This Olympic journey has been something so far. While my projects have been way more successful than NBC’s lackluster coverage, I have had a few false starts.

I inadvertently started knitting with a different size needle than what was intended, so that was false start #1. After one more false start, I have now made some progress.


This is the start of the back and front panels. I’m slightly concerned that I won’t have enough yarn to make this with 3/4 length sleeves like I want but we’ll see. I’ve also started the cashmere handwarmers.

I’ve scheduled my denim event for next weekend so I hope be finished with the sweater by then.

After all this is over I have an idea for another cashmer version of this same sweater. I think I’ll sell both patterns. I haven’t done that in a while.

Olympic Dreams

Once upon a time I wanted to go to the Olympics. I began running track at age 8. I liked it. For a time I excelled at it. My parents would take us around the country to compete and I even got some of those “Pre-Olympic” training team letters. For a time, I aspired to that. But over time, you grow up and develop other interests. At 16 I realized I enjoyed it but not enough to put up with the grueling workouts and miss out on all the fun that I was missing to practice. By 18, I was done. I had a greater interest. College, computer graphics, and fashion. Gone by the wayside were my Olympic dreams.

Olympic Challenges

As I watch the 2012 Olympic Games, I recognize the hard work and effort that these athletes have put into getting to the Games. And while, that feat was never in the cards for me, I can join in the spirit of the games by having my own Olympic challenge. In previous years, knitters have come together to celebrate the games and “compete” in what were called the Knit Olympics or the Ravelympics. This year I want to go beyond this and have my own little “Mini Games”.

As Team Saun, I am going to compete in several events:

The Swatch, Design, Knit: where I attempt to design a sweater.

The Denim Marathon: where I make 2 pairs of denim in a weekend.

The Handwarmer Knit, Dip, & Dye: where I knit 2 pair of handwarmers and dye them.

I am starting as I watch the Opening Ceremonies and hope to finish it all by the Closing Ceremonies. Will I make it? Stay tuned to find out. I plan to post regular updates.

So what are you doing during these Olympic Games?