Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Medalling

This time around, I did it. I medalled in the Ravellenic Games. Last time, I was overly ambitious and had a wee small baby. This time my goals were more realistic. I signed up for two events (corny, I know). I entered the Shawl Sailing event with plans to make the Ziggity shawl from Kirsten Kapur. It practically flew off the needles. In under a week, I had a gorgeous shawl in a smoky gray and black navy. Again, I have to say I love the yarn (Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light). I have a wee bit stashed to make a sweater, and I am eager to start. I blocked the shawl fairly aggressively and love the drape. It is a bit longer, so it wraps really nicely.
My second event was the Modular Medley. I came upon the event by accident when I read about someone else's project. I figured the backlog I had of granny squares would qualify. As soon as I cast off for the shawl, I picked up the crochet hook. I was able to catch up from week 4 on my granny square sampler afghan. Blair posted week 12 on Friday, and I plan to finish those three this morning. My goal was 16 grannies, and I easily have made 19. Those little squares are a great lesson in crochet. I have made so many cute patterns. Today at the park, the young girls were oohing and aahing over my collection. My kiddos love picking out the yarn colors from my bag for each square.

As soon as I finish my last granny squares, I will be picking up my mystery shawl. I have the final clue to complete. It is different from my usual style, but I am starting to really like it. Hopefully I will show it off next week. I have also been plugging along on the body of my red cardigan. It is a bit slow going on the body just good meditative garter stitch.

I am still reading When God was a Rabbit. I quickly picked up the newest Sookie Stackhouse book since my hold was available at the library. I only have a few more pages in that. It is good light reading about vampires. Crazy since it is not my usual pick, but a friend suggested them a few years ago and I actually liked them.

I am linking up again with Ginny this week for the Yarn Along. What has flown off you needles this week? Did you medal in the Games?

31 comments:

  1. Wow you really are a fast knitter Heather!!

    The shawl is lovely. I'm still a bout confused about the concept of mystery knitting but think it sounds so much fun to do.

    Happy knitting,
    Deb

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  2. Congratulations on your medal Heather, the shawl is beautiful.
    My sister tuned me in to Sookie Stackhouse a few years back and while it's not my usual reading material either, like you I like them. I am a few books behind in the series so really need to get caught up.

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  3. LOVE black and grey. Beautiful knitting, Heather. Also, I've been wanting to thank you for some time now for all your lovely comments on my blog. Let me know what you think of When God Was a Rabbit when you're done. I really enjoyed it, but found the second half almost felt like a different book to the first half.
    Greer x

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  4. I need to start reading the Sookie Stackhouse books. I have heard many, many people recommend them and I just haven't done it yet.
    I planned to join Blair on the Granny-a-long too, but haven't gotten to that either! (we have a wee babe here)
    Your squares are just wonderful, I love all of the colors.

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  5. That shawl is GORGEOUS, I have never noticed the pattern before, but your color choices really make it pop!

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  6. Well done! I am so going to take part next time around - I didn't find about about it soon enough to know how to take part but I've been kicking myself ever since as it looks like so much fun!
    Everything you have made looks wonderful.

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  7. Your shawl is wonderful!

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  8. That shawl is lovely! One day I'll join one of the mystery projects.
    I love your colorful granny squares!

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  9. Both of your projects are lovely! Congrats :)

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  10. That is definitely an award winning shawl!!! beautiful----and you're inspiring me to get out my crochet hook again! Love those grannnies!!! Congrats!

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  11. Yay! Congratulations! I too medaled this year! I knit a pair of socks in a week. A personal best for me! My other projects got modified a bit but I'm still plugging along. I need to get caught up on the granny square afghan too so that's my new goal for now until the end of the Olympics. Get caught up on that and finish another event :-)

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  12. The shawl turned out very pretty, it looks so delicate and the colors are lovely. Love the granny squares, too.

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  13. that shawl is so beautiful, i love the colours you've chosen - it's super pretty. love the granny squares too, I need to practice mine!!!

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  14. Wow, one week huh? It took me that long to make a hat and mittens : ) REally beautiful work and I love your choice of yarn. Enjoy your shawl.

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  15. I love your shawl. I can't believe you made it in a week! That would take me forever.

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  16. Your shawl is gorgeous!! Love the colors!

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  17. Congratulations! That's a really beautiful shawl you got for your effort.

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  18. oh heather that is such a beautiful shawl, and such beautiful knitting, i'm sure you will enjoy wearing soon! and the crochet is so pretty, i remember a million years ago when i made the granny squares and my children loving to choose colors too! have fun with all your lovely projects!

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  19. Wow, two beautiful projects, love them both

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  20. wow heather that is amazing. i love the bottom of the shawl. and the granny squares with the flowers! so nice. :)

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  21. loooooooove that shawl! those are my colors (my husband would snicker because i'm pretty much all about the black and the grey but i can't help myself) - you're going to love that come cooler weather :)

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  22. love the squares! ...I've made crocheted/knitted triangle blanket recently and I'm stitching it all together right now - it's going to take forever! :D
    I've started to knit a sweater too but now after seeing your project I think I'll need some shawl! beautiful! good job :)

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  23. Look at you go! Congrats on medalling. :D

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  24. I really enjoy Sookie (as well as Charlaine Harris's other books. They're not all supernatural). Sookie's good as an audiobook, too, and so far all of the books are read by the same narrator.

    Thanks for the Wednesday reminder. I'll have to see if I can get a passable picture late at night inside.

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  25. The shawl is beautiful. And the granny squares are adorable and nice colors as well. I have never done crochet but you are causing me to consider it :)

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  26. love love love the shawl. would love to see how it looks on you too!

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  27. Well done, you've really gone for it! :)

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  28. Your shawl is gorgeous and the colors together are fantastic! Love the granny squares to, they are fun projects to have around :)

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  29. Good Greif...my jaw dropped whrn I saw the beautiful shawl. You are so amazingly talented- I bet this will be a joy to wear.

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  30. for some reason you fell off my blogger reader! LOVE the shawl!!! Could it be mine pleeeaaaasssseee????

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