Block Party Round 2

Recently I completed another Instagram challenge, the Block Party with Gina. It’s run by Gina of Ridge and Roots (hence the “with Gina” portion of the name) and it’s a block printing challenge in which you create a new block print each week for five weeks. This was the second version of the challenge, and I feel like I did much better this time than the first time.

The first week’s prompt was “Celestial”. I went with a ringed planet with moons and stars surrounding it. I printed this one with a gradient in two different colorways.

The second week’s prompt was “delicate”. I decided to go with the tiny flowers that grow on the tree right outside the back door. In this case, I printed the outline and then finished it up with watercolors. I also decided this time to turn some of the prints into blank greeting cards. They are available on my Etsy shop under the Stationary heading.

Week three coincided with Earth Week, so the prompt was “Our Earth, Our Home”. I decided to go along with a little forrest nook, and the tiny owl friend in the tree is quite possibly the favorite thing I ended up making in this whole challenge. I’m definitely planning to do a bigger owl soon.

Week four brought the “(insert song lyrics here)” prompt. I had, of course, had the recently released Fiona Apple album “Fetch The Boltcutters” on repeat (it makes a great workout soundtrack, by the way) for the entire week, and those lyrics along with a Leslie Jordan Instagram post lead to the idea of being inside your own head.

The final week was “Mind, Body, Spirit”, and I had to include both coffee and music. I had originally intended to make a bright, hot purple, but the mauve ended up suiting the block really well.

All of the results of these blocks, both cards and prints, are all available on my Etsy store (along with some fabric face masks, if you are still looking for some).


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Knitting With The Games

I didn’t use the “O” word, so I can’t be sued, right?

Anyway, the event that is now know as the Ravellinic Games is starting tonight. Well, technically started this morning at about 8am, but NBC insisted on not live streaming. So I’m using the start of the opening ceremonies telecast. Which I am watching as I type that. I could be a professional procrastinator, if such a thing could actually exist.

I didn’t join a team. I’m a procrastinator, remember? I just decided to do this…a week ago? I’m not really sure. But it wasn’t the months ago that everyone else started. That’s the important thing to remember. Actually, I kind of kept forgetting that there were even going to be “games” this year. I will be disappointed if someone doesn’t try to push the potato-man logo Bart created in the 2010 “games” episode, though.

Since I’m not actually participating in the Ravellinic Games, I’m going to use Yarn Harlot’s rules she created in 2006.

“Rules:
1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 16 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do…If you are experienced, well. I’ve already considered Torino. Use your own conscience.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don’t set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven’t slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No casting on before the flame is lit.
5. Finish before the flame goes out.
6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this “training.”)”

With those rules in mind, I’m setting off to create this wrap sweater (and perhaps the leggings, if I have enough yarn left). As part of my “training”, I sketched out the sweater:

so I could try out the color combination I am planning:

And, yes, that really is the yarn in there, from a scan of my swatch:

so it’s as close to what it will look like as possible.

Now all I have to do is actually cast on while I’m watching the rest of these opening ceremonies. I’m also machine sewing the seams and planning to knit the sleeves in to save myself all that hand-sewing. If you want to keep up with my progress, I’m going to update the Ravelry Project Page daily.