Sunday, March 19, 2006

In the spirit of Ivan Borisov…

Here it is. My Olympic sweater, finished last night…rather late:

On the plus sides: it fits, it is extremely warm, and the “rumply” thing where I think I stranded too tightly actually did smooth out under the influence of a nice warm steam iron.

On the downside…the sleeves are just a hint too short, and overall it fits a little on the snug side (although I suspect a quick soak and being stretched to dry will probably fix both of those).

Who, you may be asking, is Ivan Borisov? He was the sole downhill competitor from Kyrgyzstan (a country apparently about the size of South Dakota), and he missed a gate on his downhill run.

He turned around, struggled his way back up to the gate, went through it and continued his run. He finished 41st out of, uh, forty-one competitors.

The persistence of the underdog, personified. Fix your mistake, and carry on. Don’t give up, don’t wuss out, don’t give up on yourself just because you blew it this one time.

My hero.

Bode Miller? Keep him. My heart belongs to Ivan.


21st Century Mom said...

Wow! That is an amazinb piece of work. I am very, very impressed.

And amen on Bode. He was a good underdog but a hero? Never. Just not his style.

21st Century Mom said...

oy - let's try "amazing" shall we?

Very Herodotus said...

Gorgeous!! Love the blue!

Stephanie said...

I hope you plan to wear this often and flaunt it in the faces of the "are you sure it is not a purse" people.

Myownigloo said...

Oh, wow, it's just incredibly beautiful! You should be proud!

Anonymous said...

I. Am. So. Impressed.

BTW...did I ever bother to tell you that you totally inspired me? I am knitting a sock. It's horrendously ugly, but a sock nonetheless. You have created an addict.

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