Under Pressure?


Yep.  The Olympics are speeding rapidly to a close. . . and I'm knitting at a frenzied pace.  Will I make it?  Will I finish by Sunday?  Am I feeling . . . under pressure?

Thunder road 012 

Nah.  No pressure.  I'm making good progress, but I might not finish in time.

Thunder road 011 

Maybe I'll finish.  Maybe I won't.  I'm not worried about it.

I haven't dropped everything to knit constantly.  I haven't lugged this project to a hockey game or packed it in my car when I've gone visiting.  I haven't skipped any workouts or meetings or sleep.  (In full disclosure, though, I did put off cleaning my bathrooms.  But I probably would have done that anyway.)

I used the whole Olympic-knitting challenge to get myself moving on a project I've "meant to" start for a long time.  I chose this project, with all of its tedious moss stitch, as my Olympic knitting intentionally.  You see, I can easily put off knitting a project like this; something I really do want to knit; something I know Tom will really like.  But. . . a project that might be easy to set aside . . . to try something else.  Something that doesn't have so much moss stitch; something that isn't brown; something that doesn't have a big, fat zipper waiting for me at the end. 

So, whether I actually finish by Sunday or not, it doesn't matter.  I feel really good about this project.  It's almost done, and I've made great progress in a short period of time.

I've made some goofs.  I've ripped.  I've had some do-overs.  I even had to do some maths!  (More on that in a later post.)

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But now, I'm in the groove.  Almost finished.  I can see the finish line.  But. . . I'm NOT feeling. . . under pressure!


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Good for you! I am considered my multicolored striped raglan a sort-of, kinda Olympic project. Didn't sign up for anything, definitely will not finish by Sunday, but I work on it for several hours every evening whilst the Olympics play on the TV.


That's the best mood to knit and finish on a deadline! and your vest looks really nice even though it is so brown! :)

Diana Troldahl

I'll join you. I have a sketch finished of my intended pattern/project.
And a lot of stuff I should do instead.
(Bathroom is right off the list)


Not panicking is key. You'll do it! The vest will be fabulous.


The vest looks great! I love that pattern but the moss stitch? Definitely a challenge for me.


It's looking fantastic! I'm not good with any stitch that calls for a lot of back & forth -- seed, moss, even prolonged ribbing -- it just kills my fingers/hand/wrist/arm/elbow/shoulder and sometimes even my back. Heh. ; )

I have two FOs and three more on their way, decision to frog another; I will not finish it all by Sunday, especially after hitting the wall yesterday, but it's been a good run and I've had a fabulous time!


Looks really nice. You can do it!


Oh, great progress! This is going to look fantastic. Good for you for perservering through all the frustrations and do overs.

Gotta tell ya, I've been watching curling, and it is FASCINATING! I was actually really getting into it!

denise copeland

The vest is very handsome, and I think it is wonderful that you have enjoyed the process.

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