Ravelympics 2010

Hello everyone! I am proud to announce that our group will be competing in the 2010 Ravelympics at Ravelry

If you are a member of Ravelry, please join Team Knitting & Giving as we compete in the “charity curling” event. All items made during the Ravelympics will be donated to the people of Appalachia.

Please join the team:

Team Knitting & Giving

Our project tags are :

ravelympics2010      teamknittinggiving      eventcharity

Please use these tags on each project you will be making for the team 🙂

Mass Cast-On at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time February 12, as the Opening Ceremonies begin in Vancouver!

Here are the official rules (thanks to paksenarrion for posting these!):

The One Rule To Rule Them All: Challenge yourself by starting and finishing projects during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

What will be a stretch for you: a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, finishing that monster in the closet? The goal of the Ravelympics is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons. Just remember the one rule: Challenge yourself!


  1. Start a new project for each item you plan to make during the Ravelympics. Making a multiple of the same item, e.g., 20 dishcloths? Use your own judgment about whether to make it one project or many. Rule of thumb: If you personally won’t consider yourself successful unless you finish all of the multiple items, make it one project. If you’re trying to make as many as possible, start with one project and add another project as you finish each item.
  2. Tag your project as follows:
    • ravelympics2010 – This is the magic tag that enters your project in the Ravelympics. Every Ravelympics project must have this tag. Note: Casey will turn on a tag picker that will allow you to click a special Ravelympic icon on your project page to add this tag.
    • Event tag(s) – To achieve Ravelympic glory, each project must be entered in one or more events, based on the type of project. NEW: Events, tags, and descriptions are available on the Events 2010 page. Note: When you activate the Ravelympic icon, you’ll be able to choose your event tags from the tag picker. One project may be entered in multiple events; e.g., paksenarrion’s Endpaper Mitts competed in the gloves/mittens/fingerless mitts event and in the colorwork event.
    • Your team tag – if you are a member of a team. Important note: Ideally, each project will compete for only one team. Ravelers may belong to several teams, but we suggest that your projects only have a single team tag each. This is not a hard and fast rule this year, just strongly advised; however, in future years this will be the rule. Some teams may already be enforcing one-team-per-project among their own members. Consult your team thread for guidelines.
  3. WIP/UFO: WIP Dancing is the only event for WIP/UFO finishing. WIP/UFOs entered in this event must be dormant (no work being done) starting January 12 until the Ravelympics begin. You will tag entries in the WIP/UFO event with the tag picker as specified above.
  4. Spinning: The Flying Camel Spin is the event for creating your own handspun. If you are spinning, create a stash page for your yarn and tag it appropriately. When your yarn is done, put in the yardage – that will mark the yarn “finished.” If you are planning to spin and knit what you just spun, create both a stash page tagged for the spinning event and a project page tagged with the other event(s) for the item being knit/crocheted/woven.
  5. Teams are optional, but fun! You may tag projects and achieve Ravelympic glory as a solo performer. However, if you choose to join a team, consult the (rather overwhelming) Team Roster, browse the team threads on the Ravelympics 2010 board, or go to your favorite groups to see if a team has been formed for them. Join teams by posting in the team thread with a request or by otherwise contacting the team captain. Teams must be formed by January 15, but individuals may join a team at a later date as allowed by individual team captains.
  6. You may add yarn and needles to your Ravelympic project pages prior to the start of the games. Swatching is also allowed – even encouraged for large and gauge-specific projects.


  1. Mass Cast-On at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time February 12, as the Opening Ceremonies begin in Vancouver! Find out what time that is in your local zone here. No casting-on before this moment! (with the exception of WIP/UFO event entries)
  2. Ending time: 11;59:59 PST February 28; the closing ceremonies will be earlier that evening, but since the exact moment of torch extinguishment is unknown, we’ll give you until midnight. Each Ravelympics project must be marked Finished on the project page prior to the ending time in order to qualify for a medal.
  3. What is Finished? Does it mean blocked? Ends woven in? Sewn together? Photographed? That’s up to you. See the big rule at the top: Challenge YOURSELF. Do you feel it’s finished without the ends woven in, or before blocking? Then mark it finished. If not, don’t. Be honest with yourself, and we’ll celebrate with you.
  4. The Finish Line: Each event will have its own FINISH LINE thread on the Ravelympics 2010 board. Post details of your finished object in the thread(s) for the event(s) in which it is competing. (Details of what to post – link to project page and picture, for example – will be listed in the thread.)
  5. Medalling: BobicusMaximus will hand out medals (blog badges) to each finisher in the event threads.
  6. You’ll be able to follow your team and event progress on the special Ravelympics stats page that Casey’s magic machine assembles out of all properly tagged projects. Chat and cheer in special threads for each team and event!


New! Events 2010 (with tags and descriptions – go here to figure out where your projects fit!)
Team Roster (all the teams, all the captains, all the time)


the turning-on of the tag picker … the unveiling of the medals

Remember to choose a project that will be both fun and challenging!

I can’t wait to see what you all will be working on!

I have already been in touch with the organization which will donate all our items to the people in Appalachia.

If you are not a member of Ravelry.com, join! It’s free and an amazing place!

Wishing flying fingers to all!



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