So anyone else watch the ill fated race of Liu Xiang? He is the Chinese track superstar who after a false start for a recent Olympic race, dropped out due to the obvious pain from an injury he was suffering. One might wonder why he attempted to run in the first place as he was in no shape to do it. Perhaps he felt he owed it to his country (and to himself) to try even though the smart thing to do would be to sit this one out.
I am Liu Xiang. Sort of.
Let me explain:
Liu Xiang is a track superstar and a former Olympic gold medalist. I am not a track superstar (or a superstar of anykind) but I AM a former Olympic Gold Medalist–Norwegian Stockings/Barcelona Olympics ’06 baby!
Like Liu Xiang, I too entered a race I had no chance of winning. I am a competitor and I get a wee bit compulsive sometimes. Me entering Ravelympics with a stranded colorwork sweater knit on size 1 and 3 needles that I was planning on re-designing with only a week for prep work was perhaps a bit over-ambitious. I might not have seen reason at the time, but I understand now that I was bordering on crazy. Still…you never know and so like Liu Xiang, I entered anyway.
It took a false start for Liu Xiang to see reason. After he started the race and the buzzer rang saying they had to start again he promptly tore off his number and limped off the track. I had my own “false start” in my event when I realized I had twisted my knitting at the cast on–which I have never done before I might add. I didn’t realize what I had done for about an inch of knitting. I needed to start over and as I did, in my head I was symbolically tearing off my number and admitting that while it was a stretch to think I could finish this project with two solid weeks of knitting–it was impossible to do so after having lost 3 weekend days of knitting. Oh, and that was the other thing, I started late to begin with.
So all this is a long way of saying I am considering my ravelympic 2008 run as over. I am sorry if I got up anyones hopes that they were actually going to see an FO here this weekend. Like Liu Xiang didn’t want to disappoint the people of China, I also do not want to disappoint my faithful readers.
All is not lost however. I am still moving forward with Little Birds Pullover. I have worked out the sizing and stitch counts and I also have some very impressive ribbing to show off.
One of the reasons why I had a late start on this project was me trying to pick the right color combo.
I tried and tried to pick something other than blue for the birds but when it came down to it, the birds told me very clearly that they wanted to be blue. I think I found a pretty great shade for them (not pictured) and as soon as I have a nice bit of the body completed I will give you a peek at what they look like.
Ravelympics or no, I am still hoping to keep a good pace with this sweater. Wish me luck!