I think I should explain what Ravellenics is so people like my sister who reads my blog but isn't a knitter will understand. It's a good-spirited event hosted on Ravelry that involves knitting or crocheting items in the time period coinciding with the Olympic Games. You must start the project after the opening ceremony begins and finish the project before the closing ceremony ends. From their website:
The One Rule To Rule Them All: Challenge yourself by starting and finishing one or more projects during the 2012 Summer Olympics. What will be a stretch for you? It could be a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, or maybe finishing that monster in the closet. The goal of the Ravellenics is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons.There are different categories that a participant can compete in, depending on what they're making. Examples of these can be the afghan marathon, the hat dash, the single skein sprint, the sock put, and the hand-dye high dive, among others.
I've decided that my challenge will be to knit a sweater in only 17 days. I will be knitting the Acer Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. She is the same designer of the last sweater I finished, White Pine. The project makes me eligible to cross compete in the sweater triathlon, lace longjump, and cable steeplechase events. I will also be competing on behalf of Team Final Frontier.
I swatched for my sweater using one size smaller needle than the pattern calls for. The pattern calls for 20 sts per 4" and I get 21 sts per 4" using size five needles and Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted, which is perfect because I'm somewhat between sizes and I'm planning on knitting the bigger of the two. Going down a needle size will also be nice because the yarn I'm using is 50% alpaca and I don't want it to stretch too much. I'm really want to have zero ease on this sweater so it shows off the lace and cable parts, and also because I see myself wearing it over a cami instead of a button down shirt due to the supersoft yarn. It is a little bit more vibrant than the swatch photo shows. I'm planning on alternating skeins every two rows to avoid pooling.
It will certainly be a challenge for me to finish this sweater in the time allowed. This weekend Brian and I will be painting two more rooms so I won't have much time for knitting. I will, however, have a mini-vacation the first week of August that should provide me good amounts of time to knit.
Let the challenge begin!
P.S. I update my Knit Meter today and I've already knit over 5 miles of yarn this year. Woohoo!