I've had a lot of fun participating in previous Knitting Olympics. The whole idea of knitting along with so many other people and the starting and finishing of a project in two weeks is great! This time, however, I had a feeling it might not go so well. I've been experiencing some technical difficulties and I'm lacking focus...something an Olympian really needs to reach their goal and have a chance at a medal.
At the last minute, I chose a pattern and yarn, signed up, and got started. I kinda had a feeling my project was a bit more than I could do in two weeks but it's something I've been wanting to make and we're suppose to challenge ourselves in this event, right?
I started "Gabriel's Wings" with some Berroco Comfort sock yarn that I had. I like how it's looking. But, even though the pattern is basically pretty simple, I've had trouble with silly errors and trying to figure out where they are and how to fix them. Ugh! Somehow the number of stitches became uneven on the two sides. I tinked and knitted, over and over, and eventually got the stitches back on track but later found another error where an eyelet hole should be, but isn't. I usually don't like to leave things like that but I had so much trouble getting to where I am that I've decided that it can stay. I think it's not that noticable, especially as the shawl gets bigger.
I have to confess that I haven't been very focused on just this one shawl project. I'm so excited about several projects that it's hard to ignore any of them. So, other projects have been sharing/stealing some of my Olympic knitting time.
With all of tinking and fixing and working on other projects, I haven't gotten very far. I'm pretty sure, at this point, that I'm not going to earn a medal at this year's games. But, the joy is in participating and I am having fun! I wish there were Knitting Olympics every year!