Yakityak Talks Back

Below I've compiled a number of spinning, knitting and crochet events that are hosted or at least supported on ravelry, the social media behemoth for the yarn world. I will link to the ravelry groups that are relevant to the event, but you must have a ravelry account in order to see them.

Perpetual Events

  • Harry Potter Knitting Crochet House Cup - Sign up to attend a yarn-themed Hogwarts, get sorted and get started completing your projects. Each project counts toward your "coursework" at Hogwarts, earning points for your house as well. Each term is 3 months long, and they start in January, May and September.
  • Hogwarts at Ravelry - a totally unrelated (and as of this writing, smaller but quite active) crafting competition, centered around the Harry Potter Universe. Students are sorted into Houses and earn points for each project submitted. At the end of the Year, the House with the most points earns the coveted House Cup. Each year, "we follow the action in one of J.K. Rowling's fantastic books." Open to all ages.
  • Nerd Wars - This used to be an uberfamous (at least by fiber arts standards) ongoing tournament of nerdery with specific challenges and teams representing different fandoms. But as far as I can tell, the people that ran it got (understandably) tired, and now it is really just a general Let's-knit-and-geek-out-together group. But it gets a listing here for its years and years of fast paced and brilliant nerdery.
  • Nerdopolis - What Nerd Wars used to be like. There are monthly events and 3-month long montly games. You can play on a team based on your particular brand of fandom, or go for glory as an individual rogue.
  • Starfleet Fiber Arts Corps - A game run in monthly installments. When you join you are assigned a starship and given the rank of ensign. Complete projects in order to advance.
  • Ankh-Mopork Guild Wars - part of the larger ravelry group that is dedicated to Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld book series. Check out the 'stickied' threads at the top of the group to get involved in the actual knitting/crocheting team-based competition.

Periodic Events

  • Canadian Crazy Train - an 8 week sock knitting race that starts January 1st. This is a round robin sort of event, wherein one sock is knitted and then sent along to another teammate until the entire team has completed socks for each other. Based in Canada (obvs) but open to knitters around the world. Registration opens in October and closes in December.
  • Spintrolla - a new (as of 2018) and perhaps one-off Spinzilla parody. (See below for Spinzilla.) A virtual spinning competition with virtual awards and virtual prizes for virtual yardage. Who knows? You too may win a bridge! It may be a spoof, it may be a one-time-thing... but it already has its own website. And to quote from it directly: "The bottom line is: if you don't want to be satirized, don't suck."
  • St. Distaff's day - January. It is a Christian British holiday celebrating the return to work after Christmas break. There is a Ravelry St. Distaff's Day group as well as a Ravelry St. Distaff's Day event page that helps organize events for spinners and knitters.
  • Ravellenic Games - Winter or summer, concurrent with the Olympic games. There is now an official Ravelry group for the 2016 winter games. When the 2018 Olympic games nears I will update the links as necessary.
  • Iknitarod - March. Knit, crochet or spin along with the mushers of the Iditarod and keep track of what's going on in the race. You have until the last musher crosses the finish line to meet your goals.
  • International Crochet Month - March. A crochet party that lasts an entire month, includes games, CALs and conversations.
  • Sock Madness - March. An international sock knitting competition that coincides with the college basketball tournament known as 'March Madness'. Advanced sign-up is required because the organizers must create teams.
  • World Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIP) - WWKiP Day now takes place from the second Saturday to the third Sunday of June each year; making it a week long celebration of knitting and other fiber arts. Events are organized on the local, national and international level.
  • Tour de Fleece - June, concurrent with the Tour de France. Spin every day that the Tour rides. Spin something challenging on the challenge day. Wear yellow on the last day to announce victory. Various teams are available with different themes.
  • Tour de Sock - June, concurrent with the Tour de France. Much like Tour de Fleece, except you're making socks, and there is a registration fee that benefits Doctors Without Borders.
  • Super Sock Scarefest - September. A classic horror themed sock knitting competition. Signups are in September and the competition runs through the end of October.
  • Soctoberfest - October. A month long celebration of socks.
  • Spinzilla - October. Spin as much fiber as possible during the Weaving and Spinning week. Document and flash your progress. Prizes available. Registration fee benefits Weaving and Spinning education and outreach.
  • NaKniSweMo - November. National Knit a Sweater in a Month. Concurrent with NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. I suspect success in one precludes success in the other. Pick your poison.

other yarn resources

  • Here is a map of currently working wheelwrights capable of repairing antique spinning wheels.
  • Here is my "Rather Violent Introduction to Knitting Video":
  • Here is my "Introduction to Casting On and Casting Off Video":
  • If you are interested in tracking how many miles/km of yarn you've spun/knit/crocheted/woven over the course of the year, you should check out Knit Meter.
... and I'll add more things as I think of them. If you have a good addition to any of these lists, drop me a line.