Sunday, February 28, 2010

Must Have, Had

Here it is - my Knitting Olympics entry - done. Finished by 9:30 pm EST on Feb. 28, 2010.
Patons "Must Have Cardigan."
Technical stuff:
I used just under 5 balls of Patons Classic Wool (475 gm to be exact) - I weighed the amount left on the fifth ball.
I didn't use a smaller size needle on the waist ribbing, since I don't need a blouson look.
I did go down one size (US#7 from US #8) for the button band ribbing.
I knit the size that would fit most of me and added bust darts to make it fit the rest of me.
I love the cushy feel of the wool.
The color in this picture is not very accurate, it should be greyer, but my photo editing skills weren't up to the challenge.
I made an excel spreadsheet to keep track of the pattern changes, increases and decreases. This made it very easy to make the back match the fronts. I'd also like to extend my personal thanks to the person who invented post-it notes.
First I knit both sleeves at the same time, then both fronts at the same time, then the back.
Although I knit continental (pick), I listened English - I completed all 17 disks of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", plus 10 disks of Dorothy Sayer's "Murder Must Advertise."
That's it for now...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Knitting Olympics - the Sleeves

This time around, I'm participating. Last time around I didn't and then wished that I had.

So, when the Yarn Harlot announced on her blog that she was sponsoring the 2010 Knitting Olympics, I signed on.

I'd had the yarn, pattern, and even the buttons for Patons Must Have Cardigan for over 2 years, so this seemed the appropriate venue for this sweater (for those of you who are not Yarn Harlot fans, she knit this sweater and posted about it on her blog).

I "planned" two days for the sleeves, two days for the fronts, two days for the back, and one day to finish. Hah!

After eight days, I finally finished the sleeves.