07 August 2016

Olympic Weekend

Well, I've been sucked in, as usual.  I always think that I probably won't watch much of the Olympics coverage, and then I think, "Well, let me see some of the Opening Ceremonies," then I'm in for the long haul. Sports I often either know nothing about or usually care about suddenly become very important to me.  

There are worse things I could do.  And I have to say that the Olympics are very beneficial to my knitting.  I haven't done much this summer at all, but last week I got back into some projects, and yesterday I pulled out a pattern and yarn I wanted to start for a Christmas gift.  Once I remembered how it worked (you really need to pay attention at the beginning, then you can pretty much do the rest with muscle memory), and tore out the first beginning version when it looked wonky, I was on my way.  As long as I don't need to pay close attention, Olympics and knitting make an excellent combo for me.

Of course, The Tim pays a bit of attention, but he's able to continue with his life better than I can.  He gets somewhat sucked in, as opposed to the vacuum whoosh that takes me.  He'll sit with me and listen to an audiobook while watching, and then pay more attention when something major is happening.  And the poor cats just avoid us altogether, due to increased animation and sometimes yelling on our (OK, mostly my) parts.  

Anyway, it's also been a good distraction for both of us, which is helpful.  And we actually have brief conversations beyond our usual summertime conversations, which generally consist of "Do you want something to drink" or "I'm going to bed now."  (Neither of us enjoys the heat and especially not the humidity, so we have little to say since it makes both of us crabby.)  

But I digress.  As I said, I started a project yesterday, and made a lot of progress between then and today.  Given that I am not the fastest knitter, this is major for me.


This is approximately 50% complete.  It's for my niece Annie for Christmas, and the pattern is the Portfolio Scarf by Erika Flory.  I made one for myself and I wear it a lot.  It's a pattern that, as I said above, is not difficult once you "get" it, but has enough interest, and is small enough that you don't get bored.

What about you?  Are you doing any Olympic knitting, or participating in the Ravellenic Games on Ravelry?  (Surely I'm not the only one ...)

7 comments:

Bonny said...

Me, too! I wasn't especially interested in the Olympics, but I've also gotten sucked in, watching bike racing with terrible crashes, swimming, and gymnastics. It's been good for my knitting also, and I may even be making progress on a baby blanket that has been slow going. I love your bright pink Portfolio and am impressed with how far you've gotten on this one. Happy watching and knitting!

kathy b said...

My favorite events are the steeplechase with the equestrian team, and I love diving and synchronized swimming. Im knitting dishcloths and Christmas Stockings. My sock attempt last week, isnt on the right size needles and the rest are packed away

Dee said...

I tried watching, but the commentating drove me CRAZY. I will probably watch a bit, but not all night long.

I have started new projects, but it's for Kathy's dishcloth swap, not because of the Olympics.

Kym said...

Count me IN as part of the sucked-in crowd! I LOVE to watch the swimming -- so I usually ease off when that's over. This year I'm watching the gymnastics, too. And, yeah. Good for the knitting! :-)

Araignee said...

I am glued to the TV day and night switching back and forth to try to see as much as I can. I do use it as background noise though and continue going about all the million things I have going on. I do have an Olympic project even though I said I wouldn't start anything new. I had all that handspun left over from the TdF that needed something to do.

elns said...

Your Olympic viewing pretty much describes me. Unfortunately I'm still not knitting enough. I've been pretty exhausted lately. I'm sure I'll catch up soon...

Lorette said...

We haven't watched ANY of it. We have family visiting, not sure why they picked THIS WEEK to come here when there are 50 other perfectly fine weeks of the year with nothing of note on TV.