Knitting Olympics

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!

 

 



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)

…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!

…the one with the aftermath.

Aftermath

This photo is all RR – he took this after the parades in Chinatown on the 14th.  I wasn’t even there to suggest it!  (but I’ll steal it for eye candy friday! lol)

Olympic update:  Back is done, two fronts have 10″ done (I’m doing them two at a time), I have an arm, blocking, a button band/collar and sewing to do.  I don’t think I’m going to finish Twist by Sunday night but I’m going to get as much done as possible!

…the one with all the…can’t you see I’m knitting?

Intent Observation
Jazzy – keeping an eye on the neighbors.  ;o)

There isn’t an official topic (again) this week, so I’m coming up with my own topic (Carole and our band of rebels have a topic but since I’m knitting for the Olympics and that’s kind of what’s on my mind right now, I’m going to go with what I’m obsessing about in the interest of not taxing my brain this week). So, without any further ado:

10 Things to Say to Your Family While Knitting for the Olympics (the predecessor of this post is here, btw. I went through this once before, remember? Don’t ask me why I decided to do this a second time.  I think, like childbirth, the memory of the pain lessons after the passage of time.  It’s either that or I’ve completely lost my mind.  shut. up. ;op ).

1. Hi. Why are you staring at me?

2. No, I can’t cook you dinner. Here’s twenty bucks for a pizza.

3. No, I don’t care what you get on the pizza.

4. No, REALLY. I don’t care! KNITTING here!

5. Why is Mommy crying?  Because she loves knitting.  A lot.

6.  YES, we are watching ice skating.  No, I don’t care if you like it.

7. Are you going to fast forward through these commercials or am I going to stab you with a double point?

8. Wait.  What?  NO I CAN’T GO PICK UP THE PIZZA!

9.  Stop whimpering, I didn’t yell *that* loudly.

10.  This will all be over on Monday.  (Yes, this Monday.)

So tell me, how is your Olympic knitting coming along?  ;o)

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