Friday, February 10, 2006

The knitting olympics

Right now, as I write, 4000 knitters are casting on for the Knitting olympics hosted by Yarn Harlot (who else!). There is even a team Icelandic, who Cassie and Sigga Sif are a proud memers of. I'm not a member of the team but I consider myself their nr. 1 supporter. Why am I not participating? At the moment I can add another thing to my agenda. I am turning in my dissertation and writing an article and then I will get ready to move. Its a big move. From Reykjavik, Iceland to Concord, California. The only thing I worry about (well, not the ONLY thing but a big thing) is - What do you knit in California? I don't see wool as being very practical, even if it warms in cold weather and cools in warm weather. Do I have to switch to cotton? There are always silks and hemp :o Could I knit socks, hats, mittens? I've checked and there are a few knitting stores in the Bay area so I guess I have to pay them a visit as soon as possible to find out what people do around there. The one that's closest is Fashion Knit in Walnut Creek, next city over.

The plan is as follows. On March 3rd, we'll fly to Boston, spend the weekend with my friend Berglind and her husband and son. Then we'll take Amtrak across the US! It's a big adventure (especially when you have 2 small kids) but it's something Clint has always wanted to do. From Chicago we'll take the California Zephyr, have a family room and first class service (I'm looking forward to that part).

9 comments:

Rebecca said...

That train sounds really nice.

I think in the Bay Area you might be able to get away with some wool, I had a friend that lived out there and they can get cooler weather sometimes...(so like summer weather haha) maybe you'll have to do cotton wool blends, I don't really know. Like Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece is a nice wool cotton blend that should be light enough.

Signe said...

I`d like to move to Iceland:) from Estonia. Maybe you like to go to Estonia insted of? It was -30C some weeks ago and here is lot of snow, trees:) and cold. But here is no skyr, we have "kohupiim" which is not so tasty like skyr. And we have estonian wool which is not so beautiful as lopi. Life is unfair, isn`t it?;)

Sonja said...

I just remembered (how could I forget!), I knit my husband a lopi sweater while we were 'courting'. He wore it all the time! So if you can wear Lopi sweater, you could wear wool :o I also stumbled upon a blog yarnboy.com of a man who knits in the Bay Area and he uses wool (almost?) exclusively.

The closest I've been to Estonia is Finland! It would have been easy to sail across but as I was on a business trip there wasn't too much extra time :(

Cassie said...

What an exciting trip!

And as for the cotton thing - don't you dare! Its not worth bothering. Wool is appropriate, no matter where you go or are.

And you're on the team, whether you're knitting for the sport of it or not.

Sonja said...

Thanks Cassie. I wasn't sure if I should have the button since I'm not knitting for the olympics. But it looks awesome and I wanted too root for the team :)

Sigga Sif said...

Of course you're on the team Sonja!

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