Friday, February 28, 2014

Ravellenic Games Wrap-Up!

It's over!!!

I managed to finish the shawl of amazingness. It was a labor of love but I pulled it off.

It's huge too! It has a 5 foot wingspan, and it 3 feet along the spine! And it's pretty good that I got that done because my spinning hit a HUGE snafu!

I was finishing the second single of Space Pixie when I got up to let my dog out. I stood up, and promptly bit it. After a lot of ice, Salon Pas patches, and ibuprofen, I finished the single and plied it together. It was never washed or photographed though, so they are still to come.

I never got to touch my Loop batts :(

But I have a pretty beautiful shawl!

Friday, February 14, 2014

It Happened Last Night... [Ravellenic Games Update 4]

Firstly, let me wish you Happy Valentine's Day if you celebrate that sort of thing.

Secondly, last night I not only finished the edging of doom, but I stepped it up. I picked up the near-300 stitches along the edge. The edge that insisted on twisting and making that difficult throughout the whole ordeal. Glad that's over with. And before going to bed, I even knit the next few rows of the pattern.

From here on this shawl should move at a steady click. Should. Then again these things like to toy with my emotions.

I still have yarn to spin for the games too. I'll probably knock one of the spinning projects this weekend when I need a break from knitting. It's nice to have a relief pitcher!

I realized, wonderful readers of this small blog, I never explained the Games and what it is I'm doing! (Did I? I think I just jumped into my goals)

Every Olympic Season, be it Summer or Winter, knitters spinners and crocheters everywhere begin training. Training entails gathering tools, project selection, and swatching. During the Opening Ceremonies we all begin at once, challenging ourselves to finish our chosen projects by the time flame is extinguished and the games are over.

It's 16 days of crafting at breakneck speed. In the end you enter your projects for consideration for medals, by which we mean little stickers on our project page on Ravelry.

This is my first year, but it's super motivating, and I love it!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ravellenic Games Update 3

We've had a touch of winter weather. It started beautifully, there was gorgeous fluffy snow (I say this because it looked gorgeous and fluffy, not because I had any inclination to go out in it) and it was sticking. I watched, smiling a little, thinking I'd get to sleep in because it would be another snow day. I watched the Olympics, knit for a while on Dorothy, and relaxed.

I finished a dozen more repeats on the edging (Yep, the one I expected to have finished Monday night) and suddenly started hearing the sound of running water. I turned my head and the disappointment washed over me as the torrential rain washed away all of the beautiful snow. And with the snow went my dreams of sleep. 

Let's not discuss the fact that had it been a snow day, I'd have another kid in the house making noise anyway. Or the fact that the kids really don't need another snow day (Aidan has a four-day weekend already).  Of course instead of doing the logical thing and immediately going to bed, I opted to watch a movie and keep knitting anyway.

Around 2:30 I finally started yawning and dragged myself upstairs. I only have a bit more on the edging to go (13 more repeats) and maybe, just maybe, today I'll get to start the body of this beautiful beast!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ravellenic Games Update 2

I'm here, trudging along on my shawl still. Yesterday included a trip to Philadelphia (a 90 minute drive mind you) and I could not get it together to knit. I think I was too tired or something. I sat in the car listlessly staring out the window and every time I shifted to reach for my knitting bag I lost all motivation again.

Today I'm going to try extra hard and knock out (fingers crossed!) my edging. I have 31 of the 71 repeats finished now. That's not a huge amount of progress but if I keep focused today and resist the urge to do chores I can do it. I know, I know, I am a brave warrior, making the laundry and vacuuming wait another day, but I do it for glory. 

In our bout to Philly yesterday, we hit Ikea. I love Ikea. I wish I could take up residence in Ikea. It's my wonderland. While there I got a new floor-lamp so I can actually craft on my couch instead of isolating myself to the only light source in my living room. We also found a kid's round table that I'd been eyeing up online for Evey for tea parties. This is win-win because it also allows me to move all of the crayons, markers, coloring books, glue sticks, and construction paper OUT of my dining room. Leading to a more live-able home environment downstairs. 

From Ikea we drove over to an over-priced parking lot to surprise the kids with one of their favorite traditions. We went to the Auto Show! My son has been obsessed with cars for as long as he's been able to grasp a little stuffed steering wheel. He can tell you if that car driving by is a Toyota or a Ford or a Suzuki (That one is courtesy of Brian, and hysterical to hear him try to say). He LOVES seeing all the cars in one place, climbing inside and testing out all of the buttons, steering wheels and seat backs. 

This year was especially fun because he finally has the strength to open and close the car doors himself. We also, and this is completely unrelated, played hide-and-seek throughout the day! The kids got their free swag, which is another game for them while they learn to comfortably speak with strangers in a controlled environment. 

All in all we had a great time. Heading home we encountered some car struggles (the irony is not lost on me) and crawled home where I swear I overheard my poor car sigh with relief. The repairs should be easy enough to make today in the daylight but it was still enough to encourage me to stay in and knit my heart out today. 

Anyone else making progress on their project for the Ravellenic Games? Did you go anywhere fun this weekend?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ravellenic Games Update 1


And she's off!

Yesterday afternoon I cast on for my Ruby Rock Island Shawl (Affectionately renamed Dorothy) and sped through the first 6 rows.

Then I promptly found an error, ripped out, and started again feeling better for it.

The first part is to knit the lace edging horizontally across, it's 71 repeats of an 8-row chart. It's only 12-16 stitches across though so it goes pretty quickly.

You just have to tread carefully as it's open lace and as practiced as I am, I still hate trying to find mistakes in lace.

I'm on repeat #19.

I'm making my way along.

My goal is to have the edging done by Monday night.

I can do it!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ravellenic Goals 2014

For the first time, I decided to participate in the Ravellenic Games this year!

I'm pretty excited. Usually I don't realize the games have started until it's too late to attempt to participate, so this year I have some lofty ambitions.

Project One: The Ruby Rock Island Shawl!

Pattern: Rock Island by Jared Flood
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Lace in "Tart"

Events Entering in:
Short Track Shawls (GREEN EVENT)

Single-Skein Speed Skate (PURPLE EVENT)
Stash Skeleton (PURPLE EVENT)

Project Two: 2-Ply Rainbow Bullseyes!

Spun on: Bliss TT
Fiber: Loop Bullseye Bumps in "Over The Rainbow" & "Parachute"

Events Entering in:
Flying Camel Spin (GREEN EVENT)

Project Three: 2-Ply Space Pixie

Spun On: Bliss TT
Fiber: Spun Right Round BFL in Space Pixie (8 oz)

Events Entering in:
Flying Camel Spin (GREEN EVENT)

Are you participating? If so what are your goals?