Feb 15, 2010

Let the Games Begin

Late last week, actually the night before the Olympics began, I did a bit of swatching for my Ravelympic prject. I instantly started to panic because nothing was working for me. The yarns were wrong and the swatch looked horrible.

DSC_1148So I turned to Ravelry to try to come up with an alternate yarn selection and it only got worse because it seemed like all the project notes were talking about how these mittens took so much longer than people expected. I was convinced that this project was doomed before I even began. Both of my previous attempts at stranded knitting have been failures and neither of them ever crossed the fuinish line.

Because I am a Ravelympian I pressed on. I toyed with the idea of changing it up totally and picking a different pattern and yarn. I may have panicked a little too but I finally chose a new yarn, Dream In Color Smooshy in Spring Tickle, that I hoped would work better with the KP Essential in Soot.

I did a little last minute reading about Fair Isle knitting and yarn dominanace and on Friday night, during the opening ceremonies, I cast on and I was shocked.


I have exceeded my incredibly low expectations by quite a lot. I'm doing stranded knitting and it's working fo me. It's not terribly puckery and it's flying on my needles. This picture is from Saturday morning. I have a mitten now and the second cuff is under way.


Manise said...

Nice job Hillary! I do like the color combo.

Carole Knits said...

Looks excellent! I think stranded knitting is lots of fun and I find it usually moves along quickly.

JessaLu said...

Swatching is totally allowed! Go you! It looks great! :o)

Sarah said...

Yay! Your needles are flying and the colors look great.

Jan said...

Beautiful! And something I want to try soon!

You're doing very well! Congrats!