February 07, 2006

Late entrant

Well, I have a feeling I’m going to regret this, but I just can’t help it. I hereby declare my participation in the Knitting Olympics!

I will, of course, be joining Team Canada organised by Kelly, if it’s not too late.

My project will be a self-designed gansey for Mark, made from the Briggs & Little I talked about here, using the books I also talked about in that entry: “Patterns For Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans” for the stitch patterns, and “Knitting Ganseys” by Beth Brown-Reinsel for the schematics and how-to. I’m still in the design phase, but I’ve got the front and back charted, so I just have the sleeves (and shoulder strap) to work out. This is intended to be Mark’s “New Brunswick Gansey”, to remind him of our stay here — the yarn is from New Brunswick, the patterns and construction are traditional, and I’m knitting it while we’re here.

As a first step (training!) I followed Beth Brown-Reinsel’s instructions for making a “sampler” gansey, which demonstrated the various techniques that will be used for the full-sized sweater. I haven’t taken a picture of it since I finished it, but here’s one of it almost finished:


Isn’t it cute? I have no idea what to do with it now, but I’ll figure something out.

Now, I am fully aware that there is very, very little chance that I’ll actually finish this in the 16 days of the Olympics, or that if I do I’ll have any time left over to work, write, eat, or sleep. But I was about to start working on this anyway, and this may give me incentive to get it done as quickly as possible, at least. Maybe Mark will even have a chance to wear it before winter’s over — if, that is, winter ever starts properly down here.

I’ll show the charts soon, maybe once I’ve finished the sleeve chart.

Of course, this is all so that I can put the buttons in my sidebar — I love the buttons!

Posted by Aven at February 7, 2006 12:17 PM

I did that sample! It graced one of my oldest dolls, until the sad day I needed the yarn to finish a felted purse for a friend.

The Olympics are all about striving.

Posted by: Carrie K at February 7, 2006 04:38 PM

Sometimes your images won’t open on my machine (today’s, for example). I had this problem with one of mine, and discovered I had to save it with a tag .JPG rather than .jpg. (I also added the dimensions, but don’t know if that mattered.) Is anyone else having this problem, or is it simply my own old computer?

Posted by: Sue at February 7, 2006 05:21 PM

You’re killing me! I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t joined the Olympics.

I’m still committed to being a spectator—Go Team Canada!

Posted by: Steph at February 8, 2006 10:03 AM

I will be a Team Canada spectator too. With a rambunctious puppy around it is currently a bit difficult to knit, read etc. Picture the knitting being grabbed from your hands and the ensuing pursuit of a joyous puppy running through the house trailing yarn…

Posted by: Paula at February 8, 2006 11:43 AM

Well, you should probably have a doll or bear or something to put it on. I love BBR’s knitting ganseys book. I actually learned a whole bunch of techniques from knitting that sampler, including how to read a chart. I’d recommend it to anyone. Can’t wait to see your self-designed project as it progresses!

Posted by: Cassie at February 8, 2006 12:11 PM

It’s hard to resist joining in, isn’t it? Don’t want to be left out of the knitting loop.

Good luck! That looks like one helluva project, but judging from what I’ve seen, you’ll achieve the gold.

Posted by: Dharma at February 10, 2006 12:20 AM

I did the sampler too and it was such good practice. I learned techniques I would have been nervous to try with the pressure of a full-size sweater. Beth B-R is a good teacher even in print.

I love the yellow yarn! Perfect antidote for a gray winter day.

Posted by: Sonya at February 10, 2006 10:42 AM