February 16, 2006
Knitting Olympics: Day 7
The 7th day of the Knitting Olympics was a transition day. Today I finished Tubey's first tube -- the tube for the back and sleeves -- and picked up all those pesky stitches to create the second tube for the body. Half-Tubey makes a great shrug -- I was tempted to wear the half-Tubey around for a few days until the urge for Olympic gold got the better of me.
Tubey's instructions for picking up stitches initially sounded a bit daunting. How the heck can I evenly pickup 98 stitches across the back? My trick for picking up lots of stitches over a long distance is to break it up into smaller intervals. Using safety pins I divided the back into 8 small intervals and then pick up about 12 stitches in each. No problem -- although it would have been a tad easier with a few M&Ms to cheer me on.
I look forward to the next few days and my visits to the Knitting Olympic Village -- aka Stitches West.
Your tubey is adorable! Worn like that I could totally see it with a contrasting body color.
I'm just finishing my FIRST sleeve and I'm in a panic that the back is going to be too big and bunchy, based on no objective evidence other than that despite my long arms I'm small in the upper torso. I measured, but this yarn is so stretchy. Are you finding the fit nice?
My Olympic strategy was to get the sleeves done today and have a whole week for the body, but unless I skip everything else today (like yarn peddling, working out, grocery shopping, and parenting) it probably isn't going to happen.
I'm enjoying seeing your progress.
Posted by: jessie | Feb 17, 2006 2:32:03 AM
Really cute, Nona! Love the colors!
Posted by: Sockbug | Feb 17, 2006 4:52:53 AM
I love how it's turning out and the striping on the sleeve shrug part is the best. I like it paired with a solid body more than the original pattern that I really loved! What a great idea. Can't wait to see the body of it.
Posted by: Wanda | Feb 17, 2006 5:39:09 AM
That's such a useful and simple tip, I always get myself into a muddle when I have to increase over intervals of X number of stitches, now I know, safety pins to the rescue.
Posted by: erin | Feb 17, 2006 5:54:50 AM
The sleeves look great! Love the colour choices.
Posted by: Carolyn | Feb 17, 2006 5:57:19 AM
That really does make a great shrug!
Posted by: kimberly | Feb 17, 2006 6:36:43 AM
That half-Tubey is pretty enough to wear on its own! But you're right, it probably should be finished. ;-)
Posted by: Beth S. | Feb 17, 2006 8:44:58 AM
Stitches West! Are you taking classes? I'm going on Sunday only as there is too much going on at home for more. Have fun.
Tubey is fantastic and I love the main colour. Super.
Posted by: Kira | Feb 17, 2006 9:03:41 AM
You're right, it looks great as a shrug!
Posted by: Vicki | Feb 17, 2006 9:26:15 AM
If you stop by Lisa Souza's, Sheila Ernst's, and Rosemary Hill's booths, would you tell them Jen from FiberTraditions said "hi!"? Have fun at the Olympic Village!
Posted by: Jen | Feb 17, 2006 10:23:48 AM
Tubey looks really good as a shrug
Posted by: Isela | Feb 17, 2006 10:27:42 AM
Tubey looks great so far! Love the orange colour.
Posted by: Robin | Feb 17, 2006 11:00:25 AM
The tubey looks great! I'm loving the colors together. You're going to medal for sure!
Cheering from Chicago, still.........
Posted by: christine | Feb 17, 2006 11:05:55 AM
Tubeys looking good. I'like the striping in the middle of the sleeves. I'm cheering you on as you move into Gold medal position.
Posted by: Beverly | Feb 17, 2006 2:47:08 PM
Love those stripes!
Posted by: Karma | Feb 18, 2006 7:29:17 AM
I am thoroughly impressed with your knitting olympic process! i'm looking to make my first pair of socks in the near future. could you possibly suggest a good pattern reference for a simple sock... a reference with detailed instructions?
thanks, and happy knitting!
Posted by: amy | Feb 18, 2006 9:41:44 AM
Looking good -- I definitely see gold in your future! (BTW, the enlarged photo isn't showing up in the pop-up window.)
Posted by: Laura | Feb 18, 2006 9:01:06 PM
The colors look fantastic, and I agree that the sleeves alone make for an adorable shruggy thing.
Posted by: Gina | Feb 19, 2006 4:30:25 PM
I like your Tubey. I believe you will finish it before the end of Olympic. And I hope I will finish my modular knitting too.
Posted by: Ivana | Feb 20, 2006 12:24:25 PM
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