Wednesday, February 22, 2006

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    We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire . . .
    give us the tools and we will finish the job.

    -Winston Churchill


    On Monday you saw me with a whole big pile o' Am Kamin on my lap as I knit on the very beginnings of the fronts. Today I present the almost-completed left front (which is actually now *thisclose* to being done):Can we pause for a while and admire just how gorgeous this pattern is? I'm in love.

    Now I need to recalculate the buttonhole placement and I can spring forward with the right front. Remember our good friend row gauge? But for the first time, I'm feeling confident that it will all come together by Sunday. I even have the buttons already. I'd cross my fingers, but that would interfere with the knitting.

    Katja? Leah? Check in, will you?

    20 Comments:

    Blogger Lynda said...

    Wow - that is just so pretty!! Am I EVER going to be able to pay attention enough to knit something like that!??

    2/22/2006 3:21 PM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    Looking good, but I'm still not going to pick mine up ;-)

    2/22/2006 4:07 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    So pretty! Love the combo of the color and pattern - and the detail! Wow!

    2/22/2006 4:13 PM  
    Blogger Kristen said...

    It's beautiful! the yarn looks great with that pattern - the stitches look perfect. I'm risking repeating myself but I am continually in awe of how fast you knit! Congrats on all of the amazing progress; I can't wait to see the sweater all put together.

    2/22/2006 4:49 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That is possibly the most beautiful Aran I have ever seen! Do you have the pattern source - is this the same thing as "Crossed in Translation"? I've been trying to track that one down. I've found website, but not sure which magazine it's in.
    Dorothy
    http://www.missouristar.tyeppad.com
    dswaite@mac.com

    2/22/2006 4:54 PM  
    Blogger christine said...

    I agree-----------most lovely pattern, well executed.........I give you a 10! (oh, that's the old scoring, sorry)

    2/22/2006 5:25 PM  
    Blogger Charleen said...

    That is absolutely gorgeous. I can't believe how fast you are knitting, especially with such an intricate pattern.

    2/22/2006 5:51 PM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    I love that yarn. It has so much character.

    2/22/2006 5:55 PM  
    Anonymous Wonderland Knitter said...

    OMG! That is incredible! You are a true Olympic Knitter! Just gorgeous!

    2/22/2006 5:55 PM  
    Blogger Tamara said...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was browsing your galleries and I was floored by how gorgeous your work is and how productive you are! Where do you find the time? I don't see much "mindless knitting" going on there.

    Thanks for the sock advice. I'm glad I'm starting now in 1st year building my collection. :)

    2/22/2006 7:21 PM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Yay!!!! It is beautiful.

    2/22/2006 7:36 PM  
    Blogger Texanadian said...

    It is so beautiful compared to my first effort at socks for the Olympics! Socks are so cool and have grabbed me...I have more sock wool that I just bought... brown sheep handpaints and sockotta...I was at the knit shop last week and a nice german lady walked up to me and asked if i was taking part in the Knitting Oylmpics? She proceeded to tell me all about her daughter who is your Katja!!! She told me where to look and after some comfusion(and e-mailing the Katja in Finland!) I stopped in! Her Mom is so cool!!! Small wooly world huh? I just have to do the kirchner stitch on the socks and then I will be basking in my olympian glory!!! Good luck to all of you!!! May all your stitches b true!!!

    2/22/2006 7:38 PM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    You are a wonder! Knitting talent like this deserves some sort of media coverage!

    2/22/2006 7:50 PM  
    Anonymous Tam said...

    Wow! That is breathtaking--the pattern, the colorway, everything looks great!

    2/22/2006 7:51 PM  
    Anonymous katja said...

    i'm so totally blushing right now. my mom is so cute :) btw, i believe the blog has now reached my aunt in my hometown of Hamburg, Germany. hallo alleman!
    anyway, boards are done. almost anti-climactic really. but that's why we're saving the big surprise til tomorrow, stay tuned..
    as for the t-shirts, rachel, i loved the idea of the brown bear with knitting needles.
    tschuess, bis morgen (not that a post needs a stated good-bye, but this one's for you, theresa)

    2/22/2006 8:21 PM  
    Blogger JennyRaye said...

    How fab is that? A newpaper article with photos and everything!?!?! Awesome.

    But even more awesome is your Am Kamin!!! I'm jealous! Can't wait to get to mine.

    You so have the finish line in your sight~~keep pushing. You truly deserve your gold medal!

    2/23/2006 9:38 AM  
    Anonymous Cara said...

    When you get this done in sixteen freaking days you will be my HERO! hell - you're already my HERO!!!! I can't wait to see this sweater finished. As soon as these Olympics are over and I finish something languishing for almost a year, I'm up. You are truly INSPIRING! THANK YOU!

    2/23/2006 1:37 PM  
    Blogger Carrie K said...

    Look at how beautiful the yarn is? Good grief, woman, look at that beautiful knitting! That is one fabulous piece of work.

    2/23/2006 5:59 PM  
    Anonymous michelle said...

    I'm in awe that you picked this for your event - you so totally rock!! I love your yarn selection - and the sweater is amazing.

    Maybe when you done and the thrill of getting the gold has warn off you might do some hand holding. I'm still stuck on translating parts of the pattern. The whole www has it figured out - but not me :-)

    2/23/2006 7:10 PM  
    Anonymous Laurie said...

    That is so beautiful! Just choosing that pattern for Olympic knitting merits extra points in the artistic performance category.

    2/25/2006 6:17 AM  

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