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April 30, 2007

KnitOff Finals: Day 3

We're into Day 3 of the finals for KnitOff 2007.  My worthy opponent Michelle and I have spent most of our weekend knitting away on this gorgeous doilie, which will eventually reach over 900 stitches.   

7:48am -- I can feel the anticipation mounting -- who will be the first to yell BINGO?  For some strange reason -- perhaps it's fatigue -- I'm particularly drawn to the wrong side center of my doilie.

2:11pm -- Integrating production style knitting into the responsibilities of day-to-day life has been challenging and has helped me appreciate the generations of women who have supplemented their household income by knitting.  Can you imagine knitting a sweater a week -- week after week -- while raising your children, running your household, and working.  Thank goodness this is only a fun, light-hearted competition.

On a different note, have you ever wondered what 1344 stitches would look like on a 40" circular needle?  Wonder no more...

5:17pm -- I just had a visit from one of my knitting friends who brought me a few necessities -- Peet's coffee and candy.  Thank You Esther!  Based on yesterday's swatch, I've decided to add some color to the final border of the doilie. 

5:33pm -- Michelle has finished her doilie.  She's an awesome knitter and a well deserving KnitOff Champion.  I have 7 rounds left to go and plan to finish tonight.  This was an excellent pattern and the perfect "final" challenge.  I definately wanted to win, but to quote nona-son-the-younger -- "I'm over it already".  Knit On!

5/1 1:29am -- I was intent -- some might say obsessed -- with finishing my doilie tonight, but have bonked out with only half the crochet bindoff left to finish.  Will finish tomorrow and post a photo.  This is an amazing piece of lace, which I think can be a shawl once it is blocked out. 

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It's like Knitting Death Match or something equally bizarre. Take a relaxing, meditative activity and turn it into an Endurance sport. Be sure to hydrate Nona! Knit through the fatigue.

Posted by: Sonya | Apr 30, 2007 10:19:00 AM

900 stitches! I sure hope you like that doily! Sonya's right--stay hydrated and fed! Good luck!

Posted by: Brenda | Apr 30, 2007 10:57:10 AM

Go, Nona, Go!

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 30, 2007 10:58:59 AM

you need someone to update your blog for you, I want more updates! go Nona!

Posted by: jiva | Apr 30, 2007 11:07:22 AM

900 stitches....oh well....GO!!

Posted by: yuvee | Apr 30, 2007 12:58:03 PM

You can do it, you can do it!!!!

Posted by: Rachel | Apr 30, 2007 1:37:11 PM

Nona, I am proud of your perserverance and incredible attitude. Go for it!

Posted by: Excited NonaDad | Apr 30, 2007 1:41:56 PM

yeahhhhhh Nona!!!!!!

Posted by: karen | Apr 30, 2007 2:32:30 PM

Unbelieveable! Over 1,000 stitches on a needle! You are amazing. You may also need a day to , gasp, NOT KNIT, when you complete and win this. Go Nona!!!

Posted by: Jane | Apr 30, 2007 4:56:37 PM

Nona, you are my American Idol. You go girl. We're all cheering you on.

Posted by: Sue | Apr 30, 2007 5:41:03 PM

You are always a winner in our eyes!! Great job, Nona.

Posted by: Lisa Kinsey | Apr 30, 2007 7:24:39 PM

congrats on a job well done!

Posted by: Natalie B | Apr 30, 2007 7:38:09 PM

Ah, gee. Eliminated. Congratulations on a good, full-bore run!
I know somewhat how you feel, having been eliminated myself from Sock Madness in Round 3. After the instensity of the competition-knitting, it's rather disorienting to have it be over. "What do I do now?" Pay attention to/be intentional about what you fill the freed time with while getting back to "normal", OK? It'll always be true that this has been a special event.

Posted by: Deborah (a.k.a. Mt. Mom) | Apr 30, 2007 8:15:12 PM

You ARE the winner in our eyes! Congratulations, Nona, You are the best!!!!!

Posted by: karen | Apr 30, 2007 8:27:59 PM

Wow what an amazing feat of intelligence, perserverance and skill! I am in awe of your work and can hardly wait to see it finished.

Posted by: Ruth | Apr 30, 2007 8:53:34 PM

Ah, well, you certainly gave it a good go. And it was no small feat to have made it as far as you did. Great job. Looking forward to seeing the finished doilie.

Posted by: Laura | Apr 30, 2007 11:04:38 PM

Commiserations, Nona. You must have one sore rear end.

Posted by: Mary K. IN Rockport | May 1, 2007 6:06:59 AM

I missed the whole thing, wasn't reading blogs as we went... I made it to Sock Madness Round 4 and I kinda know what it feels like to lose to a worthy opponent. Still and all, I learned a lot, and as you say, have a heartfelt appreciation for the generations that knitted because they had to. Congrats on making it to the "play-offs" -- no small feat!

Posted by: Christene | May 1, 2007 8:03:06 AM

Hey, keep going, you can do it, (if you haven't finished already). I can tell you, there was a lot of tension in the house last night. I was counting down for how many stitches my mom had left, while feeding her yarn that my dad was untangling. It was frustrating because we got so many knots. You should have seen the house when she finished, it was chaos, to get everthing posted. We kept telling her to keep going, but all the time she was worried that you had already posted. Whew! I'm kinda glad it's over, but it looked so pretty afterwards. You are a great knitter.

Posted by: Kathryn, Michelle's daughter | May 1, 2007 8:20:03 AM

You did a great job! Give yourself a pat on the back and then take what Im sure is a much needed break :).

Posted by: pennie | May 1, 2007 9:42:36 AM

Peets? Where do you live? Love Peets.

Posted by: dharma | May 11, 2007 8:52:12 PM

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