Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Live From One of the TeamMich Virtual Olympic Villages

Decisions, decisions. Hand spun or commercial? You decide.

Although it comes as no surprise to some of you that I've lost most of my mind (since that depressing topic is about all I've written about lately), I should probably let you know I've gone ahead and lost what little was left. What the was a short jump off the cliff.

This post is here to remind you that there are people out here who consider knitting a sport.

Crazy people. I'm one of them.

Wips-Dancing Socks 3/4 of the way done.

On Friday, I'm diving head first into a type of submersive therapy that will require all of my attention, talent, fortitude, time and skill.

Another Wips-Dancing entry--Pretty as a Peacock by Some Knitting Required.

I'm talking about the Ravelympics, of course. A seventeen day knit-fest, complete with a kick off event with other crazy knitters on Friday (pray my pager is quiet) and a long, long run of events where I will challenge the knitter within. I will knit while I watch every possible moment of the snow challenged Olympics in Vancouver.

I've tagged the events on my Ravelry project page and plan to compete in Mitten Moguls (I was really torn about entering the Nordic Colorwork Combined event instead since it is Fair Isle--but since most of those Raveletes will be juggling a bunch of colors, and I'm only juggling two, I thought better of that). Then there is the Wips-Dancing event where I'll compete twice and polish off a languishing pair of socks of my own design (they belong to a certain blogger when I'm done) and the long neglected Pretty as a Peacock Shawl. For the days I'm bored (heh), I'm also competing in the Hat Halfpipe event where I'll be using handspun yarn to knit the Robin's Egg Hat. I made one for Sara last month in Manos, and it's adorable. It about killed me to give it to her. For my last event, I'm competing in the Lace Luge with Romi's Brandywine Shawl. I'll be using the Chinatown Apple Smooshy by Dream in Color.

Hey, if you're going to dream, why not dream big?

I think that about covers the events I'll be competing in. My patterns are printed, I have needles, yarn, stitch markers, plenty of coffee beans and lots of hope.

I still can't make a decision about those mittens. What would you use? Do you want to see them knit all in hand spun? Or should I go ahead and suffer knitting them in Prism's Merino Mia? Won't you help me decide? Go vote in the left hand corner of my blog. I'll use whatever you tell me to use. Hurry...there's only 2 days left to figure that out!


SkippyMom said...

I LOVE hand spun Alpaca. Yum. This looks like so much fun! Can wait to see you compete.

As soon as the mail is back in service [bwahhahahaha]I will send you your soap. It was closed Sat. and today and tomorrow - amazing.

Miss 376 said...

You've got some exciting projects lined up, I'll be cheering you on

Anonymous said...

I'm cheering you on too! I wish I could join in, but my current WIPs need my attention, and I'll never get them done by Olympics' end.

Rose said...

Wow. As usual, I'm stunned by your knitting goals. I voted handspun yarn, btw; I assume you spun it? Here I am thinking about picking one project but I think the WIP category will be more fitting for me.

Rudee said...

Rose, I look at it this way, I'll finish the socks, hat and likely the mittens because they're small. Romi's shawl is garter stitch so it should be quick. The peacock shawl is a little more complicated, but once I figure out where I left off and get my groove back, it should go quickly.

Yes, I did spin that alpaca last month. Since it looks like it stands a chance, I better get it off the bobbins so I can set the twist. Ugh. I forgot I spun the dark alpaca dirty, so it needs a good bath. lol. What have I done?

Ruth said...

Knit cheer, knit cheer that will be fun Rudee.
Take care.

Gail said...

Sounds like a blast. Talk about intense, let us know all about it, when you get rested.

Marji said...

wow, you're crazier than me! And I'm certifiable!
So, I don't know where you are in the Detroit area, but do you know Jae, the designer of the Pretty as a Peacock shawl?
She's going to be here over the second weekend of the Olympics. She's taking custody of my loom while we go sailing, so she's coming here to pick it up.
I'll cheer you on, and I'd appreciate the return favor.
Cheers, Marji, fellow RAveler and TeamMich knitathlete.

Brenda said...

These are all beautiful Rudee. Just got back in town so trying to catch up with blogs. Just wondering if you are packing and looking forward to moving soon. Spring time can't come too soon can it!!!

Rose said...

I decided to do WIPs and then start the Mondo Cable Cardi; even though I don't plan on finishing the cardi during the Olympics (unless we get a school shutdown) I feel like starting it will be an accomplishment for me. I wanted to participate in YA's thing since she was the first and last time I didn't have the skills or lack of fear!! Although I do fear sweaters obviously.

Miss T said...

I'm not competing this year, but I'll cheer you on!

sapphireblue said...

Goodluck on all those projects!!! I love that sherbert color!

sapphireblue said...

Not quite a sherbert color. It's darker than that.

Stephanie V said...

Not a person who likes to work under pressure, are you? You are an amazing knitter.