The Knitting Olympics pledge that is!!!
The Knitting Olympics Athletes Pledge
I, a knitter of able hands and quick wits, to 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!
The luge is my favourite Winter Olympic sport. I find it incredibly scary to watch, so I always do it through my fingers. I’m dedicating the time I spend on my Knitting Olympics project to Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luge competitor who lost his life during training. Out of respect for him and his oppressed countrymen and women, who have experienced tragedy in two consecutive Olympic Games and suffered the loss of a hero, I’ve upped the difficulty level for myself from stocking stitch to Big Bamboo (Vogue Knitting Ultimate Sock Book). I compete in the Knitting Olympics with his spirit in my heart.
I sat with my circular needles at the ready and cast on as the countdown began….I was too excited to wait any longer! lol I sat there merrily casting on for the opening ceremony…..except while (my second favourite lesbian in the world) kd lang was singing…..I was in the kitchen when she started singing and I screamed like a love-sick teenager when I heard her voice!!!!
The Missus and I sat down to watch the opening of the Games this morning with a mug of hot chocolate and croissant each. I decided to go Citius, Altius Fortius with the hot chocolate. I put the organic hot chocolate powder back in the cupboard and whipped out the milk chocolate, cream and milk. As The Missus and I sat sipping this nectar from the Goddesses, I decided it was worth the time spent melting the chocolate in a bowl over a boiling pan (Our house is a microwave free zone).
I’ve spent most of the day casting on…..over and over again….This isn’t unusual for me. I usually cast on about six times before I’ve got it right….It just takes longer when there are 100 stitches to cast on!!! I’m completely confident I will have the cast on spread over four needles by the end of the closing ceremony in 17 days. Lolol
I had a lot of fun playing “spot the knits” during the opening ceremony…..and I’m sure it won’t be the last I will be doing!