Well, a dream is in the process of coming true… for years, I have watched and loved the Olympics. I enjoyed both the Summer and the Winter games, but the it was the winter games that really held my full attention. As a young girl, I loved the figure skaters and ice dancers, and in the years since, I have really grown to love other winter sports.
…Growing up in a dry steppe (near desert) climate in southeastern New Mexico, there were not a lot of winter sports going on – perhaps that is why they interested me so much. Plus, I was about 11 years old when The Mighty Ducks movie came out, and I was turned on to hockey then… that interest in the sport (and truthfully, back then, it was probably more interest in the boys who played the sport…) lay dormant in me for about eight more years until I met my own hockey boyfriend, aka Kris
Fast forward a few more years and you have a very devoted ice hockey fan and one who can actually plan ahead. After the Beijing Olympics last summer, I looked into the Winter 2010 games and signed up for a newsletter from the International Olympic Committee about the games in Vancouver. …and come October 2008, the buzz started. Ticket sales, lotteries, trip planning. I was ready! Kris and I discussed and planned to go – not really researching much, but putting our names in for an international lottery for event tickets. We signed up for 15 events in October, and it was not till January 2009 that we learned that we got 3 events: a men’s hockey game, freestyle skiing, and a curling competition. So, we waited to find out some more information about lodging and arrangements… and it wasn’t until mid-May that we were able to figure something out! On May 14th, a huge block of tickets went on sale to the international audience , and Kris and I scored 5 more hockey game tickets! So, now it is official – we are going to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics!
…and even more official now that we have a place to stay! I tell you, in case you didn’t already know: Ravelry is amazing. I posted on one of the Vancouver boards about recommendations for B&Bs or rental properties, and within a few days, I had a great deal worked out with a fellow Raveler. It all came together so incredibly perfect. In fact, I started a Ravelry group specifically for the Vancouver Olympics, and there are already threads going for some of the events, and general information about Vancouver, and the beginnings of some knit/crochet-alongs. Now, we just have to get the plane tickets and …wait… till February 2010!
But I have a plan for the interim. That plan is pretty elaborate and involves traditional stranded colorwork and small gauge needles. That plan involves Dale of Norway!
Many of you may know that Dale of Norway designs an “official” handknit sweater for each Winter Olympics. Often they include some sort of patterning that ties into the culture of the host country – one of the most memorable was the dragons in the Nagano 1998 – you can see several of the Olympic sweaters here as well as the ski team sweaters. The official Vancouver sweater will be released in June or July – according to the buzz on the Ravelry Dale of Norway group – and while I am greatly anticipating it, I am also realistic in the thought that finishing one of these elaborate small gauge designs in time for the Olympics will be quite a feat – but I really want to make TWO – one for Kris and one for me. Luckily, Dale offers a huge line of ski-style sweaters – some a little less challenging, and easier to complete… I am specifically looking at these two designs:
Now just to find some of those glasses for Kris! …The design at left is from the Dale of Norway #150 booklet, and the one at right is from the Liberec 2009 booklet. I thought both had a nice amount of patterning without being too busy. Both seemed wearable and “do-able”. For the women’s version, I love the hem line/collar detail of the diagonal rib, and the gradient yoke. The men’s is one that Kris approved of (surprisingly – he goes for the simplest of simple in most cases). …now to find the right yarns and colors! Ideas?
Seems like it could happen, right? Am I delusional to think that I can do this (especially with all of the other knits I have planned??)
Vancouver Olympics 2010: we are so excited!