Well, today is the today. The Knitting Olympics started without me, though. I wasn't able to start knitting at the beginning of the opening ceremony. Here on the US West coast, that happened at 11:00 am PST. Sadly, I have to work to pay for yarn and needles and that is what I was doing at 11. I will start my knitting on Odessa tonight at 8 pm local time (the start of our Olympic broadcast). The color of this hat will be Thunder, which is a nice dark grey.
The current challenge posted to the CIC Yahoo Group is to make fingerless mitts to be given to the caretakers at the orphanages. I have almost finished my first pair and have to say that it worked up faster than expected. I have made a few pairs of mittens, but it has been a very long time. You most likely can tell that I live in Southern California and don't really have a need for many pairs of gloves. I do own a pair, but have only worn them once this winter. Hopefully, they will languish in the darkness of my glove compartment for another year.
This is my first of the mitts:
I am using Reynolds' Odyssey, a pretty marled merino wool. I will finish the second mitt while watching the Super Bowl and then try to figure out what to start next.
This morning I made the drive to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company to do a little for my Secret Pal. Sorry, no photos to follow, but it's a secret, right? It was too overcast to get any good shots of the bay--guess I'll have to go again when the sun is shining.
I wasn't going to do this, but I am joing in the Yarn Olympics. Call me crazy, but I really want to make the Odessa hat from MagKnits and this seemed like the perfect excuse reason to try out a new-to-me-yarn and a new pattern. I bought two balls of Rowan's Cashsoft DK and will try to make up two hats (minus the beads) for my sons during the 16 days of the Olympics.