Needles poised……ready….set……GO! The London 2012 Olympic Games are just under six months away and your favorite athletes dating back to ancient Greece are waiting to be knit up in time for this year’s exciting summer event.
‘Knitlympics’is the brainchild of Scottish textile designer and author, Carol Meldrum who has put together an eccentric collection of twenty top Olympians, complete with shiny medals, the all-important torch, a tiny podium, a laurel wreath, and that highly sought after ticket to the most popular sporting event.
Hot on the sneaker soles of last year’s huge success, ‘Knit Your Own Royal Wedding’ by Fiona Goble, which brought knitters together to create a cast of characters in knitting shop windows in time for the tea parties and early morning nuptials. This quirky book includes patterns for a lineup of our favorite Olympic icons, including mustache-man Mark Spitz, who won seven golds in Munich ’72, high jumper Dick Fosbury at the top of his game in ’68, Flo-Jo, the fastest female sprinter in the world with two records set in ’88, and Swedish heptathlon Carolina Kluft, one of the golden girls in Athens ’04.
Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett in their famous pose after winning gold at the Los Angeles Olympics in ’84. ‘Knitlympics’ is set to be released in early March with plenty of time to knit your way into the Olympics!
NOTE: In the latest Spring/Summer issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine, an unfortunate mistake was made. In the article, ‘Our Canada Visit’, on page 35, Nell mistakenly refers to leaving from the Billy Preston Airport, instead of the Billy Bishop Airport. Both Debbie and Nell apologize for the error, and meant no disrespect to one of Canada’s great heroes, nor the talented American musician.