Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ravelympics 2008

How could I have forgotten?  In yesterday's post I showed you all my lovely knitpicks goodies and forgot one!!!

Here is it:

Some white/cream (I don't know the color...it's called bare) laceweight to make my own swallowtail!  If you remember I made one in a lovely gray that my mom is in love with....I think I will make mine a little bit bigger too (do 5 extra repeats of the budding lace part)  Anyway, I decide this project would be the perfect project for Ravelympics 2008!

The idea is you cast on during the opening ceremonies and must cast off by the closing ceremonies!  (oh and it should be a challenge!) It was hard to pick from so many fun categories!

Afghan Marathon
Amigurumi-n-Toys Toss
Baby Dressage
Bag-n-Tote Backstroke
Cable Steeplechase
Colorwork Cross-Country
Cowl Jump
Designers Discus
Fantasy DecKnitathalon
Felted Freestyle
Free-For-All Freestyle
Fleece to Finished Fencing
Glove Decathlon
Gift Knits Pentathlon
Hand-Dyed Hurdles
Handspun Heptathalon
Hat Dash
Holiday Handball
Home-Stuff Hammerthrow
Itsy Bitsy Bikini Breaststroke
Laceweight Long Jump
Mitten Medley
Scarf Stroke
Shawl Relay
Sock Put
Sweater Sprint
Synchronized Flirty Skirts
Stitching Springboard
Vest Vault
WIPs Wrestling

While I debated long and hard between the Sock Put and the Shawl Relay, I've decided to sign up under Team Baton Rouge Red Sticks for the Shawl Relay!  Let the training begin!!!

My Story:

So let's see where we left off....God worked mightily in my life 8 years ago....I had seizures....was diagnosed with an AVM....learned to really depend on God....went to see the neurosurgeon....okay I think that is where we are!   

I desperately wanted this AVM to miraculously disappear!  I prayed that when the final test to decide if surgery was safe happened, they wouldn't see anything.  That didn't happen!  At first I was crestfallen!  Had my faith not been good enough?  had I not really been believing?  Then God showed me that while His Word has many promises of healing (some I shared yesterday) He doesn't promise how or when that healing will occur!  

The doctors concluded that surgery was a safe option (Praise the Lord!) With my age and the size of the AVM it seemed the better option than radiation!  So I prepared for brain surgery on July 26th!   At first glance this doesn't seem good.  Who wants brain surgery?  But in reality many people with AVM's have no warning signs....eventually they have an aneurysm (bleeding in the brain) and die!  I'm very thankful the seizures alerted doctors to this situation so it could be dealt with!!!


Davene McBride said...

Beautiful yarn for your shawl!
It is amazing all the Lord has brought us through, isn't it?
I am so thankful! Love you, Mom

Anonymous said...

Beautiful yarn for your shawl! I was thinking about joining the Ravelymics but decided not to.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

How right you are about not always knowing How or When, but always knowing that God Is working in your life. Understanding often comes long after the fact.

Wool Winder said...

The seizure was blessing in disguise!

Awesome Mom said...

Good luck with that, I will be rooting for you! I think that I need to join up in the WIPs Wrestling. I have so many half finished projects that need to be done.

Anonymous said...

So are you going to dye the yarn for the shawl or leave it bare? If you are dyeing it are you doing it before or after you knit it? :) Curious minds want to know.

Aunt Kathy said...

I am wondering if you ever needed that surgery, the story continues.

I thought about the olympics too but decided to wait until next time around.

I'll be routing for you

Lovs2Knit said...

The seizures were a blessing in disguise.

Can't wait to see the new shawl.

Sarah Michelle said...
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Sarah Michelle said...

Hi Leah, hope you remember me, Amber gave me your blog site info. I worked in the Math office FOREVER at Emporia State! Hope you're doing well! My blog is www.smphil.blogspot.com if you're interested! :)

Turtle said...

Bare is great to knit with, you'll enjoy it. That shawl is on my wish list to kjnit as well...hopefully this winter!

ikkinlala said...

Best of luck with the Shawl Relay! I'm sure your Swallowtail will be beautiful.

ashpags said...

Ooh pretty! I'm sure swallowtail #2 will be just as pretty as the first! =)

KJo said...

Good luck with the Shawl Relay, Leah! Are you going to dye the Bare?
Who would have thought that a seizure could SAVE you life? Amazing how the Lord works.


MLE said...

Beautiful yarn =)

The seizure was indeed a blessing in disguise.

smariek said...

I think there are more events now since the last time I looked. I've signed up for the Cable Steeplechase, Gift Knits Pentathlon, Scarf Stroke, and WIPs Wrestling, I think. Now I'm thinking that was a bit overambitious.