Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Ravellenic Games are Here

The Ravellenic games started this weekend. I joined Ravelry two years ago (hey wait I just realized it is my Ravelversary today!) so I missed out on the last games. I knew I really wanted to participate this year.

Part of the purpose of the games is to stretch yourself as a knitter so I decided to try a couple of new techniques. I picked a dishcloth called Cables 'N' Lace, so no surprise the techniques I'm trying are cabling and lace work. (Cabling is also on my resolution list.) My lace experience to date has been eyelet rows, so nothing tricky, and I've never even touched a cable needle before this. I figured a dishcloth would be just the right size to start with.

So far it's been going okay. I've had to start over a few times so far but surpringly most of the times have been for really simple things that shouldn't be tripping me up. My first mistake was skipping the line in the pattern in between the cast on and the first row of lace that said to seed stitch six rows. So I ripped out what I had done and started over. Then somehow I ended up ribbing instead of doing a seed stitch. On my third try I managed to make it through the seed stitching part and onto the lace part. Four rows in I dropped a stitch and couldn't figure out how to fix it. Back to the beginning of the lace section. Attempt four seems to be going better (knock on wood) but I can understand why lifelines are important in lace.

Here's what I've got so far. I still need to finish the first repeat and do five more. I'm really hoping I finish in time. For now I'm just going to keep chugging along, watching the Olympics and knitting.

For more lovely projects (hopefully going more smoothly than mine!), check out Tami's Amis!



  1. It looks great. I hope it starts to behave.

  2. That's always how it is for me with something new! Just keep at it, and before you know it cables and lace will be easy-peasy for you! I'm doing the same - chugging along, watching the Olympics and knitting :)

  3. That's going to be lovely once it's complete, excellent work.

    Lifelines are extremely important, I automatically do them. I've been using my Knit Picks Options needles since they have a built in lifeline. I'm currently working on a knitted Diamonds and Pearls lace shawl. It knits up quickly. Too bad I've been so busy, I haven't had a chance to knit more than a few rows daily.

  4. I love watching the Olympics and crafting! I'm doing that tonight!