Olympic Knitting

Saturday, February 20, 2010

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I’ll confess, I’m absolutely apeshit for the Winter Games. I love watching athletes compete on ice–hockey, curling, speed skating, short track, figure skating, even skiing and snowboard, it all takes place on ice. ICE!!!!! Hey, did anyone tell these people that ice is freaking slippery‽‽‽ When I get on the ice, I fall down. So, yeah, it totally amazes me to watch these folks do all this very athletic stuff on ice.

Anyway, I have been busy watching the Olympics (did you see Sid Crosby’s winning goal in the shoot out between Team Canada and Team Suisse? It was AWESOME!)  and knitting, knitting, knitting. I entered the Sock Hockey event in the Ravelympics and have been working feverishly so that I can complete a pair of socks before the closing ceremonies.

I got off to a rather slow start because I wanted to finish Foxes. Whatcha’ think?

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Yeah, I know. The sleeves are too long. But otherwise, the sweater fits perfectly. I’m so pleased with how the bottom ribbed band blocked. I stretched the life out of it when I blocked the sweater, and now it is exactly as I wanted it to be. Gotta love wool.

Back to the Ravelympics. Brilliant me, I chose to knit a long-promised pair of socks for my long-suffering DH. Had I chosen to knit a pair of socks for myself or for cousin Vickie, I’d be looking at a 6-inch cuff and a 9.75-inch foot. Piece of cake. Easy peasy. Not even close. Heck, both socks would probably be done by now. But nooooooooo! I decided to compete on an, um, Olympic scale. Seven-inch cuff, eleven-inch foot. Youzers! But the pattern is a fun one to knit, enough variety so as not to get boring, but simple enough to be television knitting. So I’m not sick of Northern Lights yet. Sock number one is finished, as you saw in the opening picture, and I only had to rip out the toe once. LOL And sock number two is OTN. I can see the finish line from here.

Go Team West Virginia!



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