Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Dreams

I actually managed to get out of the house today while the sun was shining for a little much-needed fiber therapy. Of course, the best place for that is Sheep Street. It's a long hike from my place, but it's always worth it. When I arrived, I couldn't help but stop and say hello to the ladies in the assisted-living pasture. They asked that I give their regards to Sophia and the other Golden Girls, then as I turned I heard them gossiping about who belonged to who and whether or not Blanche was married. I left them to it.

 
I didn't have time for chit chat. I had training to do. With Angie as my coach and Pirate, the cat, as the official judge I performed my first ever solo run at knitting.

 
I didn't win a gold medal, I didn't even make it close to the podium. But with Angie's expert tutelage, I mastered the cast on, knit, purl, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, ribbing and binding off technical aspects of the sport.


So ladies, those of you participating in Yarn Harlot's knitting olympics, look out. All I need is to work on my finesse. Four years from now, I may be a contender.

(Can you believe that Pirate lives in a yarn store and never bothers anything? I was home two minutes and Ethel was all over my ball of yarn. I may have to lock her in a room. Or me.)



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11 comments:

~Kim~ said...

All athletes have a place that they start, and it looks like you have found yours--Keep your stride and focus, and there is no question that you will be a gold medal contender!! :-) Enjoy your weekend!!!!

Angela said...

Give me and Penny a hollar next time you are down. It is 1 hr from us. And she loves it, I like it. LOL And we both love the furbabies out front.

Renee said...

Sounds like you have pretty much mastered it all. From those basics anything can be created - says the woman that has mastered the rectangle (washcloth, scarf, blanket).

Dianne MacDonald said...

You are well on your way. There's no turning back now. Soon you'll be wondering why you wasted so much time NOT knitting!

Milah said...

Can I put an order in for a pair of socks?

Dianna said...

Hey congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment learning all those stitches the first time out. I'm a crocheter myself, but I look upon knitters with great admiration!

melly~ said...

How fun! A new knitter is born. Welcome to the madness.
We must be practically neighbors. I love the drive to sheep street. And I could watch the girls for hours. Sounds as though you had a perrfectly lovely day.

I do feel the need to warn you, fiber is as addictive as heroin. Maybe worse. Though I haven't done devious things to get more yarn. Yet.

Enjoy!

Callie said...

That looks like fun. I found some of my knitting needles today. I really should get back to knitting.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Jump on in with a simple wash cloth or something!!!

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

I hope you love knitting as much as I do! And really- there are only 2 stitches- knit and purl- everything else is just a manipulation of those two stitches. Enjoy!
kim

Benita said...

I know those people!!! Tell Angie that Benita said "HI!" the next time you see her.

Don't you just love Sheep Street? I love Nancy and all the sheep and just the whole place. Too bad it's an hour and a half from me and I don't get there as often as I like.