The 2014 Crochet Games of Ancient Greece

In the forums of the website Crochetville there’s a sort of contest or competition going on during the Sochi Winter Olympics. It’s called the 2014 Crochet Games of Ancient Greece and is open to any crocheter on the planet. During the Games crocheters from around the world will work on a crochet project of their choosing, starting at the time of the Opening Ceremony and finishing at midnight the day of the Closing Ceremony. The deadline for joining is the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Games.

I think it’ll be a lot of fun. I decided to join. One of the requirements is to pick something challenging, and I certainly did that. In honor of my brothers’ Cosmic Wombat Games All Us Geeks Stones of Fate Contest and Kickstarter Campaign this month, I decided to crochet their logo, the Cosmic Wombat. Image

This will be challenging as I don’t have a pattern so will have to make one up. Also there’s color changes, which I’ve never done in an amigurumi (which are almost always crocheted in spirals or unjoined rounds). I’ve only ever done color changes when working in rows or joined rounds. So I get to learn something new. Also I have to figure out how I’m going to do the space helmet (I haven’t decided yet, but I do have some ideas). And then there’s the time limit. All in all this project should prove very interesting and definitely challenging. I can’t wait to start! I will be posting my progress a few times during the games, so stay tuned.

Here’s a picture of a wombat I crocheted to get me started. It worked up very quickly. I was rather surprised about that. I used regular worsted weight or 4-ply yarn and an F or 3.75mm hook. I find using a smaller hook size with amigurumi enables me to crochet tight enough that the stuffing doesn’t show through (and I normally crochet with a tight tension). I’m thinking that sometime in the future I might tweak this pattern and make other animals with it. If you would like to make one yourself, you can find the pattern here: http://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/wombat-amigurumi/ ImageIf you want to be sure to read my updates on my progress subscribe to my blog over on the left sidebar. You can subscribe by RSS feed to your feed reader or you can get the blog posts emailed to you. Also, if you have any comments or suggestions for my project, please tell me in the comments. And finally, if it’s not too late and you want to join the Crochet Olympics, hurry over to Crochetville and register as an athlete. Then come back here and let me know so I can go read what your project is and root for you during these Games! Enjoy crocheting and enjoy the Olympics!

Stones of Fate Contest

Stones of Fate Contest Graphic

Two of my brothers, Jeff and Nathan Cornelius, started a company called Cosmic Wombat Games. They publish tabletop games. They said their mission is to increase the amount of fun in the world. Right now they are working on a game called Stones of Fate. It’s a card game with beautiful artwork and simple play. If I can play it, anyone can. Just ask my brothers — I don’t normally like games, but I played this one and have been thinking about what strategy I am going to use when I play it next. So if it can keep me interested, it will keep anyone interested. It will definitely not be too boring or hard for you!

They plan to raise money to publish the game on Kickstarter. They will be launching their Kickstarter campaign later this month and as a sort of preview they are partnering with All Us Geeks to give away two signed prototype copies of Stones of Fate as well as one grand prize which will be a signed prototype copy of Stones of Fate, one 4-day badge to Gen Con 2014, and one deluxe mahogany box.

So head on over to All Us Geeks and enter the contest. It will close February 17. After you enter the contest there’s lots to do until the Kickstarter campaign opens February 20. You can check out the Kickstarter page and give the designers feedback on it. Then you can head over to Board Game Geeks to read posts from Jeff Cornelius about it and leave him more feedback. After that, you can watch a teaser video. Finally you can visit Cosmic Wombat Games site or Facebook page. Let the company and designers know what you think about the game! And don’t forget to enter the contest. I hope you win something!