Problematic as they are, I really love the Olympics.
I love watching feats of insane athleticism at all hours of the day. I love rooting for underdogs. I love the continuance of the conversation around mental health (Simone Biles is a straight-up QUEEN, now and forever). Finally, I love that yarn always finds a moment to shine as well.
It’s usually the winter Olympics, admittedly. Of course, this year we can’t stop talking about Tom Daley: British diver, gold medalist, and fiber artist!!
What first went around was the Union Jack pouch he made to keep his medal from being scratched. If that’s not true knitter energy, I don’t know what is. Even better is the Olympics-themed jumper he just finished!! You can see these and other projects of his on his dedicated Instagram account. You’re absolutely going to want to give that a follow:
What a blessing to have this on my feed….
Of course, I have my own Olympics-themed knitting as well. These are my Going for Gold (Ravelry link) socks. The yarn is hand-dyed by my friend Marci at Th’red Head Designs, specifically for the occasion, with a bit of gold sparkle for gold-medal dreams.
I actually started these socks for the 2016 Olympics… Then they were a lucky project for couple of NCAA basketball tournaments… and they they went away awhile. This is one of those WIP Challenge projects I’ve been working on, and I’m getting a bit despondent because it feels like no progress is being made (even though I know it is).
As these Olympics start to wrap up, I’m feeling even worse about it. I know I’m going to put them away again. However, as luck would have it, we’re going to have another Olympics for the winter games in a few short months. I’m hoping I’ll actually be able to finish these then.
What are you working on while you watch the games? Let me know in the comments!