BID ON THE AFGHAN! And Celebrate the Olympic Spirit
February 11, 2006
Incredibly enough, I was unable to watch the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, due to unforeseen whateverness. Reading the paper today, I see that I missed Giorgio Armani’s supermodel-carrying-the-Italian-flag part. I missed the Flame, the Teams, the part that was like a Fellini movie–oh wait.
I did get a glimpse of this:
and of course I burst into tears. There he was, Cardiovascular Mohawk Dude, that symbol of Olympics past and present. On his Ducati motorcycle, just like always.
This is just the nuttiest thing I have ever seen. I want to see the memo that went to the Olympics Organizing Committee pitching this idea. “And then,
a majestic specimen of human perfection a man leaps into the spotlight in a flesh-colored bodysuit in a flesh-colored bodysuit with veins and arteries all over it, symbolizing the value of good cardiovascular health the triumph of Lipitor over cholesterol the heart and soul of the Olympic spirit, and leaps astride the Olympic torch a Ducati motorcycle, which symbolizes the sponsorship of the Ducati Corporation the grace and beauty of Italian mechanical engineering human endurance. Also he has a mohawk.”
Higher, faster, stronger, everybody! I managed to symbolically cast on last night at least four stitches in the name of my Knitting Olympics project, which has been more swamped in intrigue and confusion that the U.S. skeleton team. I gave up on knitting the Olympic mascot Glee because Clif took my wobbly cube of Glee’s head and is using it as a hockey puck. Just when I was giving up hope and had written my check out to Team Sit Over Here and Just Watch The Way You Always Do, I got an email from Mandy, our own Olympic athlete in the category of Pattern Writing. Along with a turbo assist from test-knitters Kathy of California and Kendall of Omaha, this pattern is tighter than Michelle Kwan’s quadriceps. I’m going to test-knit another one just to make sure it’s as perfect as it appears. And when I’m done, I hope all our noble neckline designers will be done with their Olympic Knitting and ready to take on the next challenge: the Perfect Sweater.
Back to Torino! And do not under any circumstance forget to bid on the Noro afghan we’re auctioning for charity!!!