03 August 2012

Baby Dressage, Charity Rowing, and Sweater Trianthlon

The Olympic Games 2012 are well and truly in full swing. The opening ceremony was fantastic, after the spectacular show at Beijing 2008 it was a hard act to follow, but London has done it in true British spirit and surpassed many expectations (IMHO). It made me feel proud to be British and really homesick for England.

To show my support for the games I am participating in the Ravellenic Games 2012. In case you don't know what that is, it is the yarn/fibre crafters' version of Olympic games (although we're not allowed to call it anything '-lympic', it's a long story and let's not go there). There are events like Scarf Hocky and Sock Put, during the weeks of London 2012 knitters/crocheters/spinners alike took part in these events while watching the sporting events, it is definitely more about taking part than winning, and having fun of course. Anyway, if you're reading this blog you're most likely to be familiar with all this, so without further ado let's have a look at what I've been up to this week...

The events I'm taking part in are: Baby Dressage, Charity Rowing, and Sweater Triathlon.

Baby Dressage (& Charity Rowing, they can co-exist): link to my project page on Ravelry

Pattern:  Baby Kite Jacket by Frankie Brown, available for free on Ravelry
Yarn:  sport baby yarn from stash
Needles: 3.75mm
Cast On:  28 July 2012 (it was supposed to be the time of the Opening Ceremony but due to time difference I waited until I got up on the 28th)
Notes:  This is not a seamless pattern but I was intrigued by the construction, it was all done in garter stitch which is perfect for watching TV. I have finished knitting the pieces and sewn the seams for sides and arms, all that left is sewing the back seam, the edges and add button(s). 

The finished item will go to KOGO (Knit One Give One) which is a Melbourne based organisation providing knitted/crocheted clothing and blankets for various charities such as the homeless, women & children in refuge, premature babies, rescued animals and many more. I have been involved with KOGO since 2008 and I feel privileged knowing that my creations will help those in need. 


Sweater Triathlon (link to my project page on Ravelry to my project page on Ravelry)

Pattern:  It's a cross between EZ's Baby Sweater on Two Needles & February Lady's Sweater by Pamela Wynne
Yarn:  Moda Vera Bouvardia, worsted weight
Needles:  4.5mm
Cast On:  28 August 2012
Notes:  I am really making it based on the baby sweater as it has a round yoke, took me a couple of tries at the maths but I think it's working out alright. Again the garter stitch section makes a perfect TV project. I did plan to knit an inch or so in garter after the sleeves division but as you can see I got distracted and went straight into the gull pattern. Oh well, I can't be bothered to go back. 

Well I am fairly happy with my progress, but now I must sign off to watch more games... and more knitting of course :)

Thanks for dropping by, there is more fibre arts fun at  Wisdom Begins in Wonder. Indulge your creative side and join the party!


  1. They are both really cute! and looks like you are making great progress already.

  2. Wowza! Look at you go with that sweater. I love the yarn you picked and the pattern you are knitting. I haven't ventured into the world of sweater knitting yet although I keep adding to my Rav Favorites.

    Good luck getting those projects done. I figure even if I don't finish by the end of "the games" at least I got further than I would have with them.

  3. Such cute projects!! I love that purple and green yarn, it is gorgeous!

  4. I too love that purple and green yarn - ossim. :) My Ravellenics projects are coming along, but I think I need to step up the pace a bit.

  5. I completely loved the opening ceremonies.

    Your projects are looking great.

  6. Those baby sweaters are lovely. You're so talented, love the colors too. I've lost items intended for various crafts, of course they magically appear after I've used something else.