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Cindy Does Not Medal in the Sweater Triathlon………Film at 11

Yes, dear friends, I am going to stop knitting my sweater for the Ravellenic Games Sweater Triathlon. My wrists are aching and I have a headache that will not quit. I will have to quit knitting on this project before I develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

It’s okay, though. I learned a long time ago that I am a PROCESS knitter not necessarily a PRODUCT knitter. It does not bother me to tear out two weeks worth of knitting. I think that I have learned quite a bit during those two weeks.

What have I learned? Well, that both patterns that I chose to help me overcome my lack-of-sweater-knitting skills were very good. Each of them gave me new skills that I will be able to use in my knitting.

I also tried two different types of yarn. Unfortunately, I did not swatch yarn #2 very much to realize how tightly it would knit on size 6 needles (which was gauge for that sweater). And yarn #1 just did not feel right for the pattern I originally chose. Maybe I will make a sweater with yarn #1 and pattern #2; but just not this week.

And that’s okay with me. I am going to finish watching those marvelous Olympians reaching their personal goals while finishing up a shawl and winding yarn for an upcoming Mystery Shawl knit-a-long. If you want to join me, check it out on Ravelry: Fantasia Mystery Shawl Group and find your yarn at Fiddle Knits Design.


Another Ravellenic Games Medal!

I am so very proud to announce that I have received my second Ravellenic Games Medal. It’s for the Toy Toss! I had to knit something that was a toy.

So I made a really cute and super fast Bunny Blanket Toy. 
I have been enjoying the Olympic Games and knitting so far, but my hardest project is yet to come….I know, I know I should have started it first (and I actually did, but I put the first one aside and changed yarn/pattern/needles/etc.) Even if I don’t get it knit in time to be awarded a medal, I am determined to knit myself a cardigan.

I still have 2 more medals to come–both for the same project. I have finished the project and submitted it for the medals, but it takes time to get to the “podium.”

How about you? Do you like to knit and watch sports on TV? I have a friend who loves to knit and watch NASCAR. I still don’t care to knit complicated projects  while watching sports, (especially if I have to count stitches or rows) but so far these projects I’ve done have been pretty easy. I’m more of a Masterpiece Theater knitter.

Well, back to the Games! Knit on!


My 2012 Knitting Resolutions

Please pardon me, dear readers, for not blogging much the last few months. I was quite busy with Christmas knitting (will post pictures soon) and, of course, the “job that pays for the yarn that keeps Cindy knitting and sane!”

So, without further ado, here are my very own 2012 Knitting Resolutions:

  1. Before June 1, learn a new technique – knitting with beads.
  2. In the Summer, participate in the 2012 Ravelympics games.
  3. Knit from my stash yarn one project a month.
  4. Knit one item from my WIP, current kit projects (not listed on my Ravelry project page), or hibernating projects every other month.
  5. Teach someone else to knit and continue to encourage all knitters, new and experienced!
  6. Knit a pair of socks every other month.
  7. Knit 4 items (once a quarter) for charity projects (i.e. newborn caps, prayer shawls, etc.).
  8. Take pictures and put my yarn stash on Ravelry to help me keep organized.

So there are my 2012 resolutions. While I belong to several groups of “12 in 2012,” I don’t think that I want to plan to knit 12 of anything for this year. If it happens anyway, it will be a lucky coincidence!

So, dear reader, do you have any knitting resolutions? Feel free to share with me. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress throughout the year, as well.


Ravelympics – Challege Yourself!

As I type, the 2010 Olympics are in progress and on Ravelry (www.ravelry.com), there are a number of us who are Ravathletes…i.e. that is we have challenged ourselves to knit, crochet, frog or whatever an entire project (or a series of projects) during the Olympics. Some of my knitting buddies have thought me foolish to do this, but I enjoy the challenge! Besides, it was something to do while watching my favorite Olympics – the Winter Games!

So, one of the events that I promised that I would do is the Designer Pattern Skeleton. To complete this event, you must create a publishable pattern…do whatever you feel is necessary to produce a publishable pattern. Last Olympics (the Summer 2006,) I had started an Olympic Rings Baby Hat, but I wanted to “tweak” the pattern before I published it. Well, I am now ready to unveil my pattern…right here on my blog.

Olympic Rings Baby Hat

By Cindy L. Petty (A Ravelympics 2010 Pattern)

Size 3-6 months, (6-18 months)

Gauge: 20 sts = 4” in stockingnette stitch

1 ball each DK Weight Superwash Wool in blue, gold, black, green, and red

(model pictured was knit in KnitPicks Swish DK)

1 set of US 6 (4 mm) double-point needles

1 set of US 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitch markers

Using circular needles and starting with the Blue color, cast on 64 (72) stitches. Place a marker to indicate beginning of row and join for working in the round. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1.5“ (1.5“).

Change to Blue and add the Gold yarn. Knit 6 (8) rows.

Change to Gold and add the Black yarn. Knit 6 (8) rows.

Change to Black and add the Green yarn. Knit 6 (8) rows.

Change to Red. Knit 2 (2) rows.

Begin hat decreases, changing to double-point needles as necessary:

Row 1: K2Tog, K6. Continue around row.

Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: Knit

Row 3: K2Tog, K5 and continue.

Row 5: K2Tog, K4 and continue

Row 7: K2Tog, K3 and continue

Row 9: K2Tog, K2 and continue

Row 10: K2Tog, K1 and continue

Row 11: K2Tog around

Leaving a 20” tail, clip yarn and draw through remaining 8 (9) stitches. Anchor securely but leave yarn outside of the hat to anchor the Olympic Rings. Weave in all other strands of yarn.

Olympic Rings

Using 2 double-point needles and Blue Yarn cast on 3 stitches.

*Knit one row, slide the stitches to the end of the DP needle and knit one row.

*Continue the above I-Cord method until I-Cord is 5 inches. Gently close the loop to make a circle.

Make 4 more rings in the other 4 colors but before closing the circles of the remaining rings, gently interlock them. Olympic Rings start with blue, interlocked with gold, which is interlocked with black, which is interlocked with green, and finally interlock the red with the green and the blue.

Using the red tail, lightly tack down the rings so they stand up on the hat.

Place on the head of your favorite baby as you play the Olympic Anthem.

This original design was only test knitted by one other person so I would appreciate it if you would let me know of any typos/mistakes, etc.