We are a week into the Winter Games and the athletes have not disappointed! Unlike the time it takes to ride the luge track, progress on my Ravellenics project has been slow.
In PyeongChang, the snowboarders certainly put on a show. I tried snowboarding once. After walking away with a bruised tailbone, I decided the sport wasn't for me. But watching Shaun White and Chloe Kim makes me want to give it another shot. You know, since I could immediately go down the half pipe and land a 720 backside air (is that even a thing?!).
The ice skaters along with Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski's commentary are very entertaining. I have enjoyed watching all the Olympics that I can - from curling to ski jumping. It's all so exciting!
However, on my living room couch, a different story is unfolding. When I first decided to participate in the Ravellenic Games, I set a very big challenge for myself: a fingering weight sweater designed with 6 inches of positive ease. One week in, I am not where I wanted to be. My goal was to be finished with the body and begin to occupy sleeve island with a week left to go. Right now, I have about 7 inches left before I divide for the sleeves.
I'll take a lesson from the athletes. You win some and you lose some.
1. I got up at 5:30 a.m. to watch the Opening Ceremonies in real time. Double win: my amazing husband got up too. He made coffee and breakfast!
2. I love this project. The Knife Grinder's Daughter sweater made me gasp the first time I saw it. Watching it form as I knit makes me love it even more.
3. This is a selfish knitting project. So even if I don't complete it during the Ravellenic games, at least I have made significant progress on something for ME!
4. The majority of the body is stockinette stitch, so it is a great TV watching project.
5. I've been putting aside other chores to knit nightly. When the clock strikes 8 p.m., I pick up my knitting and turn on NBC.
1. The women speed skaters can skate 5000 meters on ice faster than it takes me to knit a row on this sweater. They beat me by about 3 minutes.
2. Progress is slow. Did I already mention that?
Hey, I have more wins than losses! Maybe that's good enough for a bronze?!
I'm not being a Debbie Downer, but I am being realistic about finishing the project by the closing ceremonies. My disappointment in my progress has not gotten my spirits down. I'm knitting every night. How bad can it be?!