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.
Miette 3
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!
WIP

Hopefully I’ll have a completed dress to share soon!

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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!

ravellinicgames2012

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.
Peggy

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!!

Sweater Knitting: Will it Fit?

I’ve been very slowly knitting my Audrey sweater.  Actually my progress has come to a near stand still because I don’t know if it’s going to fit me and I don’t want to waste my time knitting something I can’t wear.  So this morning when I saw Catherine’s comment, asking what size I’m making, it prompted me to get the sweater out and actually try it on.

As I’ve lamented before, trying this on isn’t all that easy since it’s knit from the bottom up.   Here’s what it looks like right now:

Audrey

I was right in between the size 32 and 34.  The pattern said it was meant to have up to 1″ of negative ease, so I decided to go with size 32.  Now I feel like I should have gone with the 34.  I think it pulls across the bust a little more than I’d like.  I don’t know if I will be able to comfortably wear this buttoned up, which is what I was hoping for.  But this isn’t blocked, and I will be adding the center button bands.  So it may work out just fine.  I guess I should carry on.