Monday, February 15, 2010

Olympics and knitting

The Olympics have always really held a fascination for me, whether its the Summer or Winter version. So many memories of times past - Allan Wells winning gold in Moscow in 1980, Los Angeles in 1984 with Zola Budd/Mary Decker, Daley Thompson, watching Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent winning so many golds in rowing over the year and lots of late nights watching including the British Women's Curling team winning Gold in 2002. I was born during the Munich Olympics in 1972 in the hours just after the violence affecting those games. My mum tells me it was all everyone was talking about as she was in labour.

For most knitters these days, the Olympics means a knitting challenge of some sort. I was a fairly new knitter in 2006 when the Yarn Harlot had the idea of the Knitting Olympics but it caught my imagination and I finished my project, a Clapotis in Lorna's laces Lion and Lamb.

Clapotis

In 2008, I took part in the first Ravelympics during the Beijing Olympics and challenged myself to knit a pair of Wrist warmers and 2 hats. I didn't manage to finish one of the hats but I did manage to start and finish the other projects.

Rose's wrist warmers

Gretel hat

This time around, the challenge is to knit a pair of socks using the pattern Socktopod by CookieA. Its going well so far.

Socktopod sock 1

As you can probably tell from the knitting progress, my hand is recovering well and the possibility of a fracture is thankfully not there. The splint is off and whilst I still have some pain in my thumb and wrist, its so much better. I'm not sure I would have coped very well if it had to stay on longer as I was really struggling with just doing the basics.

6 comments:

KarenV said...

Glad that your hand is getting better Paula.

Flavaknits said...

You did well in previous "games" lol!
Love the colourway and pattern of your socks - Is it a Socktopus yarn?
Mx

Andrea said...

I love the colour of the yarn you've chose. That and the name Socktopod makes me think of some kind of creature of the deep, lol.

Carol said...

I've never heard of Socktopod, probably because it's been a long time since I've done any serious knitting :)
I like your projects.
I'm enjoying the Olympics too and hoping that I might get to see some British coverage. Living in the US that will be slim :)

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MysteryKnitter said...

I wish you all the best with the healing process. Knit carefully.