Yes, the Ravelympics are here again. After the fun of the 2008 Olympic knitalong, I just had to take part in this one. I’m not usually a winter sports fan (the last time I went ice skating was painful to both my ego and my body), but I love watching them on tv. This is largely due to there being lots of pretty snow to see (we must be one of the few parts of the UK that’s escaped with only a few snowy showers thus winter, which is a shame, because I love the stuff), and plenty of lovely Lycra clad sportsmen…
Anyway, onto the crafty ravelympics goodness! As was the case for the 2008 Olympic event, Ravelry has organized a knitalong that covers the duration of the Olympics. I stayed up to watch the Vancouver opening ceremony on the opening night, and cast on for my Ravelympics project while I watched.
I’ve chosen to take part in just one event, the “Sweaterboard Cross”, which basically means I’ll be attempting to knit an entire sweater. In just two weeks. I’m probably crazy to try this, given that my fastest sweater project to date had taken over a month to complete, but i think I’ll enjoy the challenge.
The pattern I’ve chosen is called “Ingenue”, which is from Wendy Bernard’s fantastic book “Custom Knits“. It’s a top down design, knitted in one piece, with a wide stand-up collar and three quarter length sleeves. The yarn I’m using is handspun, made from the Wildcraft fibre club wool (BFL in a colourway called “Bird Seed”) that I had left over after the club shipment went out (I always dye more than I need, just in case of posting disasters). This time there were no fibre posting disasters, so I had a sweater’s worth if fibre left over, for a small person, I.e. me.
In January I spun up 400g of the fibre to make a two ply yarn, approx Aran weight. And then I had to sit on my hands for several weeks to prevent myself from casting on before the ravelympics started.
Casting on was therefore a treat. The yarn is squishy and comfy to knit with, and I’m loving the subtle brown colours.
I’ve knitted a fair bit so far, although now that I’m nearing the end of the raglan armhole increases the rows are really long (and boring), so my progress has slowed. However, thanks to the support of my friends at Team Woollies, the official Wildcraft team, I’m resolved to complete as much of this sweater as I can before the end of the event.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
In other news, this year’s lambs will be making their appearances very soon! Buffy has the first due date, which is this coming Friday (26th), and she’ll be followed in quick succession by Truffle, then Cordelia. The other three ewes, Chocolate, Willow and Coffee are all a week or so later. I’m hoping they’ll keep to their due dates as they did last year, it helps to keep the sleepless nights to a minimum. I’ll be posting sheepy updates on Twitter (with a tag of #wildcraftsheep), so you can keep a watch on their progress there.