Ron: We're back, ladies and gentlemen, at the 2010 Ravelympics. It's been a tense 24 hours here, but with some quality tubby rubbing time
Bob: She's certainly faced some challenges during the games, but she buckled down today with new determination and we have definitely seen some major progress today.
Ron: We certainly have, Bob. One sleeve is completed, the second is cast on, and for the first time it looks possible that Ms. Sutton will not only finish her sweater, but possibly finish it early.
Bob: Anything is possible at this stage, Ron. She's definitely playing a smart game right now. She's knitting the sleeves on double pointed needles to eliminate the need for seams, and it really seems to be paying off for her.
Ron: It certainly does, Bob. She's a much faster knitter than purler, so switching to circulars for the stockinette-stitch sleeves has definitely gained her some time.
Bob: Tell us about the upcoming neckband.
Ron: It could be a challenge for her, Bob. The pattern calls for picking up stitches along the left side and around one half of the neck, finishing that band, marking for buttons, then making the right neckband, which will have to be sewn together at the back of the neck. It may be tempting for her to knit it all in one piece, but that would make the buttonhole placement a bit trickier--though not impossible--and would make a solid neckband instead of one joined by a seam.
Bob: And which do you think Ms. Sutton is most likely to attempt?
Ron: If she's pressed for time, she'll probably attempt an all-in-one. Risky, but fewer steps. If she stays ahead of schedule, I think she'll take the more conservative approach and go for the two pieces.
Bob: With less than 6 days remaining, anything could happen. Keep it tuned right here for more exciting coverage of the 2010 Ravelympic games!