Monday, February 15, 2010

Olympic Knitting

Yes, I'm on the bandwagon.  I'm going to attempt to finish an entire adult sweater in two weeks.  I've chosen Seneca (rav link)

Those look like olympic rings right?  I figure it is the right amount of challenge in the sideways cable with lots of straight stockinette thrown in for plenty of mindless knitting.  I'm not a huge fan of angora, but wanted to make sure the sweater was soft and drapey with a fuzzy halo, so I chose Cascade Eco Alpaca in natural.  The yarn is very soft and I got gauge on size 7 needles--I'm a bit concerned that the cables don't look as "solid" as I would like, but I think blocking will help them plump up.  I will admit that I did not block my swatch (I know, I know) but I used the first sleeve as my unofficial swatch.  Having used this yarn before, I have a feel for how much it grows with blocking and I am taking that into account as I choose my size.

Progress so far:

Day 1: Could not cast on during the opening ceremonies as we were out to dinner so I spent Saturday catching up. Finished the cable section and about 7” of the first sleeve. Goal is to finish the second sleeve by tomorrow night, so I have most of the games to do the body.

Day 2: First sleeve finished! It’s 10:30pm, I’m very sleepy but halfway through the second sleeve cables. Can I get them done tonight? That would set up a straight shot of stockinette to get to the goal of finishing the sleeves by tomorrow.
ETA: Powered through cables, finished at around 11:30, thanks to some mistakes that needed fixing. Not unlike the “penalty” lap in biathlon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty sweater! I can't wait to see the FO pics; I bet it'll bet great.

I love the analogy of the biathalon penalty lap!