Monday, February 10, 2014

Ravellenic Games 2014

Sochi 2014

Happy Family Day to all in BC!!  And Happy Monday to everyone else!!  It's a long weekend here, although it really doesn't feel like it to me.  Probably because Saturday was a pretty busy day for us and the Mister got off work early enough that it didn't feel like he had worked at all, which has thrown me off a little and makes our weekend routine feel 1 day ahead.  Oh well, there was still enough "waiting around" that I had to do (like sitting in the truck and waiting 20 minutes for the Mister to finish talking to a co-worker - even though he had commented earlier that day that I was always late in picking him up...hmm, I wonder why I usually take my time to go get him?), that I was still able to knit a fair bit.  YAY!

Perfect timing too as both the Winter Olympics and the Ravellenic Games have kicked off on Friday.  I don't have cable but I was able to live stream the opening ceremonies and pretty much most of the events so far.  But for some reason I'm just not feeling the Olympic spirit this time around.  Maybe that will change the further we get into the games.  And even though I'm participating in the Ravellenics, I'm just not as into it as I have been in the past.  I think this is because no one else in my knitting groups (that I know of, that is) has mentioned or been vocal in any way about partaking in the Games, and only a few knitterly friends online have joined a Ravellenic team.  But I haven't been able to go online as much lately (cause I always get sucked in and then don't get anything done!) so it's a bit hard to get into the Ravellenic spirit when you feel like you're flying solo.  So why am I still doing it?  It's a nice way to get your butt into gear and get some knitting done.  Not that I'm not getting anything done, but it's just a nice little push to get the knits that you've neglected, accomplished.  You know?

So this year I'm on Team SGY (go #teamsgy2014 woooo hoooo!!) and my Ravellenic goals and projects are few and simple:

♥ Knit as many hexipuffs as I can
♥ Finish the Follow Your Arrow shawl 
♥ Finish a pullover WIP that I started in October and haven't blogged about at all

Easy, right?  I was really hoping that I could throw in a "Sock Hockey" project in there too but I think I have enough on my plate as it is.  DId I mention that I'm also still knitting away on one of the not-so-secret secret projects in the background too?  I contemplated on using it as one of my Ravellenic entries but decided not to.

So how am I doing?  Well, it's Day 4 and I have a measly 9 hexipuffs completed (one of my 2014 goals is to knit up at least 25...so really, 9 isn't bad.  I just think I could do better), I'm about to start the last clue for the shawl, and I'm thinking of concentrating on the pullover next week when I've got the shawl hopefully done.  All in all I think I'm on the right track and doing well.  But I'll definitely do an update post halfway through the games to let you know if I'm still on track.

Are you excited and watching the Olympics?  Is anyone else participating in the Ravellenics?  What team are you on?  What projects are you doing?  Let's cheer each other on!!

♥ Happy Knitting!! ♥


10 comments:

  1. I'm not doing any Ravellenic knitting, but I am watching lots of Olympic events and knitting while I watch! Every time, I get sucked into watching Olympic events, especially when Canadians are competing. Knitting seems like the perfect complement :)

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    1. At least you're knitting! :) I think it's hard for me to watch any sporting event without knitting...even during a hockey game, much to the chagrin of my spouse!

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    2. Oh yeah, totally agree. I need to knit to either keep me interested or keep me calm, depending on how invested I am in the results! ;)

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    3. I don't know about you, but if a game gets intense or down to "do or die" (like say in the playoffs) I get so worked up and tense that I tend to knit faster. Which, if you ask me, is not a bad thing at all! But I really do have to keep an eye on my tension...cause the stitches could get a bit teensy weensy on the tight side! ;)

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  2. See, I'm the opposite. I'm trying to resist the lure of the Olympics and Ravellenics because I made a commitment to boycott due to Russia's homophobic social justice policies. I'm sure that my boycott isn't doing a whole lot to change Putin's mind, but still, I have to try something :)

    Maybe some of your Olympic ennui is because they aren't being held in your backyard this year? I can imagine it feeling a bit flat in comparison to 2010 in Vancouver.

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    1. No, I don't mind that the Olympics isn't in our backyard this year (although, that was a ton of fun and the energy was SO catchy!), I think the events surrounding the Olympics (re: anti-gay laws, videos of the radical groups putting the "law" into their own hands, etc) has left quite the bad taste in my system. I totally get the whole boycotting, because a part of me doesn't even want to mention the actual Olympics - but it's kind of hard not to when the Ravellenics coincide with them. The Mister also had a good point in that they were never going to cancel the Olympics and since the athletes are already there might as well cheer them on since they all have worked so hard to get there. It's just a shame about what's going on in the hosting country. :(

      So many conflicts, I think that's another reason why I'm not too into the Olympics this time around.

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  3. I only discovered your blog recently, but am very happy to find such a great knitting blog! A number of knitting blogs I read for years have fallen by the wayside, so it's nice to discover great active knitting blogs - and in my own backyard! (I live in Vancouver). This is my first time participating in the Ravellenic Games, and I'm mainly doing it to finish a very stubborn WIP - a mitered cross blanket whose squares have been languishing in bags and baskets for 18 months or so. And I am remembering why: because three needle bind off on multiple squares (and strips) followed by miles of applied i-cord is BORING. But I really need to finish this damned blanket.

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    1. Hello and welcome to my blog!! :)

      Ugh, I know what you mean about stubborn WIPs! The Ravellenics is a good way to kind of push you to finish them. I have always contemplated knitting a mitered blanket, but after starting the Beekeeper's Quilt, I don't think knitting another blanket with fingering weight yarn will be on my radar any time soon!

      Good luck with your blanket!! :)

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  4. I'm working on a self-designed rainbow sweater for my 4 year old, using a RainCity rainbow kit purchased at KnitCity, shortly before I bought a bag from you :) So far, so good, although it's rather bright. She seems to like it though, and that's what's important.

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    1. Ooohh!! When I got back from Knit City I had totally kicked myself for not picking up that rainbow kit to knit up a cardigan version of the Double Rainbows pattern. As long as your little one is loving what she's seeing so far, then it's all good...as eye searing as it may be! :) Good luck on the design and the knitting!

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