One of the things that is very popular in the online knitting world is an activity called a knit-along — or KAL, for short. These vary widely in theme and duration, but the gist is that a group doing a KAL selects a project and participants try to complete it by a set deadline — while providing encouragement for one another.
I have never done a knit-along, mostly because deadlines stress me out. But this morning I decided to join the Ravelympics — an Olympic-themed KAL being run through Ravelry, the knitters’ social network and project management site. The rules are simple: cast on during or after the opening ceremonies and finish before the torch is extinguished. Everyone involved picks a team and event — or teams and events (dual citizenship and multiple skills are allowed). Since I was planning to start my skirt this weekend anyway, I thought it would be fun to see if I could get it done in the alloted 17 days. This makes my event “Synchronized Flirty Skirts” and I joined Team 51, which my friend sprite is running. (Props to those of you who can guess the meaning of our team name.)
I already have my swatching done, so I am good to go for tomorrow morning. Preparing ahead by swatching, by the way, isn’t cheating. Per the rules, it counts as “training.”
In honor of my team, I’ll see if I can find a go-go version of the Star Spangled Banner” for my medal ceremony. Wish me luck!
The photo is of my nephew playing peek-a-boo with my swatch.
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Please forgive any typos, spelling errors, or wonky formatting — and the lack of links — in this post. It’s my first attempt at doing a full post from the WordPress iPhone application. Generally, I just use it for drafts and polish everything up nicely on the computer before I post. But I’m on the highway halfway between home and Mom’s house with no proper computer access.