Well, I’ve been busy trying to get everything finished and off my needles. I’ve signed up for the Ravelypmics!!
It’s something put together by the folks at Ravelry (where you can find me as PrairieDog), and coincides with the Olympic Games. Cast on is only a few hours away, so i am pondering my strategy. I’ve signed up for ten projects. Where is the panic button!
I am in the following events:
- Hat Dash (2 hats and 1 Calorimetry headband)
- Bag N Tote Backstroke (4 bags)
- Sockput (1 pair of socks for the banana girl)
- Baby Dressage (2 pairs of longies)
I can’t cast on until the Opening Ceremonies and have 17 days to complete my challenges. I am thoroughly excited, although I am sure when reality hits, I will want to gouge my eyes out with my knitting needles in frustration.
So, in preparation, I’ve been trying to get some long sitting gifts out of the way. So I finished the longies from my hand dyed wool. I’ve called them Earth and Sky, because that’s what the colours bring to mind.
They didn’t have the stripe repeat I wanted, but am still pleased with the colours. I had enough left over that I crocheted one of Dot’s Little Ditty Bags.
However, I never do a pattern just once. Well, I do, but only if I hate the pattern 😀 So here are a couple more.
Not completely happy with this one. I hand-dyed the wool from the bottom half and knit up another project, that, er, didn’t turn out right. So I used the leftover to knit the bag. I ran out near the top so used a double strand of some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I think I might still dress up this bag as it’s lacking in something.
So I knit this one up next with leftover Noro Silk Garden from some Longies I knit.
I LUFF this bag. But I still had some leftover yarn, so I crocheted a Pocket Elephant as well.
That was actually my second pocket elephant. This one is the first one, crocheted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.
The pattern says it should take about an hour to do. Um, 8 hour later….. I guess I am a little rusty at crochet. The kids keep fighting over this one, so it might well be gifted, because I don’t know if I am patient enough to knit three more.
I’ve also knit up two more Calorimetry headbands. I modified the pattern this time so it didn’t come out so, er, large. I cast-on 88 stitches and did five double repeats instead of ten. So KJ9 and KM7 both have ones that fit now.
This is a pair of newborn Skongies (skirt + longies) for my friend Beck‘s bump. She’s see them now, so I can post 😀 They aren’t exactly the same as the other ones I did for Beck, but very similar.
And finally, I cast off these longies today and got all the ends sewn in about 3pm. My friend, Tash, Hand Dyed the wool, which was part of a raffled basket that was put together as a fundraiser for Aria MacDonald . I won the basket, but only kept a dishcloth and this wool (I thought Aria’s mum, Anita, deserved the basket more, but I had to have the wool!). I’ve been hoarding this wool for ages now, and thought it was time to knit it up. They are one of my all-time favs now 😀
Here are some close up pics too
So, now that my needles are officially empty, I am all set for my ten events. Wish me luck!!