Thursday, February 11, 2010

Knitting as Olympic Sport

Rather on the spur of the moment yesterday, I decided to take part in the Knitting Olympics this time around, though I didn't in 2006*. Something about the idea of challenging myself appealed to me, and since I recently fell in love with a sweater pattern that I am not ready to tackle (pretty, but oohhh, complicated)(Ravelry link), I think that starting the process of getting more comfortable with making garments that fit would be a good challenge.

I'll be attempting Abrazo (again, Ravelry link), a vest in super bulky yarn, so I have a chance of finishing it in 17 days. Will I finish it? Will it fit? (Cables! Charts! Measurements! Needle size!) Tune in!

I've started swatching with black yarn, since I had some black super bulky on hand. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick is not what the pattern calls for, but spending around $25 versus around $120 appeals to me enough to chance the substitution. I bought 4 skeins of it in Cranberry for the actual vest (will it be enough? oh, the suspense!), but I can't start tonight (swatching is training, you can do it ahead of time, but casting on for real has to wait for the Olympics). I'm off to study the pattern, and watch the Bruins go for three in a row.

*If you want to read how the Knitting Olympics got started four years ago, it's here. (Can you believe, there was no Ravelry then? Me either.)

This year, Stephanie pondered Knitting Olympics in the Ravelry era, then made her stand here.


Kate P said...

Go for the gold! :)

Kali said...

I am *so* floored by your ambition! I do admire the sweater. It is in my queue (somewhere). Between you and Yarn Harlot, I did learn to make socks. But it was mostly you. Maybe...

p.s. the word today was not as interesting. Your post more than made up for it.