Every two years, Ravelry hosts the Ravellenic Games, a two-week event timed to coincide with a certain global sports competition. The idea of the Ravellenic Games (RG) is to challenge yourself by starting and finishing crochet/knitting project(s) during the timeframe of the games. You join a team, and win medals for your team (and yourself!) by completing projects in various categories (‘events’) using various techniques (‘laurels’).
The 2021 Ravellenic Games runs July 23rd to August 8th and we’d love you to join us as a part of Team PlanetJune! Our team has been participating in the games since 2012, and is always full of camaraderie and support.
It’s just for fun – like a crochet-along (CAL) – but the only rules to be a part of Team PlanetJune are that you make anything based on a PlanetJune pattern (or from one of my books) and you start and finish your project(s) within the RG timeframe. Until the start date, we’ll be ‘training’ (i.e. planning our projects and sharing our goals with the rest of the team).
During the RG, we all cheer each other on to complete the event(s) – i.e. project(s) – we decided to ‘compete’ in before the closing ceremony. If you don’t have time to actively compete, you can be a Team PlanetJune cheerleader and contribute to our team spirit. But if you do compete, you’ll receive a virtual medal for each project you complete!
Ravelry provides us with a place to post photos and a forum to post to and chat with each other. My Ravelry group, PlanetJune Crochet Designs, is the best place to post any questions you may have about amigurumi or my patterns – you’ll get a fast response from people who’ve made the same pattern (much quicker than emailing me and waiting for my reply!) and I can chime in if nobody else has an answer for you.
Note: It’s totally free to sign up for a Ravelry account, and I highly recommend it for anyone who crochets (and/or knits) – it includes a searchable database of pretty much every pattern and yarn in existence, so if you’re looking for something in particular it’s easy to find it. You can also see all the projects other people have made from the patterns or yarns (before you decide to buy them!) and their verdict on what they thought of it.
First things first, you need to add a project to Ravelry with details of your entry. Here’s the easiest way:
Step 1: Go to the list of June Gilbank designs on Ravelry and click the name of the pattern you’ll be making.
Step 2: Click ‘hook it’ near the top right corner of the page to start a new project with the pattern details pre-filled:
Step 3: To edit your project details, click one of the yellow pencil icons:
Step 4: Fill in the details for your project. You may add in as many details as you wish, but at minimum: name your project, add the PlanetJune pattern you used (if you didn’t use the pre-fill method above), give the project start date, and add the appropriate tags (see How do I tag my project?, below, for instructions):
Step 5: Click ‘Save changes’ (at the bottom of the page).
Step 6: When you have photos ready to add, click the yellow pencil (see Step 3) then click the ‘add photos’ tab:
Step 7: Follow the instructions on the page to upload your project photos. Remember that the first photo on this page will be the one everyone sees, so make sure you move your best photo to the start:
Step 8: When your project is finished, click the yellow pencil (see Step 3) then change your project status to ‘Finished’ and add the date you completed the project:
Remember to click ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the page every time you add any information.
To qualify for your medals, you must tag your project correctly. When you set up your project page for your medal projects, remember to tag them with:
Photo Tips: Take the best photos you can! Cellphone snaps are fine, but please try to make sure your project is in focus, in the middle of the photo, and reasonably well lit, so we can properly appreciate your work. 🙂
If you’d like some help or advice with your project photography, we have a Photography Tips thread for just that purpose!
Before you start, you need to add the photo to your project page.
Add a Project Photo: To add your photo from your Ravelry project to a forum post:
Once your project is 100% complete, you’ll need to submit it to the Ravellenic Games moderators so you can qualify for your medal.
Here’s what you need to do:
Please ask if there’s anything else you’re unsure about. I hope we’ll see you in the PlanetJune ravelry group soon, and that you’ll join us as part of Team PlanetJune for the Ravellenic Games 🙂