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There isn’t a whole lot to say except it’s done.  I enjoyed every stitch but I’m glad it over.  Everyone is glad it’s over.  I haven’t even blocked it yet but couldn’t wait another minute to show it to you. 

There’s the original below made by Elizabeth Zimmermann.  I think after mine is blocked it will fit even better.   The sleeves on mine a just a bit wonky but again…it’s amazing what a little blocking can fix.

Sorry the edges are blurry.  We’d sent my damaged camera back to Canon for repair but it’s still not up to 100%.  But the sweater looks pretty good…

I love the fit, the color, especially the color and all that shaping.  Just look at it.

The photo session didn’t last too long since it’s sweater hater weather outside.  It was over 90 degrees here today…..I gotta get this thing off.

Oh, before I forget.  Finally count on balls of yarn….15!!!  Yes, 15.  Same size, same gauge, etc.  It is very possible I miscounted, some balls got sucked into the black hole of knitting where inches, lost needles and stitch markers reside.  I don’t have an answer nor can I offer an educated guess.  The original took 10. Chalk this up to one of life’s great mysteries.

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Disappointed but not completely upset.   The left sleeve is 2 full balls long and 14.5″.  The right sleeve is a tad over 8″ and you can see how much of the last ball I have left.    The goal was 18″ on each. 

But I’m done, now my hands can rest…

I will call Schoolhouse Press tomorrow morning, order at least 3 more balls (one is for another project) have than overnighted and finish this up asap.   I am sorry I didn’t get it done in time but that doesn’t make it less of an accomplishment.

Now I’m free to celebrate my husband’s birthday today…Thanks for being so patient.    Even my puppys have had enough.

And thank you Kim for all your help and for captaining our team.  Bravo for getting yours done.  I can’t wait to see it.

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With such precious time left you’d think I would have been up all night but my body and hands said enough and I passed out in my bed next to my hubby who finally caved and said “Do any of the other husbands feel neglected because of the Olympics?”.  Darling I promise I will make this up to you.  You’ll see.

In the meantime after a good night’s rest, good breakfast this morning and hands feeling less cramped and tired, I’ve been dealt a blow.  This is something only a knitter will understand and be able to relate to.  I’m feel sick to my stomach about it.  I’M RUNNING OUT OF YARN!!!

That is all I have left.  The pattern said this size (37″) would take about 10 1oz skeins.  I’m up to 12!!  Plus the two remaining, that’s 14 freaking skeins of yarn.   And I wouldn’t even have had this much had I not bought extra for another project.  Of course Schoolhouse Press is closed today (I called, hoping against hope) and won’t re-open until Monday.  So I will knit until the sleeves are done or the yarn runs out, which ever comes first.  Can you believe this and I’d come so far…

Ok that was my one moment of despair…moving on.  Here’s where I am so far.

I decided to work the sleeves at the same time.  It’s a mind game I play.  Whenever I have to make two of something (socks, sleeves) I knit them at the same time but on separate sets of circs.  In this case there was no other way.  Isn’t it pretty?

The neck looks small but it fits perfectly.  Have I said it yet?  I love this sweater and not for one moment in the last 16 days have a been sick of or wanted to see it end.

Underarm gusset…I think I’ll put this into all my sweaters from now on.  It makes sense and looks great.  The Yarn Harlot said once that turning the heel of a sock makes her feel smart.  That’s how I feel about this gusset.

It is also the perfect length. 

So that’s where I am.  Again we’ll see how much further I get.  Tomorrow by 11:59am it will all be over, one way or another.

My Tigger outlook  is still with me…(this is what I meant)

I refuse to ever be…with anything in this life.

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How do you knit a sweater in Chinese?  According to my friend Tina, who is from that beautiful place in the world, like this…

I AM KNITTING A SWEATER.  Don’t ask me how that breaks down exactly.  The literal translation is I KNIT WOOL CLOTHES.  Well I am and here’s another progress shot as of 6:51pm yesterday. 

Carolyn brought me sustenance.   The food of champions (chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies) and so darn good, thank you so much Carolyn and kids.

Back to work…

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…and all the other phrases used to start sporting events  were heard round the internet this morning as Ravelry kicked off it’s first Ravelympics.

I was on the road heading to work at the East coast start time (8am).  But by 9am I was cast on and knitting away.   After leaving work at about 1pm I headed over to the my in-laws to see my hubby, have lunch and get some knitting time in in the back yard.

The observant among you will notice the date/time stamp on the picture above.  I thought that would be a good idea…keep things honest and believed.

Unlike the skys in China, the view here was perfect. 

A crocheted cast on which was a bit slow going to get all 234 stitches on the needle. 

About 1 1/2″ done as of abut 2:45pm this afternoon.  Ok that’s it.  Gotta go knit and get ready to watch the opening ceremonies tonight…Why am I so excited about all this?  Do I really need the answer to that question?

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Just 2 days to go before the Ravelympics 2008 kicks off and I’ve been swatching away.  After two attempts, I’m still not sure what needle I’m using.  I started on a #2 but the fabric was so dense and tight.  Now I’m up to a 4.  We’ll see.  My goal is 6 sts to an inch.

I’m part of Team Knitting Camp and my project is the New Zealand Pullover by Elizabeth Zimmerman (of course).  All the members of the team are knitting EZ or Meg Swansen projects.  Can you tell we are all still a bit “homesick” for camp.  My event is the Sweater Sprint.  This is going to be so much fun.

Here’s my yarn selection.  Pretty huh?  Shetland 2 Ply Jumper Yarn, color #3.  It’s like oatmeal with some maple syrup stirred in.  I have 13 skeins which should be more than enough. 

Can you picture a better color for me?  No, it’s not brown but it’s still earthy.

Yesterday I had a major wake up call of sorts.  I was reading over the Ravelympics boards and noticed the Time Zone Converter.  That right folks, we’re suppose to cast on during the opening ceremonies which begin at 8pm Beijing time.  What time is that where you live boys and girls?  Here in Nueva York that’s going to be 8 am.  Thank God I don’t live in Hawaii, their start time is 2am…Ouch!  But I’d still be up knittin’.

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