I’m training for the Olympics. The Ravelympics, that is!
Knitters around the world are joining together and challenging themselves to an Olympic knitting project this August. Here’s how it works: A knitter challenges him- or herself to complete a project from start to finish during the summer Olympics. The goal is to try and finish a project that would be a challenge for you to finish in that time frame of 17 days. For me, that challenge is going to be to knit a pair of socks. I usually let a pair of socks sit around for a minimum of 45 days before finishing on the second sock. If I can knit two socks in less time than it usually takes me to knit one, I will be thrilled.
I have decided to try to knit the Spring Forward socks from the summer Knitty. I plan on using Shi Bui knits sock yarn, which I have never knit with before. Since I don’t usually swatch for socks, I decided to knit a miniature sock as my “training” to see how the yarn feels. Not surprisingly, it’s difficult to knit just 16 stitches on size zero double pointed needles!
The good news: I like the yarn, and this is a fast, fun project good for using up little bits of yarn. I can see a tabletop tree decorated with tiny socks for the holidays, can’t you?
The sort of bad news: it doesn’t fit my sock blocker keychain! I guess I am a tight knitter.
More good news: The sock fits my black sheep! Sweetie suggested I knit 3 more…
Consider challenging yourself to accomplish something for yourself in August. Whether you’re a knitter or not, sometimes a little bit of outside motivation is all a person needs to give something new a try.
Since we’re talking about socks, I have a finished object to show off!
- Pattern: Hedera, by Cookie A. (free pattern)
- Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multy
- Needles: US size 2 dpns
- Mods: None! The pattern worked great for me as-is.
It feels great to have this pair of socks off the needles. I think this was my fastest pair yet, clocking in at 38 days from start to finish! I think this counts as training toward my goal of finishing a pair in 17 days. Now I’m off to work on some non-sock projects to get them out of my system. I want to be focused when the Opening Ceremonies begin!