Sunday, February 12, 2006

I pledge...

The Knitting Olympics Athletes Pledge

I, a knitter of able hands and quick wits, to hereby swear that over the course of these Olympics I will uphold the highest standard of knitterly excellence.

I will be deft of hand and sure of pattern, I will overcome troubles of yarn overs and misplaced decreases. I will use the gifts of intelligence and persistence (as well as caffeine and chocolate) and I will execute my art to the highest form, carrying with me the hope for excellence known to every knitter.

I strive to win. To do my best, and to approach the needles with my own best effort in mind, without comparing myself to my fellow knitters, for they have challenges unique to them.

While I engage in this pursuit of excellence and my own personal, individual best, I also swear that I will continue to engage with my family in conversation, care for my pets, speak kindly with those who would ask me to do something other than knit, and above all, above every stitch thrown or picked, above every cable, every heel stitch, every change of colour, I swear this:

That I will remember that this is not the real Olympics, that I'm supposed to be having fun and that my happiness and self-worth ride not on my success....

but on my trying.

I was able to cast on Friday night after missing the official 2pm cast on time. I had asked a fellow knitter do you really think a pair of socks is going to be challenging enough? She said yes! Well after 3 times of trying to cast on- and feeling like I was going to break my size 1 needles- I will agree they are going to be a challenge. Size 1 needles are equal to very long toothpicks. We could have a knitter down if frustration and fatigue cause a needle to snap. I hope the local knitting stores are stocked up on size 1 needles.

Here is the official cast on photo

on a gardening note... It's Sunday and I have not made it out to the yard. I see from the bedroom window a small spot of Yellow... I think the daffodils have decided to make an appearance. The Forsythia in the front yard has a few flowers as well. This is a good time to bring branches of flowering shrubs inside and force them into bloom. To have best results make sure to take a hammer to the ends of the branch- basically hit the bottom a few times to break up the wood. That way water is able to get into the branch faster. A co-worker saw a display where they had taken a tall vase and placed apples in the bottom and had the shrub branches sticking out the top.

Driving around Portland yesterday I noticed cherries in bloom. I love the pink flowers against the dark bark. I might have to go up to Hoyt Aboretum with the camera and see what's in bloom.
There is rumor that we are going to have a frost this week. Maybe it's good I won't get my peas in... there's always next week.

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