Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ravelete for the Sweater Triathlon, reporting for duty!

Yesterday afternoon, none of my beloved knitting friends could make it to our usual daily lunch session, so I was pitifully knitting by myself in my office. I was surfing Ravelry while I worked, the big online community for knitters and crocheters. Suddenly,  I honed in on something that I hadn't been paying much attention to, but that all of a sudden caught my interest like a house on fire:

The Ravellenic Games 2012.

No, not the Ravelympics; apparently that is a trademark violation.  *troublemaker lips firmly zipped* But the Ravellenic Games, in which thousands of knitters compete to finish ambitious projects during the span of the Olympics. The more I clicked through the rules and associated boards on Ravelry, the more excited I got. I rushed home in a tizzy.

Mike: "Do you mean to tell me that there is such a thing as a knitting Olympics and that there are events entitled things like Felting Freestyle, Afghan Marathon and *Sock Put*?"

"YES!!!!!!! Isn't it wonderful?!"

"This may be the cutest thing you've ever told me."

It took me a while to figure everything out, but I think I'm finally all set. I'm officially a member of Team Knit Picks Lovers, competing in the Sweater Triathlon event.


Yes, I'm going to try and knit an entire sweater in 16 days. The pattern I chose is Summer Set by the Sea, and as the name would indicate, it's a very summery garment with short sleeves, so it's ideal for late summer and early fall. This also makes it faster to knit. :) Although it *does* involve some tricky colorwork at the yoke, so that will pose a bit of a challenge. I'm going to be knitting it in Knit Picks Comfy, which is a Pima cotton/acrylic blend, and the colors will be Seafoam (main color), Honeydew, Bison, and Ivory, a very beachy/seashell inspired palette.

I couldn't possibly be more excited. When I woke up this morning (exhausted, because Anne is getting a new molar and needed some cuddles at 4 am) I remembered the Games and my project and I got that excited feeling in my stomach, like when you're a kid and you wake up on the first day of your vacation.

The mass cast-on (couldn't you just die?!) is set for Friday at 4 pm EST, when the opening ceremonies officially begin in London. 

Did I mention that I was excited?

1 comment:

  1. Good luck! Sounds like a really ambitious project. I tried a few years ago to learn to crochet (had tried several times in the past also) and the results--supposedly going to be a scarf--were laughable!


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