I am delighted to say that I completed my Ravellenic Games challenge last night, 7 days ahead of schedule! Whoop! If you need a quick recap, here are links to my previous blog posts about the challenge, as well as my most recent podcast episode:
Here I am crossing the finish line on Ravelry (this was way more exciting than the screenshot suggests)…
The project (Berry Wrap) was a fast, fun knit. It’s knitted in aran weight yarn so it grows very quickly. It was a fairly safe choice for my first Ravellenic Games challenge, although as a slow knitter, I still had to work hard. The Malabrigo Twist was heavenly to knit with and I love this particular shade of teal. The photos below are a fairly accurate representation of the colour. The wrap hugs my shoulders nicely and it is really warm. In the past I have found that bulky yarn tends to make me look a bit bulky too, but this is is a nice, flattering design. I think I will always prefer shawls in lace or fingering weight yarn, but this will be lovely for the cooler seasons.
I have never knitted anything so quickly; having fantastic entertainment on the TV as well as a proper goal was a massive motivator. It’s been fun being part of Team Sasquatch.
I have a week of Olympic knitting time left, as I see it, so I am challenging myself to finish my 2 WIPs (works in progress). These projects are Nympheas and pair of Vanilla Socks. Unfortunately they aren’t old enough to qualify for the WIPs Wrestling event, however, I am motivated to finish them now so we’ll see how I get on. If I finish these, aside from a few projects that are hibernating until winter, I will have no knitting. There are loads of projects I want to cast on!
So without further ado, here are a few more photos of my Berry Wrap. Keep an eye out for my Shawl Sailing medal on Ravelry; I haven’t quite made it to the podium yet as I gather it takes a few days. But as soon as I do I will be wearing my new Ravatar with pride. I might display my medal in the sidebar of the blog too, so keep an eye out.
As of 11pm this evening (Saturday 4 August 2012) I can confirm that I made it to the podium and have been awarded my Shawl Sailing medal (my first medal in the Ravellenic Games, ever!) Whoop!