Monthly Archives: February 2014

Not a Giraffe Cowl

Monica: My Ravellenics project is growing as I’ve been steadily working on it. I really didn’t think I’d finish it on time especially as I read Dee’s post that the Olympics would be ending today. Luckily for me the closing ceremonies are on Sunday so I have a chance to finish it.  Here is how it looks as of this morning.


The other day while I was knitting with my knitting group one of my friends had a puzzled look on her face while looking at the cowl. Then she asked me if I was knitting an infinity scarf and her puzzled look went away. You start with a provisional cast on and knit in the round and then you graft the 2 ends together when you are done. So you end up with a long tube. It is pretty narrow and before she figured out that it was an infinity scarf she was trying to figure out how it could possibly fit over my head. So we started joking about how this would make a great cowl for a giraffe. I couldn’t find a giraffe to model the cowl but I got it over my leg.


and then one of my friends sent me this.


It would be a great cowl for a giraffe!

Ravellenic Goal: Eight Cowls

Lynette:  Since Christmastime, deep down I knew I’d be knitting cowls during the Ravellenics. The realization began even before that. I pick up my granddaughter from school most days, and I had knit her a cute cowl last fall for the cooler temperatures. One of her teachers immediately told me how much she loves Gracie’s cowl, and how much she loves the color pink. Subtle much?

I smiled and thanked the teacher and thought I’d knit her a gift for Christmas. I even bought the yarn at one of my trips to Michaels. Well, that holiday came and went with no teacher gifts. It was after Christmas that I knew I would be knitting cowls. And, of course, I couldn’t just knit a cowl for one teacher…there are at least four (4) teachers that need to be included. They’re great with all the kids.

Thus, Ravellenic knitting plans ensued…to knit up as many as eight (8) cowls during the Ravellenics events. I’m happy to report that I did knit all the cowls and gifted the teachers on Valentine’s Day. Without further ado, here are my completed projects for the 2014 Ravellenics Winter Events. I tried to make knitting all that ribbing fun by naming some of my projects after Olympic events.


Pattern:  Luxe aka Ravellenic Luxe #1   
Yarn:   Loops and Threads Cozy Wool
This is the long-awaited pink cowl for Ms. A.


Pattern:  Luxe aka Ravellenic Luxe #2     
Yarn:  Loops and Threads Cozy Wool
Here’s the same cowl in purple using a larger needle size.


Pattern:  Simple Ribbed Cowl aka Next Up – Simple Ribbed Cowl   
Yarn:  Loops and Threads Cozy Wool

Pattern: Simple Ribbed Cowl aka Pink Ribbed Cowl Event   
Yarn:  Loops and Threads Cozy Wool
Those are the teacher gifts.   After knitting these super simple cowls, I decided I wanted one for myself so here’s mine. Looks the same as above.


Pattern:  Simple Ribbed Cowl aka Next Up – Simple Ribbed Cowl 2.0    
Yarn:  Loops and Threads Cozy Wool


Pattern:  Garter Stitch Neck Sock aka Pink Lemonade Garter Ridge Cowl   
Yarn:  Colinette Prism
I decided to shop my stash for my next cowl and found this yarn. It’s Colinette Prism circa early 2000s (Monica, may have a more precise timeframe when we bought this).


Pattern:  Thermis aka Thermis 200m    
Yarn:  Hand-dyed Sweet Grass Wool 2-ply targhee
This cowl is for a swap partner that I’ll be mailing out this weekend. I think I need to knit another one for myself.

And lastly…


Pattern:  Woodland Cowl aka Woodland Cowl Last Leg Event    
This is for one of my neighbors.  It’s not a model photo because the buttons aren’t sewn on yet. I’m waiting for dark, chocolate wooden buttons to arrive. These buttons were purchased from Etsy seller Supplies n’ Sundries. Great buttons!

I’m not sure I’ll get any official Ravellenic medals for my completed projects, but I knit them all for the love of the games.

Happy knitting!!

Ravellenic Event Cowl!

Dee:  So I think I have finally figured out what I can actually complete and be happy with for Ravellenics and that would be the Dutch Cowl made out of some Blue Sky Royal Alpaca from my stash in two colors, “Vintage Black” and another shade that I like to call “Putty”.  Here’s a picture of the little bit that I currently have on the needles…please ignore my fuzzy pink lounging pants.

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So the big question is…can I get this done before the end of the Olympics?  Well that’s a good one Jimmy since I thought that the Olympics ended on the 27th and not the 23rd…like I just discovered. Oops!  But I can certainly give it that good old Olympic hopeful try.  I should calculate the number of inches per day I need to complete and set myself some smaller and more manageable progress goals.

