Ravelympics 2008: FO #1

Whew, I finished my first project for the Ravelympics on Monday! :) I’m really happy with the results. It wasn’t a difficult pattern, but was time-consuming. With this, I earned medals in Sweater Sprint and Colorwork Cross-Country.

The loon eyes are supposed to be red, but I thought that was creepy, so I used white. (I tried black for the baby loon, but it blended too much with the gray.) The baby loon is so small, it was a bit tricky to place the eye. I ended up putting it a row higher than given in the chart, otherwise it seemed to resemble a tiny mouth.

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I love how the water ripples blend into each other all around every side. Lovely touch!

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When duplicate stitching the feathers, I followed the chart part of the time. I thought it was a bit heavy on the verticals, especially in the top white area, so I spread them out a little bit.

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As previously mentioned, I substituted a 2×2 rib for the 1×1 rib given in the pattern. I also didn’t use a folded, double-layer collar, simply binding off after just over a inch length.

I’ve saved the best (or maybe not) picture for last… these are all the yarn ends I had to deal with on the front. Not for the faint of heart! :)

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Pattern: “The Loon” by eweCANknit, Bernat #1806, Ewe Can Knit: The Loon (1995) Size: 4 years Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool – New Denim: 204g, Worn Denim: 25g, Black 11g, Brown Sheep NatureSpun Worsted, Snow: 6g, and Cascade 220 Quatro, Butterscotch: 12g Needles: Takumi Clover US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4 mm) circulars Started: August 8, 2008 Completed: August 18, 2008 Token Progress: 6 of 10

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8 Responses to “Ravelympics 2008: FO #1”

  1. bellamoden Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    crazyass! it looks great :)

  2. knittymama Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Congrats! Beautiful work…I agree about the eyes!

  3. lisa Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Ooooh, look how brave you are… showing the insides of the colorwork! Nice work! Loon eyes ARE red, but I can see how it might be creepy on the sweater.

  4. Chris Says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 7:07 am

    That is such a cute sweater! I think you were very right about not using red for the eye.

  5. Deb Says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Love the loon baby!

    Hey, congrats on your entries at the State Fair this year. Good work!

  6. schrodinger Says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Wow! Good ideas with the adaptations. Impressive.

  7. Tanya Says:
    August 22nd, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Really great sweater! Congrats!

  8. Opal Says:
    August 22nd, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Congratulations! I love the loon!

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