My current project-in-progress is coming along, albeit a bit slower but definitely steadily. Portland (from ‘A Fine Fleece’ by Lisa Lloyd’) is definitely one of those gratifying cable knits that feels even better in your hands after you keep on knitting it. There is a sort of cabled-brain effect where you start to think about the cables even after you stop knitting it. I like this phase of a project when things are still new and awesome and you haven’t hit the just-get-it-done-and-out-of-my-life phase yet. Because that phase always does seem to come around at some point.


In the mean time, I find myself suddenly debating whether to try going for the Knitting Olympics. I have no idea what project I would do, I hadn’t even considered it seriously until a couple of days ago, and yet…there is that accomplishment-driven knitter inside me just dying to get out. Would it add more stress and crazy to my life, or passion and excitement and frenzied exhilaration? I am not entirely sure. This may be a game-day decision.

Or, it has crossed my mind that even if I set a goal to finish Portland by the end of the Olympics, that would still mean that I will have finished it in less than a month. I may be slightly cynical about the Olympics, but I have deep and abiding appreciation for the feat of finishing a cabled sweater in less than a month. Hmm.

Decisions, decisions…


  1. I’m pretty sure you don’t need more stress in your life. Particularly stress about things you want to do but haven’t completed. You need some relaxing things to use different parts of your brain. A cabled sweater seems ideal.

    And practice at focusing on the process. Maybe.


  2. mariajhmom · ·

    I did a huge lace shawl for the 2008 summer olympics and it was really fun. I don’t have a competitive bone in my body, but I liked the idea of a major accomplishment in so little time!

    Just decide that if you don’t finish, it’s only a game!

    And pray for it to get cold and snowy in Vancouver. What a rainy sloppy mess!

  3. I’m going to knit *two* things for the Olympics! Granted, they’re both sleeves, and they’re both for the same sweater, and it’s highly unlikely I’m going to watch any winter sporting event of any kind…but still. Sleeves. Two of them. By the 28th. Probably.

    (The real news is your Portland, and it looks fantastic! It looks so plush and squishy and awesome.)

  4. Awww, c’mon. DO IT! It’ll be fun!

  5. It’s gorgeous! I want to reach into the picture and touch it! It looks so soft and fabulous!

    I was just looking through patterns on Ravelry and trying to decide if I want to do an Olympic project too. I’m in the middle of lots of things but this does sound fun.

  6. I didn’t realize that so many Ravelympics teams were out there, and that was completely overwhelming. I had some other goals for the upcoming weeks, but what the heck, it’s only once every 4 years – I signed up on Stephanie McPhee’s page. I’ve been eyeing a couple of lovely kits, but didn’t put in my orders, and I’ve no shortage of options in my stash, anyway – so I’ve decided on Broderie by Connie Chang Chinchio.

    Agree with mariajhmom, I’m not that competitive, but it’s nice to achieve a personal goal once in a while!

  7. Val Champ · ·

    Great sweater Glenna, I was swatching for the Olympics on Yarn Harlot’s blog but ran into a guage problem. Its a great cable sweater too, a hoodie. However its not to be, I have a huge technical issue and I am 3 hours from a yarn shop where they can help me figure it out. Guess its a plain cardigan for me instead.

    But a plain cardigan in 2 weeks would be an accomplishment too I 2 months would be good..LOL

  8. Those cables are gorgeous! I love the look of really elaborate cables, but I’m a little nervous to even attempt them. I’m just sure they would fry my brain.

    Good luck, if you do decide to join the games!

  9. Even if it’s not your Olympic sweater, that’s still a lovely project, Glenna.

    And yes – I know what you mean about cable-brain. I knit an aran cardigan, and I swear I can still trace the shapes of those cables in my sleep, there’s something in the pattern-repetition of them that’s just mesmerizing.

  10. you can do it!!!

  11. I’m sorry I can’t advise you on your dilemma since you are a much more experienced knitter than I am but I do know one thing and that is I must knit that sweater. Looking at it makes me want to reach through the computer screen and just scrunch it up. Oops, I’m drooling.


  12. Your sweater is lovely…I’m late to the party, too, and trying to decide what to knit. Good luck in your decision-making!

  13. I’m not a fan of the ‘real’ Olympics (I think it fosters nationalism and I’m hard pressed to find anything nice to say about the ‘us vs. them’ dichotomy of nationalism), but I love the Ravelympics!! I think the idea of challenging ourselves within a time frame (that doesn’t end in belated Christmas gifts) is a great one, and I enjoy the community spirit of it. And hey, it’s even made me enjoy the real Olympics a bit more, too!

  14. Portland is just beautiful…both color and design! A possibility to consider for the Olympics…challenge yourself, knit as much as you can and even if you don’t finish in time, you’ll have more accomplished than not. And after all, it’s just a game! Have fun and enjoy whatever you decide!

  15. Portland + The Games + Wine.

  16. LOVE the way the sweater is coming along! It makes me want to make one desperately…

  17. a) drooling

    b) wishing that were MY current project

    c) what yarn did you say that was again? it really makes the sweater. (off to look at your Ravelry project page…) please finish this by the end of the Olympics so I can copy you later.

  18. That is a gorgeous sweater.

    I decided to join in the Knitting Olympics at the last minute, after seeing this, partly. I am watching the Biathalon, and hoping to finish the first sleeve of Basic Black before this evening’s coverage is done. I’m loving your pattern so far. It is a perfect level and going at a perfect pace for me.
    Thank you.

  19. […] Portland from A Fine Fleece as inspired by Knitting to Stay Sane […]

%d bloggers like this: