Ravellenic Games 2014

Yes, it’s the Winter Olympics, and that means the Ravellenic Games are in full swing. For those of you who are not knitters, and I sure do feel sorry for you, the Ravellenic Games coincide with every Olympic Games and are held on Ravelry, an on-line knitting/crocheting/spinning community. There are teams to join, events to enter, medals to be won, and sometimes there are prizes.

I am participating this year on Team Let’s Go Pens, and I have entered Event Lace, Event Scarf, and Event Single Skein. My project, The Age of Steam And Brass scarf, was knitted from this fiber–

Spinneretta's Studio Polwarth dyed in a gradient colorway called Monochrome

Spinneretta’s Studio Polwarth dyed in a gradient colorway called Monochrome

which I spun up last year into this yarn–

A handspun chain-plied yarn

which I knitted into this scarf.

My Ravellenic Games 2014 project, Age of Steam and Brass

My competition knitting may be done, but I still have lots more knitting to do and lots of Olympic competition to watch. So far the Games have been amazing. I really enjoyed the Slopestyle Snowboarding event, and I’m looking forward to watching the same even done on skis. The USA women’s hockey team has been dominant in their bracket so far, but they face a big test when they meet Team Canada tomorrow. And soon the men’s competition will begin. Olympic hockey is awesome. If you haven’t watched the women play, you should. The women play at the highest skill level. They skate fast, pass well, and shoot hard.

NBCs coverage of the Olympic Games leaves a lot to be desired, as usual, but there are some bright spots. CNBC shows curling, lots and lots of curling, and not just the Americans. I love watching curling. It’s a sport that requires a lot of strategy and finesse as well as athleticism and teamwork.

I hope you are enjoying the Winter Games as much as I am.


14 thoughts on “Ravellenic Games 2014

    • Thanks. You really should get the pattern. It’s a free download on Ravelry and very easy to knit. And it’s really versatile. It could easily be made larger to use as a shawl, and it’s perfect for gradient and self-striping yarns.

  1. Awesome spinning!
    I agree about NBC’s coverage. I’m glad I’ve got a pretty good cable package because the real sports are on the other channels! Otherwise I’d be stuck listening to Savannah Guthrie trying to formulate questions to athletes!

    • Thanks. I did the spinning a while ago. It’s the knitting that is my Ravellenic project. I didn’t realize when I posted this entry that I made it seem like the spinning was part of the project. I have since edited the post, and I hope my edit makes it clear that the yarn isn’t included in the Ravellenic Games.

  2. Wow. Bravo! Spun and then knitted – quite the achievement. And it’s only 3 days in! I’m on Teams TARDIS and Canada, but only have one small project done so far. Nothing like this!

    • Oh, it’s not as great as it sounds. The knitting is the only part that was done for the Ravellenics. I did the spinning a while ago. I’m sorry for giving the impression that the spinning was included. I’ll edit my post to make it clear that the spinning wasn’t part of the “competition.”

  3. Beautiful work, I have this pattern on my list but never thought of gradient work. I would have to buy the yarn though as I do not have your artistic skills! Even though your spinning was an earlier project it adds individuality to your Ravellenic project. A Gold medal I think:)

    • Thank you so much. To be honest, I’m pretty lacking in artistic skills. The beauty of the yarn comes from the outstanding dyeing skills of Spinneretta. I just spun the fiber from end to end and chain plied it to keep the colors separate.

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    • Thank you. I’m still a novice when it comes to gradients. I love spinning them, but I’m not quite sure how to knit with them. I think this pattern works really well with a gradient.

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