I really did mean to keep up-to-date on posting during the Ravellenic Games, but we know what they say about good intentions. I had two projects to work on during the games, and I managed to complete one.
I worked on the Autumn Vines Beret (RAV) first, and finished it in decent time. I would have finished it earlier if I had really committed to the process, but there were some nights I just didn’t feel like knitting, which that will get me every time. This was a fun pattern to knit, and one I actually think I’d be interested in doing again, perhaps with the yarn suggested in the pattern because I love the color (they had it at Stitches West 2012 and it was fabulous).
My second project was the Citron shawl. I started it the morning after finishing the beret, but I only had a little more than a week to get it done. I actually managed to get a good deal of it done on a trip down to San Diego to take the Academy of Certified Archivists exam. My dad drove me, so I was able to sit in the passenger seat and knit, knit, knit. Of course, the problem with a shawl is always the fact that it gets bigger and bigger the further you get, and I had decided from the outset to knit 7 sections rather than the called for 5 sections (I wanted to make sure I got every color of the progression into the shawl). I got to the 7th section on Saturday, August 11. I thought I was good to go, but then I discovered that I had read the instructions incorrectly, and that instead of having until midnight of the 12th, I only had until 4 pm my time. I kind of gave up then. I even put my knitting down and didn’t pick it back up for almost 2 weeks.
Maybe it’s a good thing that I put it down. When I picked it up again, I decided to see if I could get an extra section out of my yarn. With worry that I might run out, I knit an 8th section and started on the ruffle. Amazingly enough I got to the end and still have a little bit of yarn left. Now the shawl is cast off and just in need to a wash and block. Now where did I put those T-pins….?