Knit the 2012 Olympics With Ingenious Craft Book Knitlympics

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Don't have a ticket to London's 2012 Olympics? No problem, knit your own. A delightful little knitting book, Knitlympics, has patterns for your own private Olympics: the coveted ticket, podium, winning medals, Olympic torch and the laurel wreath.

Oh yes, and the athletes too. Twenty top Olympians over the years are yours for the making... Forget about graffiti knitting, whether you’re a fan of athletics, swimming or gymnastics there is a project for you, not the street.

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Needles poised and you too can have anyone from Mark Spitz (7 gold medals in 1972) with a moustache to Jesse Owens to Carl Lewis to lightening-speed runner Usain Bolt sitting in your room, ready to join you in front of the TV.

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Holding up the women's end of the Games, there is Florence Griffith-Joyner, Flo-Jo to those old enough to remember (1984 Games), Olga Korbut, the gymnast, also an old-timer from 1976, but forever young in wool. Zola Budd, who trained and raced barefoot is yours for the knitting, as is Cathy Freeman (2000).

How close are the knitted ones to the real thing? The Guardian has done a handy comparison and those two guys, arm in arm (photo, top), are a pretty good likeness to Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, Olympic medal-winners in Moscow, 1980.

The book is published by Collins & Brown, and lovingly created by Carol Meldrum. To get you started, it comes with a free download of a pattern of Sir Steve Redgrave, winning rower.

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