While I thought the Knitting Olympics was a clever idea, I did not join in back in 2006. Of course, I cheered many of my friends on, but I have always enjoyed deadline-free knits. In a way, I guess I have a deadline for this one – getting it done before we leave for the Vancouver Olympics in February 2010, but it seems more managable with all of this lead time… like eight and a half months of lead time for this one:
Kris’s Olympic Sweater is underway! I stopped by my LYS and did a little browsing. They did not have the full line of colors for Dalegarn Heilo, the yarn that the pattern calls for, so I looked around for a decent substitute. Kris liked the original colors of the pullover, so I wanted to stick to that – natural and navy. I was really pleased when I found a near perfect match in Reynolds Whiskey.
In the interest of actually getting this thing started, I cast on the same night I bought the yarn… and I have actually made a lot of progress considering the extremely small gauge (size 1s for the ribbing and 2s for the body) and the large number of stitches in the round.
260 stitches in the round
approximately 40 rows / 3.5″ of progress
= 10,400 stitches thus far
This few inches is about half the total number of stitches of some of the other sweaters I have made! The funny thing is that all of the things I have done so far are just the little bits at the bottom – easily overlooked. In the picture of the garment from the pattern pamphlet, the part I am working on right now is actually folded under on the model… no complaints, really, just noting that “traditional knits” often have this very small gauge. I am a modern knitter who deeply appreciates the tradition, so here I go with the tiny needles. So far so good!
This sweater is truly a test of endurance! fortitude! patience! resolve! Those are qualities of an Olympian, right?