Thursday, 14 August 2008

Ravelympics Project: Gathered Pullover

I went on a minibreak to Mont Tremblant in Quebec the same day as the Ravelympics started. If you want to get a lot of knitting done, I suggest sequestering yourself in the Canadian wilderness with no cell service, television, internet, or computers. It does wonders for your knitting. I cast on that morning before I went to work (with my backpack for the cottage packed beside me!): And knit a bit in the mind-numbingly awful traffic out of the city after work (I swear I'm fully stopped on the highway, I'm not actually endangering anyone): And somewhere between this thisthisand this I came back home with this: That's the Gathered Pullover, right after the cabled motif and just when it sections off for the neckline. I also got started on a sleeve:This happy green sweater is going to be done in no time. I have to say, it's been a real eye-opening experience about my own knitting process. Give me a deadline, and suddenly I'm not only capable of project fidelity, but also racing through. Typically, when it's time for finishing or sleeves, I start to pick up another project and leave the first to languish quietly for a while.But I'm shockingly dedicated, even when the new Knitscene is tempting me with so many great projects. And with all the lovely yarn showing up in my mailbox lately, I have to admit that I spend a lot of time thinking about which project will be next. Great yarn, and great projects for that great yarn? I'm in absolute heaven. Phoe was responsible for sending the Silky Wool my way, and I purchased the Handmaiden Seasilk off of Ebay- I couldn't resist that colourway. By the way- when cottaging, this product was awesome:great sunscreen, great coverage... loved it. And cheap, too!

20 comments:

Phoe said...

Heh, yarn you didn't want though. :)

Looks like you got tons done.

granny said...

im dieing for a vacation without electronics.

congrats on getting so much done!

yoel said...

Wow! That's a lot of sweater done already! And the rest will be pretty easy, fast stokinette, so you'll definitely cross the finish line on time!

Wine and Needles said...

I can't believe how fast that sweater is going for me as well! Yours looks great!

Rose said...

i love it when the mail brings fiber treats! looks like a gorgeous vacation and great sweater.

misplacedpom said...

One of my English friends tells me that "cottaging" is slang for searching for anonymous booty sex. But then again, I'm English and I've never heard of the expression....

Cute sweater!

misplacedpom said...

Just to prove I'm not crazy although I sure do sound it...

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cottaging

Kim said...

That pullover is going to look great. Everytime I've seen one knit up, it is always so flattering. Congrats on such a quick knit!

CanarySanctuary said...

That is some lovely yarn! The Silky Wool is particularly drool-worthy.
I do the very same thing with sweaters. I hate those 2 damn sleeves - I believe sleeves are the evil that drive me into project infidelity!

It looks really good so far (I love the colour!) This sweater fascinates me - all the different mods people have made are so cool.
Can't wait to see how yours comes out!

petra said...

hehe - i've knit when stuck in traffic! glad i'm not the only one... looks like a great holiday!

Adriana said...

Wow, I can't believe how much you got done! I'm impressed (especially since in the same amount of time I bound off my shawl and did about 2 inches of a shrug).

angelknits said...

Wow! Your Sweater is looking beautiful! You will have it done in no time! I can't wait to see what you will start with the lovely silky wool and the seasilk. Enjoy!

Cirilia said...

I love your expression as you knit in the car...I'm guilty of doing the same at red lights and I'm always afraid someone will catch me and be horrified!

Same goes for talking on my iPhone--the headphones have a mic so you can use it like a Bluetooth headset but people just think I'm listening to tunes and being really dangerous!

Cassiemarie said...

Love the color of your gathered pullover! Can't wait to see it finished - and that should be soon at the rate you're going!
Also, It looks like you had a relaxing and fun trip as well -- great pics!

lekkercraft said...

Yours is going much faster than mine did :) I love the color of it. And are you kidding me that you were that close to a bald eagle! That's a great photograph.

I can't wait to find out what you do with that Silky Wool. I have some stashed that I'm trying to decide what to do with for the fall...

Susan said...

Your sweater progress is amazing. I've seen great FOs of the gathered pullover and I'm sure yours will be just as beautiful.

Aesderina said...

wow!!! you got so much done... maybe I should give myself a deadline....

looking great :)

Michele said...

Your trip looks awesome - and so does your sweater. I've been thinking about knitting that one and you're swaying me in that direction.

hibou said...

Wow, well done! Averting temptation like that is very inspiring!

Hilary said...

Whoa, that's some crazy progress! You must be nearly finished by now -- can't wait to see it! Oh, many thanks for the tinted moisturizer/sunscreen recommendation. I wonder if I can find it here...with my paleness, a good tinted sunscreen is vital for survival!