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Monday, August 11, 2008

Ravelympics - Day 1 & 2

Day 1 (Friday, 8 Aug 2008):

Triumph Cable Scarf, Day 1, 10 rows, US7 needles

It looks like I'm off to a slow start on Day 1 of Ravelympics 2008. I only managed to cast on and knit 10 rows. I'm not sure how long I can make this scarf since I only have 5 balls of Elann Luxury Merino Superwash yarn and this Cafe Au Lait colorway is currently out of stock. I'm hoping to get at least 5 ft out of these 5 balls. This would mean I should try knit 3.5" to 4" each day if I hope to finish the scarf within 17 days. Perhaps I should make that goal 4" to 5", so that I can finish early enough to have time to weave in ends. Does that sound like a plan?

Ok, looks like I'm a bit behind here. I didn't measure my 10 rows here. It's probably 1.5" to 2" long, so I better knit 6" or more for Day 2 if I want to keep up. We can't be falling behind at the very beginning can we?

I'm already wondering whether I should use 5 mm (US8) needles instead of the 4.5 mm (US7) needles I started with. Hmm. Starting over would mean falling behind even further. Better decide soon though.

Pattern: Triumph Cable Scarf (chart download is linked here)
Yarn: Elann Luxury Merino Superwash DK, Cafe Au Lait color
Needles: 4.5 mm (US7)

Day 2 (Saturday, 9 Aug 2008):

Triumph Cable Scarf, Day 2, US 8 needles

Here's Day 2. I frogged Day 1's work and recast-on with US8 (5 mm) needles. I knit about 35 rows. I like the results with the larger needles. The pattern will look better after some light blocking. I will have to pin it out to show you what it will look like.

I'm afarid that's all the knitting I've done. The house is sick. Miss M has had the sniffles lately. I wonder if this has anything to do with last week being her first week at day care. And DH has had a cold these past few days. Wonder if this is not a coincidence with Miss M's sniffles. Anyhow, it hasn't been fun at home this weekend with two kids to take care of.

This Triumph Scarf is for the Cable Steeplechase event and the Scarf Stroke event. I still need to work on my MIL's scarf, the Regina Scarf, for the WIPS Wrestling event. I started her scarf in January and need to get it finished in time for Christmas. So I'm hoping Ravelympics will get me off my lazy bottom and finish this. It really should not take this long to make a scarf!

I saw Ratatouille this weekend. What a cute movie! I definitely want to see it again. I'm going to try to make some more progress on the Triumph Scarf tonight while watching another movie. I haven't decided whether it will be Eragon or Spirited Away. I'm leaning towards Spirited Away, however I'd want to watch it in the original Japanese language which means reading English subtitles. This will slow down my knitting a little bit. Even though the DVD has an English language track, I actually prefer watching foreign movies in their original language. Weird, huh?

I've fallen off the blog reading wagon in recent weeks and am trying to get back on it. So I'm gonna try to catch up on internet time as well as make Ravelympics progress.


Can't figure out what to do with leftover wool yarn? Check out these dryer balls made with wool yarn. I've heard of dryer balls you can buy in stores, haven't had any first hand experience using them. Do they really work?

We recently replaced our washer & dryer. Will have to tell you about that in another post.


6 stitch(es):

CatBookMom said...

Nice cable design! You've signed yourself up for a lot of events, so I hope the nursing duties don't keep you from reaching the finish line.

Wash hands. Everyone. A lot.

Teenuh said...

That is a beautiful cable. I am always so impressed by the cables you work on (I love cables though I don't tend to knit many of them, I need to change this). I have 3 projects flagged for the ravelympics but I am really only aiming to finish 2 of the 3, which are both easy peasy projects (basic socks and the pinwheel baby blanket) that I just have to keep knitting in a circle to finish.

Claudia said...

What beautiful cables! mmm mmm mmm I love to knit cables. I'm doing a shawl at the moment. First time for me doing a lace shawl. I'm completely loving it! But I'm a slow knitter, so it's going to take some time. I could never try to complete anything during the Olympics. LOL No medals for me. :(

Aunt Kathy said...

Marie that's going to be a beautiful scarf. Glad to see you picked up the speed in day two... I am still behind you cheering you on, RAH RAH RAH

Jude said...

I LOVED Spirited Away - that was a really special movie for me, so much so I bought my own copy. I agree w/you - I feel it's more authentic to hear the original voices in a foreign language film, so will always turn the subtitles on.

BTW, since I finally delurked, I think your work is absolutely fabulous! Especially your cable work, but really all of it ;)

LissaDora said...

If you haven't picked a movie yet (I'm probably too late to save you), definitely see Spirited Away. Twice, if you need to, to avoid seeing Eragon.

I, too, prefer subs to dubs, though it does tend to interfere with the knitting.

Hi, just passing through, drooling on the lovely patterns.

~ Lissa