The Olympics are something I have gotten into for a really long time and this year will be my first Ravelympics. For you non-Ravelry loves, it's a Ravelry wide competition where you cast on when the torch is lit and attempt to complete one (or many) challenging projects before the torch is put out.

The winter Olympics are by far my favorite and I am giggling over the silly competition names like, Downhill Dyeing, Scarf Super-G and Sock Hockey. Want to know what I'm going to knit? I will be making Jared Flood's Hemlock Ring Blanket, which will qualify me for the Giant Slalom-ghan and the Lace Luge.

via brookly tweed : pattern via ravelry

 I am going to genuinely be challenge to finish such a large blanket in seventeen days.

Then there is my team. They are all extremely talented and I'm so grateful to have the support of so many fantastic knitters. The group I'm playing with are all connected through Three Irish Girls yarn (you could say we're all obsessed) and we call ourselves, Team Sheepnuts. Yes, Sheepnuts. It's a long standing joke, but I'm loud and proud to be on such a freakin' awesome team!

Remember my post about Quatchi? He's rooting for Team Sheepnuts too! I drew him up last week for the team to use and if you stalk me hard enough, you'll see him in my Ravatar.

But what may have me most excited about the Ravelympics is the yarn. Of course! Sharon of Three Irish Girls is the sweetest Yarnista in the land and dyed us up our very own, special edition, Ravelympics yarn! Squeee! As a group we voted on some Olympic/Sheepnut inspired photos (that is quite a combination to capture in one photo) and I received my yarn in the mail yesterday. Sadly I didn't buy enough for my blanket, but I'll be able to whip up something cozy for myself  in the future.

Ok, Ok, I know you're dyeing (dyeing, get it?) to see it. So here in all her glory is the aptly named Sheepn... colorway.

Purrrty right? I love the soft blue tone with the grey and buttercream. I ordered it on the Carys BFL base and it is super smooshy and squishy. I gazed at it for five seconds and it immediatly went into my top three favorite colorways.

Can you see why I'm excited for the Ravelympics? What team are you competing on? What events are you doing? I'm itching for February 12th to roll around so I can cast on. Join me, will ya!


Erin Wallace said...

The Hemlock Ring Blanket is truly amazing, but you will be my total yarnie hero if you get it done in 17 days! It's taken me a week to get to the instep on my first sock!

French Press Knits said...

I just started Jared Flood's Girasole and have really been enjoying it. I've been trying to make myself knit a little for myself each day :)

Kate said...

That yarn is so beautiful, and subtle and just yum-tastic! I can't wait to see what it looks like knit up. Go sheepnuts! (I just got a little uncomfortable when I look at what I just typed... Sheepnuts....)