Tuesday, July 29, 2008

In Training!

As most people are aware the Olympics are just around the corner. Did you also know there are Ravelympics this year too? Olympics knitting style!

I'm signed up and have started some serious training! (and I'm not the only one!)
I signed up for
-cowl jump
-sock put
-amigurumi/toy toss

Yup I am a sucker for punishment. Maybe I should have just signed up for knitting marathon or something! I figured the things I want to make are pretty small and quick so hopefully I haven't (once again) totally overestimated my knitting speed and I can get these done during the 17 days of Olympics.

So training.....

1. Find patterns for projects. Done.
2. Got wool sussed for each. Done. (all knit from stash too!)
2. Signed up and got my project pages up. (Had to go back and tag them properly with the special Ravelympics tag ....helps if you read the instructions correctly ...doh) Done.
3. Get everything else out of the way.

So still working on #3.

This means I need to have all my other WiPs finished and do a bit of spring cleaning of my knitting "things" that have, once again, started to take over the house.

I've sent one soaker off to a customer. Leah's soaker needs some finishing touches but is 90% done.

Currently on my needles are 2 pairs of gloves. I'm over halfway done on the first pair so I think 2 1/2 short fingerless gloves is achievable by August 8th.

I have one black square (half done) in my knitting bag as well. This is for M's blanket (which seeing as her birthday is next week and I havent done any more knitting on this I decided I would try and give her for Xmas). So that should be fine to finish off as well.

I've started doing a bit of a tidy up of all things knitting related. I 'filed' all my printed off patterns and leaflets etc. I collected up all the knitting books from round the lounge and made a knitting book pile in my room. I also had a bit of a tidy up of my stash box and have finally come to terms with the fact my current stash does not fit in the box.

Unfortunately my knitting seems to take on a life of its own and I will probably have to do another tidy up before I get started on my events projects. Sigh.

I was discussing with a friend about WiPs and how to keep them under control. How do you store yours? And keep them tidy and separate and safe?

My WiP bag often gets full of other "stuff" and it ends up overflowing - just about as bad as not having a WiP bag to begin with. Maybe I need more bags or stop having so many things on the go at once? Anyways I've had a bit of a sort out. I made a mini needle holder so my DPNs can live elsewhere. Sharp pointy sticks are baby magnets apparently so I needed to find them somewhere up high to live.


I used my basic needle holder pattern but a shorter tin (used to have cocoa powder in it). CO 36st.


Right, better get back to that WiP management


highwaycottage said...

I'm so excited to see that your meter say's Viv's glove are 50% done. I can't wait to see them.

I hope the shoes have arrived and that they fit. LMK if they don't and I will make bigger ones.

kv said...

i try to have a baggie or bigger bag if necessary for each project. the trick is putting them in there. and i just bought some pretty boxes that i've designated for gloves, and unfinished summer projects, since my yarn drawer overfloweth.good luck with the ravelympics!

Sonia said...

I just discovered that the plastic zippered pouches that store bought sheets, curtains, pillowcases, etc. come in are great as wip bags. I put all the details for one project in each bag, then it's easy to switch them out of my knitting bag or move around the house with me.
Good luck with your training!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I have multiple simple tote bags and each WIP lives in one tote bag till finished. I have one small notions bag with a zipper and I just throw that in with the project I'm currently working on. These little bags are lined up on the floor of my closet. Makes it easier to pull out for a trip in either the car or to the family room to work :)

Aunt Kathy said...

I thought about the Raveloympics but know I would drop out... maybe next year. All my friends are in though so I will be cheering you all on.

Julie said...

Best of luck for the Ravelympics!

Anonymous said...

I really only have 4 WIPS, one of which needs to come off the needles. 2 pairs of longies (one of which I need to finish in the next couple of days as I need to send it) Daviens blankie which is nearly finished and a jacket that I am about 1/3 of the way through for Davien. I have a large list of to do's though! They all sit nicely in my knitting bag. I know my SIL has hers in plastic bags and then in a plastic container.

I love the needle holder :D

Anonymous said...

I''m working on No.3 at the moment too.

Organising WIPs? I also like to have a bag per project. I have a few washbags of different sizes that I use for smaller projects, and then a couple of totes for larger ones. The washbags fit into my handbag so I can just grab whichever one I want to take with me, and I'll take the tote along if I want to take the bigger project.