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Tamantha
« on: January 16, 2006 08:41:29 PM »

The wonderful Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot) has issued the following Olympic Knitting Challenge on her blog (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/)-


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The 2006 Knitting Olympics

Eligibility: Any knitter who, embracing the "Citius, Alitius Fortius" ideal, would like to challenge themselves while embracing the Olympic spirit, and is just whacked enough to play along with me.

Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb 10)- and finish before the Olympic flame goes out (Feb 26). That's 16 days.

Rules:
1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 16 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do...If you are experienced, well. I've already considered Torino. Use your own conscience.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don't set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven't slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No casting on before the flame is lit.
5. Finish before the flame goes out.
6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this "training.")

Medals?
The Knitting Olympics has only a gold medal. (There is only do- or do not.) Finishers get a gold medal button for their blog, their name entered into a draw for a chance at a prize from me, and the joy of knowing that they are an Olympic level knitter, no matter how experienced they are. You are only competing against yourself. (Well. And the Olympic schedule.)


This sounds like a lot of fun, and I'm considering taking part. Now, I have two questions-

1) Are any of you crazy enough to join me?

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2) Be honest with me here. Is it possible to complete Rogue (http://girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/rogue/detail.php) in 16 days?
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006 08:55:25 PM »

I think with a lot of work like working on it as much as possible then yep.  I've never made a sweater.  The Knitting Olympics is really tempting for me too seeing as how I think knitting is probably the only sport I'm good at as well. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006 09:43:16 PM »

That sounds like something I might be interested in.  My next project is going to be a lace scarf, but I'm going back to school next week so once I'm adjusted to my schedule and can get ahead on my work a little bit I'll be able to get in on this challenge.  I've never done lace before, so it will be a bit of a challenge, but I know I can do it.  It usually takes me really long to finish a project because I'm always attracted to really simple designs that are boring to knit and I get distracted easily.  So I think lace will be a good project for me.  Sounds like fun!
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2006 09:54:38 PM »


2) Be honest with me here. Is it possible to complete Rogue (http://girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/rogue/detail.php) in 16 days?


i finished Rogue in 10 days...you can totally do it!
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2006 10:07:00 PM »

When exactly are the olympics again this year? XD
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2006 10:15:18 PM »

this sounds like a lot of fun! although i don't have a blog, so i wouldn't be eligible for a gold medal.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2006 10:37:40 PM »

Hmm...sounds like fun...do we actually have to watch the Olympics, though?  Wink

(sudden flash of that episode of Dharma & Greg where the guys get drunk playing an Olympics drinking game and fly to Tahoe to go bobsledding in a canoe...)



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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2006 11:24:35 PM »

ooh, I am totally in! But what to knit!!! I am not sure... but I am going to scour my pattern files!

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2006 11:34:11 PM »

this sounds like a lot of fun! although i don't have a blog, so i wouldn't be eligible for a gold medal.

Me either, but for this, I'm considering getting a blog. (*cough* how do you get a blog ?? Embarrassed)
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2006 11:46:17 PM »

this sounds like a lot of fun! although i don't have a blog, so i wouldn't be eligible for a gold medal.

Me either, but for this, I'm considering getting a blog. (*cough* how do you get a blog ?? Embarrassed)

Go to Blogspot and sign up for one, its easy, just follow the steps.

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