Saturday, February 04, 2006

Come join me on the Knitters Short Bus


If you read knitting blogs at all, then you've surely read about Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics, either on her blog or on any of the over 2,000 almost 4,000 (!!!?!) other knitters' blogs who've signed up for the "competition". I won't go into a lot of explanation here since you can read the description and rules for yourself on Harlot's blog, but the gist of it is that you cast on a new and challenging knitting project during the 2006 Winter Olympics (Torino) Opening Ceremonies, and finish the project by the time the flame goes out at the Closing Ceremonies.

If I've learned one thing about myself in these past 40 years, I've learned that I'm not a fan of deadlines. And this "knit-along" falls into that category. So given that, and the fact that I'm a slow knitter and there's no guarantee my back isn't going to start acting up again, I don't think I'll be "going for the gold".

However, someone recently pointed out another "contest" that is definitely more suited to remedial knitters like me. Janis has proposed a Knitting Special Olympics, for those of us who just like to knit and don't really want to "race" to the finish line. Only rule is to cast-on during Opening Ceremonies and finish whenever you like.

She's even created a button for it:

I'm game for that! So, won't you come join me on the knitters short bus?



Bess said...

I'm so bad with deadlines I don't even do very may just to please myself. Besides, I can't watch the olympics anyway so I should have no time to participate.

Can you believe 2000 people want to follow anybody? Man - what a thought. I tend to forget the scale the rest of the world lives by way out here in the boonies.

So I'll stick to my personal stuff and delight in watching my friends who've joined as the plug along.

julia fc said...

Oh, that's so fun! Finish when you like is just my speed. And everyone gets a ribbon for just participating?

Courtney said...

I know that the kintters short bus is probably where I belong, but I'm going for the gold in the Jaywalker event of the Knitting Olympics. It's good to know that this is here though. I love the picture of the short bus.

Liz said...

Heh, too cute Mary! I'm too spinning devoted to be able to manage a mandatory knitting event! Although lately, my needles have been speaking to me...

There is no such thing as a knitting short bus! Not wanting to knit on a deadline is not in any way indicitive of skill. Don't sell yourself short! (Pun intended...)

Katie said...

Hahaha! I've seen a few knitting olympic "spoof" ish things, but this is actually a cool idea. (I agree with Courtney--this is probably where I belong, but too late, I already signed up to knit Mariah. Hehe...he....he.....)