Thursday, February 11, 2010

citius, altius, fortius

i've decided, at almost the last minute, to attempt the knitting olympics this year. there aren't any hard & fast rules, except that a) you can't start your olympic project until the olympic flame is lit at the opening ceremonies, and you have to finish before the flame goes out at the closing ceremonies; and b) that whatever project you choose, it has to be something that will be a personal challenge for you to complete in these 17 days.
i had thought about joining in this time (i haven't before) but since i'd already started a few new projects recently, i figured i had enough going on, and i would probably give it a miss. but then i realised that one of my newly-started projects was going to be too small (i underestimated the circumference of my calf, and there's nothing worse than too-tight socks!) so it looks like i'm going to have to start over. the pattern is trystero from cookie a., whose sock patterns are beautiful, but full of intricate cables...

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trystero "swatch"

& although i've bought several of her sock patterns, as well as her new book, i've yet to knit any of them, because i'm frankly a little scared of how complex they all look! but i decided that it was about time i tried one of them - and actually, although you have to pay close attention to what's going on, it's not nearly as scary as i had thought it would be. & since i've had to rip out the first few inches of the first sock so i can change my needle size & start again, i've decided to make this my olympic project, and consider the first attempt my "swatch" (& swatching ahead of time is allowed!). maybe challenging myself to knit my first pair of intricate cookie a. socks will inspire me to move on to another of her patterns (which i bought ages ago, at the same time as this one, and really want to knit - but it's really scary!!).
& in case you suspect advance-knitting-olympic-cheating, i absolutely ripped out my "swatch" and will not be starting over until tomorrow - here's the proof!

olympic re-start

no head starts or false starts, i promise...


Anonymous said...

You can do it! I'm in the midst of another pair of Cookie A. socks, the Kai Mei, but am putting them on hold to make Ysolda's Snapdragon mitts for the Olympics. I wasn't familiar with this pattern but am excited to see how it shapes up.

danièle said...

Hourrah for you joining in ! Cookie A's patterns are all awesome! Will you stay up all night to cast on when the flame will be lit up, as I planned to do ?

Flavaknits said...

I love Cookie A patterns , once you get going they are not as scary as they look. I am signing up for the Olympics (Knitting) too this year . Mad or what!