Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunshine, isn't it lovely

Paula, over at Crochet Pattern Slut, has so nicely passed this Sunshine Award along to 12 lucky people, I can't believe I was one of the 12 I get to pass it on to 12 other great blogs. Here is my list and some of the guidelines that you need to do when you accept this award.

The Sunshine Blog Award is awarded to bloggers whose positive and creativity inspires others in the blog world. The rules for accepting the award are:

1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

2. Pass the award to 12 bloggers.

3. Link the nominees within your post.

4. Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

1- Anne @ Bananer Knits
2-Mary Anne @ Ms. Woolly Knits
3-Bev @ Bev's Journeyings

I'm going to add more :)

Knitting Olympics or I love pressure

Ever late as usual I'm finally getting a chance to finish this post that has been in draft for over a week. I decided to sign up for the Knitting Olympics or "Ravelympics"  for anyone on Ravelry.com The concept of the Ravelympics is...

Challenge yourself by starting and finishing projects during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

What will be a stretch for you: a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, finishing that monster in the closet? The goal of the Ravelympics is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons. Just remember the one rule: Challenge yourself!

This is my first Ravelympics but I'm jumping in deep. I've committed to four projects/teams. "Freedance", "Sock Hockey", Mitten Moguls" and "Short Track Shawls".

I have a terrible time committing to projects/schedules so signing up for the ravelympics was a big deal in of itself. Normally I just do whatever my mood tells me. I hopped on Freedance as kind of way to give myself some leeway in my projects.
Socks have always been a big deal for me. I have two half completed pairs sitting in storage as I type this; I just couldn't get past the toes. So that was my first challenge, complete a pair of socks.

Second challenge, a lace shawl. I'm a worsted weight freak, I adore ww, I loath thin yarn, it slows me up big time.So i decided to do a lace weight shawl using my Hinterland Shawlette pattern

I wanted to tackle cables, another technique I've avoided for years; so I decided to do another pair of mittens with cables...

So how any I doing? Well, 6 days left of the Olympics and I've completed two challenges.

First up, my first pair of official socks, for  completed with kitchner graft toe. WooHoo!
My design too, with cables faux cables, probably my fav in the whole wide world.

Wool Ease yarn, size 5 needles. Thick and toasty, my kind of socks! Gold Medal for moi! Pattern details coming later.

Next up. My Sweeden Opening Ceremony Beanie, Freedance category. I loved the beanie the women from Sweeden wore during the opening ceremonies, the next day I went looking for blue and yellow yarn. I'm not a "blue" person, pretty the only blue I own is my blue jeans. But I loved that hat.

I've got a ton of details to share on this beanie but none I can get to from where I'm at, so I'll share later. Freedance category completed, another gold medal for me, woohoo.  

Now the real test is can I complete lace shawl and mittens between now and closing ceremonies? My hands are probably going to cramp up and fall off....