Wednesday, February 17, 2010

wishcasting Wednesday

Jamie Ridler over at asks

"Where do you wish to make a difference?"

I hope that some where in my life I have made a difference in another person's life.  Professionally I am a social worker and have always wondered if my work has helped another person.  Now that I am no longer working, I hope that staying home with my children makes a difference in their life.  I hope that my love of all things creative gets passed onto them and even if they choose another path, I hope that they see that I truly loved being creative and that they follow what ever love they have.  I hope someday that I can figure out what I want to do with my life and that it will somehow make a difference in my life and the lives of others.  I have lots of thought, but just am not sure how to channel all the different interests that I have.

Thanks for all the thought provoking questions!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Knitting olympics

I joined the yarn harlot and decided to take part in the knitting olympics.  I found out about this on facebook from my cousin Susan.  It is as follows:

The 2010 Knitting Olympics

Eligibility: Any knitter who, embracing the "Citius, Alitius Fortius" ideal, would like to challenge themselves while embracing the Olympic spirit, and is just whacked enough to play along with me.

Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, Friday, February 12, 2010 and finish before the Olympic flame goes out Sunday, February 28. That's 17 days. 

1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 17 days. 
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do...If you are experienced, use your own conscience. 
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don't set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven't slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain. 
4. No casting on before the flame is lit. (The opening ceremonies run from 6-8 pst. If you can't watch, then I'd pick a time in there.) 
5. Finish before the flame goes out. 
6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this "training.")

The Knitting Olympics has only a gold medal. (There is only do- or do not.) Finishers get a gold medal button for their blog, their name entered into a draw for a chance at a prize from me, and the joy of knowing that they are an Olympic level knitter, no matter how experienced they are. You are only competing against yourself. (Well. And the Olympic schedule.)

Who's in? 
If you're just crazy enough itching to be part of the Knitting Olympics, fill in this form, and your name and link will show up on the list of athletes here. (Many thanks to the clever and competent David, who made that page go and offered to host it.) Consider carefully. Done right, this will suck up 17 days of your life and be an epic work.
(Crappy button made by yours truly. Really good button for finishers will be made by Franklin. Feel free to swipe and save to your own server.) 

What am I knitting? 
Whistler. I figure that if I'm going to propose that you all take this on, that I set a fine example of being so completely out of my mind it's almost scary embracing the ideal.

17 days, many knitters, one dream. The Knitting Olympics.

Good luck.

I decided to try out a scarf pattern from my oddball knitting pattern book.  It's a little out of my comfort zone, but not so much that I would get frustrated with it.  My only concern is fitting it in and finishing it with 3 kids under 2.  I am really looking forward to having a short term goal that will help me to make something and use up my stash as well.  I'll post a picture after I finish and if I can remember I'll post some in between too.