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Ravelympics 2008

Not a competition ….

… and I hope getting your new Bump Sweater makes you feel like you’re the winner even though you had that setback on your project.
Yes, folks, I made it to the finished line in the Ravelympics Sweater Sprint for Team MN. I bound off the last piece of the Bump Sweater on the plane home from New Jersey on Thursday, August 21st, soaked and blocked the pieces Thursday night. By Saturday morning, August 23rd, it was dry and ready for seaming. So, yea for me, I finished the Sweater Sprint!

Ravelympics Project: Bump Sweater

A great quick project and I hope you love it, Andrea!

Out of the Race

I was so sure I was going to be able to finish Liesl in time for the end of the Olympics this Sunday. I’d finished the entire body and just needed to pick up the sleeve stitches and knit the short sleeves. No problem, right?
But after getting all my sleeve stitches onto needles, I quickly found myself completely confused about which side was the right side and which side was the wrong side. It took an embarrassing amount of time before I realized the reason for my confusion: I’d accidentally switched my direction of knitting after knitting the yoke. So the yoke was inside out but the entire rest of the body was right side out. Or vice versa.
After mom’s stocking reversal, and now this, I’m beginning to think not only is knitting a hereditary disease, but possibly dyslexia?
I stared at it for a while until I finally had to come to terms with the depressing fact that there’s no easy fix. I have to pull the entire body of the sweater out back to the armholes.
I could probably finish it if I didn’t do anything else all weekend. That is not going to happen.
Well, Mom, I guess if this is a competition, looks like you’re going to be the winner!

My heart rate is up …

… I’m breathing fast and my muscles ache as the Ravelympics finish line approaches! I cast off the last sleeve of the Bump Sweater on the plane last night so all the pieces are done and as I write this, they’re blocked and drying in preparation for finishing the seaming. I’m still thinking I might get the Holiday Stocking done, too, but that will be tough. More later! Gasp, wheeze ….

Update: Ravelympics

I have set the Holiday Stocking project aside for now and am just concentrating on the Sweater Sprint – the Bump Sweater project. I have completed the back, and have started the front piece. So I think I’m on track to complete that event on time.
Ravelympics Project
Tomorrow morning Needlework Unlimited is having a Dye Party in their parking lot. Andrea and I have signed up to attend and play around with dying a couple skeins of sock yarn, using all-natural dyes of course (oh, did you know, she’s pregnant?). It should be geat fun and I’m really really looking forward to it (dyeing yarn and being a grandma).
On my drive in to work this morning I was thinking about “the sweater project” and “the pregnancy” and “the baby.” Andrea asked me yesterday if I had a sense of whether it’s a boy or a girl and I said I had no sense of it. But on the drive in this morning my mind was filled with girl names and girl things … so I think somewhere deep in me is a sense that this is a girl.
… 50:50 chance I’m right!

Doh!

I had intended to post a bit of braggery about my Ravelympics progress the end of day Saturday but was too exhausted, didn’t get it done. Then Saturday became Sunday and Andrea came over for dinner. I pulled out the knitting projects and proudly showed off my progress.
Progress on Ravelympics projects
She cocked her head sideways and said, “but this is wrong …”, pointing out to me that Santa is going to end up on the inside of the stocking, not the outside. It’s totally backward from what it should be when compared to the original stocking. And this has to exactly match the original. Besides, it would just be stupid to have the Santa on the inside and the plain ole tree on the outside. So it’s tinking time! This could be fatal for my completion of the event it’s entered in, Holiday Handball. I’ll start over, though, but I really think I have to put the majority of my efforts into the Sweater Sprint, which is progressing nicely.
Progress on Ravelympics projects
You realize, Moms, that Andrea finding the problem with the Vintage Holiday Stocking is payback for the hard time I gave her during our liveblogging Friday night during the televising of the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The pearl of “mother-wisdom” out of this sad saga: Don’t go giving people superior-attitude sass … that kind of neener-neener attitude will come back to bite you in the butt every time!

“Liveblogging” the Ravelympics Opening Ceremonies…

Though it’s not technically live, as the opening ceremonies happened hours and hours ago, NBC will kick off their coverage of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and Mom and I are “live” blogging it. We’ll continue to post updates as we watch the opening ceremonies tonight and start our Ravelympics projects.
And now, I’m going to furiously try to finish my swatch before the opening ceremonies broadcast starts in a half hour. Watch this space!
-Andrea
(click through to read the rest of our liveblogging!)

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Last day of training for the Olympics

So the Olympics start tomorrow. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Olympics, though I’ve always been intrigued by the spectacle of it all. This year I’m more intrigued by the Olympics than I ever have before, all because of the controversies and all the hype about China hosting the event. The lengths they’ve been going to in order to prepare for the Olympics and impress the world are staggering to me, especially in light of their human rights transgressions and their lack of freedom of the press. I am so interested to see how this all goes down.
Today’s my day to gear up for the Olympics in the only way I can – by knitting, of course. Mom is coming over tomorrow night and we’ll be casting on for our Ravelympics projects together. We’re going to live-blog the event (she doesn’t know that yet – but hey, I’m the host so I can decide these things) so if you’re participating in Ravelympics too and you’re online, come and check out the blog anytime during the opening ceremonies tomorrow night!
In the meantime, check out these two guys, who are in good shape, trying to do a few Olympic events to see how the average Joe can stack up against Olympic athletes. It’s amazing how compared to these guys, Olympic athletes almost make it look easy.

And it’s worth a trip to their blog entry to compare their stats to the Olympians stats and read their commentary.
Back to the world of knitting, I still have to finish my “training” (aka, my swatch). I’ve had to make two different swatches already and neither one of them has been to gauge. I’m hoping third time’s the charm, or I might have to return this yarn and get something else.