Sweaters

…of a sweater always starts out so promising. You have pretty yarn, you have needles, a pattern, if you are lucky, a nice bag to put it all in

Effortless Cardi

you cast on, you knit. You check the pattern, you keep knitting, back and forth (if it’s a flat knit), knit, purl

Effortless Cardi

you admire the fabric you’ve made so far, you count stitches to make sure you haven’t gotten ahead of yourself

Effortless Cardi

you decide to blog your progress, you pull out the camera, artfully arrange your knitting…

Effortless Cardi

…and then realize that at this point, the only thing it resembles is a shapeless blob.

Effortless Cardi

…but you blog about it anyway. ;op



…into the breach. (or something like that…)

I’ve decided to give CeCe another shot. The last attempt was frogged due to my inability to pay attention and read my knitting – plus, I decided that I hated the yarn color.

Progress as of Saturday:

CeCe 2.0

The yarn is Zephyr Wool/Silk DK weight in Blueberry – purchased almost exactly one year ago at Halcyon in Maine (which reminds me, it’s almost RR and my engagement anniversary!). I have a full cone of it so I’m thinking (hoping, actually) that I have enough to make elbow length sleeves.

I cast on Thursday afternoon, made it through the first lace row, realized I screwed up on the very first row of ribbing, ripped back, cast on again, counted like fourteen times to make sure it was right, knit the ribbing and then spent most of last night attempting to get a correct first lace row again while watching Law & Order CI.

*sigh* is it wrong to not be optimistic about this because of our shaky beginnings? ;o)



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)

…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!

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

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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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