Canada has won its first gold medal at an Olympic event on home soil ever. While there was never any doubt it would happen, we were all wondering who would do it. Now the excitement is to see how many we will actually win. Amongst some of our other strengths, the Martin team is striving for gold in Men’s Curling. They’ had a fantastic first match against Norway, winning 7-6. After making a huge mistake in the 5th end and giving up three, they were able to blank it through to the 9th end where they scored 1 and gave up the hammer. Now leading 6-4, they gave up two to Norway and the game was tied 6-6. In the extra end, Canada scored a single point after Kevin Martin, the skip, drew to the 4 foot after Norway played a brilliant end and were lying two after their last stone. Great start Kevin and good luck later against Germany. I am also waiting in anticipation to see how the Jamaican athlete will do in skiing. Since he is no threat to Canada, I will also be cheering for him.
Of course, while watching all this action, I am also working on my own gold medal for the Knitting Olympics. I have dyed the yarn in yellow and green and am quite pleased how that came out. I also have started the black, but had to re-dye it as once it dried it wasn’t as black as I had liked. Fortunately, I did do a couple of skeins with the dye bath after the black and now have four skeins of varying shades of gray. I will put those aside for now and figure out what to do with them later. I’m even thinking of re-dyeing some of those with a blue as those two colors go very well together. Here is a picture of the skeins of yellow, green, and black with some of the yellow and green wound and ready for swatching. I will do a few swatches as i am not certain how many strands of the yarn I will ply together for the final product. I plan on trying two and three strands to see which gives the best final texture. Once I have my gauge I will create some graph paper with that gauge and start designing the final product. Hopefully I will have that determined by tomorrow and cast on my sweater. With a little perseverance I will be able to finish it before the first Olympics are completed. While the black is drying I will also be dyeing some yarn blue and red in the hopes of doing something with all the Olympic ring colors for the second phase of the knitting Olympics.