Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I've failed!

I am so traumatised i can't even re write it all.
For an update go to
Im sorry for letting the team down but congrats to all of you who were medallists.
Well done!

Olympic Gold Medallists

I have sent a list of all the participants in Team Scotland to the Yarn Harlot.

You can download your certificate from

You can also download your gold medal, beautifully designed by Franklin
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Please download the medal to your own server, or photobucket will kick me off!

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Here are the handwarmers

Yes, ta da - here are the handwarmers - the model guy at work did a great job for me and my modelling career could take off from here (not with those dishwasher hands dearie!). - should have knit gloves after all - chapped hands are not in vogue this year!



Hello All,

How did it go? - I see by some posts - jolly good show for some of you!

My weekend was a disaster - well knitting wise. I was still house/dog/cat sitting till Sunday when I had to "change houses". I did try to knit a little but found a mistake and had to rip it out. On Saturday we had a LARGE snowfall - there was tons of snow so I helped Hannah built a snow fort (for 3 hours) and decided that was time well spent (I also spent 3 hours shovelling the bosses and neighbours driveways!!!- me think I should get a medal for that Olympic effort!)

Also, calamity, struck - I fell down the stairs at the bosses house and hurt my arm so that delayed progress - then I had to deal with mice in the house - Hannah was quite upset.

So... drum roll... due to circumstances beyond my control... I will enter my handwarmers as my finished project. They are nothing to write home about! but something is better than nothing.

I have enjoyed "getting back to knitting" and have several projects I wish to do in the future. But for now I must try to finish the baby sweater. Hannah must know me well cause she said "will the sweater be finished before the baby is born" (not mine - someone at work!) baby is due in June and in all confidence I have said "yes". I never make a promise I cannot keep.

So me fellow team mates - what now after the Olympics - what plans do you have now - are we disbanded until the next Olympics or....................?? are we doing another challenge.

I will post the hand warmer picture today - the model-maker at work has the camera.

Cheerio the noo
Carolyn and Hannah

Sunday, February 26, 2006


Socks have been completed, ends sewed in, washed, and they're hanging to dry as I type.


This has confirmed what I always knew: I enjoy the process of knitting (and designing) as much if not more than the actual completion.

Team Scotland Knits

Team Scotland Knits

I did it! I just finished my socks. My husband can't believe it--I started the 2nd one on Wednesday. With almost no time to knit, I feel quite the Olympian. :-) As well as looking after almost 11 month old twins and all the laundry and bottle steaming that that entails, I had a death in the family and planned a funeral, too. :-( (I am about the only surviving member of one side my original family (stateside) who is under 97 and sane.) While the Knitting Olympics added some stress, it also helped me deal with all of the other stuff. However, I'm thankful that I chose one of the easier patterns in the new Charlene Schurch book--I would have never finished the one that I liked best...I'm off to bednow--usually there by 10:30 at the latest since the birth of the babies, I was up until almost 1 a.m. last night, decreasing gussets! I feel like duplicate stitching 5 golden rings on the socks...

Best wishes to all of you for finishing in time--I have loved reading about your projects, especially those Sanquahar (sp?) gloves--perhaps I'll knit those for the next Olympics, but probably not until I send the wee bairns off to college!

Cheers to All!

Sheila in Boston
P.S. I think that I will send the socks to my cousin in Scotland!


Well, I've got one three-needle-bindoff and one complete toe to go.

Will I finish? Not sure, as tomorrow, like today, is a busy day in the pub and I'm unlikely to have much time for knitting.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Nearly there - it's looking like a Rogue

Well, the knitting itself is finished on the hoodie. Woohoo! My son was clicking off the rows as I was finishing and cheering me on (although he did say I should be disqualified for not having the TV on). I took lots of lovely pictures which are just way too dark to post. Maybe we'll get enough sunshine soon.

Now I have lots of finishing to do - the body is knit in the round but the sleeves aren't. It all needs a block as well. I did a preliminary grafting of the top of the hood last night just to see how it came together, not bad but it needs some adjusting. I am quite enamored of how the cables encircle the hood. And how nicely the kangaroo pocket fits - I keep putting things in and taking them out. I am insufferably giddy that it all fits together and works. I will be about the millionth knitter to rave about how well the pattern is designed and written, but rave I must. I hope my sister will feel fabulous in it. I really hope it fits well, as she is in Ireland and not available for try ons.

This has been a quite a learning experience. I had done plain old cables before, but not the closed loop Celtic knot type, and not cables where you take stitches off the cable needle in 2 different steps. I haven't done a fitted garment for eons, either. Or grafted for years; I love doing toe-up socks to avoid grafting. Now I'm thinking of doing more cables, maybe something like the Eris pattern by the same designer for myself.

I hope everyone's projects are going well. With any luck, I can post some pictures in the next day or two. I'd love to see everyone else's too.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Last Herculean Effort

Hello All,

Well no time this week at all to even contemplate knitting.

Working fulltime and house/animal sitting is taking a toll on the time left for anything.

Me thinks the baby jacket is out the window that I started last weekend..... still house sitting this weekend and trying to accommodate Hannah's plans with her friends for the weekend. I cannot spread myself any thinner.

However, all is not lost as I forgot to mention that last weekend I tried to felt a couple of squares I had knitted with the intention of making them into some kind of bag. Did not work out - say no more- so I guess maybe the final entry will be a couple of squares to eventually go with 50 million other ones for a blanket. Well, something is better than nothing!!

Will not be checking in till Monday when it is all over and done and my sanity has returned.

On behalf of us for the Team I think we all done good in our own way.

I'll be back!!!
Carolyn and Hannah

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Well, I'm back in the land of the connected after a week away from the mayhem at the hotel.

Progress on the sock has been slow but steady (I suppose you'd put me in the cross-coutry skiing category) and I've hopes of finishing (but probably not blocking) by the deadline.

I hope to have piccies on my blog tomorrow, but it all depends on how busy the pub gets as we've no staff at all. Yuck.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Me, quiet?

There's a first!

I am having tons of trouble getting to my knitting--everything here is helter-skelter. I finally finished up a proposal for a radio show (cross your fingers for me) and other than desperately wanting a packet of Hob Nobs, (and lemon curd!!!) I am not getting much done! Geeze, I better get to knitting something!!!