Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Let it Snow and Bring on The Ravelympics!

It is mid February and so far we have had 4 snow days. At this rate, the kids will be in school well into June like last year. I do enjoy snow days, probably as much as my kids do! Sometimes we go sledding and other days we stay holed up inside the house watching movies, staying warm and consuming way too much hot chocolate. Lately, with the high school softball and middle school baseball seasons coming up sledding has been off the list. It would not be cool for either Teen Queen or Boy Wonder to be on the disabled list should they be injured in a sledding accident!

The Olympics have begun and with that brings the Ravelympics to RAVELRY! What are Ravelympics you ask?!

Your challenge should you choose to accept it, is to start and finish a project during the Olympic Games.

Well, it all began in the summer of the 2008 games!

What is it?:
The First International Ravelympics Summer 2008 are open to any knitter or crocheter on Ravelry ready to challenge themselves to complete a project (or projects) within 17 days during the Summer Olympics.

You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies and finish before the Olympic flame goes out.


  1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 17 days.

  2. No casting on before Opening Ceremonies.

  3. Finish before the flame goes out.

  4. You may swatch before the games. (this is considered training) :)

The 2010 Winter Olympics have brought some fun events for the yarn crafters! Just get a load of these...

Aerial Unwind (Frog those poor unloved projects to reclaim that yarn.

Bag Jump (Bags, totes, pouches)

Beading Biathlon (All things beaded and embellished)

Bobsled (All things pets)

Cable Cross-Country (All things cables)

Charity Curling (Projects for charity)

Designer Biathlon (From a swatch to published pattern in 17 days sample completed and pattern released on ravelry - swatching allowed before torch lit)

Designer Original Dance (Create your own design sample from scratch in 17 days {swatching allowed before torch lit}; pattern need not be written])

Designer Pattern Skeleton (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 (dyeing yarns - this will only create stash)

Felting Freestyle (All things felting and fulled)

Fleece to FO Long-Track (Start with fleece or roving and create a finished object)

Flying Camel Spin (Just spinning…lots and lots of spinning)

Free Dance (Don’t fit into any other event? This is for you)

Giant Slalom-ghan (Afghan, blankets, throws)

Hat Halfpipe (All things hats and heads)

Holiday Jump-Start Skiing (Projects to be gifted/given in Dec 2010 and holiday-themed items; also any gift-giving projects qualify here )

Junior Olympics (garments/accessories for kids and babies {toys have their own event})

Labyrinth Weaving (All things woven)

Lace Luge (Lace patterns and laceweight yarns)

Mitten Moguls (Mittens, gloves, anything that covers hands/wrists/arms)

Nordic Colorwork Combined (Colorwork, intarsia, fair isle)

Platter Lift (Home and d├ęcor projects)

Samalog Machine Skate (Machine knitting)

Scarf Super-G (Scarves, cowls, neckwarmers, smokerings, scarflettes…all things neck)

Short Track Shawls (Shawls, stoles, wraps, shawlettes)

Single Skein Speed Skate (Projects of just one skein/hank)

Skelegurumi (Toys and amigurumis)

SnowCross (Projects that combine knitting, crochet, needle-felting, embroidery, sewing …; minimum of 2 crafts combined together)

Sock Hockey (All things socks and slippers)

Stash Compulsory Dance (Use of long-neglected stash purchased at least 1 year ago)

Sweaterboard Cross (All forms of sweaters, vests, cardis, pullovers, boleros)

WIPs-Dancing (WIPs/UFOs and only these; Projects not touched since Jan 12th)

I enjoyed it so much in 08, that I *had* to get in on this one!

I have one sweaterboard cross event project. Which is Mr Greenjeans Cardigan from I have been told that this would also qualify me for the cable cross country event.I will be ecstatic if I actually accomplish the cardigan! This will be my first adult size cardi.

Here is my progress so far:

Here is a close up of the Cable and Rib section:

2 other projects fall under the WIPs Dancing event.

Ishbel Shawl (also for short track shawl)
needs to have ends wove in and be blocked within an inch of it's life

Blackbird Can-Cans Fingerless Mitts (also for mitten moguls)

one is done, still have yet to make it's match