Dateline: Somewhere in Wisconsin where it is unspeakably cold
My Team Norway olympic knitting project is currently ahead of schedule. That’s good news, especially in view of the disappointing performance of the Norwegian skiers in the athletic olympics. It’s looking more and more as though it’s going to be up to the knitters to bring home the gold this year, so I’m doing what I can to hold up my end of the contest on this side of the Atlantic.
Both gloves are finished, one gauntlet is complete (as you can see) and the last gauntlet has been cast-on. Hell, I was feeling sassy enough to abandon this project last night for a cabled fingerless glove (ala Karen Alfke’s pattern) and finished the first in the pair before heading for bed.
Does that sound a bit Lindsey Jacobellis-y? Perhaps it is, but my justification is that the fingerless gloves will be a charitable donation, and one that also has a looming deadline. Still, it’s risky.
The knitting curmudgeon got a lot of flak last week for dissing this whole olympic knitting thang. I happen to think she went a bit far in comparing olympic knitters to dumb sheep, (I, for one, am mouthy AND smart – or maybe just smart-assy) but she did make an excellent point in responding to critics that this whole endeavor should be more than just a progress report on our individual projects. Are we learning anything, she wonders, about our knitting, about ourselves?
Here is what I’ve learned so far:
1. My Norwegian language skills are not as rusty as I feared. I was able to translate my pattern fairly easily and only had to consult my Norsk-Engelsk dictionary for one or two words.
2. Knitting gloves, with all those finger appendages, was not as boring and tedious as I assumed it would be based on my past attempts at projects like this. Repeated attempts at knitting a project you know you will use and enjoy is worthwhile. This was my third glove attempt and, despite my past experiences, I enjoyed this aspect of my project.
3. The gloves progressed much faster than the little cabled gauntlet. This was a big surprise and I’m still not sure why this should be true. The gauntlet pattern is easy to memorize and execute. More analysis needed on this point.
4. Coffee stirring straws . . .
Oh, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any colder around here, guess who‘s coming to my fair city today? grrrrrr