Olympic Knitting

February 12, 2010 · 3 comments

I am an Olympic knitter. Really.

It’s because I don’t usually watch TV.

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However, I am a rabid Olympics fan, and this addiction involves many, many hours of sitting in front of a TV screen. I don’t sit still well, so twenty-four years ago, I discovered that knitting is a great way to not sit still while sitting still.

So, every four years during the Winter Olympics, I knit something.

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So many options, so few hours of Olympic TV.

It doesn’t always end well–I’m thinking of that hideous brown pull-over that seemed like a good idea at the time– but it’s always a marvelous exercise at the anticipation and planning stages.

One of the best parts is the trip to buy yarn. The math is pretty simple: in Canada, it was always the dead of winter, the world desaturated and, except for the distinction between slush, ice, and snow, pretty much texture neutral.  The chance to wander aisles of hue and heft and soft fuzzy balls of potential loveliness was just irresistible to color-starved eyes.

And this year, I celebrated Happy Olympics Day by stopping in at fengari fiber arts in Half Moon Bay. Amazing little shop, but more on that in a future post.

For now, the trick is to choose the project based on how fat the wool is.

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Fine gauge is the rage…

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… but thicker is quicker.

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I’m in big trouble.

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And that’s all I’m going to say for now because I need to get the junk food organized for the opening ceremonies. But stay tuned… the Saga of the Knot begins tonight.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gayane Markosyan February 13, 2010 at 1:19 am

Nice post. It’s so close to me! I love the idea:-)

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rickandkathy February 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

Hey Gayane! How nice to see you here. Are you a knitter? A fan of the Olympics? Rick and I both commented when we watched Armenia walk into the stadium… thought about you! What a coincidence you pop up in our comment box on the same night!

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Gayane Markosyan February 14, 2010 at 3:29 am

Hi Kathy! Happy to find you here!! That’s really a WONDERFUL side of social media!!
Yes, I am a knitter. To tell the truth I WAS a knitter. I stopped it several years ago. It’s an interesting story – I can tell you some day:-) And show you some of my creations.
I am not a big fun of sport but I love everything about Olympics – the competition spirit, the desire to be the best and being recognized as THE BEST, the nice opening, awarding and closing ceremonies. Most of all I enjoy the seeing how they create a brand of every Olympic games – the logo, the slogan, colors, special “smart things” to became a unique and interesting, the architecture, etc, etc…
Last night I enjoyed the opening ceremony! Though it was after midnight our time I stayed awake until 4am.

Yes! It’s really amazing coincidence!! I love it:-) That means something!

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