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Thursday, August 14, 2008

And she's off!

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My Ravelympics project is off to a slow start, but I think I'm starting to hit my stride. I'm really going to have to pick up the pace if I want to finish it in time.

Chart and Fabric

I designed a bamboo motif for the double-knit scarf—appropriate, since the yarn is made of 100% bamboo. I have seven pages of charts altogether (all 460 rows), which means I have to pay attention to each row.

Bamboo Forest Scarf

With the double-knitting, it can get a smidge confusing which color to use, but it looks like I haven't messed up yet! Knock on wood for me! I'm going for the gold!

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Ravelympics, here I come!

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Ravelympics,  here I come!

Don't you just love those clever folks over at Ravelry? They've come up with the 2008 Ravelympics, a sort of knitting olympics, where the goal is to cast on and finish a project during the 17 days of the Summer Olympics.

As a proud Angeleno, I am playing for Team LaLa Land in the event "Designers Discus." My plan is to make a double-knit scarf out of some stash Rowan Bamboo Soft yarn I've had lying around for about a year. I'm not allowed to cast on until the opening ceremonies, but swatching is considered "training," so here are my swatches:

Swatch side 2Swatch side 1

I created the charts for the colorwork tonight and I'm starting to wonder if I'm biting off more than I can chew. The chart is 34 stitches wide and 460 rows long, and each row has a colorwork pattern to follow. Gulp.

Check back soon to see if I survive, or if I drop out with a pulled hamstring. (Or, more likely, tendonitis in my wrist!)

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