I did it! I did it! I did it! I actually finished my Botanica Medallion cardi last night, a half hour before the end of the closing ceremonies. I had fully intended to post a blog yesterday entitled “Big Fat F” that ranted about what a miserable failure I was at my Olympic challenge project. Instead, I knit all day and managed to finish the darn thing just in time.
Now, if you are at all familiar with Shiri Mor’s pattern, you can see that I made mine much larger. After all, I’m much larger, so I wanted the sweater to actually fit my copious and numerous curves (okay…rolls!). Blocking my inner medallion larger than the pattern called for, however, caused lots and lots of extra stitches. Extra stitches equals extra time, hence the fear of failure at meeting the Olympic deadline. But I triumphed, and, while I don’t think I deserve a gold medal, I do certainly think I deserve a gold star. Or at least a slightly tarnished silver one.
So with a sigh of relief, I am looking ahead at my next several projects. I can’t wait to start my wool jacket for next winter, but I may need a few small projects thrown in as well. A guy in my Tae Kwon Do class has a new baby at home, so an EZ Baby Surprise jacket will make an awesome bite-size project. I also have a couple pink ribbon scarves to whip up for a friend to further my Scarves of Hope “ministry.” Certainly never a dull moment in the life of a compulsive knitter…never a fiber-free moment anyway.