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Thursday, January 26, 2006

The 2006 Knitting Olympics

This is going to be a real stretch but I'm going to do it!

Today at The Naked Sheep Yarn Shop, I was chatting it up with owner Cheri. We started sharing favorite knitting blogs and she told me about the Knitting Olympics hosted by The Yarn Harlot otherwise known as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

From the Yarn Harlot site:
Eligibility: Any knitter who, embracing the "Citius, Alitius Fortius" ideal, would like to challenge themselves while embracing the Olympic spirit, and is just whacked enough to play along with me.

Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb 10)- and finish before the Olympic flame goes out (Feb 26). That's 16 days.

1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 16 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do...If you are experienced, well. I've already considered Torino. Use your own conscience.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don't set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven't slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No casting on before the flame is lit.
5. Finish before the flame goes out.
6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this "training.")

If you want more information, click here

I was incredibly motivated by the 1366 people who are signed up for these Olympics! I had to get a piece of that action! I signed up to knit a baby blanket within the 16 days. To me, this will be a real stretch. However, the Olympic motto is: Faster, Higher, Stronger!

But check this out! The Olympic host posted what she will knit in the 16 days. Click here to see this incredible project (this would take me at least 6 months!) Holy Crap Batman!!


At 9:15 PM, Blogger DtDtKty said...

Wow...you go girl!!! That is awesome. Best of luck in achieving "gold" with your sweet blanket. I can't wait to see the progress. We love the Olympics, so we'll be rooting for you all the way. Love, H


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