Monday, July 05, 2010

The Landscape Ahead

The Tour de France is in to the serious stuff with stage one yesterday. So far I've managed just a little look at the map ahead for my ride in the knit along on Ravelry (sign ups still welcome). It's the Polka Dot Jersey competition again for me, as many WIP mountains as I can haul myself over before the end of the race.

Last year I started with eight mountains ahead, this year we're one lighter at seven though with three adult cardigans to last year's two (one of which just needed seaming) it's looking a stiffer challenge. Especially as one of the peaks is one I didn't scale last time. Arisaig remains unconquered and though she's further on than last year there may be an insurmountable issue - I can't find her! Leaving that problem for another day I got the others out to assess my chances on their slopes.

Starting in the foot hills, there's Willie. A button band and an ear and this will be there so I feel confident of at least one spot on the jersey.
Then there's a sock or two
which are just in need of matching friends; a little more effort required but even given what looks like a crazy month at work I think I'm up to these inclines. After this though I might need to get some oxygen, as things start to look more Himalyan than Alpish or Pyreneean.
There are the cosy over the knee socks started last autumn that I felt sure would be done on my holidays. It was encouraging to show this one the light and remember that I made it slightly further than the Ravelry page shows but there's a lot of knitting left in these.

Then there are the cardis that I can find:
The Double V sleeve swatch is nearly done but my progress on this gives me a reality check and a half. Two weeks of my current available knitting time have got me this far. I think this alone would be a challenge for the next three weeks. Then there's Patti:
Knitting something with pleats means a lot of stitches, this is just the back. I don't see me getting as far as working on this so the need to tidy the spare room and find Arisaig is averted for a while yet!

11 comments:

Rose Red said...

Good luck with all those mountains! I wimped out and elected to be a domestique this year - although I do hope to have one green jersey sprint in me...we'll see!!

knitting sprouts said...

I love the way you get through all those lingering projects in the tour - it really is very impressive..

modelwidow said...

Good luck with the wips, love the doggy cardi - can't wait to see that one finished.

drkknits said...

holy works in progress batman! i feel downright under-resourced compared to that, and i didnt even enter the KAL because i cant committ to deadlines at the moment. i look forward to following your tour, and watch out for cobblestones!

Rachel said...

Wow--you certainly like to challenge yourself!! I wish you luck and can't wait to see your parade of FO's at the end of this. Especially the knee socks...I was wondering where those were hiding! ;)

Kyoko said...

Phew! you have been busy! :D Absolutely in love with the first cardigan (seen the patter on ravelry!). Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather :D
x
Kyoko

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

Wow, that's a lot of ground to cover and a lot of mountains to climb. Good luck!!

T. said...

Holy smokes!!! King of the MOuntains, here you come!!

Linda said...

You will win that yellow jersey with all that! Well done on taking those WIP's by the throat!

t does wool said...

you have been busy!!!!
hope you are taking some time to enjoy the summer;)

pip said...

i love the pink and green sock... lovely yarn :)

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