Even before attending Saturday's all-day photography workshop, I knew that I wouldn't meet all of my lofty finishing goals for the Knitting Olympics.
Let's take it from the top:
My Habu Sweater
At Opening Ceremonies: I had a completely knitted back and needed to knit the two fronts before sewing up.
At Closing Ceremonies: I had two completely knitted fronts and am reknitting the back due to gauge issues. Yeah. One step forward, two steps back. Something like that. In the long run, I'll be much happier. As of this evening, this will be the only thing on my needles 'til it's finished. I've already purchased the buttons!
Mom's Habu Vest
At Opening Ceremonies: I had all of the pieces knit and a huge mental block about blocking and sewing them up. They looked so small, I didn't think they'd ever become an adult-sized garment.
At Closing Ceremonies: Done and delivered! The Habu fibers are extraordinary and the finished garment is simply amazing. It suits my mother to a T and she loves it. Things don't get much better than that.
At Opening Ceremonies: I had all of the pieces knit and blocked. The sweater needed sewing up, a little bit of finish crocheting, and buttons.
At Closing Ceremonies: Finished! And completely fabulous.
At Opening Ceremonies: All of the pieces were knit and blocked. I needed to sew them up, knit the collar, attach buttons.
At Closing Ceremonies: Sleeves are sewn in and collar is underway. I've had several false starts on that collar, and some difficulty determining Right from Wrong -- I'm pretty sure I'd have made it if I'd been thinking more clearly. Three-quarters of the way, I tore it out completely and started over last night. I'll be casting off tonight and all that will remain are side and sleeve seams and the sewing on of three buttons. I cannot wait. I love this thing.
At Opening Ceremonies: I had all of the pieces knit. They needed to be blocked, sewn up, collar and buttonband knit, and buttons attached.
At Closing Ceremonies: So very, very close. I am down to sewing on buttons. The buttonholes turned out too big, so I'm crocheting around each one (which is killing my wrist, so slow going). It is gorgeous and fits Maddy like a dream. It's a cotton sweater, so perfect for spring. So timely.
At Opening Ceremonies: I had a sewn up sweater in need of button band, buttons, and collar. It was just a wee bit snug. And a tad short. I tried it on several times while pondering my (very few) options (at least in my mind).
At Closing Ceremonies: The sleeves have been detached. The rest of it needs to be pulled apart for an inevitable frogging and re-knitting. (Yeah, it was sort of a foregone conclusion.) It's sad, but not as sad as a too-tight, too-short finished sweater that I never wear -- and I want to wear it. I will make it so. Eventually.
I missed the gold medal, but I did my best and I am quite satisfied with my performance -- and momentum. Thanks for all the encouragement along the way!!