Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Knitting Olympics

As you probably know by now, the Olympics are coming up on 08/08/08. There is also a little known Knitting Olympics that takes place during the same time. The goal of this is to choose a project that might be a little challenging for you and start and finish it during the Olympics. I have decided to join and knit the Minimalist Sweater from Interweave Knits Magazine. I went to a LYS that I have not bought from yet (Soul Spun Yarns) and splurged on Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Oh boy, did I splurge. But this will be the nicest, softest cardigan ever.

I also bought a beautiful pin from them to close it.
I am very excited to start this sweater, I can barely wait! I am going to Belgium and Amsterdam with my family on 8/5 so I will have to bring the project with me. The plane ride will be incredibly difficult knowing such an exciting project is sitting in my bag. Maybe I will check it. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Finally Knitting Again

After months long haitus, I have started knitting again. I don't know what inspired me, but last Sunday I picked up my knitting and went at it. I had begun my third incarnation of the Stardust Sweater after the first being too small and the second being too big. I frogged the second sweater and started it for a third time. I had about 5" of the ribbing for the body finished when I stopped knitting. Then something inside me clicked and I picked it up again. And I finished it yesterday. I just couldn't put down my needles! And may I say it came out fantastically! This one fits like a charm and I can wear it to the wedding I am going to in September as well as just around! It feels like a great weight off of my chest.

FO: Stardust Sweater the Third

Needles: sz 7 circular

Yarn: 5 skeins of Sublime Yarns Kid Mohair Blend in white

Notes: After trying to accomplish this for the third time, I felt that I could make some adjustments without making a mistake. So, I knit the body as one piece until the armholes, than I finished each part sepearately. Therefore I had much less to seam in the end. My favorite. I hate seaming things. I also made the ties thinner. The pattern calls for 20 sts, but I only did 16. Looking back, I might have made them even smaller, but I saved the ties from the second try at this pattern because the ties were the most annoying thing to knit. And they took the longest.

Overall, I am quite happy. Now onto bigger and better things. I am thinking about doing the Minimalist Sweater for the Knitting Olympics this year. I bought a REDICULOUS amount of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran to complete it. I just don't know if I want to bring all of this to Europe to work on.

Also on my plate is figuring out how to make the sweater dress Stephanie wears in "The Science of Sleep." I finally ripped the movie so I can get stills, but pattern planning is hard work. Luckily, I don't go back to work until August 19 and I am not even ALLOWED in my school for the next two weeks because they're waxing. Woot woot!