A Productive Weekend

I made a dent in my ever growing WIP pile this weekend!  I finally finished my Miette sweater that I started during the Ravellenic Games.

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The yarn is Cotton Fleece, which is a cotton and wool blend.  I love the color.  (The top picture shows it’s true color best.)  But as I’ve lamented before, it makes my hands hurt to knit it, so I don’t think I will use it again.
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Sadly as much as I like this sweater, it doesn’t fit.  I’ve knitted the pattern successfully twice before.  I think I ran into problems this time because the Cotton Fleece is a lighter weight yarn than what I used before.  I tried to compensate by knitting a larger size, but it didn’t work out.  Also I think my gauge was off.  Based on my swatch, this should have fit.  But gauge swatches sometimes lie.

Anyway, you can see the problem below.  The darts are supposed to sit under the center  of the bust.  Mine are way too far off the side and too high.  Also I can’t get it closed around me and it’s tight across the back and underarms.

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I knew there was a problem as I was knitting, but I was in denial and hoped that blocking would fix it.  Unfortunately, it didn’t.

I also finished two easy skirts (blog post coming soon) and got most of my third Truffle done.  It just needs a zipper and hem.

Truffle 3 in progress

This weekend we also got a fancy new car!  Isn’t it pretty?
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And look at all that space for fabric!  Or more, likely, dogs.  🙂

New car

35 Rows to Go!

I only have 35 rows left, and my third Miette sweater will be done!  Well, done except for blocking and adding buttons, but whatever, the knitting will be finished!

35 rows to go!

This weekend is dedicated to finishing projects, including this sweater.  What’s on your sewing table?  Are you starting fun new things or working through current projects?

Olympics, Knitting, and (Lack of) Sleep

It’s been quiet around the blog this week.  I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the Olympics.  Is anyone else staying up way too late watching the games?  I have been.  Every night.  We just cannot turn the TV off and get to bed.  Total lack of self control.

Happily all the TV time = knitting time.  And my first event for the Ravellenic Games is done!

I started with this:
Peggy Sue
And turned it into this:
Frogging Trampoline FO

Now I’m in the process of making another Miette with the yarn.  Here’s where I’m at so far.
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Unfortunately this yarn has been making my hands and arms ache, so it’s been slow going.  For me, cotton is really hard to knit with because it doesn’t have much elasticity.  This yarn is a wool/cotton blend.  The wool helps a lot – but it’s still a problem.  It’s frustrating because I forgot that this yarn has this problem for me.  Oh  well.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that I probably won’t finish before the end of the Olympics.

When the sweater gets too hard to handle anymore, I started another project to rotate in.
Omelete
It’s a lace shawl, knit in 100% wool.  The light, soft lace has been a welcome break from the dense sweater yarn.

Because of all the knitting/Olympics action my sewing has been mostly ignored.  I do have a little sneak peak of my latest WIP though!
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Hopefully I’ll have a completed dress to share soon!

Ravellenic Games 2012

I’m so excited.  The Ravellenic Games have opened over at Ravelry.  And guess what?!  There’s a Team Colette!  So fun!

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For the non-knitters, the Ravellenics is a knitting/crocheting challenge where participants challenge themselves to start and finish one or more projects during the Olympic Games.  There are 32 Events to participate in, depending on what project you choose, such as, the SockPut, Lace Long Jump, and Mitten Medley.

Initially I thought I’d participate in the WIPS Wrestling event with my Audrey sweater.  But upon reading the rules, I learned that my sweater didn’t qualify because it’s only open to projects that haven’t been touched since May 15, 2012.  Okay, of course I can do whatever I want, but I like to play by the rules, what can I say?  🙂

So my first event will be the Frogging Trampoline.  (The goal is to unravel a project you made yourself.)  I finished this sweater last August.  But I’ve never worn it.  It’s a perfectly good sweater, I just don’t like how it fits me.  But I do like the yarn.  It’s Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.
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Peggy Sue
I started frogging last night while we watched swimming.  Surprisingly, this took more time than I anticipated.  Here’s how far I got:

Frogging Trampoline

Once I’m done I’ll start my next event, the Sweater Triathlon.  I’ll use my frogged yarn for a new Miette.  (Yes, it will be my third – overkill maybe.  But I *think* I can finish it in time for the closing ceremonies since I know the pattern well.  Plus I love this sweater!)

If you are interested in knitting along with Team Colette, come join us!!