Sunday, 29 July 2012

OLYMPICS AND RAVALLENICS!



What an exciting start to the weekend. The Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday evening was truly magnificent. Congratulations Danny Boyle! I seem to need 60 hours in every day now; 20 to knit, 20 to watch the Olympics and 20 to keep my life in order.  Oh, and  even a few extra to enable my participation in the Ravelry Ravellenic Games 2012. I am a member of TeamKnitspot and although my training didn't go too well in the run up to the event, I am now on track to potentially win a medal ;-). I've entered the'sock' and 'one skein' events and marked the start of my search for stardom by winding my yarn on Friday evening, at 8.58 p.m. precisely and casting on at 9.30 p.m.

I'm going to be working on Anne Hanson's 'Summer Fun' sock pattern, using a skein of Hazel Knits yarn in colourway Lime Granita. I received in a swap from my friend Kat in the U.S.A. It's a high twist yarn that gives wonderful stitch definition. Here's progress so far.....


 ............. such a prety, summery mint green. It's a colour that is quite a way outside my usual colour palette, and yet I LOVE it!


It suits the pattern really well too. It's a relatively quick knit with an easy to remeber pattern. The motif looks like little upsidedown ice-cream cornets!!! YUM! Best I get a move on with these, if I want to qualify for a medal.

Progress has also been made with 'Color Affection' . I'm onto the three colour striped section now, with short rows. The pattern is very easy and surprisingly addictive, although I have to admit to getting ever so slightly irritated by the muddling of the three yarn three yarn threads that needs sorting at each colour change. The yarnover after the first stitch on each row seems to be working out well and keeping the edge from becoming too tight. 


 I'm loving the colour combo!


 The weather has been glorious here in the UK over the last week. As always, I like to just chill in the garden for the first few days of the school holidays, and not have to talk or think too much!! I read and sun worshipped, with a little bit of knitting thrown in for good measure, when the sun was less fierce. My younger daughter begins her training contract with a London law firm this coming week and will  be moving to the city, so we have enjoyed some quality time together. On Thursday we packed a picnic and set on for the coast. We live very close the very beautiful North Norfolk coastline and have a favoured route around the coast that we enjoy immensely. Oscar joined us on our day trip..........


A great day out! 

Looking forward to more Olympic viewing this week. Have a good one everyone!

12 comments:

josiekitten said...

Love the sock - the little icecream cones are so sweet! Your Color Affection is stunning. I shall be careful of the yarns tangling after what you said. Happy hols! xxx

Lynne said...

Good luck with the Ravallenics! Those socks are looking great. I love the colour, and I agree that the pattern looks like ice cream cones. Your Color Affection looks fantastic, I love the colours. I shall look forward to seeing this when it's finished.

Clicky Needles said...

Loving the Color Affection. I know what you mean about not speaking to anyone the first few days of the holidays - I'm just the same. The Olympics are compulsive viewing in our house!

Teje said...

Hi Ros and Oscar! I was hoping something from Olympics - the opening ceremony was fantastic and I love the english humour!
As I love dogs with ice cream on their nose - enjoy Oscar!
Your knitting looks lovely with that light summer colour and I enjoy always your photos from your trips!
I wish you wonderful week and enjoy your holidays! x Teje

Kim Sonksen said...

Yay - your socks look awesome already. And your photos are great, LOVING the last one :)))

Mitch and Molly said...

We love your new sock pattern and the color!
You are such a handsome boy, Oscar!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Tracy said...

WOW... the party in London last week was FABULOUS! The opening ceremonies was just amazing... I cried often, it was so wonderful! Good luck with the Ravallenics! Love the soft mint green of those socks in progress. And the Affection color way is beautiful--I love this! And love the picture of Oscar getting an ice cream mustache. ;o) Best wishes to your daughter in London and her new situation. Happy Days, Ros ((HUGS))

Sarah said...

That sock colour is lovely and I love the stripey effect in the color affection.
Yes, the opening ceremony was amazing! Then we went to the first day of the equestrian eventing on Saturday, and I have been glued to the rest of it ever since! I know what you mean about the extra time needed to fit it all in!
Have a great week!

miek 2 said...

it`s been a wail but a had problems with both wrists, well who can beat that? ;-)
our vacation is over but i wish you and your husband a wonderfull holliday.
and looking at snoopydog, well i won`t show Basso that picture with the icecream, he loves that too.
greetings miek

catkin tales said...

oh my goodness, i'm just catching up with your posts and am seriously having palpitations over the utter gorgeousness of your knits as well as your beautifully photographed adventures. it's always such a joy to visit you :)

much love to you
and dear oscar of course xx

melissa said...

oooh - the shawl's coming along oh so nicely!

love all the pictures from your day trip. hope oscar enjoyed his ice cream!

Wyatt said...

That is our kind of day. Wonderful pictures!

Wyatt and Stanzie