The founder of the modern Olympics is said to be Pierre de Coubertin, a French aristocrat who founded the International Olympic Committee and is credited as being one of the people who helped restart the Games (and, according to Wikipedia, he was awarded a gold medal for literature at the 1912 games for his poem “Ode to Sport.” Now there’s an Olympic contest I can get behind!).
All of this does have something to do with knitting. A little bit. Isabelle Dutailly, the bilingual knitter behind Aiguilles magiques (Magic needles), designed a mustache chart inspired by de Coubertin’s prolific facial hair that you can use to embellish all sorts of knitting, from a simple dishtowel or washcloth to a pair of wrist warmers or a hat. I’ve been wanting to do a coffee cup cozy with a mustache on the side, and this chart may just inspire me to get started.
Are you excited about the Olympics? What event is your favorite? Spill it!
[Photo by Aiguilles magiques.]