Saturday, May 19, 2012

And the winner is...

Thanks to all of you who entered the free giveaway of Stephannie Tallent's amazing California Revival Knits. I've decided to pick the 19th entry because today is May 19 - that's the best random selection method I can think of this morning. So our lucky winner is: DEBBIE who would like to make the Wrought Iron Socks. I can't wait to see what she comes up with. Congratulations, Debbie!

If you didn't win, buy your own California Revival Knits from Cooperative Press.

But the games aren't over! As many of you may already know, my would-be sister, Nicki has enrolled us in the Ravelympics. I'm copying her post in full since she can describe the event better than I ever could: 

Dates: July 27 - Aug 12, 2012
When do we start?
We have a firm start time with a Mass Cast On (all events) during the Opening Ceremonies. When the Olympic games kick off in London (TBA GMT) that’ll be your start time, whatever time that is in your timezone.
Here’s a nifty time zone calculator. Head over there to figure out what your start time.
Our events are WIP Wrestling and Sweater Triathalon.
How to Compete
Pick an event, create project page with special tags, and cast on with thousands to compete. That’s it in a nutshell.
The Mass Cast-On is July 27, 2012, as the Opening Ceremonies begin in London! Find out what time that is in your local zone here. No casting-on before this moment! (with the exception of WIP/UFO event entries)
Official End time: 11;59:59 GMT Aug 12 2012; the closing ceremonies will be earlier that evening, but since the exact moment of torch extinguishment is unknown, we’ll give you until midnight. Each Ravelympics project must be marked Finished on the project page prior to the ending time in order to qualify for a medal.
What is Finished? 
Does it mean blocked? Ends woven in? Sewn together? Photographed? That’s up to you. See the big rule at the top: Challenge YOURSELF. Do you feel it’s finished without the ends woven in, or before blocking? Then mark it finished. If not, don’t. Be honest with yourself, and we’ll celebrate with you.
The Finish Line
Each event will have its own FINISH LINE thread on the Ravelympics 2012 board. Post details of your finished object in the thread(s) for the event(s) in which it is competing. (Details of what to post – link to project page and picture, for example – will be listed in the thread.) The FINISH LINE threads will be open for a day or two after the closing ceremonies, so if you can’t get a pic and post by the official closing time, just cross as soon as you can.
BobicusMaximus will hand out medals (blog badges) to each finisher in the event threads.
Scoreboard You’ll be able to follow your team and event progress on the special Ravelympics stats page that Casey’s magic machine assembles out of all properly tagged projects. Chat and cheer in special threads for each team and event.
The One Rule To Rule Them All:
Challenge yourself by starting and finishing project(s) during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
What will be a stretch for you: a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, finishing that monster in the closet? The goal of the Ravelympics is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons.

Just remember the one rule: Challenge yourself and have fun! That’s it!
We have an officially Team Knitting at Large 2012 logo and ravatar:

If you'd like a ravatar customized with your name, just message me. I've been making personalized versions so that we can tell each other apart! Here's mine.

We also have merchandise emblazoned with the Team Knitting at Large 2012 logo available at our CafePress store. Again, there is no markup on these items (meaning I don't make money on this), but they are great products. The tote bags and coffee mugs are wonderful - I ordered those with the Knitting at Large original logo, also available in the store. But I'd love to get a pair of these silly flipflops; they're out of stock now but hopefully will be available soon.
I'm going to be participating in the WIP Wrestling event. My goal is to finally finish my Early Bird Cardigan, modeled here by the beloved Moose. Ravelympics is just the kick in the fanny I need to get moving on this. Get 'er done! That's my Ravelympics motto.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the California Revival Knits giveaway. Now I hope you'll join us in the Ravelympics.

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