Knitters around the world will begin their own private competitions as Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" marks the opening television coverage of the XX Winter Olympics. Unlike the athletes, the knitters have a choice about the level of their participation.
For those planning on planting thier butts firmly in front of the competition and knitting for 16 days, The Knitting Olympics is the brainchild of Stephanie at YarnHarlot. Choose a project that will be a challenge for the participant. Cast on as the Opening Ceremony begins and finish it before the Olympic light is extinguished.
For a slightly less intensive Olympic experience, a second group has decided that in the spirit of Eddy the Eagle they will hold an Eddie Along knitting challenge.
Eddie gave the Olympics his best shot even though he could not win. He trained and played his best, while he had fun and enjoyed the process. If ever any athlete was about the journey it was Eddie. If you want to knit during the games and enjoy your knitting, without deadlines or duress, you can join me in an Eddie Along. It's all about the process here. Pick a project, knit for the love of it and soar like Eddie. If you finishgood for you, if not, you win anyway.
1. Cast on (or knit a long neglected WIP if you choose) February 10th (any time you like) and end during the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games on February 26th, or not.
2. Enjoy the process, each step, forward or back. It's all good.
And finally, for those who know they will be looking at the screen more than their needles, but do want to to say they were part of the whole Olympic KOL experience... I'm Knitting As Fast As I Can has suggested the Homer Simpson Olympic KOL.
- Don't even think about casting on or knitting during the opening ceremonies. For that matter, why would you be knitting from February 10th to February 26th anyway. I mean, geeze, it's the Winter Olympics---prime TV watching time. Plus, how can you knit while you're holding a beer bottle.
- Between February 10th and February 26th, you are forbidden from starting a new knitting project. Don't you all have too many WIPs anyway? Why take on another project?
- Relish in your utter failure to complete anything by February 26th. In fact, those who do complete a project will be kicked off the island.
As the real athletes file into the stadium, the knitting olympians cast their challenge onto to their needles. Curling in Torino will be met with purling around the world. Jumps and spins will be matched with cabled sweaters. Skis with socks. Everywhere there will be speed. Bragging rights in the form of a gold medal button for their blogs is proferred as the formal prize, and a "particiapants button" is available for all. We know, however, that with a challenge like this, the completion is the real prize.
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