Ravellenic Games Update #3

I haven’t gotten any knitting in yet today – laundry and grocery shopping had to be done (why does life have to get in the way of knitting??) – but I’m about to pick my sweater up for a little bit in a moment.

Here’s where I left off last night:

Day 5 progress
End of day 5

I didn’t get as much done last night as I could have, because I kept having to stop to watch the Olympic events! The events last night (well, yesterday – but we watched in prime time) were fantastic! The USA Gymnastics team did so well – they were phenomenal! And it was wonderful to see Michael Phelps win his 19th Olympic medal and become the most decorated Olympian ever.

I’ve been craving ‘British’ food since the Olympics started, so yesterday for dinner I made Cumberland Pie and Yorkshire puddings.

Cumberland Pie and Yorkshire Pudding
Cumberland Pie and Yorkshire Puddings, plus gravy and brussels sprouts

Everything was so yummy! (The boys didn’t like it, but they typically don’t like beef stew. Their loss – it just left more for hubby and me!)  In the coming days I’m planning on making bangers and mash, and fish and chips, plus an afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches and scones.

I’d better wrap up here so I can get a few rows in before the laundry needs switching over and dinner needs to be thought about!

Happy Knitting!  And keep it up Team USA!!


Ravellenic Games Update #2

I’ve been chugging away at my sweater.  As of last night I am 49 rows into the pattern.  Whew!  I’m still not sure I’m working fast enough to finish in time, but I’m doing my best, and that’s all that counts, right?

Day 3 progress:

End of day 3 (7/29/12)

Day 4 progress:

Day 4 progress (7/30/12)

I’ve placed the scrap yarn for the pockets (the lighter colored yarn on each side of center steek) and I’m almost done with the waist decreases.

I realized that I don’t have a circular needle long enough to do the neckline/hem when it comes time to do that, so I’ve ordered a new needle – hopefully it’ll get here before I actually need it! And I’m thinking I need to re-do my armhole calculations, because I’m not sure I did them correctly, so I’ll take another look at those today – shouldn’t be getting to the armholes for at least several more days, so it’s not an immediate problem.

I might be able to start the v-neck shaping in the next couple of days!

For today I’m cooking some British food (a Cumberland Pie with Yorkshire Pudding) to take a little break from all the knitting I’ve been doing, but I can’t take too much of a break! 🙂

Happy Knitting, and Go Go Go Team USA!


Ravellenic Games Update #1

So, at around 6pm on July 27th (after the Opening Ceremonies had started), I casted on for my Olympic Venezia Cardigan!

All ready to cast on!

Then, while watching the (non-live! boo NBC!) Opening Ceremonies that evening, I got a bit done:

Opening Ceremonies progress…

I enjoyed the ceremonies, but was a tad bit disappointed. I loved the forging of the rings, and the lighting of the cauldron – but I think Rowan Atkinson stole the show (at least he did for my boys – they were laughing up a storm!)

So after the first night here is where I was:

Day one progress.

Then I got a bit done yesterday and last night – we watched the cycling events and swimming and volleyball. Very shocking that Phelps didn’t make the podium, but hopefully he can do better at the next events!

Here’s where I stopped late last night:

Day 2 progress.

In comparing my progress from my 2010 sweater, it looks like I’m running on par or maybe a bit ahead of where I was back then on day 2:

Ravelympics 2010 - Day 2
Autumn Rose 2010 Ravellenic Games sweater – day 2 progress.

but I’m still very nervous about finishing in time, especially considering all the modifications I’m making to this sweater! The neckline/hem alone is going to take quite a bit of time to work, so I need to be sure I leave plenty of time to do that at the end!

I’ll be sure to keep you posted throughout the Games!

Happy Knitting, and GO TEAM USA!

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FO Friday

I promised to show you some spinning, and here it is!

I participated in the Tour de Fleece this year (you challenge yourself in some way with spinning while the Tour de France is going on) and my only goal was to spin some every day – and I (mostly) met the goal.  I took about 4 days off during the 23 days of the Tour.  For the majority of that time I was spinning on one thing – my goal with it was to end up with a navajo plied fingering weight yarn – so the single had to be super thin, which took me sooooooo long to finish (I had a 4oz braid).  But it turned out wonderful, especially for my first navajo ply.

Finished yarn

Fiber:  Knitty and Color alpaca/silk in colorway Not Drinking Merlot

Alpaca/Silk fiber
Original roving

Spun on: my new Majacraft Rose
Ratios: I don’t really know – I need to learn the ratios of my wheel!   It was on the smaller whorl – about the second fastest setting.  I wanted lots of twist for how fine I was spinning, plus I knew I was going to navajo ply, so I needed some extra twist in there, too.
Ply: 3-ply navajo ply
Started: June 30, 2012
Finished: July 20, 2012
Results: 529 yards of a light fingering/heavy lace yarn

During the last two days I switched it up and went bulky!  This time I wanted to try core spinning.

Finished yarn

Fiber: Three Ravens Muppet Spin-a-long ‘Animal’ (BFL, merino, corriedale, bamboo rayon, mulberry silk, firestar glitz) – plus some sari silk scraps, and plied with KidSilk Haze in a purple color.  Cotton crochet thread as core.

Original batt

Spun on: Majacraft Rose wheel
Ratios: I don’t know this one either.  Set on the largest whorl, the largest setting – I wanted the opposite of my other yarn – a very low twist since I was aiming for fluffy and bulky.
Ply: Core spun single, spiral plied with KidSilk Haze and added in chunks of sari silk bundles randomly
Started: July 21, 2012
Finished: July 22, 2012
Results: 31 yards of a bulky weight fluffy yarn!

There are several spots where my cotton core shows through, and I’m not entirely happy with how the spiral ply with the thread turned out, but overall it’s not bad for a first attempt at core spinning!

Now I am anxiously awaiting 4pm Eastern time so I can cast on for my Ravellenic Games sweater!  (T minus 2 hours to go!) My needles and yarn are at the ready!!

Happy Knitting!  And GO Team USA!