My fellow Fibre Olympians, I salute thee.
I’m participating in both the original Knitting Olympics, hosted by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, as well as the Ravelympics 2010, where I am a proud member of Team Suck Less, the official Ravelry team of the Friends of Abby’s Yarns.
For the Knitting Olympics: I shall be casting on for a pair of socks during the Opening Ceremonies and binding off the second sock during the Closing Ceremonies. To make this more of a challenge I shall knit only one sock at a time, thus making myself face Second Sock Syndrome. The sock pattern is an unfamiliar one, being the first sock pattern offering of the 2010 Rocking Sock Club.
I have the club yarn wound into a neat cake, ready for cast-on. (And yes, I am going to post spoiler-alert buttons, because I don’t want to spoil the club fun for anyone.)
There were two patterns included with the club sock yarn this time, and I have chosen Cascadia by Sivia Harding.
I’ve got needles, markers, pattern, yarn, and miscellaneous tools all organized in a bright red box:
There’s Dusty, my trainer and cheerleader, guarding the box till Opening Ceremonies.
Here’s what’s inside the box:
For the Ravelympics: I shall be spinning 1 oz of guanaco fibre on a spindle. By Closing Ceremonies, I aim to have two plies spun and plied and finished.
This is in the spirit of our team motto: Suck Less. To Suck Less means just that: if you suck at something, then work at it so you suck less at it by the end of the Olympics. The guanaco is a very fine, short fibre, and not only am I terrified of spinning it, but my sampling efforts (on the spindle in the photo) have been less than worthy of the beauty of the fibre. I’m determined to do my team proud and Suck Less at spinning fine exotics like this one.
CHALLENGES and HANDICAPS:
– My wrist is still a bit “delicate” so I must continue to ice it, splint it, and take my anti-inflammatories. It’s well enough to participate if I am sensible about things. I’ll stop if it starts hurting and ice it, I promise.
– I have to continue with my work knitting throughout the Olympics. Since these are “works in progress” that I have knitted on since Jan 12, they do not qualify for the WIP Dancing event of Ravelympics. But since these are Work projects For The Job, I have to set aside time to knit on these every day as well. That cuts down on the time I can spend doing Olympic projects. This seems fair, as most of you have kids, houses, jobs, and Lives to act as challenges to your own Olympic knitting time.
Here’s my knitting station, with all supplies ready to go. The white bags are my work knitting; the red box is my Knitting Olympics project; and the purple bag holds my spindle and fibre for the Suck Less challenge of the Ravelympics.
Let the games begin!