Monday, January 18, 2010

Ravelympics? Yes or No?

Back in 2008, I decided to be a part of Team Canada for the Summer Olympics. It was great fun, and I managed to knock off 2 WIPs that had been lurking in my stash. Well, before I knew it, Vancouver 2010 is just around the corner, and I haven't decided if I want to be part of it again. Normally, I would dive right in without any hesitation, but there are a couple things that are complicating my decision this year.

The first complicating issue is the fact that the hubby and I are actually, physically GOING to the Olympics for one week. While I can take knitting with me, we all know that it's just that much harder now to bring all the little things that you never know if you'll need when you're finishing a project. That said, I suppose I could always just be less ambitious with my project, and aim to finish it during the first week of the Olympics.

The other thing is that, and I suppose this is the big news that I haven't really talked about here yet, is the fact that we're expecting our first baby in the spring! Remember that Classy that I mentioned before? Well, that's being slated for a baby sweater for the little one on the way. I know many of you are probably saying that this may be perfect for the Ravelympics -- something to spur me on to finish some goodies for the forthcoming baby. I considered that too, and it's not without its merits. However, I have to admit that this pregnancy is taking its toll on my knitting time. It takes me just a little longer to do just about everything now, and after work I have a hard time staying awake past 9 or 10pm.

I honestly keep waffling back and forth between whether I join or not. Sometimes having a deadline, even if it's a friendly one, is nice to keep me on track. Sometimes, it stresses me out. Then again, maybe the fact that the baby is going to enter this world whether the sweater is ready or not should be deadline enough? I still can't seem to decide.

How about all of you? Any of you planning to join the Ravelympics?

And since there haven't been any photos in this post, here's a random one of some cute kitties.


Rebecca said...

If you subscribe to the Yarn Harlot's theory that the baby won't come UNTIL the knitting is done.. I bet that'd get you going. :)

And so long as A. doesn't mind, I'll keep you knitting coming at lunch.

Adrienne said...

Don't force yourself to participate if you think it'll stress you out! Maybe you could bring it with you to Vancouver (jealous!) and knit on it a little bit while you're there, so that it'll still be an Olympic knit, if not a Ravelympic one? =)

I thought briefly about joining and knitting an Ishbel, but then decided that the deadline would stress me out too much. Plus, I intensely dislike being forced to watch NBC's Olympic coverage. =)

Karen said...

Rebecca - Good point about the Harlot's theory. You'll laugh, but after I read your comment, I had a distinct urge to wind my yarn and cast on right away. And yay for knitting company at lunch! Maybe it'll spur A. to bring her own stuff in :)

Adrienne - Yeah, I think I'm leaning towards not signing up formally, and just knitting what I feel like during the Olympics. Going to Vancouver was one of those things that was a great idea before I got preggers, and now we're left wondering just how much stuff I'll be able to do at over 7mo big. Oh well - I still want to go just so I can say I've been to an Olympics. Boo for being forced to watch NBC coverage. Maybe you can get some Canadian coverage streaming on your computer?

Marie said...

I hope you have a wonderful time AT the Olympics. It should be an amazing time.
I'm glad you are leaning towards not signing up for the Ravelympics. I think it would be too stressful. Now is the time to enjoy, relax, and rest.
I too will not be joining the Ravelympics with our baby due to arrive any day.

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Alice said...

Wow, congratulations! I am excited to see the baby knits as they pop up on your blog :)

I'm kinda meh about the Ravelympics this time around but I'm hoping to finish up some really old UFOs that I have laying around. I say enjoy watching the Olympics as much as possible. The knitting can always wait :)