Our team is small but mighty with 30 members currently on the team roster. Members can join our team at any time throughout the games, and are welcome to make any pattern they like.
The mass cast-on occurred last Friday in tandem with the Opening Ceremonies of the PyeongChang Olympics. Since then, 14 projects have been completed by our team.
My goals for the Games are to finish the Colorwork Tee (it’s back!) and to make another sweater out of this beautiful Donegal Tweed:
We’re all knitting away through the end of the Games. We’ve got a great collection of prizes; winners will be chosen randomly at the end from all the finished projects by our teammates. Prize info is here in my Ravelry group.
I’ve also put together a lovely prize package and will choose a winner randomly from among those team members who make one of my patterns:
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The Ravellenic Games = awesomeness! But what do you do? How do you participate? This list of FAQs will help you navigate the waters and have a fabulous time.
Frequently Asked Questions – General
The Ravellenic Games?? In a nutshell, Ravelry members have organized a site-wide knit-a-long that takes place during the Olympics. This forum is home to the 2018 Ravellenic Games. Cast-on occurs during the Opening Ceremonies (or any time thereafter), and projects must be completed by the Closing Ceremonies. There are events (categories of projects) and laurels (types of techniques). When you complete and post your project as directed, you will receive virtual awards and laurels, which you can proudly display on your project page and/or your profile.
When is the event? START TIME: Friday, February 9 starting at 20:00 in PyeongChang’s time zone. ENDING TIME: Sunday, February 25 at 23:59, PyeongChang time. The 11 posts in this thread have starting times for everywhere in the world. Here in the Pacific Time Zone, I could cast on at 3 am this Friday morning.
What are the rules? The rules are to pick a project that will challenge you, and to have fun!
Do I have to watch the Olympics to participate? No, not at all.
Do I have to be on a team? No, you can be a participant without a team.
Can I be on more than one team? Yes. The rule is that each project must be associated with no more than one team.
Why would I want to be on a team? A team is like a virtual knit night. We will exclaim over your projects, cheer you on if you falter, and dance a happy dance when you cross the finish line.
Why would I want to be on Team Knit Equals Joy? We are really good at the above! And we have prizes! Read more below.
FAQs – Team Knit Equals Joy
How do I join Team Knit Equals Joy? Our team thread is here. You can post and say you are joining, or just join the conversation at any time. Taggingyour project with ravellenics2018 and teamknitequalsjoy2018 will automatically designate you as one of our ravthletes.
Do I have to knit a Carol E. Herman pattern to be on Team Knit Equals Joy? No! You can knit any pattern you like. But knitting my patterns will give you extra chances for prizes! 😀
What about prizes? We already have a queue of physical prizes like yarn, project bags and the like for our team. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the Games via random number generator and will be chosen from our team’s finished projects. We have a prize thread started here.
What if I have questions? Post them in the team thread, send me a private message on Ravelry, or ask below.
If you are reading this, you are invited to join Team Knits Equals Joy. I hope that you will consider it. We have so much fun, and an event like this really does provide a lot of inspiration, incentive and encouragement to learn a new technique, finish a languishing WIP (work in progress), or even to frog something you never are going to make and free up that yarn for something else.
This week’s challenge is silence, and this afternoon I was able to find a small window of silence. I was the only one at home, and I was able to savor a few minutes of quiet time with coffee and knitting.
Team Knit Equals Joy is joining the Ravellenic Games! The Ravellenic Games – a fun way to connect with other knitters and to challenge your own skills. They take place during the Olympic Games but, of course, are not affiliated with those games. The goal is to challenge yourself to begin and complete at least one project between Friday, February 9 and Sunday, February 25 – and to have fun doing it.
15 events cover just about any type of project you want to make: Alpine Afghan Combined, Bag Biathlon, Cowl Curling, Aerial Unwind, Super G(arment), Hat Halfpipe, Cross Country Living, Mitten Moguls, Short Track Scarf, Shawl Skating, Sock Hockey, Sweater Skeleton, Freestyle Spinning, Toy Bobsleigh, and WIPs Dancing. Curious? More info about the events here: 2018 Medal Categories.
The Ravelry-wide event awards virtual prizes. Generally these are a graphic you can post on your Ravelry profile page and on your project page. Pretty fun to post those prizes proudly!
