Spinning for Gold

The Olympics have started and so has my Ravellenic Games spinning project.

There is a group on Ravelry that organizes the Ravellenic Games (which used to be called Ravolympics until the Olympic Committee threatened Ravelry with a lawsuit and shutdown if they didn’t change the name. Which pisses me off to this day.) to coincide with the games. There are “events” for types of knitting/crochet projects, and spinning. You pick your own goal and work towards it from the Opening Ceremonies to the Closing Ceremonies.

For my Ravellenic Games project I chose to spin 4 ply yarn, matching the 4 ply swatch I made in Experimental Spinning 1. I really thought that I could spin 540g of lace weight singles and then ply it all in 3 weeks. I was silly.

Opening Ceremonies spinning with the Dutch team.

I started spinning during the Opening Ceremonies and after Day 1 realized that there was no way I was going to get all that done. So I’ve revised my plan. I’m now going to spin 50g of each color and ply them together and then see what day it is. It might be Day 21! We’ll see.

This first color took me 4 days to spin. Here’s the finished 50g bobbin.

pinky finger size comparison

I’m spinning this project on an Electric Eel Wheel 6.0, which I really love. I can set it in front of the TV and spin away.

I’ve also been working on my cardigan. Here’s a photo of the body (mainly the back). I’m knitting the body in one piece, flat, up to the armholes and then I’ll split and knit the fronts and back separately.

The yarn is actually more brown than this, but you know, photos in winter light….

Part of the slowness of the spinning and knitting is that I don’t have good light at night. I would normally knit while watching tv but my husband complains that my lights disrupt his tv viewing with a big blob of light reflected in the tv.

I’ll have to see if my NEW JOB seriously impacts my craft time. I’m starting a new job next week but it is just 3 days a week so I still have plenty of time for spinning and knitting and writing here. I’m pretty excited about working again and it really seems like the perfect situation.

Next week I’ll have another finished bobbin to show – maybe 2! Are you watching the Olympics. I’m watching every day. I love the Olympics.

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