Let the Fireworks Begin
August 8, 2008
Holy crapoley, the Ravelympics started TWO HOURS AGO and I haven’t even got my yarn out! I haven’t wound it. I haven’t swatched it. I barely even know what I’m using. Wait for meeeeee!
I thought the Ravelympics started when the TV coverage on NBC started–you know, I measure everything in my life by what time it starts ON TV, not in real life . . . I won’t start until I see that Parade of Nations thing and the Jamaican bobsled team goes by. Oh wait, that’s the Winter Olympics. But still–what’s the smallest team this year? That’s who I’m for.
This time zone difference is going to be a BUMMER. But I am so entranced by all the architecture that I’m going to be happy no matter what time I’m watching this stuff.
Today, I’ll be winding yarn and trying out the stitch pattern I’m going to use on my Ravlelicious Ravelympics Perfect Sweater for a Boy (Once I Leave Off the Side Shaping). I really did look around for another boy pattern to knit during this competition, but I happen to know that the Perfect Sweater works, and I want to try a stitch pattern that is going to be appearing in a sock pattern for our new book.
I’m using, like you, Kay, a batch of Rowan yarn that has reached the perfect stage of marination. It’s DK Tweed, a true classic wool from days of yore, in a winey purpley color that I thought would a) not show dirt and b) look warm.
For everyone on Team Afghans for Afghans, HIGH FIVE! All those steroids were WORTH IT! We are going to crank the handknits like Paris HIlton cranking campaign ads.
Here’s a handy time counter for those of you who are as time zone-impaired as I am.
Quote of the Day
From the Beijing Olympics fireworks designer, Cai Guo-Qiang, “Why can’t ceremonies be art?”
Cai is an artist who works with gunpowder. He just said on the Today show: “Gunpowder is very artistic. By sprinkling gunpowder on paper, then lighting it, the change of energy when the material sets fire leaves another work of art, long lasting, after the gunpowder burns away.”
When you click on all the little squares at his website, you can see his work. Here’s one example. I find this totally great.
Team Afghans for Afghans, keep us up to date on your progress over at the Team A4A message board. And really, you don’t have to be on the team to knit for the fall Afghans for Afghans campaign.
I already feel sorry for Meredith Vieira! Olympic fatigue is going to hit her like the Great Wall of China.