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3rd Time for the Ravelympics Podium

I’m finally done with my Ravelympics projects. Here’s the final FO — a basic pair of mittens.

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Tonight is for a post-project partying, but look for post-Ravelympics reflections tomorrow!

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2nd Ravelympics FO!

The judges inspected:

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and my sweater passed

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and I got my very special Ravelmpics pin.

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Down to the Wire

Last pre-FO update. The sweater is drying from the blocking, only the weaving of ends and sewing of buttons left.

On the mittens, only a couple of thumbs left — maybe 1/2 hour of work.

I think I’m gonna make it!

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One Lousy Inch

So, one sleeve is done, and I have one more inch to go on the other one! Even though I have two more days to finish, I am compelled to finish it this minute…talk about knitting obsessions going over the top!

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To the Finish Line

I have 5 inches of sleeve plus the ribbing left to go on the sleeves. Shall I stay up late and get it done tonight, or be sane. I’ll find out later.

Thanks for all the support in Ravelry, I need it!

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I’m a Ravthlete!


My badge has arrived and I wear it with honor!

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A Bit of Frogging

So, I started on my Ravelympics socks because I was getting tired of the stockinette body of the sweater. I worked it up through the heel, took it to Knit Night, the fount of Knitterly Wisdom, and the consensus was that the sock was too small for the 7-14 age range. Seriously folks, the size charts for childrens’ socks tell you oh-so-helpfully that a shoe size of this translates to a sock measurement of that. But for those of us without specific children? None of the major charts I found were helpful in letting me know a size range for ages.

So, I frogged back to the toe, added more stitches, and I think it’ll fit a kid with a slightly smaller foot than my Ladies’ size 6. One sock done, started a bit of the toe on the next.

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But now back to the cardigan. I’ve wondering how to finish this — I think I’m doing navy seed stitch at the bottom and for the bands. We’ll see now much navy is left for the neck and cuffs, but I’ve got more grey, green and yellow, so I’ll have options. In addition, since we are halfway through the Ravelympics, the feline judging has started, and I think she’s gonna be tough as those gymnastics judges:

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She says that I need to add a bit more length, and to stick the edging!

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Progress continues


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Now that I’m knitting green stockinette, it’s seeming to go on and on. I think I’ll cast on for one of my socks.

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The Pace is Killing Me

No, not the knitting, trying to awatch everything on the Olympics. Since I figured out yesterday how to configure the Macbook to get the video on this NBC Olympics website, my olympics time can now happen 24/7. This is dangerous, because the NBC gymnastics commentating is so bad (uselessly chatty and way too USA-centric) that I want to watch the full comp on my computer.

Then the mens gymnastics team has to totally blow my preconceived notions that any talk of a medal was ludicrous. Wow! They looked SO good that it’s hard to realize that a couple of these guys were last minute alternates. NBC fails me again — while I understand that the East Coast times are live, we on the West Coast could have this all start one hour earlier with no problems, and I would not be going to bed at 12:15 am still not having seen the end of the gymnastics comp.

Well, there are some knitting distractions too — I’m in a lovely Kitty Toy Swap on Ravelry. I sent off the items to my partner, but we are also knitting toys for a cat shelter in Minnesota, and I couldn’t see sending a couple of toys to a shelter, so I;m knitting and stuffing 10 (at least) fish cat toys like these:

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The observant among you will see a mouse — I created that myself with self-striping yarn in crochet for the last Kitty Toy Swap this past spring — may have time for a couple of those. I stuff these with premium cat nip, and this time I’ll include a bell in each as well.

and then because I go to an office now, it’s just not practical to bring the two sweaters I’m working on (yeah, I am crazy), so I’ve got leftover sock yarn for some great socks for the Ravelympics.

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Beyond a Yoke

Last night, while endless feature pieces of two famous swimmer played, I got beyond the yoke of the sweater. It’s on to the green body now! I think I’m going to do some EZ short rows in the back so the cardigan doesn’t ride up in the back…

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