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Citius, Altius, Fortius — Part 1

Posted by mtmom on February 16, 2010

The Olympic creed:  “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

The Olympic motto: “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Latin for “faster/swifter, higher, stronger”)

Both are attributed (by Wikipedia and MapofWorld.com) to frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin, as inspired by speeches he heard from Dominican Father Henri Martin Didon (the motto, 1894), and Bishop Ethelbert Talbot (the creed, 1908).

So much knitting (and so little blogging, either writing or reading) has been going on, mostly in conjunction with the Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics.

First night's work

During the Opening Ceremonies, I cast on for Lion Brand’s free pattern, the Inishturk Tam, a simple cabled hat, using a gifted ball of mystery yellow-orange acrylic that gives me 4 stitches x 6 rounds per square inch on US 9 needles.  I have made a few modifications. . . .

1) 6 multiples of the pattern instead of 7, to get a child’s size.  Leading to….

2) casting on 80 stitches for the ribbing.  I had to cast on 3 times before I got it right!

3) fewer rounds of ribbing and of cabling, again because I want a smaller end-size.

4) working my left-twists without a cable needle.

5) twisting the knit-1 columns on either side of the braids, by k1tbl, because it looks better to my eye.

as of Monday afternoon Youngest DD wants you all to see her first-ever square of single crochet!

I taught her on Monday while she and her sister were home for Presidents’ Day school holiday.

She has since moved on to double crochet.

You can see some of the patterning in my hat, too.  🙂

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On Sunday, I switched gears.

I decided to see if I could start and finish a cap in one day!

And I did!  😀  LOOKIE!!! I GOT A MEDAL!

for Charity Chunky Hat-in-a-Day

(What follows is basically an overview of my Square-Top cap pattern.)

Start by working a 1" stockinette square. Then pick up stitches on all 4 sides.

Work paired increases at 4 points eor until "big enough".

Put onto 16" circular needles, if desired.

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Work even until "long enough" to begin band: rolled, ribbed, or other.

Work bottom band and bind off stretchily. Tuck in ends.

Gift and enjoy!

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Argyle Update and Cap Done

Posted by mtmom on February 1, 2009

Q:  Anybody know?:  Why is the Scottish region called “Argyll”, but the color-pattern is spelled “Argyle”?

Well, I’ve finished the intarsia section. . .

. . . and joined the back flaps onto one needle. . . .

. . . worked an EZ-style heel flap. . .

. . . turned the heel, picked up stitches, and have begun the gusset.

See how the sole section is still kept separate from the instep section?  I’ll need to seam that split later — that’s what the seaming swatch is about.  Alternatively, if I weren’t required to work this in “traditional” fashion, I *could* join the sole to the instep one row at a time by picking up an instep edge-stitch at the end of each sole-row and joining it in by means of a decrease.  Once upon a time, I knitted a single sock using this method, but I don’t think the join was neat enough in appearance to do on a Master Knitter submission sock.

Next, I’ll need to continue the gusset until it’s as long as the intarsia section, then go into the round for the rest of the foot.  I can seam before or after knitting the in-the-round section.  Then, foot to the toe, decrease the toe, graft, tuck ends.  I’ll not be seaming up the back of the leg, making examination by the judges easier.

Meantime, I’ve finished the square-top hat — an original pattern of mine that I’m in the process of writing up, at least in the one (grade school) size that I’ve made twice so far, once with a rolled brim, once with ribbing. 

DD really likes this one.

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