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  • Are You Participating in the Ravellenic Games?

    Ravellenic GamesThe London Olympics are less than one month away! If you're a member of Ravelry, you know what that means: The Ravellenic Games! Formerly known as the Ravelympics, this event brings together yarncrafters from around the globe as complete yarncrafting projects during the duration of the Olympics. Each participant selects a team (think of it as your country) and participates in special yarn-related events, including Sock Put, Sweater Triathalon, Synchronized Stash Busting, and more. There are just two rules: challenge yourself and finish the project during the Olympics (July 27th - August 12th)! For more information, be sure to visit the Ravellenic Games Ravelry board.

    In the meantime, we want to help you prepare! Get 15% off your LionBrand.com purchase of supplies for the Ravellenic Games; just enter code rav2012 at checkout! This coupon is good for US orders now through 11:59pm EDT on Friday, July 6th, so you'll be able to receive your supplies in time for the mass cast-on during the Olympic opening ceremony. Still looking for a group to join for the Ravellenic Games? I kindly suggest our friends at the Vanna's Choice Fan Club.

    So, what are your plans for the Ravellenic Games? Do you have a project in mind? Share your ideas in the comments!

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  • Let's Celebrate World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day!

    World Wide Knit in Public DayIt's that time of year again: World Wide Knit (and Crochet!) in Public Day is upon us! I love this unofficial holiday because it encourages crafters to come together and celebrate their amazing skills. Now through Sunday, people are gathering all over the globe to show off their yarncrafting skills in public. If you're in the New York area, you might see some familiar faces at Saturday's event at the Brooklyn Public Library!

    Are you interested in finding a gathering near you? Click here to search the official WWKiP Day website. If there's no meet up scheduled in your area, you can still celebrate! Simply take your yarn, hooks, and needles to your local coffee shop, park, restaurant, or other public space and start crafting. Make today and every day your own personal WWKiP Day!

    Are you celebrating WWKiP Day this year? Where do you plan to crochet or knit in public? Let us know in the comments!

    Image courtesy of wwkipday.com.

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  • 5 Ideas for Knitting & Crocheting in Groups

    Whether it's for a charity or just for fun, being around others can truly enhance the experience of knitting and crocheting. In YarnCraft (our 30-minute downloadable audio-show) episode #17, my co-host Liz and I shared ideas for gathering to knit and crochet in a group.

    WristersHere are a few tips:

    1. Do a pattern together. Whether you each create a rectangle for a Warm Up America! afghan or you all make the same pattern (like in our knit-along), you can find support (as well as expertise and advice) in numbers.

    2. Add your own influence. Take a pattern like our basic wristers and personalize it. Each person can make it in their own colors, adding their own embellishments, etc.

    3. Try new yarns. Throw a "yarn-tasting" party by gathering some friends and passing around some new yarns. Everyone can make a swatch of each yarn to take with them, so that you all know how the yarn works up and you have a record of the colors you like.

    4. Teach new people. Bring new knitters and more experienced knitters together and hold a class. This is a great activities for mothers and daughters, girl and boy scouts, groups of new mothers (maybe make it a baby shower activity) and more.

    5. Create for a cause. Make items to donate to the charity (find one at our Charity Connection) of your choice. It's always nice to know that your handiwork is going to a good cause.

    For more ideas, as well as some great pattern recommendations, visit the YarnCraft blog post on this episode.

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