I know, it’s already almost the END of August, and I didn’t make a single post this month! But I think I have a pretty good reason. See, the Olympics happened, and with it the Ravellenic Games. I wrote about it before, on this blog actually. I had really ambitious hopes of finishing 8 entire projects during the two week period that the games run, but in the second week I completely burned out (a mixture of pregnancy / heat / and real life getting in the way) and instead I only managed to finish 6 of those 8. Still, for my first run that wasn’t too bad. What did I get done?
Next up was a knitted scarf that is made with galileo yarn from knitpicks. This yarn has bamboo in it, and it was my first time knitting with the stuff. It’s a BEAUTIFUL yarn to work with. I have 9 more skeins and I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet, but I know it will be lovely. The drape and feel of the yarn is incredibly luxurious.
I made two baby hats, one in acrylic and one in wool of the andes (also from knitpicks). Very simple hats that I think work well. Since Llama Bean is going to be a fall / winter baby, there should be some good use of them, too.
I added another pair of booties in there too, to match one of the hats. These were actually knit flat and then seamed together. I hate seaming, but these turned out pretty cute. I may add a bit of ribbon to keep them attached to baby’s feet.
It’s more knitting than I’ve done in a long time, and I couldn’t be more pleased even though they were smaller items. I also frogged a handful of things that I knew I was just never going to get finished. I’m trying to be better about my WIP pile – I only want one or two projects on the go at a time. I know me, and if I have any more than that, they just won’t get done. I ended up frogging a blanket and a shawl that I started back in December. The shawl was simply too complicated for me. The blanket was back before I really knew how to knit and there were so many mistakes in it, it was just easier to start all over.
The two items that didn’t make the cut were a pair of mittens that I actually tried to start and was just not in love with at all (frogged), and a celtic cable dish cloth that I just didn’t have time for. I do have a bunch of cotton and may make the dish cloth in the future, but for now I’m incredibly happy with what I did accomplish. Not only that, but I won a set of stitch markers from my Ravelry group – I’ve never won anything before! I’m pretty dang excited all around.
How did you do in the Ravellenic Games? Let me know in comments!