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In a little over two weeks the world will be watching as the Olympic torch makes its way into the arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from all corners of the globe will come together to celebrate and compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics! I’m not sure about you, but I love the Olympics. I love seeing each country’s opening ceremony uniform, hearing stories of overcoming obstacles and following dreams, and learning about the individuals representing each country. Plus, I get to watch all the snowy competition from the comfort of my couch, preferably with a knitting project in my hands.

Though we won’t be representing our countries in the Olympics, us knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers can get into the spirit and compete for some bragging rights in the 2018 Ravellenic Winter Games! If you’re unfamiliar with the Ravellenic Games, let me bring you up to speed. A few years ago, Ravelry.com created a challenge for all fiber crafters that coincided with the Olympic games. There were teams that you could join and events that you could participate in with the main goal of bringing the fiber arts community together much like the Olympics brings the world’s athletes together.

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     Participating in this event is simple and open to all skill levels. You basically pick an event, create a project page for it, and post your finished project in the correct “Finish Line” thread in the Ravelry group. You can join a team, or not, depending on your availability and how much you want to commit. You can sign up for as many events as you like; there is no penalty for not finishing a project in the given time. Casting on cannot be done before the Opening Ceremony, and everything must be cast off before or during the Closing Ceremony. Check out and join the Ravellenic Winter Games 2018 Ravelry group to get more information.

I’m brainstorming which events I’d like to sign up for and which yarns I’d like to use. It’s going to be hard to decide, but a few that are catching my attention are: Shawl Skating, Mitten Moguls, WIPs Dancing, Freestyle Spinning, Sweater Skeleton, and Sock Hockey. All of these events have separate conditions and rules, so be sure to read the initial post in each thread before starting.

If you’re planning on participating, we’d love to hear what projects you have planned! Are you joining a team or are you going to be an independent “athlete”? Keep an eye on the KnitCircus Facebook and Instagram for updates on all of our Ravellenic projects! Good luck and have fun!

-Jennifer

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January 24, 2018 by Knitcircus

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