I am so excited! The anticipation factor is amazingly high in waiting for the 2008 Olympics to start so that I can cast on for my Ravelympics events projects. If you are not aware of what the Ravelympics are, then you must not be a member of Ravelry yet, so let me explain.
Ravelry describes itself as a knitters and crocheters community, but it is so much more than just that. Spinners are warmly welcomed. There is an amazing organizational system within Ravelry for your projects, stash, library and an incredible pattern repository. You can find a group for whatever your interests are including sports (I am in the Red Sox group), groups by age (I'm in over 40 knitters), or perhaps you are a Mike Rowe fan who knits along to one of the myriad of shows that he hosts or narrates. Yes, there is a Mike Rowe group and no, I am not a member but I am a fan.
The Ravelympics has been organized to commence at the start of the 2009 Olympics. Participants will start whatever project they have entered into "events", such as the mitten medley, or the sock put. The entrants may not cast on before the opening ceremony and must finish by the end of the closing ceremony. They may "compete" as an individual or for a team. Most of us will be working away at one of our favorite pastimes while watching the Olympic competition, so why not join in the fun! You have until August 8th, 2008 to enter.
I am on 2 teams, Team Red Sox Nation, and Team Splurk. The events that I will be in are the hatdash, the scarf stroke, the sock put, the mitten medley, and the gift knit pentathlon. Wish me luck in completing everything!