Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Back to the Grindstone

Reminds me of the old saw, grit your teeth, put your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel and then try working in that position. Still, it is time for a return to reality. That's it. The party's over. No more fun stuff. Get out your acrylic. The Special Olympic scarves are due January 15.

I was in a bit of a sweat because I couldn't remember where I'd hidden stuffed put my scarf when I embarked on the Great Red Shawl Odyssey. Then, once I'd found it, it was a lot shorter than I expected. Hard on the heels of this dismaying realization came another couple. I couldn't remember the pattern and I thought I'd buried the book (Scarf Style by Pam Allen) behind the Christmas tree. I hadn't. (Well, it was buried behind the tree, just not very deeply ).

I'm all over this scarf now, though, like Ivory on soap. See that bit of white yarn? The one near the top of the white stripes? Okay, maybe not. Scroll down to the next picture. Below that is all I'd accomplished up to the point when I ditched it, sure that despite my exhortations I would be the one to fall down on this project.

The rest is what I've done since I picked it up again on Monday.

But wait. There's more good news. According to the Special Olympics website, the scarves only need to be about 50 inches long. I thought I was barely half. It turns out I'm more like 75% done.

Ha! Even acrylic can't defeat a truly disciplined knitter, the one with her shoulder to the wheel and her nose to the grindstone. I bet if f I grit my teeth I can even finish this by Saturday.


Diane H said...

That answers two questions - when are these due and how long are they supposed to be. Now I guess I better get off Ravelry and start mine.

AmyArtisan said...

Your scarf is looking great! I "finally" cast on for mine yesterday afternoon - gotta love size 15 needles & the yarns held together. :)

Cathy said...

I thought I was half way done last night. It looked a little short, so I re-read the directions. YIKES! Instead of knitting just 7 bands the way I read it the first time, I need to knit a white band & a blue band 7 times for a total of 14 bands. It was those pesky parentheses that did me in.

A couple hours knitting today put me about the 75% mark...should finish this weekend.