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August 13, 2012

ravellenic affection status: fail
posted by soe 2:22 am

Ten Olympic Nails

The Olympic Games ended earlier this evening with a fun, music-filled closing ceremony. I have spent way more time in the past two weeks parked in front of the tv than I should have. I watched a lot of sports, from swimming to track & field, from volleyball to basketball, from rhythmic gymnastics to water polo. And I did a lot of knitting on my Ravellenic Games project.

The evidence:

Color Affection at the Close of the Olympics

That would be my Color Affection Shawl.

I’ll be ripping out quite a bit of it starting tomorrow.

Bunchy Edge

See that bunchy edge? It’s not supposed to look like that.

The culprit would be the yarn I’m carrying up the side for the color changes. Even though I was trying really hard not to make it too tight, clearly I did.

The Problem

I had deluded myself this was something I might be able to solve during the blocking process, but early this morning I realized that what was more likely to happen is that I’d catch the edge of the finished shawl on something and it would snap, leaving me with a big problem.

So, I’m sucking it up and ripping it back to at least the beginning of the three-color section. The two-color section is also tighter than I’d like it to be, but I still feel like that part might be remedied by blocking.

I’ll get my shawl yet, just not today.

Category: knitting,sports. There is/are 6 Comments.

Hi!! Love the colours!!! Apparently there’s something about yarn overs on that edge that keeps the edge from bunching!! I heard about it on the KnittingDen podcast and it’s in a thread in her rav group!!! Good luck!! I’ll be starting mine as Sony as I’ve finished my wingspan!!!

Comment by Ellie 08.13.12 @ 5:12 am

Heeeee! I love your nails 🙂

Comment by jenn 08.13.12 @ 7:13 am

@Ellie: Thank you! It took a bit of work to find colors that were fun, but still worked together. And thanks for the tip about the yarn overs, but alas! it’s that tight with the yarn over already in there!

@jenn: Thanks! The toes are still patriotic red, white, and blue, but I’ll probably need to change both in the next week or so as the polish chips off so quickly.

Comment by soe 08.13.12 @ 8:35 am

good for you about being rational about your project. KNOWING that the tightness bothered you enough to forgo the finish line in favor of a shawl you’ll actually use. 🙂

Comment by laura 08.13.12 @ 9:01 am

@laura: Thank you. It was frustrating to make the realization that close to the finish, but I think I made the right choice. And I think come this weekend I might be over the disappointment enough to rip it back to where I need to start again. Maybe my new plan will be to finish by the end of the Paralympics.

Comment by soe 08.16.12 @ 11:48 am

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