I’m a bit late with this post but if you know anything about me that is the norm. If procrastination was an Olympic Sport I would probably take the gold and my husband would be a close silver medal. I can only hope our boys don’t pick up this nasty habit. In case you have been living under a rock you know the Summer Olympics have started. While the opening ceremonies were taking place, I was participating in an Olympic knitter tradition, the Ravellenic Games. The Ravellenic Games are hosted by the social media community Raverly and are a big thing in the knitting community. Four years ago I was a knitting newbie, but participated in the event, which was then called the Ravelympics. I don’t even remember what I knit and certainly didn’t join any Ravelry team, but I do remember knitting a ton while watching the games. This time around I decided it was time to get a bit more serious by choosing an event and joining a team.
The rules of the Ravellenic Games are simple:
1. Choose a project that will challenge your knitting skills in one of the 32 events and join a team.
2. Cast on during opening ceremonies.
3. Knit like crazy during the games.
4. Attempt to cast off before or during the closing ceremonies, earning your team points and hopefully a medal.
I wanted to choose my project and yarn for the Ravellenic Games for weeks now but somehow this huge social media conference coming up (in a few days!!) has taken over my spare time. Needless to say, I was plotting my project just two hours before the start of the televised opening ceremonies. I was not able to participate in the Mast Cast On event which occurred during the official start of the games due to the time difference between Eastern Time and London, so I chose to cast on during the televised ceremonies. Much like the actual Olympic Games, you join a team, participate in an event and collect points and medals for your team. Fun, huh?
This year I chose the sweater triathlon event. The pattern I chose, Providence Hoodie, is a sweater I have been lusting over for many, many months now. Sadly I have yet to knit myself a sweater in 2012, so I figured now is the time. Do I think I will knit an entire adult sweater in 17 days? Probably not. If I had uninterrupted knitting time for the next 17 days maybe, but even that is a crazy feat. Is it challenging myself to attempt to get it finished? Absolutely!
Sweater Triatholon Event Details
Pattern: Providence Hoodie from the Book New England Knits
Yarn: Tess Designer Yarns Supermerino Wash (hand dyed)
Needles Size: 8
Cast On: 8:30 pm July 27th, 2012
Stay tuned to follow me along on my Ravellenic Games Sweater Triatholon event on Twitter. I will also be posting about my progress again when I return from BlogHer12 next Sunday.