Sometimes it's not about win or lose. Sometimes it's important just to finish the race.
I didn't officially participate in the Knitting Olympics this year, but I did make an unofficial goal of finishing two separate projects.
One of the projects is my Mystery Socks, both knit at the same time (sort of), started January 1 and finished February 18. I've done better, but that's not too shabby.
Pattern: Jan/Feb Mystery socks from the Solid Socks group on Ravelry.
The other project I finished has been staring evilly at me from the table next to my TV chair since last November. It was sleeveless when I took it to Washington with me over Thanksgiving. By the time I got back to Ohio, it had one sleeve finished, and the stitches for the second sleeve picked up. The week before the new year, the second sleeve was half finished. (Then the mystery sock pattern appeared on Jan. 1, and my focus went elsewhere.) This past Monday, when I was sent home from work early due to the severity of the White Death, I thought to myself, "How ridiculous is it that this project isn't finished yet???" I flipped on the Olympics, and, inspired by the endurance and tenacity of the athletes, I finished...
Calvin's Birthday Sweater!!!!!!!
Pattern: Sherwood from Knitty, Fall 2006
Sure, his birthday was last November. But this is the FIFTEENTH sweater I've knitted for nieces and nephew, and this is the first time I've been late. And if you're gonna be late, you might as well be REALLY late. Besides, it's still the right season, and it will still fit him (I think), and it should still fit him next winter, too (I hope). And, I've already found the perfect pattern for his 5th birthday, and I need to get started on it very soon.
Plus, it's not about whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. And, uh... finishing. Yeah. Finishing.