Posts Tagged ‘ravelympics’

I had such big plans this summer.

“I’m going to finish or frog all the UFOs.”

“I’m finally going to knit Girasole.”

“I’m going to start designing all these sketches.”

Well, summer had other plans. I did start Girasole. I have gathered some of the yarn for the sketches. I made a tiny bit of progress on the UFO pile. I pulled out the Lizard Ridge blanket I started way, way back in 2007. I thought it would be a totally doable Ravellenic/Ravelympic/Raveldacted project.

I did pretty well the first week and half of the second.

I finished knitting all the squares.

I gave them a soak in the bathtub.

I blocked them and laid them out to figure out where I wanted all the squares.


I seamed up five strips, then I seamed three of those strips together. And then, I lost steam. I’m still working on it, but not at the pace I had been. I really, really love it and seeing it SO close to being done is very motivating. Someone just remind me of that when I’m on the third hour of the i-cord bind off I want to do around the whole blanket.



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I finished weaving in the ends of Mystere on Wednesday night while watching the women’s bobsled teams race down the track.  I tried it on, and was instantly pleased with the fit and the finished project.

Then I promptly washed and blocked it, but now it is dry!  Yay!  There were a few moments when I wanted to set down the sleeves and not pick them up for a long while, but I persevered and even managed to finish before the Olympics were over.  I love the Knitting Olympics so much, not just because I have a sweater in less than two weeks, but also because I love being a part of the larger knitting community.

But, have no fear, there are still projects on the needles.  I started a simple garter stitch shawl while Steve and I saw Shutter Island and I’m working on some test knitting and a new design.

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Yeah, I have no energy to think of a creative title.

I’m making good progress on my Olympic sweater.  As of this moment, I’ve completed the body and sleeves.  I just need to seam everything together and then knit on the collar.

I also started a mindless garter stitch shawl this weekend.  My husband and I went to see Shutter Island and I needed something I could knit in the dark.  Not much progress has been made since then, but it will see some action once I get Mystere finished.

In non-knitting news, I was busy baking the past two days.  I made some delicious asiago cheese bread and a batch of cinnamon rolls.

Also, my trusty Power Shot S2IS died earlier this week.  So here are two gratuitous cat pictures from the new camera, a Power Shot SX120 IS.  The cats were much better models than the toddler.

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Olympic Thoughts

The Olympics bring a time of triumph and tragedy to athletes and knitters alike.

I’m all signed up for the Ravelympics and on the Yarn Harlot’s page.

For those who don’t know, here’s a quick summary of the rules:

1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 17 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don’t set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven’t slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No casting on before the flame is lit. (The opening ceremonies run from 6-8 pst. If you can’t watch, then I’d pick a time in there.)
5. Finish before the flame goes out.

My project is Mystere from Twist Collective.  I’m using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Jalapeno.  Wish me luck!

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