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The agony of defeat

Well, the Knitting Olympics sweater did not get finished.  I was taken out by a week of sick tot, a snow day, and my unwillingness to drive 225 miles on 2 hours of sleep.  Well, I knew the challenge here wouldn’t be the actual knitting but rather finding the time to finish it.  Also the fact that I lost several days while waiting for the rest of the yarn to arrive.  But we’re pretending that didn’t happen.

I’ve got the sleeves and the back sewn up.  Now I just have to sew on the two fronts and do the edging for the neck.  I’ll have it done soon.  And it really is just so pretty, so even if I didn’t finish the (self-imposed and completely for fun) challenge, at least I’m getting a sweater I really like out of the deal.


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The yarn is here! Now all I have to do is knit the arms and the edgings and sew it all together. I have until Sunday. Totally doable. But only because we are going to Grandma and Pa’s house tomorrow, so I don’t have to do the dishes.

There is something quite hilarious to me about this huge pile of yarn that is halfway through being made into a sweater. That is just an awful lot of effort for a sweater. I know this, I see the crazy plain as day, and yet I love it. Thank goodness for knitting.

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Move along

There’s nothing to see here.  I am making good progress on my Knitting Olympics project.  Except for the fact that I picked the project the day before the flame was lit and of course couldn’t buy enough yarn from my LYS.  So I blithely started with what I had and ordered more.  Then I knitted manically until I used up almost all the yarn I had.  So I have the back and the two fronts finished.  Now I am waiting with a great deal of patience for the rest of the yarn to arrive so that I can finish the arms and the edging.  I’m only checking the tracking updates about eleventeen thousand times a day.  I think that’s pretty reasonable.

I just wanted to make sure it was really a challenge.  Yeah, that’s it.

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And I am behind on the sweater.  The tot came down with something last night and was up pretty late with a fever and upset stomach.  I could have knit while she slept in my lap, but she was so restless and I didn’t want to disturb her.  Also I was a little scared that the sweater might get barfed on. Poor baby.  She’s feeling better today, thank goodness.

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The Cardi Continues

The back is finished.  Gotta love that chunky weight yarn. I figure, I have 17 days and the pattern calls for 14 skeins. So if I plan to knit up one skein per day, I’ve got more than enough time.


Let’s just hope my fears about vertical gauge prove to be unfounded.

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Cast on

Let the knitting begin!  I’ve cast on my project for the Knitting Olympics.


I’m making an actual sweater for my own personal self. The Cottage Lace Cardigan from Interweave Weekend (2009). I’m really excited about this. It’s not so much the challenge of the actual knitting as much as it is forcing myself to to take the time to do a big project, and for myself at that.


(Please, Knitting Goddesses, let the last four skeins I just ordered get here in time!)

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