Monday, March 1, 2010

Expecting a city-sized hangover....

So the party's finally over...I was tempted to go downtown yesterday afternoon to check out the street-party after the hockey game...But came to my senses in good time! I really don't like crowds, so it probably wouldn't have been the best idea! (Especially when word came that Translink had cancelled all the buses into and out of downtown because of the crowds. I don't think it was a planned cancellation, either - more of a "Holy shit! We weren't expecting this!" kind of situation.)

Also, it would have kind of felt like cheating, since I didn't actually watch the game. I wanted to (not because I've become a secret hockey fan, but I figure I can watch 2 hockey games every 4 years - when our women's and men's teams make it to the gold medal game. I have that much Canadian pride!) Anyway, I couldn't watch the game because we don't have a TV. This shouldn't have been an issue - I had planned to watch the live stream instead. But our computer is really getting old & cranky, and when I tried to watch the webcast, it kept overheating and shutting down. So that plan went out the window.

Instead, I got to follow an interesting and highly-entertaining commentary of the game via friends' Twitter and Ravelry posts. And let me tell you, that was probably way more fun!

Unlike many, many other knitters yesterday, I was not scrambling to get my Ravelympics (or Knitting Olympics) project finished. I gave that up as a lost cause early yesterday morning, when I ripped back the sleeve-joining that I had spent several painstaking hours knitting the night before. Something is whacked, and I need help to figure it out. So I put the Viking Sweater of Doom away, and pulled out some socks-in-progress. (Which felt very, very tiny! And soft!)

Before I packed up the VSoD, though, I had Mr.Q try on the sleeves & check the length of the body thus far. He's tickled with the sweater, and promises to wear it with pride, however badly I arse up the sleeve-join. (Me, if the upper body ends up looking like something knit by penguins on LSD, I'd rather he wasn't wearing it for all the world to see, but I appreciate his support. I'll just have to find a way to fend off those penguins.)

A pic of the beastie thus far...the body (hopefully) won't be quite as long on him as it looks, when it's finished. (And in the interest of full disclosure, I had most of the body already knit - the sleeves were my Ravelympic accomplishment. Not as much as I'd hoped for, but certainly enough to feel like a "personal best.")


Barb said...

Penguins on LSD --snort! It looks beautiful. And happy Gold Medal, Canada!

Rebecca said...

:) The sweater is fabulous! Judging from what is already there, it is going to be a great sweater. I have yet to make it through an adult sized sweater, although I have frogged much. I have been practicing with baby sized ones and realize that I still need lots of practice. However, I really want to knit some sweaters this year, so I will push on. And, if they don't fit or look good, I will donate them to someone else and start again. :)

Anonymous said...

It's going to be great! Don't worry about the length, once the shoulders are joined and the neck knit in, the whole thing will shift to it's correct place in time and space. :) I so wanted to go downtown yesterday too. Then I came to my senses and just drank at home and laughed along with the closing ceremonies. I want a big inflatable beaver for the yard!

Anonymous said...

I think it looks kinda sexy as it is...especially the off the shoulder look ; )