Ravelympics 2008: Days 1-7

(Many thanks for everyone’s kind comments about the bunny pullover. I’ve been so focused on my Olympic knitting that email, blog-reading, and the like have fallen by the wayside, sorry!)

The Ravelry is doing a fun knit/crochet/spin/dye/whatever-along during the 2008 Olympics, with over 5500 members participating. I signed up with two projects and two teams: The Loon for Team Editors and Anise Socks for Team Stashdown.


I decided to start with The Loon, to allow time for blocking, drying, and seaming. After I finished the back, I decided my 1×1 ribbed cuff was way too ugly, and I cut it off and replaced it with a 2×2 rib.


The front, with its massive intarsia insanity took a bit longer to knit, and even longer to weave in all the ends. I used duplicate stitch for the feathers. Have I ever told you all how much I dislike duplicate stitch? I really don’t like it; perhaps it’s because I used to do counted cross-stitch and my duplicate stitch doesn’t look as neat. Nevertheless, I’m very happy with the results, and the added texture from the duplicate stitching is a nice bonus. It was all worth it!


Yesterday I was able to soak and then block the pieces. There’s just the seaming left to do, so that’s one project nearly complete, and one to go!


This is how far I’ve gotten on the Anise socks. I’ve decided to continue the pattern down to the instep, and not change to the condensed (every-row) pattern. I’ll skip the patterned heel in hopes of having enough blue. We’ll see how it goes! :)


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7 Responses to “Ravelympics 2008: Days 1-7”

  1. deb Says:
    August 15th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I LOVE the loon! It’s so Minnesota doncha know!!

  2. guinifer Says:
    August 15th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Wow, that sweater is very impressive!

  3. Opal Says:
    August 15th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Oh wow! The Look sweater looks amazing! Really awesome knitting you got going on there.

  4. Chris Says:
    August 17th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Aw, the baby totally makes that sweater!

  5. mrspao Says:
    August 18th, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Wow – that sweater is amazing. I really like your socks, too.

  6. Carrie K Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Oh, loon! I kept insisting on reading it “loom”. Silly me. Very nice!

    And what are you doing online? You’ve got an event to finish!

  7. Nicole Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 8:26 am

    There’s a reason that Canadians get along so well with Minnesotians!

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Sock Count (Pairs)

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