Saturday, February 25, 2006

Hello! Started Yesterday...

Well here is my Tivoli... I am not doing it with the new Picot's... I have no idea if it will fit but it seems to be on Gauge... I am about 1 row from binding off the sleeves. I can't wait, it's going pretty fast. I hope it fits.

I am using Debbie Bliss Cathay in white. It's kind of splity, but feels great and has a slight sheen to it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


I am slogging along, and am about 10 rows into the waist decrease section. If you look closely, you can see some wonky stitches near the top - there was an extra yarn over, and when I got rid of it on the next row, there were 2 giant stitches. I am hoping they will normalize once I block/wash it.

Friday, February 17, 2006


Argh! I just finished the yoke, and didn't have the foresight to count my stitiches intermittently. I should have 284 sts, and I have 299 - I think I did one too many repeats of the "knit 1 round even, work 2 inc rounds",because that would explain 16 extra stitches (and dropping one stitch somewhere would make for 15 extra stitches).

When I get home from work I will try it on to get some sense of if it's too big - I am about to castoff for the armholes, so it will be a very rought guess, I suspect. As I see it, my 2 options are - rip it back 3 rounds ( almost 600 stitches - sigh!), or cast on a few less stitches for each armhole and throw in a few k2togs and ssk to get rid of the excess.

At this point I am not sure what the best option is - my bust measurement is 37 inches, so I'm kind of nervous that the 36 inch size will be too big, however, since I am tall (5'11") and have broad shoulders and a long back-waist length, I might be able to accomodate the extra room at the top of the garment. Plus I am a 36A, which means that relatively speaking, my torso is probably bigger than someone who has a larger bust (my under bust measurement is 31 inches, where someone with a 36C bra size would measure more like 28-30 inches).

And of course, the fact that this is my Olympic project makes me biased towards just plowing ahead rather than ripping out the work I have already done ;)

Anyone have any input?

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Here is the progress so far. Actually,this is from tuesday and I have knit another 6 rows or so. Trying to get it finished by friday 5 PMish.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Kelowna Olympic Knitting Team

I almost joined the Canadian team, but I wimped out when I realized that I would be on call for a week during the Olympics. However, since my DH will be out of town during 6 of those 7 days, I can give it my best shot (and let the dishes pile up in the sink!). Tivoli is the project I will attempt to finish before the end of the closing ceremonies.

I started my first tension swatch on Friday apres opening ceremonies:

And in the spirit of pushing my performance to the limits, I actually washed the swatch, and plan to block the sweater once I am done (I have been kind of lazy, and had previously planned to avoid blocking if at all possible). I am also using the most high-tech equipment: my new Denise interchangeable needle set. I'm using Berocco Lang Zeta yarn (lucky shade 13), which is a cotton /linen mix, and size 5 circulars.

This morning I cast on. How far I get today depends on whether or not we make it to the ski hill. (Hmmm, it's an hour driving each way, I wonder how mush I would get done if I knit in the car...)

Saturday, February 04, 2006

My Tivoli times 2

This is the Tivoli I am making for myself. It is Patons Grace in color "Azure" knit double stranded on size 6 needles.

And this is the tivoli variation I am making for my daughter. It is Moda Dea Ticker Tape in "Pink Passion" knit on size 10 needles.