Friday, July 11, 2008

Summer Knitting Olympics

In case anyone needed more evidence of my insanity, here ya go! I will be joining a fun group of knitters over on Ravelry for the Summer Knitting Olympics (a.k.a. "Ravelympics").

The original rules were devised by the Yarn Harlot for the 2006 Winter Olympics, during which she knitted the below Fair Isle sweater in 16 days! (She is currently doing some kind of "Tour de Fleece" competition involving spinning yarn on a deadline.)

Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics (Aug. 8) and finish before the Olympic flame goes out (Aug. 24). That’s 17 days.


  1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 17 days.
  2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do…If you are experienced, well you must decide what a challenge will be for you.
  3. While this is meant to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don’t set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven’t slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
  4. No casting on before Opening Ceremonies commence in Beijing.
  5. Finish before the flame goes out.
  6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this “training.”)
I'll be joining the "Shawl Relay" event. Here is the project I intend to challenge myself with: the Triple Mohair Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting's designer, Dorothy Siemens. This project uses three different colors of mohair, held together while knitting. In my defense, this shawl is labeled as "beginner" and "good for tv knitting", and is done totally in garter stitch (all knit stitches, no purls). I think the really daunting part of it is just it's size. But, there are people signing up to do entire sweaters in this friendly "competition"! At least I won't have to seam anything, or cast on a billion stitches, because you start with only 4 stitches and do increases. My shawl will be a tweed of green, teal and grey.

We also can compete in teams. I will be part of Team MINE! Our team's rule is that you have to knit something for yourself. It's a part of my very favorite knitting board, "Selfish Knitters".
There's our mascot, Veruca, holding on to her stash of yarn.

Here are the proclamations of the "Selfish Knitters" forum:

No more knitting for people who don’t vote for your sainthood as a result.

group details

We are The Sainthood of the Aggrieved Knitters Who Say Nee to Non-Lovers of Our Knitting.

Our Battle Cry(s):

  1. We only knit for ourselves and for people who bless us and hand us boxes of expensive chocolates! Or money.

  2. Some people need to learn gratitude or face the wrath of our flinging needles of Death!

  3. Selfish Knitters are people who love and value themselves.

  4. The person I knit for knows how to appreciate a knitted item–ME!

  5. By uber-KAL-ling, selfish knitters can multiply the amount of attention they get for each knitting project. (note: KAL stands for Knit Along and that's when knitters get together, usually online, and share what they are currently knitting and get help/encouragement from each other. Usually, a KAL involves everyone knitting the same pattern and posting photos of their progress.)

Official Proclamation - any knittings done for friends/family who just created human life OR are fighting hard to preserve human life are knittings done from the heart and not because of the selfishness of others and are therefore free from scorn and spite in this group!

We are here to support each other in our quest to become/be selfish knitters. No more “Can you make this for me and have it done tonight?”. No more “But I really liked the other color better.” No more “Can you make me a man-thong?”

GOOD LUCK TO ALL RAVTHLETES and HAPPY KNITTING! I'll be back in August to share my progress, victories and defeats if any!

1 comment:

SupaCindy3000 said...

Yea! Reading posts like this make me so happy I started this group. I am amazed at what a great community it has become. Thanks for being a part of it!