Ravelympics/Knitting Olympics

Just so you folks know… besides updating da blog, I’m also trying to complete some knitting stuff for the Ravelympics, which coincides, strangely enough, with the Winter Olympics.

The goal of the Ravelympics (from Ravelry, a knitting community) and The Knitting Olympics (both of which I’ve signed up for) is to sign up for knitting challenges that require a whole lotta effort in order to complete by the time Closing Ceremonies in the real Olympics ends. You might want to read Stephanie-Pearl McPhee’s blog post (second link) to find out more what it’s all about. She says it much better than I can.

I am in an “event” in which I am finishing up some projects that have been languishing while I did my normal thing of rabbit-tracking from one knitting project to another. I’m doing four of them!

So if I don’t update Da Mystery Road Trip Revealed as often as I’d like, that’s why. I will do my best to keep at it in both arenas.

I started out not so good. One of my projects is finishing a blanket with my handspun from some of my favorite sheep. It was languishing, waiting while I carded and spun some fleece from my very special ewe, ‘Ele‘ele, who died several years ago. The other night during Opening Ceremonies (we weren’t allowed to start our projects till then) I knit four very long rows with yarn from her, and hated it. I’d spun it too fine and with too much twist, and it felt horrible. Which meant that I had to spin up two more bobbins, then ply them together, then set the twist (soaking in hot water), then let it dry, which it’s doing now. I am so much happier with this skein and I’m glad I did it.

Part Ten will be tomorrow. Mahalo for understanding. Knitting? Writing? Or both?

You folks can cheer me on… the encouragement would be fabulous.

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4 Responses to Ravelympics/Knitting Olympics

  1. I am just doing the harlot olympics, writting a pattern for and knitting a shawlette… but i can;t start until MONDAY!!

  2. Kikue Mugen says:

    Good luckies to you! And of course you’ll share photos when you’re done? Hmmm? LOL Have fun! And eh, I’ll be your no ka oi cheerleader! Rah Rah Rah!!

    2 – 4 – 6 – 8
    Who’s da best knitting mate?
    Moki, Moki, Moki Moki…
    Yeeeeeaaaay MOKI!

    *Clap, clap, clap, clap*

  3. AFK says:

    I love that term “rabbit-tracking” – I know exactly what you mean. I’m like that with books – I usually have 4-5 going at the same time!

    I’m glad you started your `Ele`ele wool project over again – poho continuing on something that isn’t fun. Then you’d hate the result too, and `Ele`ele deserves better than that.

    I’m planning on using the Olympics time to catch up on some sewing projects. I gotta hem some jeans, hem da edges for a giant furoshiki (wrapping cloth) and a few other things too.

  4. Kim says:

    False starts are part of knitting under pressure, right? I started, but then the reality of having too much to do set in, and I haven’t knit in 2 days. This is no way to finish a project!!

    Anyhow, I’m cheering you on!!

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