Egads – Knitting Olympics
I just did it, despite a little, sensible voice at the back of my brain saying that I have too many other projects with deadlines looming, I signed up for the Knitting Olympics. See, the 2006 Knitting Olympics was rather pivotal in my development as a knitter, Kat with a K convinced me to do it and I think of that project as the project that turned me from someone who knit occasionally to a Knitter. Before the Knitting Olympics I spent my time making random swatches and had one successful project, a garter stitch scarf that took way too long to knit. The idea that I could finish a project, even something as little as a hat, in two weeks seemed very challenging. But I did it, and I didn’t even get hand cramps. It was also the time I started reaching out to other knitters and learning so many wonderful details about knitting and yarn.
This time my project is a vest. The Gilmore Vest has been in my mental queue for a long time (since September 2008). Some project or other keeps bumping its place and so I decided that a vest would be challenging (sweaters tend to take me months, not weeks) but not setting myself up for failure and I had yarn I thought I could use for this project. I swatched on 4.5 mm (US 7) needles and am way way off gauge. So I’m going to do the math and figure it out. Since I am 47 minutes away from the cast-on time I need to get cracking.