The Olympics are wrapping up today and I feel like I have experienced them first hand. My hubby is a cross country skier and participated in the Birkebeiner Ski Race yesterday, and he rocked it…for an old man, that is!
The Birkie is not about winning, but about doing your best. John came in ~one minute over his best time ever (and this was his 27th Birkie!). John will be 60 next year. So, he beat all but one of his times since he started in his thirties. Wow.
OK, enough about him 😉 . I had decided NOT to participate in the Ravelympics this year, for reasons already described. Well, I went to knitting on Thursday and two, count them TWO, of my knitting peeps had knitted up the Olympic Reindeer Hat.
The hat was patterned after the ones worn by the US Olympians when they entered the Opening Ceremonies. I had originally started it right after the Olympics started and decided it was the most annoying pattern on earth and dumped it straight away. But after seeing the cute hats at knitting group, I thought, “Hmmm. Could I get this done by Saturday morning so John could wear it after the Birkie?” All I had finished so far was the lining of the foldover band. I got home at 8 pm, had to pack, etc., etc., but stayed up knitting the ^&&***^%% thing instead. I worked on it in the car all the way up to Hayward, WI, and did indeed get it done. He wore it to pick up his bib on Friday night.
Olympic Reindeer Hat, Cascade 220, US Size 6 Needles
So, here are the details:
I worked the hat using intarsia-in-the-round (suggested by Jimmy in knitting group). Annoying. Annoying Squared. No. Make that ‘Annoying Raised to the Tenth Power.’ After I knitted the hat, I went back and used duplicate stitch for the antlers…remember, time was a huge factor!…though I did knit the legs intarsia style as I went along.
John loved the hat and asked if I was going to put a flag decal on it. I said sure, I can put it right…uh oh. Why isn’t the knitted band centered to the reindeer motif????? Yep. Rookie mistake! I noticed that the band was 4 sts off. If I added a decal, it would be even more noticeable. It completely bugged me.
Had to cut it up:
The top photo does indeed show that it is now centered…after cutting, reknitting some rows, and grafting. This project was annoying in so many ways! But it is done, and I consider it at least worthy of a spot on the Olympic roster, if not the podium 😉 .