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TdF and Ravelry *lympics

yep, I participated. You probably don’t know this because I was so crazy busy I never blogged about it. /sigh

So first, Tour de Fleece – I started out with my usual plan, SPIN ALL THE SPUNKY CLUB THINGS!

I pulled out all the club fiber from the Bin of Shame Awesome:

R’s iPhone is included for scale. This, btw is what 6 pounds of fiber looks like.

Once I took a look at the pile and then looked at my sewing schedule, I realized that there was no way, so I lowered my expectations and decided to just get 4oz spun and plied over the course of the TdF. I chose my fiber:

..and forgot to take a photo of it while it was still fluff. Oops! I do have an early bobbin photo:

Superwash BFL in the colorway “ooh la la tro-pi-cal”

I ripped strips from the prepared roving so there were shorter repeats of the color sequence, here is the bobbin with all the singles done:

Done! :o) now to let it rest so I can ply #spinning #tdf

I chain-plied it to preserve the color sequence:

 

and it came out gorgeous, IMHO:

TDF 2012: Spunky Club in Ooh La La Tropi Cal

 

I cast on socks during the opening ceremony:

My #olympic #knitting maybe I'll have socks in 16 days ;)

and managed to finish them almost the minute we arrived in Indiana for Pyro convention! Here is a collage of the knitting:

Olympic Socks

I LOVE these socks! They’re so squishy! I’m so very happy that I managed to actually finish something during TDF AND the Olympics (and technically, Summer of Socks although I didn’t officially participate) this year!

 

 



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Twist…

Last week, I finished my Olympic project, Twist.  We had a nice sunny day (and I had a new haircut) so R and I went outside with the camera for a few photos:

Twist Front

Twist Back

Twist Collar

Twist Buttons

Pattern: Twist

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in the colorway Midnight Derby

Needles: Knitpicks Options size 6 and 7 (used magic loop for sleeves)

Time to Knit: Began project on September 1, 2009 so 6.5 months – this was my 2010 Winter Olympics project in the event WIPs Dancing.  I did not finish on time but I was close!  At least it motivated me to pick up the needles again and finish my sweater.

Notes: I chose to mostly follow directions on this project.  I went with the collar version instead of the hooded one.  I wanted the structure of seams so I knit the separate pieces – however, I knit the sleeves in the round and used the EZ method of ‘fake seams’ to help give them structure.  The buttons I found at Joann Fabrics.

Me

I think it’s safe to say this sweater makes me happy (or possibly it’s just the photographer…or both).  ;o)

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I didn’t make it…

…but that’s okay, I enjoyed my Olympic experience.  ;o)

I think the reason I’m not shattered with defeat is someone is almost done with my wedding shawl – go look!  Pretty!  I also had a lot more stuff going on this time around, I actually worked instead of taking a week off and knitting 8 hours a day.

I’ll have photos up with progress this week, who knows, maybe I’ll even be done!

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