Sunday, August 24, 2008
I've been participating in the 2008 Ravelympics, which is just knitting/crocheting a project during the Olympics. It's through the site Ravelry. The rules are just that you can cast on any time once the opening ceremonies begin, and you must finish by the closing ceremonies. I'm very surprised I finished in time, as I've been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, and I even had to rip out my first attempt at my project because of gauge/sizing issues. But I stayed up late last night knitting away, finished all the knitting, and sewed on the buttons this afternoon. I was competing in the "baby dressage" event and my project was Presto Chango. This is a must-do baby knitting pattern. It's very easy, there's not much seaming, and the finished product is very practical (at least I'll find out if it is!). The front panel comes off so you can lay the baby on the sweater to put his arms in and then just button the panel on. Plus, you could make multiple panels for the same sweater, in case of accidents, or just for fun. I may make another cabled panel or two for this one. Aren't the buttons cute? Dongdaemun Shopping Town is "the place" for buttons and all those little notions, not to mention fabrics and yarn. Get off at Dongdaemun Station (line 1 and 3) and take exit 9. Dongdaemun Shopping Town (aka crafters' paradise) is the humongous building immediately on your left. Yarn is in the basement. First floor is all kinds of stuff like bedding, towels, and curtains (just bring your window measurements here if you want custom curtains!). Second floor and up are purely fabrics -- and lots of them. The top floor is all kind of accessories you might need like buttons, beads, ribbon, sequins....you name it. Dongdaemun Shopping Town is a very, very dangerous place if you like crafting, so you've been warned.