Yes, indeed, my Knitting Olympics project is done, ends woven in, packed
away for gifting later in the year. After much deliberation, I did end up choosing one of the projects intended to be
a gift, and ended up kicking myself repeatedly. Someday I'll learn that trying to knit something very dark
in color on a tight timetable in February is just plain not a good idea.
Anyway, that project is done, and I've been able to return to the soothing repetitions of Mmario's "Ceremonial
Circles" pattern in a yummy pale grey alpaca/silk blend. Next on the agenda (I think) will be a pattern from The
Knitter's Book of Wool using a hank of teal yumminess that my friends Rarely and Iso gave me. To bead or not to
bead, that is the question...
Sn*w continues to make its ugly presence known ... about eight inches total in the last 24 hours or
so, which somehow translated to about 17" of drift on my living room windowsill this morning. It was a lovely day to
brew up some hot chocolate, watch the women's curling match, and knit away. Pity the sports broadcasters here in
the US tend to ignore curling until the Olympics come around - I'd love to see more of it during the intervening
In any case, let me send a hearty, "Well Done!" to all the Olympic athletes, to congratulate them
for all the hard work that got them into the competitions in the first place, regardless of how their events turned out.
Once again, knitters all over the world have responded to the Yarn Harlot's Olympic
challenge, bracing themselves to knit a "personal best" over the course of the next seventeen days. Their projects
are as diverse as their personalities, but all will challenge themselves to knit something wonderful.
Yes, I'm in... although I haven't decided exactly which of the many projects
on my "I wanna knit that!" list will be cast on during the opening ceremonies tonight. There are three serious contenders,
only one of which I could blog about, as the other two are intended to be gifts for people who occasionally look in and
read my ramblings here. Any one of the three would be a challenge to finish in seventeen days, and they are very different
from one another.
Decisions, decisions . . .
On another subject, I'd like to have a word with whoever's controlling the thermostat for central New
York State. Enough with the subfreezing temperatures, guys! Let's have a day (or week) or two with temps in the thirties, so I can get out and about and get some errands done, okay? This constant cold
and icy is beginning to get on my last remaining nerve. Somehow the thought that every day brings Spring closer
just isn't as comforting as it should be right now.
Knitting proceeds as usual; Sausage Innabun is done - or as done as it's going to get (ran out of yarn),
another pair of socks is lurking in the drawer, and the Lily of the Valley scarf from Knitted Lace of Estonia
is beginning to take shape. There's another pair of socks on needles (as always), in Socks that Rock lightweight, color
"Flower Power" and Mmario's "Ceremonial Circles" is also growing rounder and rounder.
But still, I plan to cast on yet another project tonight for the Olympics, though I'm not taking bets
on whether this one will be the only thing worked on during the next seventeen days. Four years ago, maintaining project
monogamy was the biggest challenge of the Olympic experience.
Now to check the schedules to find out when the curling matches will be shown, and pray that NBC's commentators
learn how / when to shut up. (Not placing bets on that happening either.)