Archive for the 'Knitting Olympics' Category

Ravelympics Ravellenic Games

Friday, July 27th, 2012


I got so busy during the Tour de Fleece that I forgot to post photos for that. I will, I will. And now it’s time for the Ravelry Ravellenic Games, which used to be called the Ravelympics, but we can’t say that anymore. The US Olympic Committee said so. So the powers that be on Ravelry changed the name to the Ravellenic Games, which is quite a mouthful. (more…)

I Did It!

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics are pau. Before I started, I had set a very challenging goal for myself, namely to enter the “WIP Dancing” (Work-in-Progress) event, and finish up two blankets that had been languishing for years, as well as a shawl that I’d started right after my mom died but had never finished.

We couldn’t start till Opening Ceremonies. We had to be pau by Closing Ceremonies.

I am pleased to announce that I did it! I reached my goal! Here is one of my medals. (Bob, the dog, is the Ravelry mascot.)


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Ravelympics/Knitting Olympics

Monday, February 15th, 2010


Just so you folks know… besides updating da blog, I’m also trying to complete some knitting stuff for the Ravelympics, which coincides, strangely enough, with the Winter Olympics.

The goal of the Ravelympics (from Ravelry, a knitting community) and The Knitting Olympics (both of which I’ve signed up for) is to sign up for knitting challenges that require a whole lotta effort in order to complete by the time Closing Ceremonies in the real Olympics ends. You might want to read Stephanie-Pearl McPhee’s blog post (second link) to find out more what it’s all about. She says it much better than I can.

I am in an “event” in which I am finishing up some projects that have been languishing while I did my normal thing of rabbit-tracking from one knitting project to another. I’m doing four of them!

So if I don’t update Da Mystery Road Trip Revealed as often as I’d like, that’s why. I will do my best to keep at it in both arenas.

I started out not so good. One of my projects is finishing a blanket with my handspun from some of my favorite sheep. It was languishing, waiting while I carded and spun some fleece from my very special ewe, ‘Ele‘ele, who died several years ago. The other night during Opening Ceremonies (we weren’t allowed to start our projects till then) I knit four very long rows with yarn from her, and hated it. I’d spun it too fine and with too much twist, and it felt horrible. Which meant that I had to spin up two more bobbins, then ply them together, then set the twist (soaking in hot water), then let it dry, which it’s doing now. I am so much happier with this skein and I’m glad I did it.

Part Ten will be tomorrow. Mahalo for understanding. Knitting? Writing? Or both?

You folks can cheer me on… the encouragement would be fabulous.

Kate Da Kat!

Monday, March 6th, 2006

One of my teammates, Emily, wen finish Kate da Kat by da time da Olympic torch wen go out.  Dis litto pōpoki is so dang kewt! (more…)

It’s Gold Medal Time!

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

I finished my socks!  I holed up in the living room, telling my husband to leave me alone, no interruptions, upon fear of death please, so that I could really concentrate on what I was doing.

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Fie On Thee, O Dreaded Kitchener Stitch!

Friday, February 24th, 2006

The first time I tried this stitch, trying to read the directions from a website as I was stitching, it ended up a mess.  I was frustrated!  I understood the progression from stitch to stitch.  I got it! But my first attempt was a disaster. (more…)

Toe Jams

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

On Tuesday morning, I got one sock done all the way up to grafting the toe.  It’s great!  It looks just the way it should.  (more…)

Fraternal Socks

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Tonight I did the gusset on my second sock and decided to put the two socks together and admire my handiwork. Did a double-take. When I bought the two skeins of yarn to knit with, I made sure I had the same dye lot on each skein. I wound each skein into a ball and knit the first sock with one and the second sock with the other. And it wasn’t till tonight, with the socks side by side, that I noticed that the second one is much lighter in color than the first! Noticeably lighter. (more…)

Knitting In Front Of The Woodstove

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I did it! I turned both heels two days ago. Then yesterday I didn’t knit at all. But today I got back into the swing of things and not only got the gusset all done, but also am well on my way down the foot. Then I’ll be ready to begin my toe decreases and graft the toe. I did have to tink a few rows on the gusset when I realized I forgot to do alternate rows of straight knitting, but that went pretty fast. I hope I can get the gusset done on the second sock tomorrow or Sunday, then it’s the race for the finish! (more…)

The Frog Pond

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

This morning I was all set to do the heel flap for the second sock… I counted the stitches on my needles, and ack! I had 2 too many stitches. I tinked (unknit… “knit” spelled backwards), stitch by stitch, for a couple of rows. Still too many. Dang! So I decided to frog it ‘way back. Frog it? I have frogs in my socks? Nope. “Frogging” is a knitting euphemism for taking the project off the needles and, instead of going backwards stitch by stitch, just yanking out a whole bunch at a time. Rippit! Rippit! That’s frogging. If you frog the entire project, then it’s “sending it to the frog pond”, and you have to start all over again from the very beginning. (more…)

Wastin’ Away Again in Sockville

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

I started the second sock last night! I didn’t have as much knitting time because there some interesting competitions to watch, especially the ice skating. I’ve worked on it a bit more today but am feeling tired and kinda sluggish. Not enough sleep, I suspect. Please pass the salt! (more…)

Let The Games Begin!

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Today I was joined by some new Team Hawai‘i Nei members! What a great start to the day. E komo mai (welcome) to:

Carol, who’s making a child’s Warm and Wooly Vest.
Maile, who’s knitting a cable- lace afghan of her own design.
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New Members, A Button, and Tita Cheerleaders!

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Today I got a new team member; her name is Emily and she’s going to be knitting Kate the Cat! Welcome, Emily! Kate is absolutely adorable!

Bonnie is our honorary member who will be knitting socks and other stuff while watching the games and cheering everyone on.

Another friend of mine is a cheerleader, and we have a whole crew of tita cheerleaders! It doesn’t get better than this! (For those of you unfamiliar with the term “tita” (TIT-ah), it is usually a large, well-proportioned, always tough, very local (Hawaiian Islands) female… a woman with an attitude!) (more…)

I Must Be Crazy!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

One of my favorite bloggers is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, from Canada. She’s an amazing knitter and a wonderful writer. In January, she wrote about the Olympics and how knitting is her sport. Then she got the brilliant idea to have a “Knitting Olympics”, which would start during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, and end before the flame was extinguished. You can read about it here. (more…)