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Olympic Knitting

First sock down, one to go! I think I will be cutting it pretty close to the finish line, but I’m hopeful I can make it. At this point, I’m pretty thrilled to have gotten one finished. Last week was a massively busy one for me. I’ve gotten into the swing of being back in school (as of last week, I am acing my first class. 100%, I’m thrilled!), and I had a milestone birthday. That’s right, the big 3-0. Tuesday night was rough,but I’d like to think I handled Wednesday pretty gracefully. We went out Friday night with some friends for dinner and drinks and it was a perfect ending celebration (I tend to celebrate my birth week rather than just the day).

Next week is the final week for my first class, so I am a little worried about this second sock. I’ve decided that if I need to I can just stay up all night on Saturday to get it finished. I know, it’s “just” the Ravelympics, but I don’t like failing at things. And since I set my goal to finish this pair of socks during the Olympics, I will feel like a big ol’ failure if I don’t. I think I might need to work on putting things into perspective….

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I actually finished two projects in the last couple weeks! First up, my first pair of socks for 2010, and thereby for the 2010 Pair a Month KAL & CAL:

Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Yarn: Zitron Trekking (XXL) in colorway 340 Tropic Fever

Needles: US1.5/2.5mm

This is such a great pattern for variegated yarn! I have a really hard time matching this kind of yarn to patterns, so I tend to shy away from it. But when your best friends finds a ball of yarn she loves and asks you to make a pair of socks for her, what’s a knitter to do? I’m so fortunate to have an extremely knit-worthy best friend, for reasons more than just her appreciation of handknits that are way too many to enumerate here. So suffice it to say, I took the yarn, scoured Ravelry for a pattern, and immediately cast on when I found this one. My decidely less-than-stellar photography skills don’t show these socks to their best advantage, so I would highly suggest clicking over and checking the pattern pictures out. My only modifications were to work the leg only to 6.75″ (I think I did one fewer pattern repeat than what was called for) and a regular eye-of-partridge heel. Kim says they fit perfectly, so I’m glad of that.

Then this past Friday I finished yet another cowl:

Completely off topic, but I love how red my hair looks in this picture. In reality it's much more brown than red, but I'm considering having my stylist try to duplicate this color.

Pattern: Inside Out Cowl

Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) in colorway P813 Midnight at the Oasis

Needles: US4/3.5mm

What can I say? I love cowls, and I enjoy twisted stitches so this pattern was bound to be liked. The only modification I did was to use lighter weight yarn and smaller needles. To compensate, I cast on 170 stitches instead of the called for 110. I think it turned out well. It’s soft, and it’s drapey, and I love it. Alas, this cowl too is not for me but for Kim’s mom. I hope she enjoys it! And just because I love them so, here’s a close up of the twisted stitches.

Finishing projects inevitably begets starting new ones, and this weekend was no exception! I started a pair of vanilla socks for myself in this lovely bit of yarn-y goodness:

Hi! I am awesomely gorgeous yarn!

I also wound up my yarn for my Ravelympics project, Dream in Color Smooshy in Happy Forest.

I’ve changed my project from Cookie A.’s Twisted Flower Sock to the Julia Socks by Emily Johnson. I kept wondering to myself it the Cookie A. pattern was too much of a challenge for me to complete on a deadline, what with the twisted stitches and cables and lace. When I realized I was looking at this as something I needed to get through, I decided I needed to rethink my plans. That very evening I stumbled upon the Julia Socks pattern and it was like a light bulb going off. I still get my twisted stitches, but I feel this is a much more manageable project (and still challenging!) for me. Let the games begin!

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