Basically the project is a Houndsooth pattern that I tried unsuccessfully to purchase from a yarn shop in Wisconsin last fall.  The shop would not let me purchase the pattern outright since I didn’t want  to purchase two skeins of their Jade Sapphire Cashmere required to knit it.  As stashes would have it I already own at least four skeins of that exact yarn already and in no way wanted to buy more cashmere since it’s a tad on the pricey side of yarn as is the case with cashmere.

I paged through all of the project pages for this pattern on Ravelry and hit the jackpot!  A lovely knitter posted the details of the pattern in her notes section.  I have needed to make certain adjustments to my project since I am not using my lace weight cashmere.  I went up a few needle sizes to a US 5 and then swatched to see the number of stitches I was getting per inch then I calculated and compared to the original to see what number of stitches I needed per inch to achieve the finished measurements.  I then cast on 240 stitches, knit two rows plain instead of the four as I happily began this on Friday evening.  Wish me luck!

Ravellenics Project

Monica: I had a hard time deciding what project I wanted to work on for the Ravellenics. I thought I would be able to finish a sweater forgetting that the games only last 2 weeks. So I looked through my considerable queue and finally decided on the Camptown Races cowl. I was lucky enough to receive the yarn and pattern for my birthday a few years ago and I decided it was time to knit it up.

I am using Plucky Knitter Plucky Sport yarn in these lovely colors.cowl yarn

I didn’t get to cast on until way after the opening ceremonies had started because I was at work and I can’t knit while working. Sad face, I know.


That is what I have so far. I’m not able to work on it as much as I thought I could so I’m glad I only chose one project for the event. Hopefully I’ll make a little more progress on it this week.



Ravellenic Update

Dee:  So I didn’t really check on the time for Olympic opening ceremony…I wound my yarn yesterday (Beaverslide 2-ply worsted in Hollyhock) and started knitting today.  I can’t decide if I am happy with my Ravellenic entry…so I searched Ravelry for information, comments and notes on this particular project the Tweedy Vest by Mona Schmidt.  Well…..Monica, I discovered an old blog post of yours showing that you have indeed knit this exact same pattern and weren’t so happy with the results.  I think your exact words were…”If you want something to accentuate your tummy I’ve got the pattern for you.”  Shazzbot!!!!  What should I do?!?!?!  Should I stop short of the finish line and see my dreams of a gold medal go unfulfilled?  Should I press on through adversity and win the gold and be proud of my accentuated tummy vest…after all isn’t this the Olympics of the ugly sweaters?   (Really Ralph Lauren…what were you thinking?)

Will I feel the “thrill of victory” or the “agony of defeat”?   This race is still too close to call…and the gold medal is up for grabs.

2014 Bunch of Stitches Knitting Retreat

Lynette:  On Knitting Retreats..

Our knitting group, called Bunch of Stitches, had its first get together or retreat this past weekend. I invited Monica, her sister and a few of my former co-workers whom I used to knit with. We had a fantastic time in spite of the weather.

Actually, I think some of us were hoping we’d get snowed in. LOL!  Anyway, we all showed up at various times on Friday and Saturday morning to what I thought would be a rustic cabin with outhouses, but we arrived to a very modern-looking and most comfortable lodge. The hospitality committee of wild turkeys came to greet us at the lodge.


Monica’s flight was delayed several times leaving Seattle back to Chicago, and I feared she would miss the weekend. However when her flight touched down in Chicago after 9p, she and her sister decided to trek it to the retreat. And we’re so glad they did.

Debbie from our group decided to order bags for the retreat, and they turned out great.

This year, our knit group decided to have a swap where we knit from the stash for each other. We exchanged our gifts on Friday night.  I wish I could’ve gotten pictures of all the gifts, but I missed a few of them. But everyone loved their gifts.  In all, we exchanged fair isle cowls, scarves, sweaters, shawls, cowls and mittens.


I received an amazing red cardigan called Bay and Cables by Cecily McGowan Glowick. I saw Debbie knitting the cardigan and complimented her on the color and pattern so many times. I had no idea it was for me! It fits perfectly.  She also knit me a project from my queue, the Seyfert Cowl by Norah Gaughan.  Both amazing gifts!


This could be a long post, but it would only be about sitting in the lodge around the fireplace while eating,


talking and laughing –


Friday night through Sunday morning so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Happy knitting, and I can’t wait for the next retreat.