16. Participate in the “Ravelympics” and Go For the GOLD!!!
First of all, I know that you're wondering: What the heck are the Ravelympics?? They're the Olympics of Knitting, where you challenge yourself knitwise (or crochet wise, if that's your bag) by starting and completing one item during the Olympics. The huge Cast-On event is during the Opening Ceremonies and your item must be done by the Closing Ceremonies. Teams that complete the goal are awarded with Ravelry badges for their blogs or Rav page. I did the "Knitting Olympics" in 2010 thru the Yarn Harlot's website. I was a relatively new knitter, and just made a zigzag ribbed scarf. It was a challenge for me, who had never done anything but plain garter stitch, to finish something with a pattern in just two weeks. But I did it, and with time to spare! And I still post my blog badge at the bottom of my blog. :)
The Knitting Olympics isn't as structured as the Ravelympics, with the Knitting Olympics you are just challenging yourself. The Ravelympics are a little more complex, you have to join a team on Ravelry, and take pictures of your progress and communicate with team members. I probably meant "Knitting Olympics" when I wrote this item, but there's no changing the list so I will start looking for a team. Now, I also need to find a project.
I've already decided that whatever the item, it's going to be something for me to keep when finished. I've already mapped out my Christmas and Birthday gifts for the rest of the year, and I want a little something for me. So, here's what I am looking at so far and must make a choice:
Marrowstone shawl, pattern by Marcy Vandale
Lady Kina, pattern by Muriela
Clapotis, pattern by Kate Gilbert
Tough choices! I love all of these. Clapotis, one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry, has been in my queue the longest. I do love the idea of challenging myself to this short-sleeved sweater in two weeks, but I also have to consider that the Ravelypmics are in the middle of summer, and do I really want a huge wool project in my lap? And I just love the marrowstone shawl. I've definitely got some thinking to do.