After waffling and wavering, zigging and zagging, I have decided to make the commitment to join in on the Olympic Knitting fun. Getting any knitting done around here is a daily challenge, so my project goal will be relatively simple: a hat. After that is finished, I plan on getting back to a pair of socks I started in January. If things are going really well, and I finish those (I have about 2/3 of the second sock left to knit), I will pull out Juliet, a project which has been languishing since I had to pull the needles out for another project. It’s a plan which starts out modestly and ends being fairly ambitious. I figure that however it turns out, I will have fun along the way.
The pledge/guidelines, as per the Yarn Harlot
The Knitting Olympics Athletes Pledge
I, a knitter of able hands and quick wits, do hereby swear that over the course of these Olympics I will uphold the highest standard of knitterly excellence.
I will be deft of hand and sure of pattern, I will overcome troubles of yarn overs and misplaced decreases. I will use the gifts of intelligence and persistence (as well as caffeine and chocolate) and I will execute my art to the highest form, carrying with me the hope for excellence known to every knitter.
I strive to win. To do my best, and to approach the needles with my own best effort in mind, without comparing myself to my fellow knitters, for they have challenges unique to them.
While I engage in this pursuit of excellence and my own personal, individual best, I also swear that I will continue to engage with my family in conversation, care for my pets, speak kindly with those who would ask me to do something other than knit, and above all, above every stitch thrown or picked, above every cable, every heel stitch, every change of colour, I swear this:
That I will remember that this is not the real Olympics, that I’m supposed to be having fun and that my happiness and self-worth ride not on my success….
but on my trying.
Let the games begin!
Will you be knitting along to the Winter Olympics this year? Are you a Knitting Olympian? A Ravelympian? An armchair Olympian? What are your plans?