Never an athlete

Jan 30, 2006

I'm tempted by the Knitting Olympics, kids. And I need your help to decide whether to join in. Please pipe up.

Here's the deal:

  1. I'm attracted to undertaking the challenge to knit something in only 16 days. I may be a slacker at completing crochet projects, but I'm worse at completing knitting projects. Plus, this is a terribly clever blog event put on by the queen bee of knit bloggers.
  2. Crochet makes a ton more sense to me than knitting does. I get crochet in a way that makes me fully comfortable doing absolutely anything with it -- it's like no one technique is harder than any others -- this is part of why I love writing about it. But when it comes to knitting, I'm on the other side. I really enjoy it, but I don't have an intuitive understanding of it; it's pretty much magic. There's a mass of knitting projects swimming in the wishlist in my head, and I'm aware that I'm not starting them because I know the reality won't match the romance of anticipation. Cables, short rows, socks...
  3. It will be a challenge to my flighty tendencies to meet a self-imposed knitting deadline. Not in a good way. In a way that makes me fairly certain I'll be setting myself up to FAIL. I have no fear of failing, but really. I work in a field fraught with deadlines. Do I need deadlines in my free time?
  4. Wrt #3, if I were to succeed, it would feel fabulous. That's the beauty of challenging yourself, no?
  5. I'm not a big fan of watching the Olympics. Actually, that might be a good thing -- not paying attention means I might knit faster.
  6. Since I spend so much time at this computer (*strokes and lavishes love upon beautiful PowerBook*), I actually want to spend more time being active, not sitting on my butt in front of the toob.
  7. There's a fab Team Canada blog, and they're making shirts. I have been known to do far more ridiculous things to get a free shirt. These shirts cost a fortune, as far as shirts go, but I'm an admitted schwag whore. I won't lie and say this isn't making me lean more toward joining.
  8. Wrt #7, if I join in part because I want the cool shirt, won't I feel like even more of a slack if I let my team down in the end?

So. These are my thoughts. I'm torn and I need your help. To join, or not to join?

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amyknitty wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 11:40 AM

Hey, we're not talking cheapo t-shirts here. These are real bona-fidey [:-)] practise hockey jerseys. You can even skate in them!

Join us, Kim! And remember...only YOU must set your knitting challenge. Ken's knitting two sleeves, cause that's suitable for him. See? Join us!

maryse wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 11:51 AM

man, a shirt?! i am so J. maybe the boston girls are getting a shirt together.

anyway, i agree with amy. do something small. a scarf. or throw caution to the wind, and crochet something -- i don't think they'll kick you off the team for crocheting -- it's not like you're doping or anything. or you can join the french national team (i'll let you) and give up midway because you don't have anything to prove, because you're french and intrinsically superior anyway ;)

Vera wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 12:02 PM

Go for it!!!

I'm going both the Knitting Olympics and the Crocheting Olympics, but I'm just insane and perhaps in need of a drug test.

Really, I just want to challenge myself and have fun. It's a plus if I get it all done.

Andrea wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 1:35 PM

I'm competing... I doubt I'll finish an entire sweater, but this will hopefully get me far enough along that I can wear it this season before it warms up too much. ;) In other words, I'll be trying as hard as I can, but I won't beat myself up when I don't make it.

Anna wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 2:24 PM

If the knitting is too intimidating (it is for me - I'm a completely novice knitter), join the Crochet Olympics! :) :shameless plug: ;)

on Jan 30, 2006 4:57 PM

Ok. I'm gonna do it! It's precisely that I'm intimidated by it that makes me want to do it. I crocheted so many items to a stressful deadline last year that I'm going to pass on the Crochet Olympics. More soon...