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April 02, 2007

Knit Off Round 3

I've been known to strongly declare -- some might even say boast -- that I can knit all day.  This declaration was put to the test on Saturday when I knit all day -- all day, all 18 hours with a lovely  break in the afternoon to attend Ingrid's baby shower -- in a frenzy to win the 3rd Round of Knit Off.  For this round we knit the Triangular Purse, but instead of using big chunky yarn & US 10 needles as the pattern directed we knit our purses in DK weight yarn on US 6 needles -- lots more stitches, lots more knitting.  In an attempt to 1) mimic the strips of the sari silk, 2) keep myself from going crazy, and 3) show off my newly learned spit join technique I added random strips of color to the Leprechaun green background.

I will never, ever use this purse, so once the competition is officially over I plan to dismantle said purse and use the large bias striped rectangular body to make a pillow -- or some such. 

As for the question at hand, "Can nona knit all day?".  The answer is sort of -- 18 hours was too long and required many self-pep-talks to keep going especially through the 64 inches of i-cord required for the strap.  Will I do it again?  You betcha, cause I won Round 3 and will compete in the semi-finals April 14th.  I may not be the fastest knitter, but I can plod along with the best of them.

p.s. The March Madness Pick'em winners will be announced in tomorrow's post -- drum roll please.

April 2, 2007 in Fun & Games | Permalink


64 inches of i-cord?! Oy! Congrats on the win, how do your hands feel?

Posted by: Brenda | Apr 3, 2007 5:07:11 AM

Congrats on the win. I, unfortunately, could never knit all day. I have the attention span of a goldfish with a head injury.

Posted by: Corvus | Apr 3, 2007 5:32:41 AM

18 hours wowzerotti!!!
Thats alot of knitting.
Nona I'm trying to find your entry about the ribbing, how you can knit into the back of the second stitch and it will give you wonderfully perfect ribbing, I wanted to add it to a post, can you help me out??

Posted by: Kelly | Apr 3, 2007 6:31:05 AM

Go Nona Go!!

Posted by: Lynn | Apr 3, 2007 7:09:46 AM

Wowza! Congratulations! You are a determined knitter/competitor. 64-inches of I-cord--mind numbing.

Posted by: Brenda | Apr 3, 2007 7:24:37 AM

You need a little i-cord machine, they're only $15 and despite the instructions they can be made to work with worsted yarn (I haven't tried anything heavier than that). I just got one and have merrily made tons of i-cord on it.

Posted by: AuntieAnn | Apr 3, 2007 8:00:41 AM

You so rule! Prize Fight knitting I can just imagine the scene in each corner - the hand massages, wrist stretches. Go Nona!

Posted by: Sonya | Apr 3, 2007 9:51:20 AM


Posted by: Beth in Seattle | Apr 3, 2007 10:45:16 AM

I love the purse..Way to go on making it on to Round 4!

Posted by: beckie | Apr 3, 2007 10:51:14 AM

From simply knitting socks all day and needing time for my hands to recover, I quite sympathize. Congratulations! You rock!

Posted by: Christene | Apr 3, 2007 1:16:29 PM

Way to go Nona! I'm impressed that you accomplished the extra hurdle of making something attractive out of a pattern you obviously aren't too crazy about - the colors are beautiful.

What is the prize for all this, anyway? Given the effort you've put in so far, the winner ought to get an original Alice Starmore book plus the original yarn to make one of the sweaters in it....

Posted by: YTT | Apr 3, 2007 1:17:12 PM

woooo hoooo...congrats!

Posted by: Michelle | Apr 3, 2007 3:01:52 PM

Oh my! 18 hours of knitting... do you need some sort of physical therapy after that? Some psecial stretches? LOL! Wow!
Well, my hat's off to ya,
happy knitting,

Posted by: ali | Apr 3, 2007 4:32:50 PM

You are a knitting MACHINE! Amazing.

Posted by: Kathy | Apr 3, 2007 5:28:01 PM

Congrats on your Round 3 victory! Competitive knitting can be fun. I have Round 3 of Sock Madness tomorrow. I understand those pep-talks to keep going. Good luck in the semi-finals!

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 3, 2007 5:36:37 PM

18 hrs! My hands ache in sympathy! Congrats on your win!

Posted by: kim | Apr 3, 2007 6:59:55 PM

Can't you just stuff the purse with qualofill? It would be a very funky pillow!!!

Posted by: Jo-Anne | Apr 4, 2007 4:04:31 PM

Woohooo!!! My goodness! 18 hours?!

Posted by: yuvee | Apr 4, 2007 5:17:18 PM

Yeah! I've been wondering since you posted that tiny swatch on the 31st what the KnitOff project was and if you had won this round. Congratulations!

Posted by: Laura | Apr 5, 2007 10:51:30 PM

Congratulations on passing round 3 of KnitOff, nona!
As Kathy said, above, the sock madness tournament had its 3rd round this past week too. I knit on a pair of ankle socks for 4 days (8 - 15 hours per), but was eliminated. I finished 5 hours after my honorable opponent. Woof! I'm still feeling pretty disappointed, but expect it'll look better after some good rest and prayer.
I look forward to hearing how you get on in KnitOff round 4!
Go, nona! Rest now, then Knit like the wind!

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