une tricoteuse nommée allison

a knitter named allison (who also does other stuff)

Olympic Goal, Achieved March 1, 2010

It was touch and go for a while. I was knitting through an injury, as I had a wisdom tooth extracted last week. Doped up on Lortab for 24 hours, I lost valuable knitting time as I slept the day away. However, I was able to pull it together in the last days of the competition, and sprint to the finish during a visit to Rebelle yesterday. The sweater, though in dire need of blocking, is done. Here’s a look:

And, because binding off this sweater at Stitch ‘n’  Bitch meant I was sitting in a yarn store with empty needles, I made a wee purchase:

Yup, that’s Malabrigo Silky Merino. There is nothing more sinfully soft than this yarn. Except maybe puppy ears. But you can’t knit with puppy ears. I think this yarn wants to become a soft, lacy spring scarf, perfect for urging Winter to take a hike, already.

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Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics February 15, 2010

It’s time for the Knitting Olympics and Ravelympics! This year I am competing with Ravelympics “Team Hopelessly Overcommitted”. I’m also signed up as an individual knitting athlete with the Yarn Harlot’s official Knitting Olympics. My project is a cardigan. It was going to be Laura Chau’s Top-Down Raglan but, well, I forgot to print out a fresh copy of the pattern, and had tossed my old marked-up one in the recycling bin. So the night of the opening ceremonies I studied a few cardigan patterns and decided that I could wing it. After some false starts due to gauge issues, here is what I have so far:

I cast on 12 for each front, 10 for each sleeve, and 19 for the back. Seed stitched for a while, and now I’m doing YO raglan increases (I like the openwork look it gives). I’m maintaining a 5-stitch seed stitch border on each front, and when I get to the bottom and cuffs I’ll do a deep seed stitch border (I like seed stitch – can you tell?). No buttonholes – I’ll probably install toggles or ties later. The yarn is 8 balls of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in “Williamsburg” (as you can see, a muted colonial blue). This is a mellow knit – challenging to complete during the Olympics because it’s an entire sweater, but not so technically challenging that I can’t knock out most of it while watching TV or talking with people. Watch for in-progress photos as the Olympics (and the knitting) continue!