Sleeve vs. Sleeve
Olympic sweaters – all the time around here. While looking at the official Vancouver Olympics website, I realized that there are only 70 days until the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Is there any way I can finish these two sweaters in time? I am hopeful. Kris’s sweater is the ivory striped cuff, and mine is the navy one. This is the second sleeve of Kris’s sweater, with only this and the yoke remaining. Of course the yoke is where all the complicated charted colorwork comes in, but I am looking forward to that. Even on tiny needles with small gauge, colorwork does seem to go a little faster.
If I keep up my pace, I think there is a chance that I can have Kris’s sweater finished up by the end of the year. That seems like a nice end note on a pretty good year. Keep your fingers crossed for me as I try to knit like the wind!
I started my sweater later than Kris’s, so naturally I have more to go, but I am pleased with my progress. When I left for California, I only had 1.5 inches of the body. By the time I got home, I had 14 inches. Pretty decent for 260+ stitches on size 2 needles in the round! Of course, I still have several more to go before I start the colorwork and then the *dun dun dun* steeks!
This year’s Dale Vancouver sweater has a great feature with the ribbed sides – it’s much less boxy than previous designs.
Plus, I like how it looks like a ski slope!
The bottom hem will be tucked under, where I will run an elastic cord through. It came with the official patch and zipper
The plans for the Vancouver trip are really starting to shape up. We are so excited because we have 8 event tickets – 6 of them are hockey tickets (is that a surprise?), a freestyle ski event, and a curling event. Unfortunately we didn’t score specific Team USA or Team Canada tickets (they sold out in seconds!), but we still have a small chance to see one of them in the 2 playoff game tickets we have. So, if Canada advances like everyone expects them to (very well could be the Gold medal winners – such a strong team!) we could see them in those games in the second week playoffs – one is for preliminary playoffs, and the other is for quarterfinals, which is right before the Bronze medal game. We have tickets to see primarily Team Russia since my favorite player, Evgeni Malkin, is Russian. We also get to see Team Sweden who are the defending gold medal champs, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, and Czech Republic.
The freestyle ski event is going to be north of Vancouver city at Cypress Mountain. It is men’s aerial skiing – so flips and jumps! that should definitely be fun. Hoping I can get some photos!
…and curling! I am excited to see it because I know so little about it.
Wish me luck and speed as I work to finish these sweaters! I figure with the holidays and time off from work, I may be able to make a dent. Knitting posts may be a little sparse considering that these two sweaters are the only projects I am working on, and 3 inches of stockinette doesn’t feel special enough to warrant a blog post… but I may get a bit desperate!
…and if you are excited about the Winter Olympics and want to join the chatter and knit-along plans, please check out my Vancouver 2010 group on Ravelry!