So as much as I despise the Bob dominated coverage… I have to admit that the 2010 Olympics were the Olympics of Redemption. 2010 was the year the Bode Miller finally got his gold.
The similarities between us are a bit striking. In 2006 we were both cocky – thinking we could easily cruise to victory, partying the whole way. We didn’t know how hard you have to fight to make it to the top of the podium.
And we both ended up with a DNF.
victory, though. Or on Rav here: Tempting II
This year we returned. Refocused and determined. Now parents our partying days are mostly in the past.
I wanted the gold so bad I could taste it.
But the whole point of this project was to knit something epic. To challenge yourself. To compete at a higher level. So I chose to knit something that I honestly didn't think was possible in 2 weeks. Something classic, something pure: An Elizabeth Zimmerman seamless yolk sweater with an Icelandic inspired colorwork pattern. You can't get more entrenched in knitting than that.
And after staying up way later than I’m going to admit more times than sanity would dictate I have a finished, blocked, photographed sweater:
In 17 days.
That is Epic.
That is what the Knitting Olympics are about.
That is capturing the spirit of the games in yarn.
That is a gold medal performance.
I don't know. I was following what my Photographer told me to do.
On Ravelry: My Olympic Sweater
Pattern: Combo of the Hela short cardigan and an Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage sweater
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran. Blend of merino, silk, and cashmere. Total luxury.
Colorway: Venitian. With bits of quartz and cream
Mods: Um yeah. Knit the whole thing do a different gauge. Added in 4 short rows at bust for shaping.
If I could do it again: Would probably add a few more short rows, would add a few more rows of seed stitch to the bottom to keep it from rolling. Wouldn’t attempt it in such a short timeframe.
Verdict: WIN. GOLD. YAY. LOVE. HEARTS and BUTTERFLIES and FLOWERS and SUNSHINE.
So I have enough yarn leftover to make the baby her own version of this sweater…. Should I do it or is that cheesy? I kindof want to do it just so that I can knit this chart again: