And the games of course. Stayed up until midnight here in NZ to watch the opening ceremony and was just blown away by the displays. It was quite amazing to see how many people they had performing in total unison. I can see just how China is able to become the single most powerful economy within the next ten years.
It is wondered then, when you see China's resources why they need to bother with Tibet, but I have to admit to being sorely ignorant of Chinese history and politics.
The main reason I stayed up so ridiculously late was in order to cast on two of my three projects for ravelympics.
I decided on Hey Teach as my entry for the vest vault. I like the cuteness of this but also its adaptability, wear it with a shirt or a singlet. Also being an ex teacher although still an educator of sorts I liked the title. I'm knitting mine in a bamboo/cotton blend and rather than going up to bigger needles, which I finds leads to loose stitches in this yarn, I'm just knitting a bigger size than I would normally knit.
I also cast on for the striped hoody cardigan from the Knitting institute
Yesterday (Saturday morning) I had done this much
Peri was hoping it was going to be a blanket for him. The original pattern had a blue stripe but I'm getting a bit bored with blue. I had the watermelon left over from Daisy's vest and thought it would liven up the cardigan.
I had also finished Daisy's vest top.
Daisy was very happy with her vest and had it on to pose for photos before I had even had a Chance to block it. It's another Sirdar pattern. I love the age range on their pattens 0-7 years. My youngest may be 7 but she's still wears 4-5 years. I did this in the age 6 and it has lots of room for her to grow. I used Wendy's Peter Pan, an acrylic mix but so soft. It was the colour that really grabbed my eye. Exactly like the inside of a ripe watermelon.
I am really liking the colour combination but DD Paige insists that having used the watermelon it must now be for a girl.
This was the progress made as at 8pm Sunday evening NZ time. The back, left front and half the right front done. Not to mention halfway up the back of Hey Teach. I had to make an emergency run to Spotlight after a little mathematical machinations revealed that I might not have enough yarn to complete Hey Teach. I needed 660 metres, but my bamboo cotton blend was only 75 metres. The problem was I only had five skeins. Eek. No way was I going to be able to get to Spotlight during the week and I couldn't bear to think of progress being held up for want of a few metres. I'll only be a minute I promised DH. Hmmm. He didn't trust me and insisted on coming in with me. Big mistake because now I wasn't feeling guilty about leaving him and Daisy waiting in the car I could actually browse. It was a different Spotlight to the one we usually visit and they had different yarn. I bought 5 balls of the bamboo/Cotton in a very subtle pink shade as I needed to replace the 5 I had decided to use for Teach. Well that's what I told myself anyway. Also bought some Inca which is going to be a present for DD next month. I am knitting the hoody and will present her with the pattern and wool for her to make the other top she liked.
I left feeling quite pleased with myself.
Spent much of the day knitting at the Auckland Botanical gardens. The sun was out to play for the first weekend in a month. Not that we can complain it is our winter here. Saw some wonderful tulips and Californian Poppies in bloom.
This sculpture is at the back of the visitor centre, if you sit in the cafe you are treated to a rear view! You can see the poppies in the background.
Well back to knitting. Enjoy what's left of your weekend and have a great Olympic week.
God bless everyone.