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the Olympic Moment Wednesday February 24, 2010


And the knitting with the Olympians continues…

While Bode Miller and the tiara’ed Julie Mancuso step up to the podium and celebrate (and chew, Bode!), my fingers have been flying! Now at the half-way point (oh-oh should be more) with only days to go, it grows and grows, both bigger and smaller.

The thrill of Victory: seeing the texture pattern take shape within the form of the garment itself.

The agony thereof: having to rip back 8 really long row last night when I discovered I was not even following My Own Pattern. It was Late; the brain was was struggling to maintain on fumes.

And I ripped and put all those stitches back on the needle and when I laid my head on the pillow, the eight rows had become ten before I drifted off to dreamland…

To say what I’m doing in comparison to the athletes on the mountain tops is as heroically large, is, of course, absurd. But, as I keep seeing the drama unfold, the behind-the-scene warm-ups, the husky bold chatter of the coaches in the background to pump up the skier right before they launch out of the gate; the collapses at the finish in the cross and the soft, personal close ups in the kiss-n-cry, I see how it’s really much much more than any medal or finish line.

Vancouver Olympics Figure SkatingThe olympic moment is actually the moment the person steps up to the starting line and wills themselves into the ether of the future, come good come bad.

It’s the attempt itself. That’s the heart of it, at least to me. It’s the thing that’s made this very real and inspiring in a way that has followed me from these games and become a path worth following.

For every first place, there are all the hundreds of others who try. The unseen or non-media celebrated who walk right up to that incredible wall of pressure that is the Starting Line. Imagine it. I did and it rang in my ears.

In my mind, they are the winners; they are the people who’ve made sacrifices and trained to the empty stands, who don’t have the endorsements and spacey commercials, who’ve gone home when the sun’s still up and risen before the dawn: to Try.

Seeing all of the finishers who don’t medal with faces filled with exuberance and joy in the attempt is the thing that’s come away with me.

Thinking it would be easier to quit is not an option; knowing it is harder to go the distance is the reward, even knowing you might have to dust off. To Try Again.

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Monday Morning Mirth February 22, 2010

  Monday Morning Mirth  

George Clooney in middle school had the same hard time picking out glasses that I’m having…

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We’re Teaching a MONDO Class! Come Join Us! February 21, 2010


We’re pleased to announce that we will be teaching
a Mondo Cable Class at Loopy Yarns
Sundays March 7, 14, 21, and 28
from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Here’s the details:
Loopy Yarns
47 W. Polk St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Class Name: Mondo Cables

Description: Ready for some big cable love? Join us in unraveling the mysteries of the twist… If you’ve made scarves and a simple sweater, here’s your next move.

In this class, you will learn some great techniques and elements that will take your skill set to the next level. Along with cabling, we will explore the various sections of the sweater and how they all add up to a successful whole. These patterns are unique in that there is little finishing involved; they are designed with special touches that are worked as-you-go to speed the wearing of your fabulous new creation!

We are totally excited about this and can’t wait to cast on with you! Come join us!

Call Loopy Yarns to sign up: 312-583-YARN (9276)

More Mondo Cable Love!

KMbackdrop_6-1The fabulous Jasmin & Gigi from the Knitmore Girls Podcast are casting on beginning March 1st for an online Mondo Cable KAL!

Be sure to visit their site for details and download the broadcast here!

purllogoLook for Jasmin & Gigi and our good friends from Purlescence Yarns next weekend at the Stitches West 2010 Show in Santa Clara, CA — February 25-28th.

Catch them here:
FRIDAY: Abstract Fiber, 12-1, booth 642.
SATURDAY: Purlescence Yarns, 12-1, booths 830/832/834/836. (It’s one big booth.)

I sure wish I could be there! I’ve only been to the Stitches Midwest show here in the Chicagoland area which is such a TRIP! It is like a knitter’s carnivale and I hear the one on the Left Coast kicks it! SO envious – stop by and tell them I say Hello! from silly snowy Chicago! Anybody who sights a Chic Knits garment or product at Stitches West (in a booth or on a shopper) and emails me a picture to infoATchicknitsDOTcom with details will be sent a 20% off coupon!

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