Tonight the London Olympic Games officially begin with the opening ceremonies and I cannot wait!!! I absolutely love the Olympics – who doesn’t (and I wouldn’t trust them if they didn’t!) – and I love, love, love to watch the Olympics while I knit and sip, knit and sip.
So this year, I had the brilliant idea that I would make my own little Olympic Games right here in my living room. I have a lot of “wips” – works-in-progress, for you non-knitters – and I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I piled all those wips in one pile and for the duration of the Games knit nothing but items from that pile in an attempt to cross the finish line, as it were?
Great idea, right?
Let me tell you something. DO NOT go into every nook and corner of your house looking for every item with a pair of knitting needles attached unless you are prepared to face the fact that you, my dear, just might have a little addiction problem . . . .
I am horrified by the size of my pile.
God, what is in here? Basically, things that are as small as baby booties and as large as one of those circular sweaters. Several lace shawls and scarves. At least 3 orphan socks. A Knitty.com fish hat I was supposed to have finished last year for community knitting project. Several baby garments. A felted bag my friends call “The Volkswagon” because of how big it is.
Sigh. Shame. Sigh. Pour. Sip. Better now.
But I’m going to do it! I am going to cross the finish line with as many of these damn things as I possible can over the course of the games.
So here are my (self-imposed) rules:
1. During the Olympics, I will start nothing new.
2. I will knit only items from this HORRENDOUSLY, EMBARRASINGLY HUGE MOUNTAIN OF STUFF.
3. My knitting Olympics will kick off at the same time the Opening Ceremonies begin in my time zone tonight. They end when the Olympic torch is extinguished at the end of the Games.
4. My knitting need not be limited to the times I am watching the Games (if I am in the car in the next three weeks, I can knit).
5. Some projects needs to be frogged, not finished (non-knitters, that means ripped out, as in ribbit, ribbit). Three frogged projects will equal one finished project (sound fair?)
Those are rules. What are the “medals”????
Bronze Medal – Complete 10 projects
Silver Medal – Complete 15 projects
Gold Medal – Complete 20 projects
I had planned to start the medal levels at 5 finished projects, but the size of this pile shamed me into upping the ante.
And, Vanna, would you show our lovely audience what the “medals” actually are?
At the end of the Games, I will buy myself a FABULOUS pair of shoes in the corresponding color of the medal level I achieve. (Secret – I don’t want a pair of gold shoes, but I sure would love a pair of silver sandals for our trip to Cancun just after the Games!)
Now, like any good athelete, I WANT SUPPORT! I WANT A CHEERING SECTION! I WANT ENCOURAGEMENT. So if you follow my blog over the next three weeks, where I’ll be posting the things I finish, let me hear from you.
And should you feel moved to join me in this little endeavor, there is nothing that makes the Games more interesting than a little competition!!! Let me hear from you!