The Ravellenic Games Main Event Project!


I joined the Ravellenic Games for the first time this year and I went all out for Team Sasquatch! My main event was Event Shawl, but I also signed up for Event Charity, Event Single Skein and Event Modular (which was a huge mistake but more on that another day).

My main event was to knit a shawl. Since my disgrace with the Fiori Autunalli by Rosemary Hill I have been downright scared of knitting lace. Did I mention the disgrace came from 1. Reading the wrong chart 2. knitting the wrong chart 3. switching rows while knitting the wrong chart and 4. frogging about 1,000 sts in tears at my LYS? Word to the wise friends and neighbors, don’t knit when you’re too tired to remember your middle name!

Anyway, here I am rambling again! I choose for my Games piece a shawl knitted in worsted, I felt like it was my knitting equivalent of a nightlight. So The Lonely Tree Shawl by Silvia Bolvia (which is not only amazing fun to knit but FREE on Ravelry) seemed like the perfect choice. I gathered up some Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage from my yarn stash and was off!

Humble Little Beginnings

Humble Little Beginnings

I was going really slow until the leaves started to emerge, trying to remember that lace knitting is only as hard as I let it be in my head. Once I got to this point I felt kinda confident.

(Disclaimer: Some lace knitting really is freakishly difficult, my problem lies in my lack of confidence after mucking up the same pattern so many times.)

and it kept growing….

and it kept growing….

and growing...

and growing…

Before I knew it, it was time to bind the bad boy off. I felt bad for not picking a harder, more involved project at this point though. I know that point of the games is/was to challenge yourself, and I stand by my reasoning that I had to conquer my fear of lace – otherwise the Fiori is never going to get done.

But my shawl is done!

Blocking

Blocking

High Def filter - I love the leaves!

High Def filter – I love the leaves!

Leaves! Done correctly!

Leaves! Done correctly!

It's about 350 yards - much bigger than it looks.

It’s about 350 yards – much bigger than it looks.

Aww….Happy Place!

Aww….Happy Place!

So there you have it friends and neighbors, the first leg of my Ravellenic journey came to an end. I’ve already given the shawl to a friend. I forgot to take a picture on the mannequin but I gotta tell you – giving away something that gave me a little confidence was pretty epic!

Happy Tuesday!

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24 thoughts on “The Ravellenic Games Main Event Project!

  1. niizdesigns

    I love that shawl, I’m still at the Knit and purl stage of my knitting. Follow your blog because you always do something that looks great and encourages me to pick up my needles again.

    – Nicky

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  2. missraa

    I had a terrible time learning lace, I sometimes still do. Like a knitting Worzel Gummidge, I had to find my ‘lace head’. I suffered from lace phobia too, until I found it.

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  3. snailishknits

    If I were a judge, you’d get a 10, looks class.
    Seriously, the photos of it blocking are so impressive, it doesn’t look like there’s a stitch out of place.. I’ve always wanted to knit a shawl, but I’d be afraid I’d never wear it, but they just look SO PRETTY.

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  4. snailishknits

    If I were a judge, you’d get a 10, looks class.
    Seriously, the photos of it blocking are so impressive, it doesn’t look like there’s a stitch out of place.. I’ve always wanted to knit a shawl, but I’d be afraid I’d never wear it, but they just look SO PRETTY.

    Reply

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