Friday, August 8, 2008

The Games Have Begun

A few weeks back I signed up for the Ravelympics. Through Ravelry, this is where knitters and crocheters sign up to start and finish a project while the Olympics play out in Beijing. The rules are, you have to cast-on your project during the opening ceremonies and finish before or during the closing ceremonies.

I don't normally sign up for this sort of thing, but it sounded like fun when I was surfing through Ravelry late one night, and so up I signed. There are lots of different events; there's the sweater sprint, the shawl relay and the baby dressage just to name a few. I wanted to make the Lotus Blossom Tank from Interweave Knits and the closest category was vest vault, so I signed on for that (though I did e-mail them and suggested tankoline, like trampoline, as an event, but they never got back to me). Then after thinking it over, I decided that I could easily finish a tank top in 17 days, so I signed up for the sock put too. I'll be making the Bellatrix socks (which I can't link to, because they exist in the Ravelry library, to which you have to be a member).

And so...

I crawled out of bed at six this morning and plonked myself in front of the tv and started to knit.

It wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done: casting on 230 stitches of slippery bamboo yarn, joining on a circular needle without any twisting while watching a distractingly good opening ceremony, but I did it.

(At least I'm fairly sure there aren't any twists in that cast on.)

I also started the socks, finishing the cuff and 4 rounds of pattern.

Now comes the challenge - how on earth do I finish all this in seventeen days?

Nigel and Ian have very kindly skipped town for this week-end, so at least I've got two fewer distractions. They've gone to Minneapolis to see this. Maybe they'll bring me back a droid to do all the housework while I knit.


Olive said...

Great start! I wish you all the best in finishing your projects in 17 days - I know I couldn't do it. But then again, I can't seem to stick with one project more than a few days at a time, unless it's cross stitch :) I love the color you've chosen for the socks. I did manage to catch an hour or so of the opening ceremonies, but I did have a few distractions, so didn't really get much out of it. I do have plans to record many of my favorite events so those distractions don't prevent me from missing those. Take care!

Jane said...

Okay. You can do it. You have been training for years for just this moment. Just like the athletes. Pace yourself. Make sure you warm up and do your stretches regularly. Keep hydrated and eat healthy. Monitor your heart rate - if it gets too slow (or too fast) get up and walk around. Now, athletic gear - have you chosen appropriate clothing for this event?
Hope Nigel and Ian have a good time. Looks like a really interesting exhibit. I'm sure if there are droids they will bring you one. wait - Thea will be there next week - make her and Ian do all the housework

MartianGirl said...

Meanie! And you forgot to CAPITALIZE that W.
O.K. Anne you can do this ... no presure now. Except that you have to do all this in 17 days! And just think once Ian and Nigel get back a I arrive you'll have one extra distaction!!!!!(Mwa ha ha haaaaa!!)!!!!!!!