Monday, March 1, 2010

Ravelympic Knitting

A day before the Olympics Closing Ceremonies, I finished my second and last Ravelympic/ Knitting Olympics project. It's a simple, cabled vest that I donated to the Afghans for Afghans Youth Campaign. I hope someone will like it!

The vest is based on a pattern by Jenifer Paulousky. Stashbusting 4 skeins (~500 yards) of Gedifra Shetland Deluxe, I knit for a 30 inch chest, excluded the waist shaping, and continued the cable pattern all the way to the neckline. I added an inch of garter stitch for the neck and picked up 73 stitches per armhole and knit garter for 6 ridges before binding off in purl. The vest measures 21 inches from top to bottom.

When I first heard the call for donations for the Youth Campaign, it coincided with the Ravelympics/ Knitting Olympics timeline. For me, the donation date was the last day of the Olympics and the last day of Stitches West, where I planned to drop off the vest. I was able to combine some Ravelympics fun and useful knitting. Plus, I used up all of my Gedifra yarn, leftovers from my husband's sweater. Coming full circle, I bought this yarn at Stitches last year.

Speaking of Stitches West 2010, I attended the market on Sunday, the last day. This year I didn't buy as much as usual and spent most of the time wandering around in a daze. It's like I never quite got my bearings. Possibly, as this was my sixth year there, I had already bought everything I wanted to try out and didn't have any specific vendors in mind. Still, I managed to come away with something!

From left to right:

  • Duet (mohair and wool) from Brooks Farm
  • Sock Yarn from Dream in Color
  • Red Sock Yarn from Icy Brambles (for my cousin)
  • Sock Yarn (Wild Things colorway) from Lisa Souza (for my cousin)
  • 2 skeins of Yowza Whatta Skein in Black Cherry from Miss Babs

I was really impressed with the choice of colors at the Miss Babs booth and am looking forward to revisiting them next year. Since my cousin is still working on her Stitches stash from last year, she didn't go but sent me as her buyer, instead. I would be happy to do that again!