Sunday, August 10, 2008

UFOlympics day 3

I had planned to post my progress every day for UFOlympics, but obviously I missed the first 2 days. I really have my work cut out for me. What the blooming blazes was going through my mind when I declared not just 1, but 2, less than 1/2 done big projects, along with the almost done one, is currently escaping me.

Friday night when I got home from work I pulled out the 3 projects to take stock of just what I had to do each day in order to finish all of them by the time the Olympics were over.

Ummmmm remember the Lowry pullover?

This was the state of it when I picked it up during the opening ceremonies. In order to finish it, I must knit approximately 5 inches each day.

Here is the state of it this evening. Not too shabby. This might actually be doable. Of course, this is the result of knitting many many hours yesterday and today. Unless I call in sick for the next two weeks I won't get this kind of progress again until next weekend.

A closeup of all that cabling going on. I was using those little blue/green/red plastic stitch markers for this, but they were digging into my hands and I thought a knitting injury would bench me for the remainder of the games. My wonderful hubby to the rescue. He actually went out in search of the soft purple and green stitch markers for me yesterday so I didn't have to give up knitting time to go shopping.

Remember the Aran Tree Skirt? This was the state it was in when I hid it in the craft room around March.

I actually had to figure out how many stitches were left in this one since it is knit in short row panels. Verdict? 21788!!! That's 1282 stitches per day in order to complete it by the end of the Olympics.

This is the state it is in this evening. Not much difference is there? As of this evening I need to knit about 1700 stitches on this per day to complete it. Not only did I not work on it Friday night, or much Saturday, but I realized that I was counting Monday evenings as "knit time" and shouldn't have been, so the count has gone up dramatically.

Remember the Flickering Flames Skirt? This is the state it was in back in July when I quit working on it so close to having it done.

Although it doesn't seem like much of a difference, this is the state it is in this evening. I've knit 8 rounds so far, and need to knit about 2 per day to get it done by the end of the Olympics.

Why can't I count Mondays as "knit time"? Well, I don't think I've mentioned it here yet, but my daughter wanted me to take belly dancing classes with her as her birthday gift. The class starts this Monday, so I figure any knitting I get done on Mondays will be catch up on what I haven't gotten done yet.

I do believe I will only be able to finish up the skirt and have to be happy with a silver LOL.


  1. I know that's a lot of work for the normal knitter, but YOU - you just might get the gold yet. Hang in there!

  2. Of course you can do it AND learn to belly dance. You just rock. I can't wait to see all you accomplish.

  3. Belly dancing sounds so fun and it is fantastic exercise. What a fun thing to do together.