Sunday, March 7, 2021

The New, New, New, New, New, New Plan

We definitely need a score keeper!  That's okay.  It's only knitting.  Important to me knitting, but...just knitting :-).  

I decided that the Renny sweater deserved a big official and fun finish under the Burled Arch without me rushing to get it done or setting the detailed after-knitting finishing touches aside until after this year's race.  I've entered this year as a WIP (work in progress) Iknitarod entry.

The Iditarod is not following a normal route either. The 2021 race will be an "out and back" loop they are calling the Gold Loop in an effort to keep the more remote checkpoints safer from COVID exposure.  By turning around at Iditarod (the old town) the race is "only" going to be 852 miles rather than the usual around 1000.  Whether that affects the times remains to be seen.

I think the amount of work I have left on the Renny sweater should carry me to about that halfway point.  Once I'm headed back, I have something fun planned for the second half of my race.  I'll post more about that later.

If you remember last year's ravatar, you'll notice the similarity to this year...with a couple of changes.  Hank and Comby, no longer with us, are now the bright star.  Possum has taken Comby's place, but also now stands close to she would.  I changed the sweater I'm wearing to the FINISHED Renny sweater and the light gray scarf and dark gray mittens are representative of her light and dark gray wool that was dyed to make all the colors.

I was also asked to design the Iknitarod's group Ravatar this year and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. It's a little busy, but hopefully the design reflects the unusual course route and the musher's red jacket is a nod to one of my pretty much everyone's favorite musher, Aliy Zirkle, who has announced that this will be her last race.  

I had originally planned to use this as my personal Ravatar this year, maybe changing out the dogs to match Kate, Salt and Weaslie, but once I decided to continue on with last year's project I wanted to use last year's graphic as well.  I enjoy making these little "cartoons".

Mushing on!


knitski said...

I totally love the thoughts here! As i posted on IG I was wondering if you were wearing your green sweater. Great job!

Michelle said...

I love your cartoons, too!

Juliana said...

Thank you for including all the explanation for the graphic of you with your pets, enjoying the beautiful sky and the celestial presence of dear Hank and Comby. I am not a knitter, and no one in my family ever had sheep, but I LOVE reading about your sheepy, yarny life with your big animal family. (Plus I have to add that anytime you mention Hank, I am so happy and sad because I get to remember him in all his dignity and devotion.)

Shirley said...

I love both Ravatars. You are a very talented artist! I especially love the story behind your redesigned one.

Patti said...

One of the best activities of the year is following you during Iknitarod! Your cartoons can't be beat! Susan Butcher also wore a red parka when she mushed! This morning I drank a cup of tea, Iditamint, from Summit Spice & Tea Company in Anchorage AK. Iditamint is "chocolate & mint with roasted mate - like a Thin Mint in your cup!" Good luck!

LannieK said...

LI so enjoy them also ~ they are awesome!

Far Side of Fifty said...

The bright star is just perfect! Mush on!

Anonymous said...

Ditto to all said. Your artwork is wonderful! K Littrell


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