I am officially ready for the 2008 summer Olympics to begin. Yarn in hand, I will join thousands of international athletes competing for personal knitting glory! My goal: finish a pair of socks in 17 days.
Will you be watching the opening ceremonies tonight? Will you be knitting while you do it? Then you are an Olympic knitter! Some things to consider before casting on:
- Stretch. It is important to properly stretch your muscles (mental and physical) before competition begins. It would be a shame to get all the way to the Olympics and experience a set back due to hand cramping or improper reading of the pattern. Be sure to put the knitting down between events to stretch your hands, shoulders, neck and arms.
- Proper refreshments. Depending on climate, be sure to have plenty of rejuvenating (caffeinated) beverages on hand. It may also be necessary to refuel frequently with nourishing items such as popcorn, cookies, ice cream fresh vegetables and whole grains.
- Comfortable seating. Change position at regular intervals to prevent muscle cramping. Provide yourself with adequate back and leg support.
- Minimize interruptions. No one calls an Olympian on the phone while they’re competing. No one runs alongside during the 100 meter dash asking to be fed, played with, or loved. If at all possible, send your significant others out of town for the next 17 days so that you may focus completely on your goal.
- Surround yourself with other athletes. No one understands what you’re going through like another competitor. Attend your knitting group, get together with other knitters one on one, troll your favorite blogs and websites looking for tips, advice, and anecdotes.
- Have fun! While this is a competition, it is meant to be a whole lot of knitting fun. So don’t take yourself too seriously along the way. Stay flexible with your plans and don’t push yourself to extremes. Challenge yourself kindly and with permission to shift your goals and expectations along the way.
Have a great weekend, everyone!