Valentine's to all! My Valentine sent me this most gorgeous bouquet. If the light ever gets better here (more cloudy, cold days), I'll get a better photo to share. This just does NOT do these beauties justice! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!


nanny said...

Well I wondered what you were doing or where you were? Now I see, you've been busy!!!!! I love the colors of the sweater...oh my...beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished product!

kim said...

I am rooting for you to get it done. What a challenge. I don't know how to knit. Don't think I could sit long enough to do that. My dear sister in law that has now passed away taught me how to crochet many many years ago. I learned it really quickly, but now I would not even know how to start.

Amanda said...

Little Man is one lucky boy! A beautiful sweater and a sweet bunny for his Easter prizes. But none of that compares to an upcoming visit! Woohoo!! Let the countdown begin - for your Olympic endeavors and for our visit! =)

Christine said...

Love it!
The projects!
The games!
The flowers (they came across beautifully)!
*Hearts & Hugs*

Solar Powered said...

Oh Noni, I think we must share a soul. The colors in that sweater are perfection and lillies are my favorite and I envy all that snuggly yarn goodness...great post!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

What lovely photos of the snow and houses! I love your knitting projects! I'm looking for someone to teach me! I knitted a little when I was about ten, but I've forgotten it all and none of the women of my family taught me any handwork! Woe is me! I've been watching some u-tube videos on crochet, and I think I might catch on, but wondering which is more difficult - knitting or crochet? I want to do both! I've done a little rug hooking (primitive type) and love it! That prayer shawl really intrigues me. Hope you'll share more about it! I could use something easy, repetitive and calming right now! lol
Have a great week!

California Girl said...

I like your colors and your choices in projects. They are useful and I bet they are very calming.

I would like very much to try knitting one of these days.

Betsy said...

Beautiful! I want lessons!:)

Lauri said...

Little Man is so lucky that you continue to persevere in your efforts! Great job, Noni!

Apron Senorita said...

Hi, so nice to meet you. I’m Yoli, a fellow “Texas Blogging Gal”. I made it my goal to visit each member’s Blog. I don’t want to just “drive-thru” to meet a quota, but instead to share the gift of friendship that God gives us all. I’m excited to read your inspirational stories and see your creative works. You are always welcomed for a visit at my blog.

It has been so exciting to visit your blog. I truly love the colors of yarn; I'm sure you can relate. My co-workers think I'm silly because as a single mom I should be out trying to find someone. I'm just trying to find fabrics and yarn. The "Little Man" is adorable!

God Bless You!
Yoli Kalkofen

Dana said...

Looks like you have a lot of fun projects in the works. Can't wait to see the final products. Beautiful colors for a little boy!

Texas Preacher Woman said...

What I'M coveting is that gorgeous red leather chair!


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