Posted on Wednesday, June 20 2012 at 8am
While we love sporting events, (especially those on the scale of the Olympics), we must confess to being far happier watching from the sidelines, preferably with a WiP to hand.
But this summer, The Sheep Shop, via Ravelry's Ravelympics, is inviting knitters to embrace the sporting spirit and join their Ravelympics team. The best part? You don’t even have to move from the comfort of your sofa to compete!
The Ravelympics is a world-wide knitting challenge which you can take part in from your own home, in knitting groups, or, if you happen to be in Cambridgeshire, inThe Sheep Shop’s Cambridge-based shop. The self-titled Team Sheep Shop Hexipuffers are keen for you to join them in competing, raising funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity at the same time.
“With over 330 teams and nearly 6,000 members already signed up, knitters, crocheters and spinners will find teams made up of newlyweds, Terry Pratchett fans, knitting groups, bunny-lovers, nationalities and more,” says The Sheep Shop’s Sarah Clark. “The competition is hosted by Ravelry, and events include baby dressage, double knit boxing, frogging trampoline and many others, including the afghan marathon and charity rowing events Team Sheep Shop Hexipuffers are competing in.”
The Hexipuffers have challenged themselves to knit or crochet at least one hexipuff (a 30-60 minute knit) a day on top of their other projects. A hexipuff is a small honeycomb-shaped puff, which when sewn together will be used to make a spectacular king-size Beekeeper’s Quilt, Ias designed by Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits, to donate to Arthur Rank Hospice. This will be raffled off to raise money for the local charity.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity's Community Fundraiser Aisha Hunt says, “The Ravelympics is a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate the Olympic year and raise vital funds for charity. We would like to thank The Sheep Shop and their team ‘The Hexipuffers’ for starting their ‘Beekeeper Quilt Challenge’ on behalf of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. We are most grateful for their support and the money raised from raffling the finished quilt will make a real difference.”
The competition starts the very moment the Olympic games kick off in London, 7.30pm on Friday 27 July 27. All people who complete their challenge by the end of the Olympics 17 days later will win a virtual medal and The Sheep Shop is donating a prize to a randomly selected medallist from their team – either a ball of luxurious cashmere yarn or some top-end chunky needles from Knit-Pro.
To get involved, visit The Sheep Shop website .