Has everyone already heard about Stephanie's Knitting Olympics challenge? You pick a project that is challenging for you, cast on during the Olympics opening ceremonies, and aim to bind off during the closing ceremonies. Whew!
I was fence-sitting for quite some time on this one. I tend to not like deadlines, because they impose themselves so frequently at work, why would I want additional ones for my craft time? On the other hand, this is a nicer deadline than most of my work ones. And deadlines aren't all bad, they allow me to try new things within a reasonable time period (like my lifetime), something I probably wouldn't get to otherwise. Witness my carved dog stamps from Myra's postcard swap: I had that stamp carving kit for the better part of a year but never got around to it until two or three days before the deadline.
I finally decided to join in. There are 1800+ people signed up, so if I don't achieve my goal I won't be singled out and spotlighted, right?
Cute, no? I picked this pattern because she looks just like me so I know it will be a good match. Alright, I'm just kidding on that. The only similarity is that we both have black hair. Still I thought it looked cute and for a total cost (yarn + pattern) of only about $10, I can afford to take a chance on it. This is a challenge for me because I've never knit a sweater for myself or for any adult, only baby sweaters. (Eek, what was I thinking??? Calm, deep breaths... OK, better now.)
I also decided to join because I wanted to make a team button. So here's my Team Northern Arizona button (the background is a picture I took of the Grand Canyon a few months ago):
Cast-on starts Friday, 10 February. I'll attempt to post progress reports. Wish me luck!