Sweaters

…time for thousands of Olympic athletes to descend upon Vancouver and battle it out for gold.

…and time for thousands of knitters’ families to abandon all hope of clean laundry, hot meals in a timely manner and vacuumed living room floors for 16 days.  Why?  Because we. are. knitting.

I am signed up for the WIP category in the Ravelympics, I’m hoping I will finish Twist.  So far I have a sleeve and 6 inches of back to show for my efforts – want to see?  I thought you might so I took pictures.  ;o)

The back of the sleeve cap  that I finished during the Opening Ceremonies (about 4″ of knitting):

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-12-10 - sleeve cap

The back of the sweater so far (6″):

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10 - the back

both pieces so far:

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10 - so far

See?  6 inches done.  I just wish the measuring tape wasn’t so darned happy about it.  I’d like to see more inches there…:

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10

A close up of my stitch markers because I couldn’t resist – they’re so CUTE!  Plus, they make my sweater look very patriotic, don’t they?  ;o)

Knitting Olympics Progress 02-14-10 - stitch markers

So, now you have my update so far – I’m pretty confident that I’ll either come very close to finishing or will finish prior to the flame going out – barring any unforseen tax preparation emergency or project bag necessity.  I participated in the Knitting Olympics the last time the Winter games were played in 2006 and managed to finish on the last day of the Olympics (a little late, but finished) – though that time I was knitting a sweater with a hood.  I’m smarter this time around.  I’m doing a collar.

If you are interested, you can find my posts regarding the last time I played Olympic games by clicking here.  I’ll try to have another update soon!  At the very least, my blog anniversary is coming up and it’s a big one so there will be a contest this week!

…this weekend, stop by the NJ Fiber Festival and say howdy to my bags, k?  Here they are all ready to go…

Stitched Bags for NJ

They will be found at the Seekay/Zarzuela/as yet unnamed yarn company owned by my friend Tina’s booth.  I hope they find good homes!  ;o)  Also, since I have you here, I’m going to take a moment to announce that I’m taking a bit of a break.  The shop will be closed until the 22nd but will be reopening with new prints!  Owls!  Monkeys in Pajamas!  Can you stand it?  ;o)

Speaking of as-yet-unnamed yarn company, Tina needs some help with that. If you can, please go over there and see if you can help her figure out a good one.  There’s yarn in it for you…

There’s been some knitting going on around here, too!  I’ve been working on my Aestlight Shawl and I cast on for a sweater that I’m hoping to finish before Rhinebeck rolls around:

Twist - the beginning

That would be Twist by ChicKnits (the pattern is on my new Sony Reader – my reward for the 100+ box bags I’ve sewn over the past month.  I love it beyond reason and am very happy I went with it and not a Kindle.  Mostly because it comes in red.  hehe).  The yarn is Dream in Color Classy in the Midnight Derby colorway (it’s a bit darker than in the photo).  I’m most of the way through the swatch, er, first arm and I’m very, very happy with it so far!

Now that the big rush for festival bags is over I’m hoping I’ll be able to spend more time with Twist…I’m looking forward to my self-imposed break over the next week and a half!  ;o)

…progress:

The bigger picture of Helena in Progress

The baby shower is the 18th so I had better get a move on…

I’m mostly liking this pattern so far – there’s nothing wrong with the pattern, it’s well written, I’m just kind of sick of knitting it at this point.

…which means I’d better go and work on it so I can finish it in time for gifting and then start planning a new project! ;o)

ETA:  We’re close!  Soooo very close to breaking my comment milestone on this post!!  I knew you guys could do it (and I guess it helped that RR and Dobby hijacked the comments for a bit) a few more and we’ll be there!  Remember, if I hit the milestone on this post, I’m giving away two prizes!  You guys have until 10pm Sunday night to enter – I’ll post the winner(s) on Monday.  Thanks for playing!  ;o)

I know I said I was close but I hadn’t shown you guys how close:

Finished!!

Done!  Yay!  I ended up adding a few more inches to the arms since I had an abundance of yarn.  ;o)  I lurve my new sweater – I’ve even worn it a few times since I finished it last week.  In public, even!  I just wish I had been able to finish it during the month of November…

For the curious, my recipe began with this top-down raglan pattern (I ignored the cut-it-into-a-cardigan steps).  I used size eight needles, two balls of Noro for the CC and about four and a half balls of Wild Apple Hill Yarn for the MC.  I started with the MC then used the CC for the purl rows – I did the increases on the MC rows.  I knit the yoke until I could touch the stitches together under the arms then I put the arm stitches on holders.  I cast on six stitches at each armhole when I continued knitting the body.  After I was done with the body, I put the arm stitches onto needles and picked up the six stitches under the arms so they were seamless.  I then knit straight down the arm for about four inches and began decreases every eight rows until I was three inches from where I wanted to start the garter stitch.  At that point I did the decreases every four rows.  For the garter stitch, I switched down a needle size (on both body and sleeves).  I used the sewn bind-off since it’s nice and stretchy.  Did I mention that I lurve this sweater?  It’s so pretty in person!!  I wish the light was better this time of year so I could really show you how pretty the colors are.

I’ve been having a helluva month – today marks the first full day that I haven’t received an email or phone call requesting copies of documents from my client.  Thank GSD.  Hopefully the peace will last since I still have oodles to do before Xmess.  Presents to wrap, socks to crank, laundry to do (RR literally ran out of socks a couple of days ago, he had to wear hand knit ones, the horror),  and since the world is apparently going to come to an end within the next few days, milk and bread to buy.  The French Toast warning system is on red alert!  ;o)

In other blog news, I’m teetering on the brink of a comment milestone.  I should hit it within the next couple of posts (unless you all go crazy with the comments) and when I do, the person who hits that milestone will be winning a lovely prize!  I’m thinking some kind of stash yarn…and I do have some lovely stash yarn if I do say so myself.  OR perhaps fiber is more your thing?  I have that, too.  ;o)  It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway and I’m feeling it’s time…so comment away and good luck!  (btw, if I hit the milestone on this post, I’ll be doing a second prize drawing from all the comments.   I know you guys can do it!! Oh and feel free to tell your friends!)

…unfortunately, as my grandpa used to say, only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.  *sigh*

Close...

It’s not my fault though.  Between cooking for 10 people for Thanksgiving (Happy Thanksgiving!) and then Friday contracting a raging case of some kind of horrible 24 hour bug that lasted until Sunday I wasn’t able to knit that much.  I knit like hell on Sunday though until I came up against another wall.

Wait, let me show you:

All that's left

10 grams does not equal four inches of sweater sleeve.  Even in my slice of non-reality.  *sigh*

At least if it turn it like this:

Looks like it's done...right?

…it *looks* like it’s done.  ;o)

P.S.  Exciting news!  I have sock monkey fabric!!  Watch the shop, I’ll have some posted soon…

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