I am crazy. Totally crazy.
I got really excited a few days ago, and decided to join in on the fun and hoopla for the upcoming Ravelympics 2008. The concept is so cool. The challenge is to complete a project during the Summer Olympics, which is 17 days long. There are many events and teams a knitter can join, and you can chose any project you would like to knit. There is even a category for WIPs. Sounds like a lot of fun. I really enjoy interacting with other knitters both in person and online, so what could possibly go wrong?!?
I thought, and I flipped through my queue, and I looked through my stash of magazines. I have so many patterns bookmarked that I love. I also have so much yarn that I love and am dying to use. What to pick? Well, how about two of the most time consuming and complicated patterns in my queue one of which involves sewing fabric (I really struggle with sewing). Sure, why not. Oh, did I mention that since I am a school counselor I am just starting back to work full time this week, and the kids return in two weeks. Right in the middle of this event. Yeah, I am nuts. But I do work well under pressure, and I am very competitive so those two qualities should help me complete the projects in such a short time frame. My husband calls it my "only child mentality".
Which projects did I pick? Well the first one is one of my favorite patterns, the Icosa Welt Ball Pillow. This thing is so wild, and I love the idea of having the finished project in my living room. The construction is so interesting to me, and the yarn I have for it is gorgeous. Here is a picture of the yarn I am going to use for it.
This lovely light blue is my main color.
And this ink color is my contrast. The yarn is so lovely and soft.
The second project I am going to work on is a pattern by Yarnissima, her Spina Di Pesce socks. These socks are beautiful, and I have wanted to knit this pattern for quite a while. I have knit quite a few pairs of socks, (and some singles) but this will be my first toe up pair. I am a little nervous, but I am going to go for it. It was really hard to find the perfect yarn to due this pattern justice since I wasn't lucky enough to score the kit that included the coordinating Wollmeise. I was lucky enough to find a skein of Wollmeise Vergißmeinnicht for trade on Ravelry. It is really pretty, and very close to the colorway that was originally paired with the pattern. I think it is going to be a perfect match for the pattern. Here is a shot taken by my friend Barbara at my LYS.
She was kind enough to take a picture for me since I forgot my camera. I wanted to have her wind this hank since she is so good at it. I always like to have a picture of the yarn in the hank and in the cake. I took a picture of the cake as soon as I got home.
Vergißmeinnicht is German for Forget-Me-Not. The blue has a very subtle purple variation, and no matter what lighting I tried I could not capture it. But trust me, it's there and it is amazing. I am really excited about working with it.
I am working hard to finish up some projects that are on the needles so that I can totally focus on these projects during the Olympics. Only a few more days....wish me luck!