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Cast-on for Ravelympics 2018 UPDATED WITH PATTERN IDEAS

Cast-on for Ravelympics 2018 UPDATED WITH PATTERN IDEAS

2018 is here and the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang begin this Friday! To celebrate the Winter Olympics and help you get a jump start on your 2018 knitting goals our shop will be hosting a Ravelympics during the two weeks of the Olympic Games.

Here’s how it will work:

  • There will be a kick off cast-on party during the opening ceremonies of the games at Riley's Pub on Feb 9th starting at 8:30pm. Bring your needles and your yarn and cast on with everyone! We will spring for some nibbles to share. ** CBC made an error in timing and the ceremony is actually in the morning, but don't worry, we're going to stream it and watch together!
  • You must cast on and finish your project during the games
    • Finished means completely knit and blocked, for larger items such as sweaters seaming need not be finished
    • The games officially run from Feb 9th to the 25th and winners will be randomly drawn
  • There are two ways to enter:
    • Drop into the store by February 25th with your finished project and Ravelry project post
    • Tag us on Instagram @needlesinthehay and use our hashtags: #wallofwool, #ravelympics, and #sweatershop
  •  We have three prizes you can win!
    • Gold – Fibre Co.
    • Silver – Brooklyn Tweed
    • Bronze – Indigo Dragonfly

The best part is you can knit whatever you want during the games! Indulge yourself in some great knitting while supporting our country at the Winter Olympics. Come visit us this week to get your projects set up! If you'd like to play knit roulette, we will also be bringing some kits to Riley that can be purchased on the spot with credit card.

For your knitting convenience, we have curated a list of patterns we think the average knitter could reasonably complete during the games with a little dedication.

Skiff - Cabled Watch Cap

Tallin - Super soft buttoned cowl in Tundra

Baby Jane - cabley cap in luxurious Arranmore Light

Wallace - Guernsey Style Wrap

Notch - Can't go wrong with Norah Gaughan!

Pine Sway - beautiful colours in Cumbria and easier than it looks!

Antarktis - simple mesh shawl

Bevel - mitered chevron scarf in Arbor that flies off the needles


Mason Cowl - super wearable with easy mosaic tile detail


Voe Hat - simple but effected stranded yoke hat in loft


Ring of Rings Cowl - Knit in a tube with gorgeous fino mini skein kits


Hitchhiker - Great excuse to try a cake of gobsmacked (formerly gobstopper)! 


All projects started and completed during the games will be eligible to be entered into our draw for one of three prizes! One entry per person.

Hope you can join us for a crazy fun time!

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Carol Nuttall - June 7, 2018

Probably can’t make it to Rileys but watching at home and starting the A Mothers Heart shawl in Lana Grossa Meilenweit yarn , color #3102 – a variegated purple, teal and pale yellow
Have fun

Sandee Walton - January 18, 2018

Such a great idea !!

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