I’m a huge sucker for the Olympics. I want to watch every competition, every sport, every lame back story. I’ve already been crying during those Morgan Freeman commercials about the speed skater who’s sister died right before his skate! And he promised her he would win the gold but he fell. BUT THEN 6 years later he won the gold, and he is holding his baby daughter he NAMED AFTER HIS DEAD SISTER!

It kills me.

Kristi!!

When I was really young I wanted to be an ice skater. It was the first thing I ever really wanted to do. Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold medal in 1992, when I was 8, and was my hero. Then I loved Oksana Baiul before she went totally nuts.

Clearly, I am not an ice skater. I am a knitter. But you can imagine how excited I was to hear that there is a way I can combine my irrational fondness for the Olympics and knitting! Enter, the Ravelympics!

The idea is that you knit like a crazy person while watching the Olympics! There are different categories, like Sock Hockey, Mitten Moguls, and Hat Halfpipe, and you, along with the people on your team, knit as much as they can during the span of the Olympic Games. The official rules are here.

I joined Julie at Knitted Bliss‘s team, Team Buttercream, and of course I’ve already got my projects picked out!

Hoodie Devoted

I’ll be entering the Hat Halfpipe with this hood (rav) from Boutique Knits I can’t stop thinking about. It’s lined, too! I love it. It will be really cute to throw over a cropped jacket when you probably shouldn’t be wearing a cropped jacket but can’t stomach the thought of putting on your winter coat again. Stupid Chicago.

Bella's Mittens

I’ll be entering the Mitten Moguls with Bella’s Mittens (rav), which have something to do with Twilight I guess? I just like the pattern. I’m going to make them fingerless, though, because, as Julie said, they are kind of a lot to take on and off.

Clearly, I’m kind of obsessed with Julie!

Crochet Flower Hot Pad

I mentioned these little guys before when I bought the yarn for them! I’ll be entering the Home competition (that doesn’t have a cute name? What is that?) with the Crocheted Flower Hot Pads. I’m going to be crocheting these when I need a break from my other projects. IF I need a break. I want the Olympics to start right now so I can start on these projects! I can’t wait.

Amazingly, all these projects have something in common. I’ve got a trip to Portland scheduled at the end of February and I want to NOT bring my winter coat. I want to flit around in my hood and my arm warmers and be pleasantly cold, not uncomfortably cold. And the hot pads are my hostess gift. And I’ve got to make a couple for my mom. Knew that was coming.

If you are interested in joining the Ravelympics, do it! We don’t cast on until the opening ceremonies, and those aren’t until Friday, February 12th, unfortunately.

That means I’ve got from the 1st till the 12th to finish my February Sweater for my Knit a Sweater a Month Challenge. I might be breaking some knitting records in February! Did I bite off more than I can chew?

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