May 01, 2007
I'm Last, I'm Last!
When my boys were young they loved to race from the car to the front door. Inevitably my older son would win screaming all the way, "I'm first, I'm first". My younger son, with equal joy, sped down the walkway hollering, "I'm last, I'm last". This wise child knew that the real joy of competition is the race itself.
So with equal joy I'm hollering, "I'm last, I'm last"! Congratulations once again to Michelle for winning the 2007 KnitOff. Her speed, persistence, fabulous knitting skills, and excellent attitude make her a true champion.
I cannot wait to wash and block this beautiful piece of lace -- It should be large enough to wear as a shawl. Interested in knitting one for yourself? You can find the pattern here.
Well done! It's so lovely, and I'd say there was nothing wrong in being "last" in this!
Posted by: Mary de B | May 1, 2007 10:43:46 AM
Posted by: Kate | May 1, 2007 10:49:06 AM
Congratulations on being such a great competitor! And while you may be last - you certainly didn't lose - not when you have such a beautiful piece of knitting to show for your efforts. Congratulations again!
Posted by: Cara | May 1, 2007 11:07:23 AM
Congratulations! Amazing accomplishment! And the resulting doily is just beautiful.
Posted by: hege | May 1, 2007 11:25:04 AM
You've done such an amazing job and got tons of amazing knits now to show it off ;)
Posted by: yuvee | May 1, 2007 11:40:29 AM
What an amazing demonstration of speed & skill. It was very impressive that you blogged throughout the knitting. When my children compete I always ask them - did you do your best? did you have fun? If the answer is yes, you are a success.
Posted by: Beth in Seattle | May 1, 2007 11:47:10 AM
Just beautiful. I love the color around the edges. I woundered what color you would use when you first sugjested it The change worked very well. Your kids are really smart and I think I'll use that bit of wisdom in the future. Your an out standing knitter and a special friend I think we both won. Knit on and on and on and on LOL
Posted by: Michelle | May 1, 2007 12:06:51 PM
Yay, Nona, Yay! Great looking whatever you want it to be, and as you say: let us all knit on,
Posted by: Rachel | May 1, 2007 12:59:39 PM
Yay Nona! Way to knit Nona!
It was so fun to cheer all you mad knitters on. :)
Thanks for partaking!
Posted by: Lynn | May 1, 2007 1:47:31 PM
What weight yarn did you use, and how many
yards/how much weight? What size needles?
(I fully realize I'll need smaller needles
than most people 'cause I'm so laid back, but
a starting reference is usually helpful). I went
to the pattern, but it jumps right in to
knitting instructions without other clues.
I love that you made it wearable. Hope you can
relax and enjoy it now.
Posted by: Barbara-Kay | May 1, 2007 2:04:27 PM
How the heck to you block something round? (I know, with great patience). I'm knitting my first lace - it's a rectangle and already I'm terrified by the impending blocking. That fear must be what's causing all my mistakes, right? I'm afraid to finish and have to block it?
Posted by: Tee | May 1, 2007 2:17:02 PM
Yeah, nona! I'm glad you had fun. I certainly had fun cheering you on.
Posted by: Laura | May 1, 2007 3:14:10 PM
A mantilla, darling. I think you've knitted a mantilla.
Posted by: Kat | May 1, 2007 3:48:01 PM
Congratulations on a race well run!
Posted by: Paula | May 1, 2007 4:46:51 PM
I also had fun cheering you on and if actors and actresses can tout their Academy Award nominee status, then you are a 2007 Knitoff finalist and there is plenty of knitting cachet with that.
Posted by: Sonya | May 1, 2007 5:16:21 PM
I'm with barbara-kay! What's the yardage you used for that sucker? I think I just may need to give it a try.
Posted by: PuppyMomma | May 1, 2007 5:29:04 PM
i received my prize! thank you so much for your generosity! i loved everything.
Posted by: maryse | May 1, 2007 6:45:47 PM
Well done and way to celebrate the experience. My nephew used to shout "We all won" and then he would say "Remember that time" and do a quick recap of the whole experience
Posted by: Christy / Not Hip | May 1, 2007 6:46:54 PM
I have enjoyed watching you speed your way to this joyous last. It really has encouraged me to see the fun, friendly, good-spirited competition in 2007 KnitOff and Sock Madness. Your new shawl is beautiful already and will be absolutely gorgeous once it is blocked.
Posted by: Sarah | May 1, 2007 8:50:12 PM
You may have come in last, but you're still a winner to me! Great job, and the lace is beautiful.
Posted by: Annie | May 2, 2007 3:17:37 AM
You are truly a gracious competitor! And how could you possibly lose when you have such a gorgeous shawl as a reward?
Posted by: June | May 2, 2007 5:49:59 AM
Well done you. It was great being in the knit off with you, even if you did trounce me in our round. You and Michelle did really well, and I know I wouldn't have had the staying power for that last round.
Make sure you KIT, and I'm sure I'll see you next time yarnmonkey has a mad idea
Posted by: Yoshimi | May 2, 2007 7:18:15 AM
Hey lastie- Your still a winner in my book! What an exciting competition. Great determination and persistence. Beautiful lace!!!
Posted by: big fan on PA Ave. | May 2, 2007 11:37:35 AM
we all won watching you compete. amazing work!
Posted by: hpny knits | May 2, 2007 5:40:55 PM
Big!! congrats on the beautiful finish to the competition. Much admiration for you doing this. I am truly touched by the story of your boys, I think the younger one was in you in this one! I will patiently await the blocked pic as you rest :)
Posted by: Terry | May 3, 2007 5:57:56 AM
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