Defying all odds, Michelle Howard, representing ADD knitters around the world, breaks with tradition and completes a project in record time! She didn’t even complain about the finishing as she was overcome with anticipation and expectation.
Beginning with the opening ceremonies, Michelle cast on for a cabled sweater she bookmarked in the VK 2004 Holiday issue over a year ago, knowing even then that yarn may be in short supply. She finished the back way ahead of the competition and counted the remaining skeins to plan her strategy in the next leg (or should I say arm?) of the event. Oh, no! Does this spell tragedy? Michelle has realized that she started with only 11 skeins, not the expected 12. What they’ve been saying all along is true- she’s one skein short of a sweater.
Nothing like a quick shot of super glue, and she’s off again, unfortunately it's to Hobby Lobby to check in on that sale they have going. She nabs a few skeins of TLC Wiggles, and as her ADD kicks in, casts on for a baby sweater.
Will this mean the end for medal hopeful Michelle? Or can she regain lost time on the home front(s)? Calculating yardage left, she realizes she’ll have to take another shortcut. She goes for the single cable rather than the double. This could cost her points.
One skein later, she’s running short. Abandoning all hope of working the much-desired cables, Michelle altars course once more and chooses to finish the sweater fronts with a simple knit/ purl design and a v-neck to ensure a sufficient supply of yarn. She’s cutting it close. It’s the afternoon of the last day of the Olympics. Most of the competitors are packing their knitting bags for the journey home, but Michelle knits on. The sun is shinning brightly, but a cold wind blows ominously as she picks up stitches for the neck and rounds the corner into home stretch. Literally. A few toe touches and deep knee bends later, the kinks are worked out, and the last stitches are bound off. What’s this? The spectators heave a collective sigh.
It’s a twisted stitch several inches down on the front band. Amazing how an experienced knitter can mess up simple garter stitch. (Refer back to the one skein short bit.) Are her hopes for a medal unraveling as she unravels the neck and drops two stitches to correct the mistake? No, Michelle has moxie. This twisted sister is untwisted, the neckline is reknit and bound off, and the last dangling end woven in. It’s 5:22, and Michelle Howard takes the gold. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s podium time.