Is anyone watching the Winter Games? I am watching them, as well as the snow falling outside. This is the third day - we have over 6" - which is huge for us. Our last significant snowfall was over 5 years ago.
For many knitters, crocheters and spinners, this time also means the Ravellenic games are in full swing. They used to be called the "Ravelympics", but Ravelry was called to the carpet by the International Olympic Committee two years ago for copyright infringement (can you believe that?!). So many Ravelry members protested so vocally that it made the national nightly news and an article in the New York Times. It was decided to change the name but the games go on.
Participating Ravelry members compete in various events in an attempt to finish projects and win medals. Some take on serious challenges, like knitting a complete Fair Isle cardigan sweater in the 14 days. Cast on starts at the beginning of the opening ceremonies and the object must be finished by midnight the day of the closing ceremonies. Thousands of knitters, crocheters and spinners participate, and much fun is had by all.
I didn't take on a big challenge. Instead I've taken on a bunch of small challenges. Here is what I've done so far in the 24+ hours since opening ceremonies at 8:00 am Pacific Coast Time.
I've also received two medals in the "Aerial Unwind" event. I "frogged" socks that I started in a yarn that wouldn't wear well enough for socks in the pattern chosen. I also "frogged a sweater that's been on the needles for over 3 years. I'd lost interest in it and decided it wouldn't be very flattering to me unless I drop the 25+ pounds I've picked up since I started it.
Currently I'm working on my third medal in WIP Dancing - a pair of mitts I'm making for still another Starbucks barista. I started them last week, so this is the only event they qualify for (works in progress). Once I finish them I'm moving along two two entries in "Hat Halfpipe" - the last two gifts for my Starbucks friends. Then on to two more unfinished projects - the second sock of a pair and some fingerless mitts for my daughter.
I love being so productive while I'm watching the "real" games!