Thursday, August 07, 2008

Beijing or Bust!

We don't need super duper aerodynamically designed Speedo straightjackets, er swimsuits, to compete - just pick up your pointy sticks, and cast on by 8:00 p.m. Beijing time - and that would be 8:00 a.m. here in Philly!

That's right, it's time for, drum roll please . . . Team Rosies!

You still have an entire day to set up your "athletes" (projects) in your Notebook . . .


If you're kind of scratching your head, saying, I don't get it -- well, I don't get it really either, but it's a great challenge to finish off a few languishing projects OR take advantage of Rosie's 15% discount, and start something new. Here's how it works - as best as I can explain it.

What it Is:

While the real Olympics is clearly a competion with all of the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat, the Ravelompics is simply an organized challenge to the individual knitter to tackle a new skill, finish an old project, cast on the thing you've been dying to knit - and, to see how many finished projects Ravelry can produce during this Olympic fortnight. As of yesterday, there were 10824 projects from 4283 Ravelers - amazing!

So, pick your project, or your WIP that desparately needs attention, and join a Team, or don't join a Team. If you join Team Rosie's, and print out the Team Button, you can get a fifteen percent discount on the yarn you need to start/complete your project. Once you've picked your project, enter it in a "event." An event is simply another way of categorizing things on Ravelry so that with the search function, for example, all shawl knitters can see what other shawl knitters are knitting, etc. You can enter the following "events":

Afghan Marathon
Amigurumi-n-Toys Toss
Baby Dressage
Bag-n-Tote Backstroke
Balance Beads
Cable Steeplechase
Colorwork Cross-Country
Cowl Jump
Designers Discus
Fantasy DecKnitathalon
Felted Freestyle
Free-For-All Freestyle
Fleece to Finished Fencing
Glove Decathlon
Gift Knits Pentathlon
Hand-Dyed Hurdles
Handspun Heptathalon
Hat Dash
Holiday Handball
Home-Stuff Hammerthrow
Itsy Bitsy Bikini Breaststroke
Laceweight Long Jump
Mitten Medley
Pets Pommel Horse
Scarf Stroke
Shawl Relay
Sock Put
Sweater Sprint
Synchronized Flirty Skirts
Vest Vault
WIPs Wrestling

Make sure you create your project in your Notebook by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. If you want to participate, and you're thinking, why the heck did you wait til the day before to tell me (well, I was going to post this earlier, but a. that lawyer job thingy got in the way, and b. Kate put up that lovely post about Noro Sock Yarn, see below, and I didn't want to push it off the front page), just create a filler project - upload the Rosie's Button, tag it with Ravelympics(see below), and whatever event you think you'll compete in and decide the details later. Create as many filler projects as you want, because you never know, you could be working at gold medalist pace, and finish your initial project right away, and want to start another "event" - so, here's how to get started -

How to Participate

1. Open your Ravelry notebook, and create a new project.
2. In the picture area, upload the Rosie's Team Button, above.
3. Fill in the details of your project.
4. In the Tags area, click on the Ravelympics "r" next to the entry box.
5. First, tag your project with Ravelympics, then type in TeamRosies (one word), then tag your entry with your event.

And that's it! You cannot start your project before 8:00 a..m. tomorrow morning. You may swatch - that's training. You do not have to cast on exactly at 8:00 a.m. - you just can't start until then. You can take advantage of the Rosie's discount during the entire two week Olympic period, as long as you've tagged your projects Team Rosies, and bring in the Rosie's Button.

Good luck to all participants!

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