The 2016 Ravellenics are upon us! If you aren’t familiar with this fun Ravelry tradition, check out our post here. During every Olympic Games, Ravelry hosts the Ravellenic Games, which is our time to challenge ourselves just as the athletes are. The ultimate goal is to start and finish a project during the Olympics, but there are options for wips (works in progress) as well, allowing you to really have the freedom to make the Ravellenics your own.
I’ve checked in with our yarnistas to see what we’ve planned. Wips seem to be very popular, which comes as no surprise.
Danielle’s chosen project is On the Spice Market and she’s even written an entire fabulous post here on why she picked this pattern and about her lovely yarn selection. For her, these Games are about starting and finishing a project on a timeline.
It’s a challenge for me to knit monogamously and finish projects that I start. I was inspired to cast on the Francis sweater after helping a customer understand the pattern and resume knitting after she had put it down for a month. I’ve enjoyed the construction of the design as well as stitching with Noro Tokonatsu, a blend of cotton, silk and viscose. I love season-less garments and this one I can wear over a tank top in spring/summer and a long sleeve tee in fall/winter.
I generally fail at knitalongs (with the exception of those two Stopover sweaters I knit last winter), so I rarely sign up for them.
However, I do have a couple, actually three possibilities:
- In the WIP competition I have my Featherweight Cardigan in Miss Babs Yet – the body is done, so it just needs two sleeves and the button band.
- I could sign up for the shawl competition, and start Triad with Jill Draper’s Mohonk.
- I could start the Hawkshaw Cowl using the Spincycle Independence and Manos Maxima.
She hasn’t picked a specific project yet, but Jillian’s goal is to finish a wip she’s already got going. It will definitely be fun to see what she decides on!
I want to do alllll the things, which is typical. My primary goals are to make the Skiff hat out of the Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok and a Zuzu’s Petals out of some Freia M/S Worsted. I’d really like to knock some smaller projects out that will be great when the weather eventually cools down. If I really get on a roll, I’d like to make the Stovetop hat out of some Fibre Co. Knightsbridge I picked up at last year’s sidewalk sale. And on top of that, I’d like to make decent progress and ideally finish my Pop Twizzle cowl out of Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK I felt the need to cast on two days ago. Time will ultimately tell as the next few weeks are sure to be busy ones, but I’m excited no less!
I started this project in March with visions of a lovely spring sweater. (When will I learn that if I want a spring sweater, I need to start it in winter?!)
Anyway, we had a weird heat wave in March and I thought, “Well, boo. I guess it’s going to be hot out until October. No need to finish this right now.” So I put it aside, with only the back and half of one front piece done.
But! Ravellenics 2016! My inspiration to finish!! I plan to join the WIPs Wrestling Team and get ‘er done.
Kerry’s jumping on the same wagon that I’m on: make all the things. She’s planning on casting on the Moonage Dream with some Hedgehog in the Film Noir colorway while also finishing her Mjolnir hat she’s knitting with some Miss Babs.
Be sure to post your plans on our Ravelry thread to join in on the fun. We’re also have a great viewing party tomorrow night in the shop, so see you then!