Saturday, February 13, 2010

Opening Ceremonies & Day 2

Before I get into the Opening Ceremonies I'll show you a pair of socks that inspired the challenge of the Knitting Olympic Challenge that I've set myself.

Pre-Olympic Socks

Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks FX. I don't remember the colorway but the socks are the same colorway and I thought they were the same dyelot but the 2nd one is much more saturated than the first.
Pattern: 2x2 Garter Rib (rd 1: knit; rd 2: k2, p2)
Oops moment: I knit the leg a bit longer than I normally do for socks and ended up having to finish the toes for both socks with leftover sock yarn. It's not very noticeable and, frankly, I don't really care... haha

Pre-Olympic Socks 2

I cast on the first sock at least 4 months ago. I knit most of the leg and then the sock lived in my bag where it stayed unless I was waiting somewhere and bored. I finally finished the first sock at Christmas and then the second sock took until yesterday afternoon. Hence the challenge: Finish at least 3 pairs of socks during the Olympics.

So many choices
Note: this isn't the extent of the sock yarn in my stash. I may have a problem

Now to the Olympics:
As I mentioned I decided to go with the socks. I swatched for the sweater but realized I didn't have enough yarn, especially since I would want to add length in the body.

Olympic knitting sock #1

Just in time for the Olympics, Knitty published their Knitty Surprises, one of which was the Skew sock. I pulled a skein of Lang JaWoll Silk in Canadian-y colors from the stash and cast on. This sock is so interesting already. I can't wait to see how the heel is done...

During the Parade of Nations I dyed a Knit Picks sock blank to be knit later in the Olympics. At one point it looked like the set of Dexter.


The dye job didn't turn out exactly like I was picturing it but I wasn't really being as careful as i should have been.

Olympic Dyed Sock blank

Gotta go. Moguls are on. Knit on Knitters! Go Canada Go!

ETA: I think I figured out/remembered how to do the Ravelympics thing. Create your project and then tag it with the little "r" in the multi-colored circle. Then it will ask you what Ravelympics tags you want added. I think you have to sign up for the team you want to be in (For example, I'm on Team Canada) but I think that's all there is to it. We'll see when it's over.


  1. Thanks for the ravelympics how-to! I entered a project after reading this. That was easy! To think I was going to skip it because I was so confused. :)

  2. Your experience with Kroy FX mirrors my own, both in color and amoutn of yarn. It's one of the reasons I am a devout toe-up sock knitter.

    That sink photo does look like Dexter!!

    Good luck on going for the gold!!

  3. Go Ravelympics, Go! Finishing three pairs of sock is a worthy goal. I'm working on Bohus wristlets (because I got a late start). They're going faster than I expected, so I'll have to add a second entry in a day or so. Not sure whether I'll go for another Bohus, or just do something else entirely. I've acquired so much new stash lately that I'm sorely tempted to dig into my stash and see if I can finish a whole sweater in the second half of the Ravelympics... we'll see!

  4. Skew caught my eye too. I wish that's what I had chosen for the Olympics, but I picked a Cookie A pattern which is gorgeous but in no way will be completed in time.


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