It's been a while I think since I've posted here with much agony over Cadel's loss at both TdF and the Olympics. Sorry but riding with a torn cruciate - stooooopid! Been there, done that, got the post-surgery arthritis. Game over!
Since I last joined you in the ether of the internet and blogging world I have been to Adelaide for a week (work and catching up with rellies), submitted to the Perth Royal Show knitting display - pictures are attached - and completed the Perth City to Surf 12 kilometre walk in the most amazing (for me) time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 14 seconds. At least this time they weren't packing up when I got in! Friend Jane, husband Perry and myself secured that most sought after of walk prizes, the sausage in a bun and then, due to still-in-place road blocks, walked a further 3 km to our pick up point.
My knitting career is going from strength to strength - at least I thought it was until I checked in with the Ravelry Mission Possible 2008 forum and realised that out of my 12 designated projects, only 7 were completed. That leaves five in a state of "unstartedness" or "yet-to-be-frogged/reviewed-ness". Damn!
I have to say that one of the completed ones is my Rona Lace Shawl, aka The Big Green Hat named for it's awesome resemblance to a large Ecky Thump style beret/flat cap while on the circular needle. It did look fairly wrinkly before I borrowed some blocking wire and gave it a major stretch.
Also joining the shawl at the show are my stripey socks, started at a board meeting to keep my hands busy and my eyes open. The third item is my Icarus shawl. Now for some reason the ladies at the show (Nanas who Knit, hereafter referred to as NWK's) will only allow one entry per section. Crafty knitter here has flummoxed the NWK's by putting the Icarus into the lace section and Rona, knitted in KnitPicks baby alpaca 100% into the alpaca section. Hope they don't pick me up for that one but will let you know how it goes at the end of the month when I see how they went.
This may be the last year for entries as well. Yours truly can't see the point (other than out-and-out boasting) of entering such competitions without any feedback for my efforts. Case in point - my crocheted knee rug last year got a second. There was no first but there was also no feedback so I have no idea why I fell short. Had a long e-mail "discussion" with one of the NWK's regarding this and she was going to take it back to her fellows. We await the outcomes this year.....