Our beloved Harlot has thrown down the (thrummed, no doubt) gauntlet and declared that the Knitting Olympics shall commence next month. On the one hand, I'm all about a knitalong (see Jaywalkers, Charlotte's Web, Clapotis, Fiona, Klaralund, Smooch, and the first-ever Fuzzy Feet . . . not to mention the unspoken and single-sleeve Must-Have Cardigan) and will likely join Alison's next Sockapaloooza.
On the other hand, like dear Margene, I don't want to combine the solace of knitting with the stress of competition, even if I am only aiming for a personal best. I must've started Gloria in October, and the cardigan's still on the needles (although I expect to finish both sleeves this weekend). What could I even reasonably knit in a mere 16 days?
I'm not going to decide until I take a spin through the patterns and stash and see if anything calls out to me with Olympic aspirations. When I knit the Caryl's Kerchief for Xmas, I looked at the matching, upsized shawl pattern and thought it might be a good fit for the many mini-skeins I nabbed at the Koigu booth at MdS&W. The kerchief took less than 16 days, but that doesn't mean I could make a shawl 10 times bigger that quickly, especially when I am not on vacation!