Ravellenics Update

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.  

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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!

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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.

Some wins:

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!

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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.  

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Some losses:

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?

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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?!