Let The Games Commence

If I was able to get decent free-to-air television reception I might actually have hauled my carcass out of bed at ‘Oh God’ o’clock to watch the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics from the very start, and to join in the mass Ravelry cast-on.

Instead I opted to get up and feed the goats at 6.30am and then attempted to catch a bit of the Ceremony.

What I mostly got was this

Still, in the spirit of the Games, I cast on for an Ishbel in the gorgeous Zauberball that was acquired at the Wool & Sheep Show last week.

There were a few brief moments where the picture cleared up

but it was pretty much unwatchable, so after the token cast-on, I switched back to the satellite [ which wasn’t carrying the Opening Ceremony ] and I’ll be watching my Games on Austar. Here in the Antipodes, thanks to the time difference, the Olympic action will take place between 6pm and 6am, and I’ve had to subscribe [ temporarily, believe me  ] to the … gasp … SPORTS package but I must have my diving and gymnastics.

Thanks to the idiocy last month of the US OC, the name of our beloved Ravelympics has been changed to the Ravellenic Games [ yes, Hellenic … Greek … Ravellenic … I get the reference ] even though the stupid beggars backed down and apologised for upsetting 2 million wielders of pointy sticks worldwide.

On this ‘ere blog they will still be referred to as the Ravelympics.




Don’t mess with 2 million wielders of pointy sticks

First read this

and I want to make very very clear, this has NOT come from the IOC, or the London Games 2012 Organising Committee, it is purely and simply from the US Olympic Committee – because we all know that nothing of any value exists outside of the US, right ?

… and I trust all my American friends do realise that my tongue was planted pretty firmly in my cheek when I typed that last bit.

For anyone  who is not au fait with Ravelry, it’s a bit like FaceBook for fiberistas, it is a worldwide forum, but it is physically based in the US.

For the last several Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter, Ravelry members all over the world – not just America – have joined together in amity and goodwill, to watch the games, support their national teams and challenge themselves to knit, spin, or crochet something challenging while the Games are on. It is not a competition. It is not for profit [ unless you count any purveyors of yarn or fibre who benefit from some extra business along the way ]

It is for fun, friendship, personal growth etc … but mostly fun … and it has always been referred to as the Ravelympics.

No one is setting themselves up as being in any way comparable to the elite athletes of the Olympic Movement. Most of us stand – or sit – in awe of their dedication and skill.

The whole situation is beyond ridiculous.

Having realised the hornets nest of trouble the USOC has stirred up, we Ravellers [ all 2 million plus of us all over the world ] have now received this rather insulting backdown and ‘apology’

If you’re going to apologise, try and sound as though you mean it.

le mailot vert

It’s like that thing with buses.

You all know how it goes … you wait forever and then five come along one after the other.

That’s what July is like.

There’s the Wool & Sheep Show in Bendigo.

Two weeks later there’s the huge Quilt & Craft show at Jeff’s Shed

and if that’s not enough to cause your brain to end up somewhere in the vicinity of your knees:

there’s also the TDF:

the Tour De France Knit A Long

and its sister event the Tour De Fleece

It’s a Ravelry thing …

We get ourselves organised into teams and knit like crazy every day that the Tour rides.

For me, this was the year of the sprints.

In the three weeks Le Tour, I finished

two berets,

a pair of very steampunk black lace  spats,

a pair of legwarmers that I designed myself [ Bendigo Classic 8ply brick red ]

two beanies – a Melbourne storm [Rugby ] one for The Boy, but modelled here by The Girl

Rare Yarns Cocoon [ silk/alpaca/merino – and possibly the lushest footy beanie ever but it happens to be the only yarn in the perfect shade ]

and one for Pete-formerly-next-door [ hereinafter referred to as PND ]

in BWM Luxury 8ply

modelled by David

a pair of wristwarmers


two – that’s TWO people –  lace shawls

in ten days

the burgundy one is a Kiri for the Girl in Koigu KPPPM that I won a few years ago as a blog prize from the lovely RoseRed

I started it on the afternoon of July 14th so that I’d have something small and portable to take to the Ravellry WoolBaa Dinner that night.

It was finished on the 19th and I cast on for the navy one on the 20th

# 2 is about a quarter  the size of the burgundy one – but just as many stitches – in laceweight [2ply] baby peruvian alpaca [ Misti Alpaca Lace ] on 3.75mm needles.

This one was cast off, soaked, and blocked just  as the guys were approaching Le Champs Elysee.

and if I ever EVER mention the intention of knitting in navy blue lace weight AT NIGHT …

can someone please shoot me ?