Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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    For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.
    -Mary Lou Retton

    With 33% of the total available Olympic time remaining, the Team College Hill athletes were frantically knitting away, and our crack reporter had difficulty getting a complete sentence. The official Team College Hill spokesperson did note some objection to the second-by-second Olympic timer countdown. This countdown is counting every second, and not just available knitting seconds. It fails to take into account that there will be much knitting time available at the end of the week when the planets align and good things happen:
    • Katja will be done with Step 2 of her US Medical Licensing Exam in 7h 35m and 06s - wish her luck!
    • Leah will have finished all her shifts in the ED and move onto the important things in life - like knitting
    • Rachel will have actually done some work at work this week instead of playing with photoshop and making team buttons . . . unless she makes good on her talk of iron-on transfers and matching T-shirts
    • Theresa will have finished (after starting) her paper on narrating nationhood in the 1820s, because she's currently blaming her fickle row gauge on that
    The Team College Hill spokesperson remains optimistic about the available knitting time remaining, noting that Leah was heard to mumble things about "zwie sleepover" and Katja might have uttered the phrase "all knitting, all the time" in between counting stitches. Furious bouts of knitting over the weekend resulted in great progress.
    • Check out Rachel's progress on Tubey on her blog - it fits! And don't forget to wish her a happy birthday while you're over there.
    • Katja had a moment of heart-stopping panic when she realized that her center stitch was not, in fact, the center stitch. Turns out she miscounted very early on and had 10 diamonds on one side and 12 on the other. Rather than "open it all up" and face defeat, she has a clever plan to progressively decrease the extra stitches on the one side. No one will ever notice, and she is flying along, having completed 52 rows, or approximately 50.5%, according to the handy-dandy shawl progress calculator.
    • Leah made some progress on in upstate New York this weekend, where she tried to explain the Knitting Olympics to her 5 and 7 year old cousins. Their response? "But you always knit." True enough - she was at row 36 (36.2%) before her ER shift last night.
    • Theresa alternates between hope and despair. She finished the sleeves (both together) of Am Kamin, cursing the row gauge that made her knit more and more the entire time, and started the fronts. With the realization that 76 (left front stitch count) is less than 120 (sleeve stitch count), she is back on a hopeful upswing, estimating herself to be about 65-70% done.
    Shortly before heading off to take her boards, Katja raised her head from her knitting and spoke clearly to articulate the sentiment held deep within the hearts of all Olympians: "What are we going to do with ourselves after the Knitting Olympics?"

    10 Comments:

    Anonymous Rachel said...

    While I have infinite faith in Katja's preparedness for the boards today, it does amuse me that her progress on her shawl jumped from 30 percent to 50 percent the day before the exam. If she aces them she should market Olympic knitting as a study aid.

    Would you believe it if I told you I was awake from 3-4 a.m. trying to think up a design for the TCH t-shirts? Mildly pathetic, isn't it?

    2/21/2006 6:15 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Go, Team College Hill, go!!

    #1 suggestion for after the Knitting Olympics are over: Sleep.

    2/21/2006 6:23 AM  
    Blogger Lynda said...

    Team College Hill rules! After the Olympics, still knit like crazy, just w/o the stress! (says a stress-free, but advertureless Olympic spectator)

    2/21/2006 6:45 AM  
    Anonymous Monica said...

    Go, Theresa, go! Almost there! :)

    2/21/2006 8:20 AM  
    Anonymous Antje, Katja's Mom said...

    Thanks, Rachel, for your infinite faith in Katja. I needed someone to soothe my nerves....I wonder why am I the one who always stresses out more than Katja when I casually mention preparedness for the boards in connection with other stuff like knitting?
    Well, 5hrs 7mins more to go.... WYL!!!
    Re: what to do after the Olympics...no problem, Katja, I can always come up with a plan to declutter your stuff here at home...and I'm looking forward for you to come an teach me lace knitting.

    2/21/2006 8:55 AM  
    Blogger theflitgirl said...

    Clearly the only thing to do after completing the Olympics is take a celebratory trip to NYC. Perhaps a ticker tape parade can be arranged?

    2/21/2006 11:26 AM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    I'm with Chris. The only thing to do is to catch up with everything you neglected while this frenzy was going on and then hibernate, which is what I'm doing.

    2/21/2006 4:04 PM  
    Anonymous Wonderland Knitter said...

    YEAH TEAM COLLEGE HILL! I've got the cowbell out and whanging like crazy!

    DING, DING, DING, DING!!!

    2/21/2006 8:08 PM  
    Blogger christine said...

    Let's see, what am I going to do after the Olympics? Have a life!
    Go, Team College Hill! Cheering from Chicago, still.......

    2/22/2006 10:49 AM  
    Anonymous Leah said...

    I just finished Chart 3 for the first time! Only 2 more Chart 3s and a Chart 4! Maybe it will be possible to win gold afterall ;) It is finally starting to look something like a shawl.

    2/22/2006 2:53 PM  

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