Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Olympic Challenge - project # 3

Everything is going extremely well in connection with my Olympic challenge.  Obviously years of training are paying off.  I've now completed the third of my large unfinished projects - the summer top  I started a few weeks ago on holiday.

It's a lovely delicate design with a 1950s feel to it.

I had completed the front and back whilst on holiday so there was only the sleeves, collar and button bands to go but it's amazing how long they can take to knit up when you think you've nearly finished.  It didn't help that it was 4 ply yarn and small needles.  I remembered why I prefer double knitting weight yarn.

Anyway, all those exciting cycling events in the velodrome helped to speed things along.  I've also been watching canoe sprints, volleyball (it always seems to be on), obviously athletics and a little bit of wrestling.  I'm undecided what to make of the wrestling - I think I'll probably give it a miss.

If you want to see the full details of the knitted top, please visit my Ravelry page, here.

I've now started worked on project # 4.  This is the Louisa Harding cardigan called Pocket Watch.  The body is knitted in one piece.  This can be slow going at first but saves on some seaming at the end.  I had already completed most of the body, so this morning I finished that.  I've now worked the button bands and neckband - I like to get them out of the way before I start the sleeves.  There are 16 button holes so I'm putting off sewing on the buttons until I can summon up more enthusiasm 

The pattern calls for some Swiss darning over the Fair Isle.  I started this but it didn't look right.

The burgundy colour overpowers the delicate hearts pattern, so I've unpicked it, and I'll skip the Swiss darning.

This evening, it'll be athletics and sleeve knitting, it's tough but I'm up for the challenge.

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