viennabelle: (Olympics)
viennabelle ([personal profile] viennabelle) wrote2010-02-12 08:59 am

May The Games Begin!

Two years ago, knitting writer Stephanie Pearl McPhee came up with the concept of the Knitting Olympics on her blog the Yarn Harlot. The idea was simple...Start a project during the opening ceremonies and finish it by the closing ceremonies. In 2008, I knit fast and furiously and made a tank top. This year, the Knitting Olympics returns, but while pawing through my yarn stash last night, I realized I'm just I'm not that into knitting.

I want to sew.

Then I realized...the Olympics are for all sports!

How about a Sewing Olympics? It's a fun, non-competitive way for us to take on new challenges--and to try to see them to completion. The Yarn Harlot's concept is that we document our project, challenges and foibles on our blogs (I suppose this might get me back to writing on my Live Journal). I've set up a Live Journal Community (SewOlympics2010) for anyone crazy enough to get involved to showcase their efforts.

So, here's my proposed adaptation of the Yarn Harlot's knitting rules to sewing:

The 2010 Sewing Olympics

Eligibility: Any sewer who, embracing the "Citius, Alitius Fortius" ideal, would like to challenge themselves while embracing the Olympic spirit, and is just whacked enough to play along with me. Hand-sewing, machine sewing, embroidery, beadwork, quilting, and any other construction technique using needle and thread counts--just sew! After all, there are multiple events for each sport, right?

Concept: You must initiate a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, Friday, February 12, 2010 (or within the time period of the games) and finish before the Olympic flame goes out Sunday, February 28. That's 17 days. Blog it and let us know what you are up to. Re-post highlights (or links to entries) here.

1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 17 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new sewer, something simple is great...If you are experienced, use your own conscience. I would also propose a "decathlon" event for anyone crazy enough to attempt multiple projects.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don't set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with scissors because they haven't slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No starting up before the flame is lit. 
5. Finish before the flame goes out.
6. You may drape and test fit before the games. ("training.") (sorry--not much time for that).

The Sewing Olympics has only a gold medal. (There is only do- or do not.) Finishers get a gold medal button for their blog (anyone want to design a medal?) and the joy of knowing that they are an Olympic level sewer, no matter how experienced they are. You are only competing against yourself. (Well. And the Olympic schedule.)

Who's in?
If you're just crazy enough itching to be part of the Sewing Olympics, consider carefully. Done right, this will suck up 17 days of your life and could become an epic enterprise.

17 days, multiple sewers, one dream. The Sewing Olympics.

Good luck.

So how do we do this?

[identity profile] 2010-02-12 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I have a project I'm working on that has to be done by the 24th or earlier.

We're helping throw a Titanic First Class Salo(o)n Party at Gallifrey One on Feb 26th. I'm building both a costume and a prop piece for the party, [ profile] bovil and I are having a small private do on the 27th, and we're hosting a guest for the week after the convention.

So my Winter Sewing Olympics Multi-Athlon would consist of the following parts:
  1. Complete able seaman's trousers and jersey

  2. Complete shadow box and frame packaging for MCC Titanic "info kiosk" prop

  3. Clear-coat table-top tikis (they're for the Saturday do)

  4. Have the house in a state to receive guests on our return

I have left out the seaman's cap (already built) and the kiosk programming (already done). I just started fitting the muslin for the trousers last night, but that counts as training according to your rules.

If this sounds like a challenge suitable for your event, how would you like this to go? Post my intention in the community and the construction diary in my LJ? Or...?

Re: So how do we do this?

[identity profile] 2010-02-13 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
I'd say, do it the way you want to do it! The challenge is to use it as a time to be productive (I find I work best on focused missions). I anticipate I'll post diary entries to my LiveJournal, then post links to the community...

Can't wait to see it work out!

[identity profile] 2010-02-13 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
Fun idea! I'm afraid too swamped at the moment to participate, have fun!

[identity profile] 2010-02-13 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
Well, if things change, start late! I think anything produced during the Olympics counts, especially if it leads to FOs!