The ‘olympication’ part of Twenty Twelfty Jubilimpycation is well on its way, and I’m totally enjoying it! The opening ceremony was just amazing (someone give that man an Oscar…) and I think the the torch lighting was so very original, but it also had such a strong message about developing and encouraging future generations of talent. I couldn’t help but see a parallel with classical Indian music, where we place importance on the passing on of knowledge – one of the greatest honours for a teacher is when their student has not only ‘graduated’ but gone on to develop a student of their own to graduation level.
So, on the knitting front, I’m taking part in this year’s Ravellenic Games (essentially, select a knitting project or challenge, start during the Olympics, and aim to finish by the time the Olympic flame goes out). I had all intention of casting on my project right at the start of the ceremony, but I (and also others, as it turns out) was so engrossed in the ceremony that i couldn’t tear my eyes away to cast on until after the athletes’ parade started.
I must also confess that I’ve been rather distracted from my Ravellenics project, by none other than Usain Bolt. When i saw the pattern for him on the Radio Times website i couldn’t resist! I finally finished him yesterday.
So I’m back to my Trinity Shawlette now, a gorgeous P/hop pattern. Gareth and I go down to London tomorrow and I’m So Very Excited about it all! I’m also looking forward to doing my Olympic knitting at the Olympics 🙂 Going by the advice of others who’ve been in the venues, wooden circulars seem the best way forward. I hope they’re not an issue, but I’m willing to give up a set of 4mm interchangeable tips for the possibility that I’ll get to knit at London 2012 – not to mention being able to make some decent progress on my project during all the travelling and “aim to be there 2 hours before your event starts” waiting time.
Usain is helping out while it’s still smaller than him.