Category Archives: Ravelry

Knitting as fast as I can…

I have so much to knit and so little time to do it.  I’ve been busy with Legend of Zelda hats and mitts, socks, a coat, a baby beret, sock monkey booties, and a whole list of stuff to work on.  Here’s a few pics to show you…

Socks

SharePoint Socks (finished) and three other pair in the works.

Yarn is KnitPicks Felici (SharePoint Socks – discontinued), Paton’s Kroy Socks FX (top middle – love this yarn, thick without being bulky, colorway is Cameo), Neon Now, by Plymouth Yarns (bright pink – not as soft as I would like, purchased at River Knits in Lafayette, Indiana, colorway is 001), and the top left is Patons Kroy Sock, in Sing N the Blues Stripes.

Here’s the soon-to-be-knitted baby beret for Baby Autumn.  The pattern is from Plymouth Yarns.  The yarn is from a very cute little yarn store called Knitterly, in Petaluma, CA.  You don’t need to go all the way to California to shop there, either.  They have an online store, too.

Autumn's Beret

Autumn’s Future Beret

A sweater coat for Cheryl.  The pattern is Aran Duffle Coat by Judith L. Swartz from the Fall 1999 Interweave Knits magazine.  Pattern is available free on Knitting Daily.  I’m using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Bluebird.  I have 2/3 of the back done so far.

Cheryl's Coat

Duffle Coat

And a scarf for the Diva.  Red Heart Sashay Mini.  Neon colors – Glow.  Pattern is from the label.

Diva Scarf

Diva Scarf

Like I said, so much to knit and so little time to do it!

Rookie Mistake

I’ve finally settled on a pattern.  Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Aran Coat.

I purchased a very large amount of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

I swatched (yes, really, see??).

 

I checked the gauge.  3 stitches to the inch.  Switched to size 11 needles and cast on.  Knitted a few rounds and checked gauge again.  Just over the recommended 2.5 stitches per inch. Good enough.  I knit four or five rows and realized I messed up the pattern for the sheepsfold sections, so I ripped it back and cast on again.  Eight rows in – halfway through the sheepsfold and through two repeats of the other two cables I set down my work to admire it.  Crap!

 

I twisted the stitches when I joined them into a circle.  Luckily, I discovered this before it had gotten too large.  Back we go to the beginning.

On the up side – I’m getting really good at the sheepsfold pattern!

Knitting for Babies

Babies are sprouting up all over my family.  I now have 6 3/4 grandchildren.  It was so much easier than having their parents!  You just show up when called and do what comes naturally.  So, of course, there’s been a lot of knitting.  Most recently there were two Latte Baby Coats and a top down sweater that is so sweet with it’s little sparkly heart shaped buttons I want to hug it every time I look at it.  It needs to go into the mail, though, for Sandy and Jenna, since little Harley Jade will be making her appearance sometime in the beginning of April.

Baby Harley will look so adorable in her little pink sweater, pink heart buttons included!  A very precious little girl in the hobby store helped me pick the buttons out.  She assured me that Harley would never be happy with any other buttons on her first sweater.  It was a really easy knit and the pattern is on Ravelry.

 

The Latte coats were for my wonderful twin granddaughters, Amy and Riley.  They’re so adorable.  The coat pattern is on Ravelry, and I used a little over 3 balls of Cascade 128 Superwash.  One blue and one purple.  Purchased at River Knits in Lafayette.  If you’re local, go there.  Elizabeth and her staff are AWESOME and can answer any knitting question you could ever think of asking.

Olympic Glory

It’s that time again.  The time when the contestants have trained, and prepared, and psyched themselves up for a new go at the gold.  A time when hopes are high and expectations soar.  A time when all things are possible, and failure is not an option.  Yes, it’s time for The Ravellenic Games.

Formerly known as the Ravelypmics, but renamed due to some hypersensitivity on the part of the Olympics committee.  They defended their actions thusly:

“We believe using the name ‘Ravelympics’ for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games,” the USOC wrote in the letter. “It is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.”

Yep.  Knitting is downright un-American, according to the USOC.  We (the knitters of Ravelry) devalue the work of the real athletes by challenging ourselves during the Olympic games.  Our knitting threatens to undermine the very motivation and dedication of all Olympic athletes everywhere – some of whom may be (gasp!) knitters themselves!

Nevertheless, we’re not going to be discouraged from our goal.  The Ravelry version of a highly competitive, arguably athletic, and worldwide competition formerly known as the Ravelympics, will now be called the Ravellenic (Hellenic…get it?) Games.  The competitors have committed to their projects, an official – but by no means obligatory – project has been chosen, and the materials are waiting.  All is ready (expect my Oliver Camelot Mead) for the opening ceremonies on July 27th.

That’s called the Rumpus Shawl by Amy King. It’s a customizable pattern that can be knit in any yarn at any gauge.  I haven’t picked my fiber, yet, but I will tomorrow.  I’ve been in training, hoping to avoid another knitting-related sports injury.  My shoulders feel good.  My elbows are great.  My lamp has a 100W bulb.  My chair has been strategically placed so that I can reach my wine glass and the remote with relative ease, minimizing potential knitting downtime.  Maybe I should use a straw for my wine, and pay the Teenager to use the remote so as to eliminate unnecessary needle slippage.

The game’s afoot, as they say.  To the victor the spoils.  Etcetera.