I've been doing my usual vacillating act on the subject of whether to enter into the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics. My first reaction was NO WAY! My second reaction was WHY NOT? With a bit of prodding from Marika, I was well on my way to convincing myself that it would be a good way to tackle Ballerina. Wouldn't it be good to simply devote myself to it 100% for 16 days, and then have a gorgeous sweater in no time?
Yes, my fingers would be cramped and useless at the end of the 16 days.
Yes, I would have ignored everything and everybody for 16 days.
Yes, I might hate the act of knitting by the end of the 16 days.
But I'd have a gorgeous sweater. I'd have met a personal challenge. Sarah Peasley is going to take the challenge; I'd have some local company to commiserate with (but I happen to know that Sarah could knit Ballerina in 16 days and have time left over to whip off a pair of mittens and pillow as well!).
Then I read Margene's take on the process, and I thought maybe that was the right answer for me. Go ahead and challenge myself with Ballerina, but don't get obsessed with the outcome. Finish it....or not. Pay attention to how I feel, how painful my fingers feel, how neglected my friends feel, how high the dust bunnies grow around me. Take time out to tend to all that if I want.
Joining Margene's Eddie-Along is tempting. But still....I have worked hard to resist allowing anyone to set external deadlines for me. Even for just 16 days. And I'm thinking there might be one or two of you out there who would like to join me in another variation on this Olympic Knitalong theme....
It's the Under-Achievers' Knitalong. Yes, you heard it here first! The rules are very simple:
1. Knit what you want when you want. Or not.
2. Do not register anywhere. There is no registration process.
3. Do not download the button to your blog. There is no button.
4. Do not post photos of your accomplishments in the gallery...there is no gallery.
5. Do not report on your progress to me...unless you want to. I might report it here....unless I don't want to.
I AM NOT A SLACKER
My new knitalong does not mean that I am slacking off on the project front....no way. First, I have finished objects to display.
Baggy is completed to perfection. She lives up to her name...she's a comfortable slouch-around in kind of sweater and I expect to get a lot of wear from her. She comes from Simple Knits 2, and the yarn is Katmandu. I didn't love the knitting, although I did finally get into a comfortable rhythm.
Here's a step-by-step display of what I'm calling my Magical Braided Scarf. The inspiration for this creation came from Rae over at Rae's Yarn Boutique. First you see the separate strips of Truffles, with the last two stitches dropped and ready for braiding.
Then the braiding in action. This was a lot more complicated that it looks, because loops kept sneaking out my sight. I'd get a few inches done, only to look at the back and see a loop playing hookey. So I'd rip out and snatch up that little loop. The tricky little devils made me repeat this process more times than I care to admit.
However, the loops finally acquiesced, and here she is complete, but before blocking. I've since done the blocking, and it does a nice job of smoothing out and plumping up. I'm very happy with this project too.
My wallaby is nearing completion...I will start the hood later tonight. And I've completed about a third of the Rosa Park strips for the Faith Jacket.
So when the Knitting Olympics begin on February 10th, I'll be one among the cheering throngs on the sidelines. I wish you all the endurance and strength that you will need to finish whatever you started. Marika, I will be envious of your Mermaid, and Sarah, I know you will succeed with whatever you decide to tackle. Ballerina remains somewhere in my future.