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Pumped

So, this obscure Canadian blogger, whose name I can't seem to remember just this minute (Fiber Tart? Wool Strumpet? Something like that), has come up with a fun play-along-at-home game for knitters. You're to cast on for a project during the opening ceremonies of the Torino Olympics, and push yourself to finish before the games are over. It's a cute idea, but really, nobody reads her (what IS her name? Thread Trollop?), and I'm worried that no one will sign up and it'll never get off the ground. Too bad, because it seems like it would be fun.

Heh. Did I fool you? I'm talking, of course, about the inimitable Yarn Harlot, and the fearsmomely popular Knitting Olympics she's got going. I'm a bit late to the game, but I joined today - my goal will be to knit this lovely thing.

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This is Frost Flowers and Leaves, from Meg Swansens' collection A Gathering Of Lace. I wish a better picture, which included a good shot of the motifs, was available, but this will have to do - I searched for finished shawls, but my sorely lacking Google Blogsearch skills failed me. I just remembered - Tia finished a gorgeous one in July! You can really see the beautiful center pattern in her photo.

You know the drill - I'm going to downsize the Hee-YUGE piece with My Favorite Cobwebweight Lace Yarn (Merino Oro, of course) and smaller needles, maybe something like 2.25 or 2mms. I'm thinking a dusty rose color - or maybe, if I'm feeling nutty the day I buy it, a deep claret shade. Would be fun to wear with black pinstripes, yes?

I do anticipate this being a challenge. I'm guesstimating that it will take the same number of stitches as, say, the Fir Cone Square, which I finished in exactly 14 days, but the lace pattern is a lot more interesting for Frost Flowers. Where the Fir Cone had a center square with a simple, small, repetitive pattern that took all of three days to finish, this one looks to be a larger, more complex pattern from the start, which will be harder to memorize and impossible to knit on autopilot.

Insanity is totally underrated.

Right now, I'm knitting this:

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It doesn't look like much, now, but the chart I'm drawing as I knit goes on to great things. Well, maybe. I don't know yet. We'll see when there's a little more substance to judge.

More Deep V Pattern Notes

My continuing thanks to everyone who's purchased or is considering buying the pattern, and to everyone who's said nice things about it. A couple quick things:

  • There has been some demand for the pattern in larger sizes. I'm drawing the charts tonight for 44", 46", 48" and 50" busts, and they will be available as a seperate file included with any further purchases. If you've already bought and received your pattern, but you'd like the extra file, just let me know and I'll be happy to email you the download information. Please give me a day or so, though - I don't use any software to put these together; it's just me and my calculator and my graph paper (well, the graph paper is in PhotoShop, but still). Thanks for your patience.
  • Everyone who has purchased a pattern should, one way or another, have it in their hands by now. Please let me know if you don't, and I'll remedy the situation right away.

Thanks again!

Comments

Now THAT's a good one for the challenge! Beautiful shawl, can't wait to see the progress!

I agree. Gorgeous shawl! Hmm, now I can't wait to get my hand on that book.

I am so excited you are upsizing the vest! I bought it with plans on enlarging it myself, but quickly realized that would really take a piss on your gorg work. I'll get you a shout in a few days and see if I can nab a copy of the larger sizes. Thank you SO FREAKING MUCH!

Hello,

I just found your blog last night and bought the pattern :) I'm very very happy that you're making the bigger sizes because I tried to figure it out but my brain wasn't cooperating LOL.
I also wanted to let you know that I'm moderator of a yahoo group for the FFL shawl. I know there's a few pictures of finished ones on the net. Let me know if you'd like the link to the group!

Cheers Eva

PS to my previous post... one of the ladies in the yahoo group designed a triangular version of it and there's a downloadable excel file so that you can see the number of stitches knitted and so on.
Cheers again, Eva (sweetpea at sweet-p dot net)

Oooh, last night I saw Frost Flowers in my Barbara Walker treasury and I thought "that's a great pattern". I was looking for an interesting pattern for a spring stole. I think you're on to a winner here.

Did Yahaira send you some photos yet? If not, completely ignore this comment, and if so, well, let her or me know if you want to use that yarn for this project. It is sufficiently cobweb-esque.

That is a gorgeous shawl! I don't knit well under pressure so I'll be a knitting olympics voyeur, I'm sure you'll do great, though!

Ohhhh my gosh--I'm looking forward to seeing you knit that shawl. How exciting!

I'm going to be an Olympic athlete as well, and I'm doing your vest! Just need to get a hold of some yarn so that I can train...um, swatch.

And speaking of training, thanks for your positive comments about my triathlon training. I guess it really isn't "just" a hobby for me - more like an obsession. But I don't think of that as a bad thing, b/c most triathletes are obsessed about the sport. As far as being able to take it further than just a hobby - like doing it professionally - that'll never happen. I'm a very average triathlete. I did qualify for the National Triathlon Championships last year (which I didn't go to b/c I was training for Ironman Wisconsin), but that was a fluke.

One more thing to add to this already too-long comment: I'm going to be in what I think is your neck of the woods the second weekend in March and would love a chance to meet you, maybe for sushi or Indian food, or to peruse your LYS. Are you going to be around then?

Yay for the larger sizes, now I'll be buying in as well! :)

That will be quite a challenge! But here's the problem with the Knitting Olympics - so many are going to be so busy knitting that there'll be little or no time for blogging...

check you email!

that's going to be a fun challenge! gor for a deep shade...yum

Oh my god! You are a truly fearless soul! Go, Eunny, go!

Wow, I am impressed with what you chose for the knitting olympics! I can't wait to see how you get along. However, not to dampen your enthusiasm, but you realize the FF&L shawl calls for more than twice the yardage you used on the Fir Cone, right?

personally, i think you are bordering on insane. however i am very keen to observe your progress from the sidelines! i might even have to make some cheerleading pom poms to encourage you.

i hae been wanting to make that shawl for ages now and currently am seeing my sports psychologist in order get into the right mental state to tackle it. like you - i have been oscillating between a dusky pink or a deep claret, but i am thinking of using the zephyr silk/merino blend.

Clearly all that pattern writing and graphing has pushed you past the point of reason! You're nutty, but it's knitting, so it's nutty in a good way. I can't wait to see your progress and the claret would be fabulous!

Oh, I am so anxious to see if you can knit the Frost Flowers in the allotted Olympics timeframe! It took me six weeks, but after reading your blog for awhile, I realize you're quite the speedy knitter, so I don't doubt you can make it. Can't wait to see it in the cobweb weight. I used Zephyr silk/merino, and it's delicious, but, as you accurately stated, Hee-YUGE. Have fun.

Excellent!! You'll probably finish the FFL shawl before me...and I started around X-mas. :)

That's been on my needles for a year come May. If you do it in 16 days I'm setting my yarn on fire because clearly I have no business acting like I can knit.

Lovely shawl!
I have to thank you for introducing me to the wonderful Merino Oro! I'm sure you'll be amazing us all with your contribution for the Knitting Olympics.

Oh, you're funny!

I love that shawl and it's on my ephemeral "To Do" list someday. It's just gorgeous. And judging by the speed with which you've finished some other patterns, I think that certainly seems doable for you. (I'm still reeling at how fast you finished your Union Square Market Pullover.) Go for it--it's going to be stunning!

That's one of my life knitting goals, but really? In 16 days? I will be impressed, and perhaps encouraged to try it sooner rather than later. That pattern scares me a little.

I have pictures of my FF&L shawl in progress. Of course, mine isn't completed yet...it's been on hold for over a year. Perhaps your work will inspire me to pick it up again and complete it. Check out pics here of you like http://www.geocities.com/tplemel/knitting/laceshawl.html

Wow, what a beautiful shawl! Unlike others, I don't think you're crazy for attempting that for the KO; I'm impressed enough with your knitting to believe you'll not only finish it, but make an even prettier one than in the picture!

BTW, whatever happened to the felted cloche from King Kong you were working on? I have been dreaming of that hat since I saw the movie.

I've been admiring frost flowers forever - can't wait to see yours. Claret would be so elegant . . .

WOW!!! Your challenge is beautiful! Good luck.

You really could do with joing the F F&L Yahoo group, there are lots of hints about some of the trickier bits and some clever person has done a spread sheet that tells yo how far you have got depending on which row you have completed. It would be great to use for your daily olympic updates :-)

"Wool Strumpet," hehehehehehehe.

I just finished that shawl and it was a really fun addictive knit. Am glad you are downsizing though. I just knitted according to pattern and it ended up being a bedspread!
Good luck!

I made a stole out of the frost flowers pattern about 20 years ago and remember it as being much easier than it looks. I can't recall if I memorized it, but it was my bus knitting so it couldn't have been too hard. The leaves will make the first bit a little more complicated -- looks like fun. Go for it!

Oh - I love this shawl. While I knit Flirty Ruffles for someone else, I will follow your progress and live vicariously & covetously through you!!

And I thought I was insane for spinning the yarn for my entry.

You're certifiable. But, you know, in a good way.

This is cool, you have to try it. I guessed 67143, and this game guessed it! See it here - http://www.funbrain.com/guess/

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