Tuesday, August 3, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympics Stitching Challenge Start #12

Day 12 of the Olympics and Elle got through to the semi-finals! Also 2 Canadian runners that happen to be sisters as well. So it will be exciting to see the semi-finals take place tomorrow. 

For today's Olympic sport, I chose one I've also attempted, and it was even in the Ancient Olympics. Any guesses? It's the javelin toss or spear throw. I assume they used actual spears in the Ancient times. They did a distance event in the Ancient Olympics, and a targeted event. In today's modern Olympics it's a distance event only. The javelin throw has evolved over time to first have no run-up, like you would while hunting maybe? I assume you'd be lying in wait for prey and have no chance to sort of wind up your throw. Now you can take an unlimited run up to the line. 

When I competed in high school, I could throw farther without the run-up. I think I got confused on the technique because they taught us a way of crossing over your feet and I ended up with a much farther standing throw than with the run. Theoretically, you should be able to get more distance with the run because of your momentum. I think I maybe hit 20m or so (60 feetish) on my best day. Now the best results for men and women are well over 70m. It was a fun sport, and I hope there's options for DD to try out different track and field events in high school as well. My school was fairly big for an Ontario school, so we had a lot of different equipment for different events. 

On to today's start, which I can't think of any way to work into javelin throwing like I managed to shoe horn the 1500m. :)

Eventually it will look something like this:
and my start, about 350 stitches:
Warm Winter Wishes by Waxing Moon Designs
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Cumailitis by Chromatic Alchemy
with stash threads, DD Down Under Blues so far

The chart calls for a lot of variegated threads, and I'm sure I can find some in my stash to work for most of the colours. I've seen this stitched a few times and it's very cute. I hope to maybe get this one done for winter as well. 

I hope you're all staying healthy!

Happy Stitching,



  1. The snowman is warming his bottom on the fire and you wouldn't want a javelin landing on your bottom! Very tenuous connection!

  2. Tiffstitch: What an adorable design, nice start.


  3. Another lovely start!
    We did javelin toss once in high school. It wasn't actually on the curriculum, but we had a free-for-all week and got to vote which sport we wanted to try. I was fairly good at it (compared to my usual performance and that of my class mates) - I think I got around 17m!


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