For those non-knitbloggers who occasionally grace my site with their presence (hi Nana!), the Ravelympics is an "event" being held by the knitting/crocheting networking site, Ravelry. The purpose of the Ravelympics is to start and complete a project of one's choosing between the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics. There are events with cute titles like "Designer Discus", "Sweater Sprint", "Afghan Marathon", etc. Sounds fun, right?
As with most things of this nature that I decide to take part in, I have taken on a project that is the most difficult thing I could possibly knit and finish within the 17-day span of the Olympics. Just as I foolishly signed up for three accounting classes this summer, and as I brazenly marched in the Classics Chair's office the summer before my senior year of college and announced that I would earn a degree in Greek & Latin even if that meant taking beginning Latin plus 100% of the upper division requirements in one year, I have signed myself up for a Ravelympics project that involves:
1. Designing a sweater from scratch
2. Long length
3. Fingering-weight yarn
5. The most seaming as is humanly possible in one sweater
And why? Well, even though I'm not an inherently competitive person, I apparently have some strange desire to see just how far I can push myself and how much stress I can take in finishing something that was ridiculous to begin and whose finishing will have no real impact on my life. Aside from my own pride in having completed something ridiculous, I suppose.
So here's what I'm hoping my Ravelympics sweater will look like (courtesy of Anthropologie):
And here's what it looks like right now:
There is quite a bit left to do -- I'm completely redoing that ruffle tonight because it's terrible -- but I think I might actually finish in time to get my "Ravlete 2008" badge. The bad news is that I am so sick of knitting and seaming this thing, of spending literally every single spare moment I have on it, that I don't know if I'll be able to look at it again after it's done...