Not Quite a Win

But not quite a failure either.

I finished my Ravellenics project in the nick of time.

Seriously, there were fireworks going off in Rio when we snapped this photo.

To recap, I knit the Whistler by Veronika Jobe, shortening it from a sweater dress to a pullover length. I used Quince and Co Lark in Egret, also known around here as baby spit-up white. All told I used all eleven skeins, though I have about a skein's worth in leftovers. In terms of modifications I knit thirteen inches from the underarms to the start of the split hem. I also knit the sleeves two-at-a-time. A great idea in concept but a little tough to wrangle with the already giant sweater. I still need to weave in the ends, but I'm hoping to get photos this weekend. Pasha isn't much of a photographer yet.

I had also set myself the goal of writing every day to log my progress on the sweater. Obviously this did not happen. This happens to me a lot -- I get a grand idea and then get overwhelmed while trying to put it into action. Normally I can push through and make it happen, but the addition of being a mom has created an extra layer of complication. It's something I am learning to work on, giving myself grace to not do everything. Or at the very least, not do everything in the crazy time frame I think it should be done in. 

It's a work in progress, I'm a work in progress, but in the meantime I am labeling this Ravellenics a win.

Ravellenics Day 12

Days Remaining: 4

Skeins Knit: 7

The Closing Ceremonies are looming large on the horizon and I'll be honest with you, I'm starting to panic a little. I've got half the back hem to finish and then I still have the sleeves to go. So instead of showing you yet another Whistler WIP let me show you a different WIP that hit a milestone today.

Can you believe I'm the mother of a three month old? I almost forgot to take his pictures today but I was starting to organize his clothes (read: pull out the stuff that's too small and sob quietly) when I pulled out the vest and remembered that I had planned it for the three month photo.

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This is the Milo vest knit out of Leading Men Fiber Arts Dramaturg in the six month size. Yep. This kid is so big he's in six month size clothes already. Now if I could just get him to roll over.

No, I take that back. As soon as he rolls over he's going to start crawling and then my life as I know it will officially be over. But back to the vest. I had originally intended it as a baby gift for a coworker, but fell in love with the owl cable so I had to keep it for myself. The actual knit was quite enjoyable and I really like the way the Dramaturg knit up. There are enough sizes in the pattern that I could see myself getting another skein to knit a larger size for winter.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Ravellenics Day 11

Days Remaining: 5

Skeins Knit: 7

Where are days 9 and 10 you ask? Well I had a bit of a stumble with my progress. We had a few rough mommy days and I ended up pretty much not knitting over the weekend. But I'm determined to finish so I picked back up and we are charging forward.

When last we spoke I was about to split off for the hem of my sweater. Because I'm modifying I decided to go with a length based on a tshirt and knit 13.5 inches from the underarm to the split. Then I picked back up and knit to pattern for the decreases right down to the tubular bind off. I'm a little embarassed to admit that this is the first time I've been able to make a tubular bind off work for me. I followed the instructions in the pattern and they made perfect sense. Now I understand why some knitters are so enamored with it.

The overall effect is a little apron-like without the back hem, but I think I'll like it a lot once I've finished. My swatch did not block out at all in length so I'm expecting very little growth from what I have knit.

So what have I missed? Fill me in, how is your Ravellenics going?

Ravellenics Day 8

Days Remaining: 8

Skeins Knit: 5

Ok, so saying 5 skeins knit is a little of a misconception because I am almost done with skein 6. But I got next to zero knitting done today. Tonight is the last night of swimming, so I hope to kick things into high gear while watching some killer relays.

Once again it is a billion and a half degrees here so there are no nicely lit photos to be had. We are hiding in as much darkness as we can create, trying to keep cool and lower our electric bill. So far we have had very little success.

I am happy to report that one of my goals with this sweater has been realized. It is totally spit-up colored. Yesterday while we were at the yarn shop Pasha spitup rather dramatically on me and my knitting. The woman next to me was slightly horrified, but once I cleaned it up you could not even tell that a baby had attempted to destroy my sweater. It was also pointed out to me that untreated (non-superwash) wool typically has more lanolin so it repels the spit a little better. If that's the case maybe I won't have to knit my entire wardrobe in Egret.

I am left with this one burning question -- what do I watch once the swimming is complete?

Ravellenics Day 7

Days Remaining: 9

Skeins Knit: 5

We are fast approaching the time when I am going to have to start making some decisions. Up until now I have been able to follow the pattern for my Whistler exactly, but because I am shortening it from a sweater dress to a pullover I need to decide how long I want to knit it. Fortunately I was already heading to Warm N Fuzzy, so I brought it along.

After trying it on I think I want the entire sweater to be the length of my tshirt. Keep in mind that there is a split hem, so I'll need to deduct that measurement then resume knitting as per the pattern instructions. This pattern is so well written that there is actually a measurement for that split in the pattern schematic.

So now I will go make some coffee in my new mug (they had just gotten in a Llamarama shipment), double check my measurements, and get back to knitting. Hopefully I will have that hem split tomorrow.

Wish me luck!