Thursday, January 21, 2010


Image from Craftyone77

What is Ravelympics, you might ask? Glad you asked. It's the knitting word's answer to the hype around the upcoming Olympic games in Vancouver. The "events" are coordinated through Ravelry, the online knitting community. 
What happens is knitters (or crocheter) join a team. It can be a team from a podcast they listen to or a group they participate in on Ravelry. I'm joining two teams - Team Knitmore and Team Manic Purl. These are both podcasts I am a long-time listener of.
After you join a team, you need to pick a project to enter into an event - or category. Here they are as posted on the Ravelypics page on Ravelry:
  • Aerial Unwind eventaerial (Frog those poor unloved projects to reclaim that yarn. (This event only: requires a WIP pic and frog pile pic)
  • Bag Jump eventbagjump (Bags, totes, pouches)
  • Beading Biathlon eventbead (All things beaded and embellished)
  • Bobsled eventbobsled (All things pets)
  • Cable Cross-Country eventcable (All things cables)
  • Charity Curling eventcharity (Projects for charity)
  • Designer Biathlon eventdesignerbiathlon (From a swatch to published pattern in 17 dayssample completed and pattern released on ravelry - swatching allowed before torch lit)
  • Designer Original Dance eventdesignerdance (Create your own design sample from scratch in 17 days swatching allowed before torch lit); pattern need not be written)
  • Designer Pattern Skeleton eventdesignerpattern (Create a publishable pattern (sample can be already knit); do what you feel is necessary to produce a publishable pattern testing, editing, etc)
  • Downhill Dyeing eventdyeing (Both dyeing and using hand-dyed yarns)
  • Felting Freestyle eventfelting (All things felting and fulled)
  • Fleece to FO Long-Track eventfleece (Start with fleece or roving and create a finished object)
  • Flying Camel Spin eventflyingcamel (Just spinning…lots and lots of spinning)
  • Free Dance eventfreedance (Don’t fit into any other event? This is for you)
  • Giant Slalom-ghan eventgiantslalomghan (Afghan, blankets, throws)
  • Hat Halfpipe eventhathalfpipe (All things hats and heads)
  • Holiday Jump-Start Skiing eventholiday (Projects to be gifted/given in Dec 2010 and holiday-themed items)
  • Junior Olympics eventjunior (Kids, baby garments, accessories toys have their own event)
  • Labyrinth Weaving eventweaving (All things woven)
  • Lace Luge eventlaceluge (Lace patterns and laceweight yarns)
  • Mittens Moguls eventmittenmoguls (Mittens, gloves, anything that covers hands/wrists/arms)
  • Nordic Colorwork Combined eventnordiccolorwork (Colorwork, intarsia, fair isle)
  • Platter Lift eventplatter (Home and d├ęcor projects)
  • Samalog Machine Skate eventsamalog (Machine knitting)
  • Scarf Super-G eventsuperg (Scarves, cowls, neckwarmers, smokerings, scarflettes…all things neck)
  • Short Track Shawls eventshorttrackshawls (Shawls, stoles, wraps, shawlettes)
  • Single Skein Speed Skate eventspeedskate (Projects of just one skein/hank)
  • Skelegurumi eventskelegurumi (Toys and amigurumis)
  • SnowCross eventsnowcross (Projects that combine knitting, crochet, needle-felting, embroidery, sewing …; minimum of 2 crafts combined together)
  • Sock Hockey eventsockhockey (All things socks and slippers)
  • Stash Compulsory Dance eventstashdance (Use of long-neglected stash purchased at least 1 year ago)
  • Sweaterboard Cross eventsweaterboard (All forms of sweaters, vests, cardis, pullovers, boleros)
  • WIPs-Dancing eventwipsdancing (WIPs/UFOs and only these; Projects not touched since Jan 12th)
I am choosing to enter the last one - WIPs - Dancing. The project is Olivia's Roo sweater that I mentioned in a post earlier this week and have pictured my progress here. I have not touched this sweater since October and would like to finish it so she can enjoy it this spring. 
When the winter Olympics start in late February, participants may cast on at the start of the opening ceremony. Their project has to be uploaded, tagged, and finished by the end of the closing ceremonies. 

Ravelry did this in 2008 and people I heard blogging and podcasting about it said it was a lot of fun. I figure it will be good incentive to finish a large-scale project. I will keep you posted as the games begin!

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