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 ...)