Day 7 of the Olympics, and I’ve started hearing commentators in my head as I go. Here’s a sampling of imaginary coverage from my own personal Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezik.
Stephanie Pearl McPhee: “So, what are we looking at here, Meg?”
Meg Swansen: “Well, Steph, we have young American Rebecca Osborn with a daring first attempt at gold for the U.S. She’s chosen an adventurous project for her first Olympics, the Shipwreck Shawl, and was off to an excellent start.”
Steph: “Yes, it looks like she’s ripped through the early part of the pattern, not letting an awkward cast on slow her down.”
Meg: “But as we know, those early rounds are deceptively quick. She has the lion’s share of the course still in front of her, and here’s where we’re starting to see some hiccups.”
Steph: “She seems to have made an awkward yarn choice; the superwash wool and nylon in that Ultra Alpaca Fine are going to make spit splicing impossible. She’s going to have to leave that technique behind if she wants to have a solid finish, and put on more beads at a time to avoid a whole lot of weaving in.”
Meg: “Weaving in is a strength for this knitter, so you’re right, she should really leave the spit-splicing behind. A much bigger problem is her beading – are those 8/0 seed beads she’s using? That would explain why keeping her beads down is proving such a problem.”
Steph: “Definitely not the ideal size for her yarn choice, Meg. Of course, the size of the beads may be the least of her problems if what I hear about her sourcing is true.”
Meg: “That’s right, Steph. She took a big risk ordering her beads from Hong Kong, only two weeks before the games. She must have been shocked when she opened that package, only three days before the start date, to find only one fifth of the beads she needs to complete her project.”
Steph: “Local sourcing is so important at this stage in the game; that choice may have thrown the whole thing for American Rebecca Osborn.
Meg: “No, now, I’m just getting a new report; Rebecca Osborn of the U.S. has heard from her supplier. Latest word is she should get the rest of her beads in two to three business days.”
Steph: “Man, Meg, that could be just in time. Rebecca’s best hope at this point is strict pacing, six or seven rounds a day. If she loses even one day of work to the postal service, she’s going to have some late nights towards the finish.”
Meg: “Definitely. Well, she has a couple more events she can take part in if there’s an interim.”
Steph: “A strong advantage to participating in multiple events. Let’s zoom in to see her progress so far.”