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I feel like I am off to a good start with my Ravellenic Games “competition”. I’ve started the sleeve for my Sweater Triathalon event, but can’t share photos until the design is published. My Rhinebeck hat is started for a Hat Dash, but that is under wraps until Rhinebeck! I did have a super idea for my hat, in my opinion, while working on the Modular Relay race and I am very excited about getting started on it. I hope it turns out the way I picture it!
I can share what I have done for the Modular Relay with my minis. Six out of the nineteen minis are knit up and the ends are woven in. I have to say one of my favorite things about working with the minis is getting to try out new-to-me yarns. I am learning that I really like a yarn with good SQUISH factor. Skein Queen is one that I LOVED knitting with and I will certainly seek out more. You can see it second from the left, the muted blue-green hexiflat, 80% merino, 20% cashmere; I believe it is the Blush line. Another good SQUISH yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks the Rock. I have knit with their yarns a few times before. The colorway Electric KoolAid Acid Test is incredible. I had just enough to make one hexiflat, it is the first one on the left. I do not think I have ever seen a more vibrant shade of neon pink and I love it. I am not a pink person, so that is really saying something. Every knitter should have this in their stash for knitting with in the depths of winter. I am making a mental note to seek out more of this particular colorway, asap.
Creative Knitting is not usually part of my reading rotation, but I happened to pick it up today just to see what patterns were inside. I flipped to the back and spotted this! That’s the poncho sample I knit up for Plymouth back in February. It was a fun pattern, this is the child’s size 8, but if you look at my ravelry photo I was able to wear it! I think this must be similar to what designers feel when they see their design published – my knit is off in the world!
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The Olympics are coming. I have no idea who any of the athletes are, but I am looking forward to watching some of the sporting events and I hope that some events are shown during the day (not just prime time) so that I can share them with the Lorax as well. She is a gymnastics fan and I think she might get a kick out of it. The Ravellenic Games are also gearing up. I am anticipating being on a few teams and participating in a few events. Here’s what I am thinking will be making the cut as part of my projects this year.
I have a set of minis from a swap on Ravelry, under the theme of “Muppets vs Sesame Street”. When I first received my swap package I knew I wanted to work them up all at once as a group. My beekeeper quilt project needs an injection of good mojo and this seems like a good idea. So, 19 minis to be turned into hexiflats for the “Modular Relay”.
I was considering challenging myself to knit a sweater for the Lorax (Sundog, which I have the yarn and pattern for and have thought about making for her since it was published). However, the girl does not wear sweaters. Handmade or storebought, it makes no difference. Instead, I am working on a sample for Good Karma Farm (isn’t it pretty? I love this yarn and pattern, Charleston Tea by BabyCocktails) and a new sample for Plymouth, so those would be great to get done for “WIP Wrestling” and “Sweater Triathalon” respectively.
That is probably enough, but I am still considering “Charity Rowing” and making some items for PatPatsHats, the “Hat Dash” for my own super-special Rhinebeck Hat, more “WIP Wrestling” for Dan’s socks and my current cowl-in-progress. I am sure I could find a few items for “Frogging Trampoline” and “Cast On Mania Trap Shoot” (start a project, work a third of it, start the next project) just sounds like fun. Dangerous fun.
One of the Ravelry groups for yarn “minis” is having a contest for April. The challenge is to spell out something with your minis. I grabbed the stash of them and have two entries that I submitted. Stashbust This! Seriously now. Aren’t we all excited for the minis / hexiflats / hexipuffs / sock yarn blankets / whatever because it is supposed to use up all that leftover yarn? I have one of those extra large ziploc bags full of minis now. And I am not making them very quickly at the present (though I am thinking it might be a good project for the “Ravelympics”). It was fun to dig through them anyway. Hexipuff or Bust! Did I tell you I have decided to do flats instead of puffs? Yea, so I plan to go back to the 25 or so that are puff and pull out the stuffing with a crochet hook, so all is not lost there. After she helped me set these up, the Lorax wanted to know if I wanted her in the picture. So cheeky. Of course kid, get on in there. I think though it was just a way for her to get closer to the minis, especially some of the sparkly ones that caught her eye! I can’t seem to get it out of my head that I want a pair of handknit stripey sock, probably because I saw this:
Dude. Use the sock leftovers (or hexipuff leftovers) to make more socks! So stupidly brilliant. This could get me to actually do a mis-matchy pair. I mean, I love the idea of mis-matched socks, but it would bother me. On the whole I come across as a disorganized, clutter-loving person, but still. Like the opposites attract yarn from Barking Dogs – love the ideas, love the colors (especially Lucy & Desi!) but looking at the projects is just too much for me – I can not bring myself to wear one sock that is mostly orange-red and the other is mostly blue. But, random stripey ones might work. Again, possible project for Ravelympics.