Ravlete Down!

August 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Well the 2012 Ravellenic Games are officially over and I was unable to complete my project for sock put.  I was able to knit about 5.5 inches on one sock, and another 2.5 inches on the second sock before I succumbed to an injury.  The culprit, yet again, my back.  While innocently bending over to remove a piece of straw from my sandal, my lower back went out.  Ravlete down!  I feel sad that I was unable to make it to the finish line for Team Canada, but what do you do?  Injuries of this nature make sitting next to impossible, and most knitters knit while sitting down.  Plus I’m still dealing with some shoulder issues, so its not been the best few weeks for this Ravlete.  However, I am, in true Ravellenic spirit, going to complete my event project.  The Special Olympics are coming up, and I may or may not be able to qualify with this project to attempt completion during these games.

Please send me back saving mojo over the next few weeks, or even just well wishes to keep knitting and complete this event.  I have the motivation, but having folks cheer me on always helps.

Thanks!

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Ravellenic Games – baby hat crosses the finish line!

August 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Road trips are awesome for getting knitting projects started and in my case, completed!  I cast on last Friday at 1pm for my baby hat project that I mentioned in my last blog posting.  I knit and knit and knit on this hat while in the car on the way down the Oregon Coast highway.  I managed to finish it by 2pm on Monday, July 30, 2012 somewhere near Lincoln City while still in the car.  I had to wait to come home to weave in the ends and block it, however, as I forgot to bring a crochet hook or darning needle with me.  

Project details:

Pattern: Gooseberry Hat (its a free Ravelry download)
Yarn:      Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in bright red – almost 1 full skein used up
Needles: 3.5mm DPNs (or double-pointed-needles for you non-knitters)

Ravellenic  Events:
– Baby Dressage
– Hat Dash
– Synchronized Stash Busting

I’ve filled out all “finish line” postings and am just waiting to be called to the Podium for my “medal.” Woohoo! One project down, one more to go.  Here’s a pic of a cabbage patch doll modelling the hat:

red gooseberry
and from the top:
gooseberry on top

As I managed to finish up the baby hat, I then got to work on the lacy sock project. I’ve managed to knit 5.25″ of one sock so far, and had to buy more DPNs today so that I could start sock #2, thereby avoiding the dreaded SSS (or Second Sock Syndrome) that so many Ravlethes and knitters fall prey too.  I know that I said I was going to knit these socks on long circular needles, but given my time frame (i.e. panic), I figured I would play it safe and do what I know.  I’m going to get on with casting on for the second sock tomorrow while I’m enjoying the Dyke March festival as part of the Vancouver Pride celebrations here in my city.

Pic of sock in progress, because it DID happen:
sock in progress

Go Team Canada!

 

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