After a weekend knitting marathon, I am THIS CLOSE to finishing my Mom’s afghan. You may note that my deadline to finish the afghan was January 15th. That was, of course, before I realized that I hadn’t finished one of the squares. I did finish the edging my the 15th and now I’m working on the completion of that square. I would like to get it in the mail tomorrow. I worked non-stop on it this weekend, thinking it wouldn’t be possible to finish it, but giving it my best try. And, I finished it. I am amazed! I still have nothing to show for it, since I didn’t want to show it to you unfinished, so I promise a picture filled post with my afghan in all it’s glory tomorrow.
Since I have finished one marathon, I am embarking upon another knitting challenge. The 2006 Knitting Olympics! Yes, I’m a joiner, and I’m okay with that. One of my New Year’s goals was to challenge myself with some Fair Isle Knitting, a first for me. I thought there was no better venue in which to learn a new skill than when on a 16 day time schedule. Yes, I’m a joiner AND I’m crazy. But really, I figured I might as well make my many hours in front of the TV watching the olympics productive. Now, I have to decide upon an item to knit. I want to learn Fair Isle so I can knit Helga. I refuse to spend the money to make this sweater without first refining my Fair Isle skills. Since this is my first go at Fair Isle, and I want it to be a fairly inexpensive endeavor, I am thinking about making a Teddy Bear Sweater (a la Threadybear) or a baby sweater (since there are many babies on the horizon for my friends).
This is where you come in. Do you have a pattern that you would recommend to a newbie Fair Isle-ist? Please help, my Gold Medal depends on it. 😉