So….the Olympics start tomorrow. Technically. There are some events tonight, but the actual time of the Opening Ceremonies is 10:00 AM on February 7th.
I love the Olympics. I have for years. My favorite part is the human interest stories, but I love it all. In 2008, my love for the Olympics took on a new twist. I decided to join the Knitting Olympics. I chose a project that would be a huge challenge and I had 17 days to knit it. I cast on during the opening ceremonies and had it finished by the time I watched the closing ceremonies.
I had a beautiful black cashmere shawl, knit with 1,800 yards of laceweight yarn.
Then, in 2010, I stepped it up a notch. I decided to knit a Dale of Norway sweater for My Hero in 16 days. I never went to bed before 3 AM. One day, I had to rip out an entire days worth of black stockinette because I’d put the stitches for the zipper steek in the wrong place. I even hauled a sewing machine along to Florida, just to do the steeks on the sweater.
I never did put the patch on it. I finished on time, and My Hero wears it a lot!
When I started thinking about what I wanted to knit during Sochi 2014, I decided to knit myself a sweater. I wound the yarn and did a test swatch. Then I started digging through my WIP drawer. A WIP is a Work In Process. I have lots of them. I found about 10 unfinished cardigans. I decided to see if I can finish three cardigans in 16 days. I haven’t decided for sure which ones they will be. I have the first one chosen, but it demands its own post, so more on that later.
I really feel like I’m in the best
knitting shape of my life. I’ve trained for years!!! I’ve participated in the Olympics twice. I’m disciplined. I knit every single day!
But today I’m faced with a game ending injury! (Have you figured out by now that this is very tongue in cheek???) I did something to my right hand. It feels like a tore a muscle in the palm of my hand, leading to my pinkie finger. It’s so painful, I can’t knit. (This part is really true!!!) I’m trying to rest it, because tomorrow, it’s game on!
Good thing I’m not too old to participate in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.