As you know, I am wading through the deep water of the sleeves of Kris’s Olympic pullover, working towards that fateful day when I can join the body and the sleeves and yoke it all up together. A few rows here and there…
With any hope to have my Olympic sweater done for the Games in February, I had to cast on for my very own sweater… luckily, I had some support in the form of a class at my yarn shop.
I haven’t taken a formal knitting class since I learned to knit nearly six years ago, but I figured that a big project like this would be a nice camaraderie knit – and honestly, I wanted some “hand holding” during the steeking process!
Here I am at last week’s class choosing my third colorway – my first choice, the turquoise at the end of the third row, was discontinued unfortunately – but I decided to go with the close match, the robin’s egg blue at the beginning of the fourth row. Not quite the same “POP”, but pretty close! We have met twice now, and my classmates and I are all cast on and ready to knit a few miles of stockinette for the body before we reach the colorwork sections in the chest.
The part I am pretty “chuffed” about is the OFFICIAL Olympic patch and zipper:
The knitting is a bit slow on the small needles – size 3 and 3.25mm – but every little bit counts. With some roadtrips coming up in the next month, I trust I can make some significant progress. The first inch of the knitting – in the rib pattern – is actually a hem facing that gets tucked under later. There is an elastic cord that came with the zipper kit to run through the bottom of the sweater. It will make it look like a real ski fleece!
These Olympic sweaters are probably the biggest thing I have ever taken on – and I am excited about them! Kris’s is much closer to the finish line than mine is, but I feel good that at least mine is on the needles and ready.
And with all of this work still ahead of me, I am also thinking of how great the new official Canadian Olympic gear is – the designs were released last week, and my mind is already buzzing about how quickly I could knit up something similar to the lovely Cowichan-inspired design… it is a large gauge… so, it may be possible to knit *after* I finish these, right? (it appears that the designs have set off a controversy with the “Cowichan” word choice… but I figured that “Cowichan-inspired” was safe enough, right?)
A quick search of Cowichan-inspired sweaters turned up this number by Rebecca… I think I could cardiganize it pretty easily, and maybe add some colorwork motifs…
…Okay, I am getting ahead of myself… let me finish my Dale sweaters first