Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ravelympic Victory!

I finished the project and came in under my goal time. Now, not only do I have these great new cushy socks, but I've earned the title of Ravelathlete. Behold the coveted Finisher's Medal for the Sock Hockey Event:

Knit on for Victory!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympic Sock Knitting

I'm chugging along on my Ravelympics project. Fingering weight socks on 2.25 mm needles in 17 days. Yeah. What was I thinking?

I've long admired these Hedgerow Socks. I like the feel of a sock that hugs my foot and these improve on a basic k4 p2 ribbing with an interesting pattern that makes me think of neat little rows lined up in a garden. (I'm still brainstorming a suitably clever, garden-y type name).

I'm using Needle Food Sock yarn in the Sweet Chilli colorway. This yarn brought it's squooshy little self all the way from New Zealand to live with me. Well, to be accurate, a Ravelry friend Lisa helped it on its' way packed in a beautiful red and white themed swap package. I've found it almost impossible to recreate the true colors in digital photography - the red/pink/orange variations are much deeper and richer than the picture reflects. Add the yarn's squoosh factor to the bouncey, stretchy ribs of the project and it's a true joy to knit. The simplicity of the pattern allows me to memorize it so I can actually watch some Olympics too. Good stuff.

Soooo...I've turned the heel and am decreasing the gussets, alternating between the two socks on dpn's so they stay close to each other in progress. It's sort of like hitting the 7 mile mark in the half marathon. I'm beginning to fight to keep my motivation. I need a refresher. Other projects are calling to me, giving me excuses to think about quitting.

But no. I can do this. I've got my eye on the finisher's medal.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Party Cupcakes

For some reason I can't explain, I'm intrigued by the idea of edible yarn - colors I can combine to remind me of some sort of food. Maybe it's because I'm using food safe colors: koolaid and Wilton's icing dyes. At any rate, it's fun, and gives the fiber enthusiast some instant gratification. I can burn through quite a bit of yarn this way. Check out this eye candy of a tutorial at Kathryn Ivy for using Easter Egg Dyes. I'll be stocking up next month to give that a try.

This is my Valentine's yarn. I created it for a tea party swap, thinking of the colorful party cupcakes in the grocery store bakery section. I used both koolaid and Wilton's. If you dyed any Valentine yarn this month, please share! I'd love to have a look - I'm just such a sucker for a project theme.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The World Is What You Are

The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.

- Thomas Dreier

Photo by Kristina Rogova