Olympic knitting

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I love the Olympics. Much like Friday the 13th I'm not really sure why. I've heard the arguments against, including the opinion that Olympic athletes are all rich snobs. I don't quite understand why that, if it's true, should exclude them from being appreciated for training so hard to be so good at their area of expertise but, I digress. Many of you probably read Harlot's moving piece about the Olympics and Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger). I think my love for the Olympics moved me a bit too much on this one because I signed up for the challenge.

Okay, okay, I'll be truthful: what really moved me to sign up (even though I don't see my name on the list yet) was the Essential Stripe Sweater, long-sleeved and v-necked. I've been eyeing this sweater for awhile and finally bought the pattern a few weeks ago. True to fashion, I've read the pattern at least three times already. I've bought some new needles. I've ordered color cards from Knitpicks and made some really close color matches to the picture. (Yes, I know I'm admitting to being one of those people who makes sweaters the same color as the model's but I can't help it on this one: I love those colors and I think they'll look good on me. So same colors it is.) I'll probably be ordering the yarn this week sometime in hopes that I can become an Olympic knitter. My challenge is really the whole top-down on circ's for the first time WITH gazillions of stripes. Man, oh man, 16 days.

Also, I'm wearing the socks today. It makes me grin just typing that. I LOVE these socks. They're so fun and so cute and so cozy. I may have to add elastic but, for now, I'm just basking in the fun, cute, coziness.

Unfortunately, this means I have to survive a two-hour each way drive tomorrow for work without a good knitting project. I may just have to offer to drive.


Imbrium said...

Oh, geez, I am totally going to be talked into the Knitting Olympics, aren't I? It's everywehre! Can't escape!

And I'm so happy that you like your socks - they look so cute!

gina said...

I don't think I'll be doing the knitting Olympics, but I did just buy the yarn for the Essential Stripe (short sleeved version). I went with the Karabella Aurora 8 in a dark brown, rosy pink and rusty orange. Sounds a little weird, but I love the combo. I can't wait to cast on!

jenna kate said...

you are a far better woman than i will ever be. i'll be waiting for you at the finish line with a crown f oive leaves or whatever it is.