Tying up loose ends – Ravellenic Games 2012

September 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Ravellenic Games have come and gone, and although I’ve posted pictures and written about the trials and tribulations of knitting under pressure, I have neglected to mention something rather fun.  That is, I won a prize for the baby hat I knit!  I did post this happy update on my Facebook fan page but I do realize that not everyone in the knitting community is on that site (or Twitter).  So I failed to blog about winning a prize for getting to the finish line on time.  Ah well.  I’m writing now, and that’s all that matters, right?

The prize?  A gorgeous skein of Tanis Fibre Arts fingering weight yarn (or sock yarn for you non-knitter types) in a variegated teal colourway.  Did I happen to mention that teal is one of my favourite colours ever?!  420 yards of squooshy goodness.  I can’t believe I lucked out!

 ravellenics prize

And no Ravellenic (or, cough, Ravelympic) experience would be complete without the Ravelry Badge of Glory which depicts the Ravelry mascot, Bob the Boston Terrier.  (As an off-topic aside, Bob has his own cult status on Ravelry and has been featured in a few silly films like this one).  Here’s what this year’s badge looks like:

 badge of glory


And for continuity purposes (aka POID), here’s the two badges I’ve earned for the last two events!  Bring on the Winter 2014 games in Sochi Russia!


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The Kindness of Crafters

September 10th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

I have this amazing friend Carly.  I met her last year when I bought an older model drum carder from her.  She’s a member of Ravelry, and I became aware of her through the LSG off-shoot group, LSG Spinners and Dyers.  Carly is multicraftural – she dyes wool, spins it, then weaves or knits with it.  She’s also an accomplished woodworker and seamstress and makes the most delectable baked goodies.  In essence, she is a tattooed version of a modern day domestic goddess. 

I was having a crappy morning yesterday, mostly due to being overtired and sleep-deprived, and was feeling lacklustre about heading out to my weekly craft meet-up.  But the promise of nice tea served in fine china and gluten-free baked yummies was too much to resist.  Especially since I had a ride arranged as well!  Excuses done with, I went over with a mending project and to get back to work on my socks (more on that later).

In short, I had a lovely time with both Carly & Monica.  We listened to some music, had earl grey tea, and noshed on some yummy gluten-free pop-overs with butter and Carly’s absolutely divine homemade blackberry marmalade.  I enjoyed it so much, she sent me home with 4 more pop-overs, a jar of said jam, and some spinning fibre that she dyed herself.  Talk about generous! I’m still trying to figure out some way to give back considering Carly knows all (if not more) of the crafts that I do.  Hmmm.

 roving and jam

In other news, my Ravellenic socks so missed the finish line.  I got drunk in mid-August at a picnic (culprit – dandelion wine, but was so worth it) and ended up screwing up the pattern.  I did tink back at the time and then gave up.  So I’m happy to report that I’m moving forward once again on the second sock.  Don’t believe me, check the picture below for proof.

socks on the go

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