Thursday, July 31, 2008

In which Beelzebub becomes an athlete


By now, surely all knitters are aware of the wondrousness that is Ravelry, the online knitting community. An amazing feat of organisation on the part of Ravelry's owners and moderators has resulted in the Ravelympics 2008, a knitting event timed to coincide with the Summer Olympics in Beijing, which open on August 8th and last for about a fortnight.

Would you believe, three thousand 'athletes' (read knitting, spinning and crocheting Ravellers) have formed into teams and agreed to knit or craft a project to be completed during those couple of weeks. The last day of the Olympics is the Finishing Line and the idea is to set yourself a challenge and produce a Finished Object on or before the final date.

Athletes enter one or more of their projects into various Ravelympics Events. These include Hat Dash, Synchronised Skirts, Baby Dressage, Cable Steeplechase, Shawl Relay, Glove Decathlon and Free-for-all Freestyle. I think you can tell they are not taking it too seriously.

Now, I am not usually a joiner but over at Rav I have great love for certain groups, particularly Atheist & Agnostic Crafters. So when the A&ACers talked of entering the Ravelympics and wondered about forming a team, the result was ultimately this:

I am officially in the Ravelympics. I'm competing in the WIP Wrestling event, which ought to come as good news to my mum, because the project I have entered into that event is my mother's Grandiflora shawl. She's waited quite long enough.

So wish me luck! I'm determined to cross the finishing line with a completed shawl.

We. Can. Do. It. Go atheists!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Baby Yoda Sweater and Umbilical Cord Hat

Welcome to the world, little Elsie Edwards, daughter of my friend Stuart, born 2008.

She's about 6 weeks old already and I've just finished making her a Baby Yoda Sweater and Umbilical Cord Hat. Check this out for matching cuteness. The yarn is Rowan All Seasons Cotton Printed in a nice summery orange/yellow.

The Umbilical Cord Hat is from the Stitch'n'Bitch Handbook. I reduced the width of the I-cord from four stitches to three. Why? So it would perfectly match the ties on the little wrapover jacket. I think the UC Hat is so sweet in this colourway, it's like a Halloween pumpkin costume.

The sweater, for which I found the pattern on Ravelry, has four pieces of I-cord holding it together. It rather elegantly ties on the inside, then on the outside.

Awww! How sweet is that? Now let's see what we can do to finish the pink number I'm knitting for Clara.