We will have prizes in our Knit Equals Joy team, too…real prizes like yarn, bags, patterns… Prizewinners will be chosen randomly from those posting pictures in our finished objects thread. Projects may be made from any patterns, not just mine. However, we will again have a special event (outside of the official events) called Event Knit Equals Joy (tag = eventkej). Anyone completing any of my patterns will be entered for a prize package, drawn by random number generator from all the completed (and tagged) eventkej projects.
As it gets closer to the actual event, I will be posting more information , both here and in our Team Knit Equals Joy thread.
We would love to have you join our team! It’s like a giant KAL, and so much fun. Come join Team Knit Equals Joy here!
Don’t miss out on the Indie Design Gift-A-Long sale on Ravelry!! The SALE ends tomorrow (Tuesday), November 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time! Grab those patterns now at 25% off!!! Use coupon code giftalong2017.
While the sale ends tomorrow, the Gift-A-Long is just getting started and goes through the end of the year.
Click GAL Sale Bundle to check out ALL the sale patterns – over 5,400 of them!
Find my 20 sale patterns here (click on the picture):
(My sale bundle and the jumbo GAL sale bundle will disappear shortly after the sale ends.)
One other item of note, you can knit (or crochet) any paid pattern by any of the participating designers during the GAL. This means that all of my paid patterns are eligible. You can use patterns already in your Ravelry library for the GAL – new purchases are not required! Check out the gift-a-long here: Indie Design Gift-A-Long.
Soon I’ll share about the patterns that have caught my eye and new designers I’ve discovered. Stay tuned!
As promised, now that the GAL is started, here’s a short post with links to the 311 designers (!!!), the sale patterns, and the prize-eligible patterns. It still blows me away: all the work that went into (and is still going into) organizing the GAL!!!
Click GAL Sale Bundle to check out ALL the sale patterns. Over 5,400 patterns are on sale at 25% off!!! Use the coupon code giftalong2017.
Be sure to catch the sale before it ends at 11:59 PM EST Tuesday, November 28, 2017!!!
The GAL Giant Bundle has links to all of the participating designers and to all of their paid patterns. If you begin and complete one of these designers’ paid patterns during the GAL, you will be eligible for one of the myriad of fun prizes.
Prizes are given away in the different threads throughout the GAL. These prizes are often given away randomly, to someone who answers a question, or to someone who posts a picture of their work in progress.
Once again it is time for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry! This is a six-week knitalong and crochetalong intended to encourage us all to get our holiday crafting done. It starts this Tuesday and finishes with a huge bang on New Year’s Eve!
The Indie GAL is organized by an amazing group of people who have already been doing a lot of work gathering designers (more than 300 of us!), organizing the creation of over 1800 prize codes for free patterns, collecting physical prizes, planning games, categorizing, and on and on! There will be maps, fun stats (which states and countries are the finished objects coming in from?), lots of chatter and encouragement, and the SALE!!!
The Sale: 25% Off All GAL Sale Patterns
Tues. Nov. 21 at 8:00 PM (EST) through Tues. Nov. 28 at 11:59 PM (EST)
Discount Code: giftalong2017
Each participating designer has selected 10-20 patterns that will be offered at 25% off during the sale period. You will find each designer’s sale patterns in a special bundle on his or her designer page. I’m not sure exactly what it will look like, but there will also be a jumbo bundle of all of the GAL sale patterns.
My bundle is here: Gift-A-Long Bundle 2017. Although you can view the bundle now, the coupon code will not work until Tuesday, November 21st at 8:00 PM EST. Be sure to use the coupon code during the week of the sale. Also of note – you can use it on as many GAL sale patterns as your heart desires!
All of a designer’s paid (not free) patterns are prize-eligible. That means that if you complete one of a designer’s paid patterns (whether is was part of the sale or not) and post your finished object picture in the related finished object thread, you are then eligible to win prizes.
Throughout the GAL, moderators and admins will offer random prizes just for fun. There will be fun games – again, with prizes. Did I mention fun?!?
If you’d like a little encouragement as you knit gifts for Christmas and for other holiday festivities, the GAL is really a great place to find it. If you’d like to make something for yourself, no one is going to mind whatsoever! I’m looking forward to using the time to make something designed by someone else. I’m not sure yet what type of item I’d like to make, and I’m looking forward to looking through other designers’ bundles or the mega-bundle to find just the thing. I’ll be sharing here, on Instagram, and on the Knit Equals Joy Facebook page about the patterns that catch my eye.