Ravelympics 2010 is on at the moment - a celebration of both the Winter Olympics on the telly and the yarn crafts, with the two being done at the same time over at Ravelry. I am in a team with a whole heap of other Aussies - Team Doing a Bradbury, in honour of Steven Bradbury, an Australia speed skater who once did this:
I signed up ages ago, but not feeling the crochet love lately I thought I would be a non-starter, and my dreams of podium glory in the WIPs Dancing and the Sweaterboard Cross events would be no longer. Yesterday while the opening ceremony was being held, I was shovelling mud from my street gutters, allowing storm water to flow a bit easier. I may have also been standing at the window for hours gazing at that rare event, rain.
But after a long swim in the pouring rain this morning (yes I may be nuts, but so are my friends and a neighbour who were at the pool with me) I came back home feeling soggy, but energised. I was going to finish off those Adirondack Socks, so help me! I set up my Winter Olympics viewing platform:
Then I ordered a hot chocolate and a chicken toastie from the kitchen (ha ha), and settled in to watch the moguls and the rain, and crochet my heart out. I had an early equipment failure - I found my Knitpicks Harmony 3.5 mm hook broken inside my project bag.
Luckily I had a spare metal hook. Ninety minutes later, and half way through the first run of the men's luge, I had a pair of finished socks.
They are made with Wollmeise 100% superwash in the colour Rhabarber. I quite like them.
I started them back in October and was speeding along, and then I got busy doing other things. Let's ignore the obvious mistake in this photo, shall we?
Now I am excavating my yarn stash, trying to find suitable yarns for my next event - the Sweaterboard Cross. My only problem is that I have three lovely patterns to choose from.
I'm thinking option 3, actually.