Ravelympics III

This was my first-ever Ravelympics, and before it started, I was really nervous about what I was getting myself into.

I had signed up to co-captain the local “team” (the Waterloo Wellington Winter Wonders, or Team 4W), but had no idea what that would entail.

As it turns out, it included:

  • Obsessively reading through the Rules, Announcements, and Team Captains’ Lounge posts on Ravelry — which I probably would have done anyway — and flagging updates for the local “Ravthletes”
  • Obsessively reading the local team thread and cheering on the team members — which I would have done anyway
  • Obsessively creating versions of the team “uniform” or avatar, which I made using an image of crossed skis, cloned and faded, to make a giant W.
ravatar composite

A few of our team uniforms

  • Yeah, you guessed it, I probably would have done that anyway, too

So really, being team co-captain was very little work (aside from what I would already have been doing) — though it would likely have been a lot more work with a larger team.

Ravelympics Medal: Captain

Team Captain medal

Which is probably why, about halfway through the Ravelympics, I found myself doing something that was either really awesome, or really stupid…

I volunteered to help out as a moderator for the whole shebang. One of the Bobicii (helpers of Bobicus Maximus, the almighty Ravelympics mascot) had been forced to bail out, and the other mods were struggling to keep up with the incoming tidal wave of projects being entered.

To put this in perspective, according to the official Ravelry blog, there were 440 teams taking part, consisting of 9,538 individual Ravthletes, and of those, 6,296 earned medals for completing a project (or in some cases, many). 24,284 projects were entered into the Ravelympics, and 12,878 of those were finished by the closing ceremonies. That means that each Ravthlete finished an average of a couple of projects — and bear in mind that one project can be entered in multiple events, and the medal count skyrockets…

Every last one of those medals was presented by one of the Bobicii, manually. The Bobicii divide the events amongst the group, and each volunteer reads through every post in the Finish Line thread(s) for her event(s). She (all the volunteers have been female so far) then manually links each qualifying Ravthlete’s name in the Podium post so that the Ravthlete will get a little message saying they’ve been mentioned. There are a few little shortcuts for search-and-replacing the codes that create the links, but still, that’s a heckuvalotta medals to hand out. (There are also private messages to send to people who need to post more/different details to qualify, or who have posted in the wrong place, etc., and there are FAQ threads and news/update threads to monitor as well.)

Ravelympics Medal: Bobicii

Bobicii Medal

What the Bobicii do is astounding. I only handled three events, and only from about the midpoint of the Games onwards — but a stupendous amount of work had already gone into making the Ravelympics come to life, long before I got on board. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the chance to take part in the Games in this way, with these phenomenal ladies.

Bobicus Maximus pin

The Ravelry powers-that-be sent a complimentary Bobicus Maximus pin to each of the Bobicii. I wear it with pride!

What’s that? You thought this was meant to be a knitting blog? With actual knitting? Oh, okay:


My first socks ever - albeit teensy eensy ones!

One last Ravelympics project, then: my first-ever socks!

My friend Johanna is getting married in April, and wanted to give everyone at the wedding a wee hand-knitted sock on a wee wooden sock-blocker keychain, as a wedding favour. That’s a lot of little sockies… so she called for reinforcements, and the #uptownknitmob gang came to the rescue. I only managed to contribute three little pairs, of which only one was a Ravelympics project, but I could feel that by the third pair, I had rounded the bend of the steepest part of the learning curve.

I have turned heels! I have picked up and knitted gussets! I feel, in a very odd way, that these little tiny 18-stitch socks have made me into a Real Knitter. I’ve knit lace stoles, I’ve done felting and colourwork and cables, I’ve made a sweater and giant afghans and so on… but until I had a basic sock under my belt, I felt (without necessarily realizing it) that I was underqualified. No longer!

Ravelympics Medal: Sock Hockey

Sock Hockey medal

Ravelympics Medal: Skelegurumi

Skelegurumi medal (toys and miniatures category)


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7 responses to “Ravelympics III

  1. I totally didn’t realize there was a miniatures category! D’oh!

    Totally get what you mean about being a *Real Knitter*. I don’t think I’m there yet, having not finished a real sweater yet, other than long ago a Barbie Sweater! No afghans, either. I am, however, getting a much better handle on various finishing techniques, and feel that if nothing else, I’m getting to be a competent knitter.

    Perhaps it’s a matter of perspective, as there always seems to be something else to learn.

    • Annie Bee

      Heh. Suzanne, to anyone OUTSIDE of your brain, you are more than just a “competent” knitter, I promise! I’ve seen those socks, those mitts, and even the never-knew-they-needed-to-be-done-until-you-did-em fun fur mukluks! You are a REAL knitter, and an accomplished one, too!

      • Wait, there are people outside my brain? o_0

        Ha! It’s all smoke and mirrors, or whatever the equivalent in knitting is – yarn choice and blocking? A good yarn makes a knitter look good!

        I bet a lot of people see it that way – everyone thinks they (e.g. you) are fantastic and accomplished but from the inside, there’s always something a little wanting, that could be improved, or learned, or adapted. I know I’m never satisfied. Happy, thrilled, proud, yes, but not satisfied.

      • Annie Bee

        Hee! Yeah, there are lots of us outside your brain. And yes, I understand that sense that it’s all a sham — apparently it’s a sensation common to lots of very successful people, which I take comfort in! (Not that I call myself “very successful” — just glad to be in distinguished company…)

  2. Catt

    Awwww, such cute little sockies!!! I totally know what you mean about feeling underqualified without having made any socks!

    • Annie Bee

      Strange that socks hold such sway over knitters’ imaginations, eh? No matter how many times I justify the lack of handknit socks in my life, no matter how valid the (medical) reasons, I still feel like somehow I’m letting the side down.

      As for you… I’ve watched you grow as a knitter by such massive leaps and bounds over the past year or so, and I am convinced that you can take on any project you like, socks included, as long as you have a little patience with yourself and continue to ask questions. 🙂

    • I agree with Anne – you are an astonishingly determined knitter!

      I think socks are little miracles. Most knitting is, but socks are just that much more amazing to create, and can hold innumerable challenges and lessons in such a tiny thing.

      Of course I also feel the same way about thumbs in mittens, lol!