I hesitated to blog about my progress on Kris’s Olympics pullover simply because it looks like a cream-colored blob… knitting stockinette in the round is not condusive to eye-catching photography. However, I received a few messages about the sweater, so I thought that a progress report was due! The past few weeks have been a steady stream of stockinette. To keep with the Winter Olympics theme: an “avalanche” of stockinette. Snowy slopes of stockinette. You get the picture.
Juggling this project along with a few others has not been too hard - this is my easy-peasy knit, my knitting-while-watching-TV knit. And I actually have several inches to show for it now. I just started my third ball of Reynolds Whiskey – a lovely yarn, by the way – and am rounding about 12.5 inches. A few more to go before I start the stranded colorwork band across the chest. Then, I need to make the sleeves and yoke everything together before finishing up the top. I am pleasantly surprised to have so much progress on size US 1.5 needles, and I know that once I get to the colorwork, it will fly by… Can’t wait to get to that point! It is just two-colored, but this yarn has all sorts of little heathery bits in it. I think it will look great.
Dale of Norway finally released their Vancouver designs (full PDF here). For each Winter Olympics, the Norwegian design/yarn company comes out with a set of ski sweater patterns (and matching accessories) to commemorate the Olympics. In previous years, this design has incorporated regional and cultural influences of the Olympic location. There has been a little bit of criticism on this point this year; several people have noted that this design has nothing that evokes “Vancouver” about it. It seems like the designers had a lot of things to pull from for this design, but they are right that it doesn’t necessarily look like the traditional designs – there is very little about it that says “Vancouver” or even “Canada” about this sweater. Not even a maple leaf or some sort of nod to the theme of the First Nations. No incorporations of Canadian natural features, etc…
That being said, I do like the design. I like the simplicity of the colorwork. It makes it more wearable and versatile to me. Plus, I think the colorwork on the shoulders is a nice feature. It’s unique, as I don’t recall seeing many other stranded designs like this one. The women’s pullover has a deep v-neck which is also a new look. I appreciate the innovation and the updated look and I don’t think it looks as dated – it is more flattering to many figures (the ribbed sides) and has a nice silhouette.
The owner of my LYS has knit the last four Olympic pullovers, and she tells me that they are planning a class on knitting this one. Although the pattern is not what I expected, I do still like it, so I think I might sign up. The class is not until next winter though, so it will probably be done well after my trip to Vancouver…
So, my plan worked. Kris’s Dale pullover, the Liberec 2009 design, and the one I am planning for myself (Dale #150 booklet) will be perfect for our official Vancouver sweaters.
…of course, I need to get plugging on my gift knits (mom’s! Mimi’s!) before I can start my own pullover! Must get knitting!