Friday, July 27, 2012

Ravellenics + Fiber = 17 Days of Fun

Well, everyone, it's finally here - The Olympics! I'm a big fan of the games - and yes, despite the USOC, I'll be watching swimming and gymnastics and track and field and, and ...

Of course, I'll also be working on projects for Ravelry's companion event - the Ravellenic Games. With well over 500 teams and more than 10,000 people either participating or "watching" the fibery action in the dedicated Ravelry group, it plans to be an outstanding Ravelry community-building event. We love that. Here's a run-down of the particulars of my participation:

1. Team Cooperative Press Gearheads

I am co-captaining this modestly-sized team, and I couldn't be more excited. I've got fiber for my projects all ready (well, I do need to do some ball-winding today). At the moment, it looks something like this:

A combination of stash yarn + lovely Wonder Why Gal
handspun for my The-I-Can't-Think-of-a-Snappy-Name
Cowl, a Sarah Wilson design from Knit Edge Magazine


Another combination of stash yarn + the ginornous
hank 'o wool I won from Vivian over at Bits and Pieces. This
is going to become my version of Dawn Ellerd's Colour Revolt
crochet shawl from What Would Madame DeFarge Knit? 

a swatching project to be discussed later

2. Team 12 shawls in 2012

I'm one of over 100 participants on this team - we're going to be making a lotta shawls! My project for this team:

Absolutely gorgeous merino silk from a swap that is
destined to become Lily Go's Remember Me.

3. Team Hopelessly Overcommitted

While I am officially this team's mascot, it probably best describes my current state, so I'm going to attempt to complete a somewhat longstanding project that's languished since the end of February:

This is supposed to already be a
version of my La Poetique Cowl for me;
let's hope I can make it happen during
this uber-crazy Ravellenics challenge.

So what will you be doing during the Olympics? Do you watch, couldn't care less, somewhere in between? Do let me know here, as well as over at Andrea's blog. And whatever you do, have fun!


  1. I can't wait to see the evolution of your projects. I'm not participating. I am Tivoing the opening ceremony and will try to watch but we'll see.

  2. Really, really pretty yarns! I've not signed up for the Rav games this year but will be designing and knitting a baby car seat blankie during it's time period. Good luck with your projects!

  3. Yikes, that's a lotta yarn and a lotta projects to complete in 17 short days. This will be fun to watch. ;-)

  4. Well that should keep you busy! I'm not playing along this year but I have in the past and it was fun. I don't watch the olympics except for when I'm trapped at my parents or my inlaws and don't have a choice. I don't mind the figure skating but wouldn't purposely put it on to watch. I'm really not a TV watcher. Sporting events are only fun to watch in person. There's an excitement there that just doesn't transmit through the screen for me.

  5. Wowza! You have your work cut out for you.

    That is a lot of projects to complete in the next few weeks.

    1. I agree! I signed up for a few events myself... I must be crazy! I can't wait to see the FOs that you make with all that wonderful stash!

  6. That's some serious amount of commitment and I really look forward to seeing your progress. I was just talking to my family about why I enjoyed watching the opening ceremony last night -- it's one of the only times people from many countries come together in a peaceful manner, all happy and healthy. I'm far more interested in the cultural aspect of the event than the sport competitions.

  7. There's enough on your plate to keep me busy for months! I'm sending you my best [[[[speedy knitting mojo]]]] - Hope that helps!! I'm not participating, but will be cheering everyone on. The opening ceremony was spectacular - my 15 year old son was convinced the Queen really jumped out of a helicopter ("well if could have been her" he said sullenly)when I reminded him just how old she is and that she's {the Queen!} - oh well gotta love the kids!
    Looking forward to watching gymnastics and swimming and reading lots of blogs!

  8. Gosh, you have a nice collection of yarn/projects, I'll be looking forward to following along with your progress!

  9. So far, I've only seen a few minutes while eating at a restaurant. I have been feverishly knitting and crocheting, though!

  10. I'm not a sporty person but I do watch the Olympics every night (dutifully watching whatever NBC decides to show us).

    No Ravellenic projects for me because I had a project already started that I needed to work on. But I'll be cheering you on!

    (goodstuff on Rav)