Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympics Knitting

This is it folks. I had ambitious plans for Olympics knitting, but tearing out my sweater just above the waistband, well - it just kinda took the wind out of my sails. I completed one of my targets - Falling Leaf socks from handspun, hand dyed Merino. I struggle with the pattern, switching needles to make the pattern work. I wish someone would write it down so I could follow it. My favorite socks are an earlier rendition so I just kept knitting.
The reward is in the wearing. I think this pattern makes awesome socks. I just wish I could figure it out so I don't have to fight it. At my toes is my book club book, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I manage about 100 pages a day during Olympics commercials. I don't like the book at all, so I'm glad to be able to make good use of the commercials.

This is my other bit of Olympics knitting. I made these both yesterday. Can you imagine what they are. Camo Christmas ornaments??? Charlie doesn't have a clue. Do you??

I stopped by the hospital when I was town on Friday to visit Vickie. She was
admitted on Monday and they're keeping her there until Rowdy is born. She's at 31 weeks and they're struggling to gain more time for him, one day at a time. Earlier in the week, she had said his heart rate was weak and they were planning a c-section. However, when I walked down the hall to her room, I could hear his heart pounding strong. He's on a monitor and they have it turned up loud and proud. These are camo premie hats in two sizes for him. I hope he never needs the small one. Thanks for the pattern, Vickie. I didn't know I would need it so soon.


Leigh said...

I listened to Ken Follett's World Without End on CD. The parts about historical dyeing were interesting, but too often the characters of the book seemed to have too modern of a mindset for my liking. All and all, it was unsatisfying and I doubt I'll ever read it's prequel.

The premie hats are precious.

marion said...

I love the socks, and the premi hats. And yes, I also hope the little one doesn't need the smallestone. I don't know who Vicky is, but I will think about here this week as a woman for another woman does. Maybe the thought will help her a little.

Theresa said...

Beautiful socks and I have done that pattern. Liked knitting the pattern quite a bit as I remember.
Hmm Pillars of the Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed it when I read it about 12 years ago and bought the sequel
World Without End, which is just awful. I never finished it. Maybe it hit the give away pile last time?
Well, as a wise person once said to me, it would be a long line at the door if we all liked the same thing!
Indeed it would be. ;-)


The socks look great and the hats are adorable. I pray the baby can hold off a bit, it's tough to go through I gave birth to my daughter at 32 weeks gestation, she's now 21 and as beautiful as she was when she fit in a shoe box. Lots of love and prayer for Vicky and the baby.

Annie said...

I'll try again: Blogger didn't want to let me send any comments earlier.
What is the problem with the sock pattern? They look great to me!
The hats are so small... It reminds me of last year, when grandson 3 was born (c.section) early. You saw him on my blog, celebrating his first birthday.
Thinking of you.

Tina said...

53 years ago I was born 2 months early, weighing in at just over 3 lbs. I was a miracle baby, the youngest baby to survive. You would never know it looking at me. I hope the baby stays nestled in for as long as she possibly can.

beadlizard said...

Hoping V's bed rest worked as well as mine did. The hats are beautiful.

I don't read icky books anymore. Time is too short and there are so many good ones out there! I'd probably just skim it for a book club...

bspinner said...

You put me to shame!! All I knit during the Olympics were three very simple hats but then I couldn't watch TV and knit something to complicated at the same time. During the commericals I read Sue Grafton's latest book. Great socks!!! The hats are cute and I'm sure some lucky little one will love them.

vlb5757 said...

My goodness. What a surprise to see my name on your blog. I am thrilled that you made the hat(s). I didn't know you would need them so soon either. Please tell Vickie good luck with the baby. I hope that everything goes well! I am sure the baby will look wonderful in your newly made preemie hats. You socks look really wonderful too. I have never been able to get my wpi to fingering. I do keep tyring though. It would be great to spin and then knit a pair of socks. I have made a few things but socks is not one of them. Practice, practice, practice!

Benita said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't like Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I tried after everyone in my knitting group raved over it, but I couldn't get past the first chapter and quietly gave it back to the person who loaned it to me.

Lovely socks!!!! I have Vicky and the baby in my prayers.

Kathy said...

Cool beans!