You know how much I love the Olympics, right? You know how I wept when Jim McKay died in June. I loved that guy, man. He’s the one who gave me my start in armchair athletics, back when I had my little black-and-white Sony TV that I would put on my stomach and watch in bed until I fell asleep and it slid onto the floor.
(I have to pause here to consider the fact that my mother gave me a TV for my eleventh birthday. GOD BLESS HER.)
Because there were only four channels, it was hard for me to watch enough TV, so to fill up properly, I watched a lot of ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Drag racing, logrolling, jai alai–if Jim McKay was taking me there, I was going.
So much has changed since those long, sleepy afternoons when I would get bedsores from so much television. I managed to attend the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, despite the fact that I had left a six-month-old baby back in Nashville and carried a breast pump with me in the blistering heat of downtown Atlanta. Good times, and I still have a hatful of cloisonné pins.
But there’s nothing like watching from the comfort of my sofa, AC cranked to infinity, watching the world’s greatest athletes
evade detection for steroid use compete at the highest level. Some things never change, mercifully, and I am ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT waiting for the Beijing Olympics to start.
Never mind the smog, the weird government-induced Internet lockdown, the creepy shots of one brazillion Chinese police officers in riot gear–this is going to be GREAT, people. There is no greater piece of television than this 17-day wallow. For us knitters, this is the ultimate opportunity for us to knit ourselves silly.
Ravelry has gone completely nuts over the Olympics. If you haven’t taken a look, more than 5,000 knitters have signed up for the Ravelympics. The goal: to start and finish a project during the Olympic Summer Games.
We are participating in Ravelry’s Ravelympics as members of Team Afghans for Afghans. There’s a great new campaign by Afghans for Afghans, calling for wool blankets and garments for youth ages 7-14. The details are all here.
We heartily encourage all you armchair athletes to join us on Team Afghans for Afghans. Time is short: the deadline to sign up for Team Afghans for Afghans is this Thursday, August 7, so that we can all fire up our needles during the opening ceremony on August 8.
You sign up here. This page splains it all for you. (Be sure to become a member of Ravelry, if you haven’t already.)
1. Figure out what you want to make for Afghans for Afghans during the Olympics.
2. Add a project page to your Ravelry notebook.
3. Tag your project for Ravelympics, Team Afghans for Afghans, and which event. (You choose your event–there are many events, from Sweater Sprint to to Afghan Marathon.)
4. Ready, set, KNIT.
5. Send a hello to Renee, the captain of Team Afghans for Afghans. Her sceen name is “revknits” on Ravelry.
Here’s the schedule of Olympic events. I’m already strategizing on how to make the most of this. I’m going to make a pullover for a boy, age 12 or so. (I have a 12-year-old boy here to use as a mannequin.)
Please leave a comment if you have any questions. This is our chance to rock the Afghan world with handknits, watch a righteous amount of TV, and compete at the highest level of armchair athletics.