On Your Mark, Get Set, Knit!

Is it Friday yet?  It feels like a Friday.  January kind of hit me in one fell swoop this week – and here we are more than half-way through the month.  Oiy!

Here’s What’s on My Mind…

February is going to be a great month for knitting.  First of all, there’s the Super Bowl.  Which since I probably don’t care a wit about who’s going to be in it (my poor Packers had a tough year this year) I’m watching for the commercials! Then, there’s the winter Olympics.  If you’re at all familiar with Ravelry, you might also be familiar with Ravellenics.  The idea of Ravellenics is to challenge yourself to knit something during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

My friend Knittymuggins and I were talking about the Clayoquot cardigan and steeking one day.  We fell upon the idea of doing a KAL with the Clayoquot cardigan, with the possibility of a skype phone call to do the steeking portion.  (Sadly, we live waaaay too far apart to do a in person steek together.)  Since the Ravellenics are right around the corner, we decided to do the cardigan as our very own Knitting during the Olympics KAL.  I encourage you to sign up for a Ravellenics team.  There are a lot of different teams out there.  I signed up for the YH Ladies one.  I tend to be a bit of a lurker when it comes to these big online group events, which is why doing a KAL with my knitting bestie is much more my style.

I’ve chosen this, The Fiber Co. Arranmore Light, as my yarn for the project.  I need to do a gauge swatch beforehand because time will be of the essence during the actual Olympics.  Wish me luck on that one!  Actually, wish me a lot of luck as my plan is to complete an adult size cardigan for me.

What I’m Knitting

I’m pretty much still knitting on everything I said I was knitting last week.  I did finish a Cindersmoke mitten (my 2nd one) but I need to knit a 3rd so that I have one class sample and one pair of mittens for me.  Yes, it’s crazy, but it makes sense in my head.

Loose Ends

Thanks to everyone who has commented on the blog in the last week.  It’s so nice (and slightly terrifying!) to know that people are out there reading this.

The Final Stretch

If you’re competing in the Knitting Olympics, we are down to the final stretch.  It’s that last long race to the finish when your muscles are burning and you’re wondering if you might. just. pull. this. one. off.   All over town, people are asking me if I’m finished with my Olympic knitting yet.  

 

Will I pull it off?  Will I finish my Slinky Ribs sweater?  Honestly, I have no idea!  I’m down to the second half of the body, which is all stockinette stitch.  The good news is that stockinette just flies by after doing 2×2 ribbing for the first half.  The bad news is that I don’t have any car trips or uninterrupted knitting time scheduled.  I do however have a girls night out scheduled for Friday night, to celebrate a friend’s birthday.  I think I might be able to get away with knitting at that for a bit. 

To make matters even more complicated, I have a hat to knit for one of my 5 year old’s classmates.  He’s having a party and my 5 year old has decided that Momma needs to knit hats for everyone in her class.  I’ve compromised by saying I’ll only knit hats for birthday parties.  She informed me that he has a camouflage coat so his hat must be green.  I think I have the perfect yarn hiding in my stash for this one.  At least kid hats are quick!  Wish me luck in the final stretch!