I don't consider it a defeat; I consider it similar to a swimmer or runner competing in different events, like Michael Phelps in the 400 meter and 1500 meter. I'm a diversely talented knitter, and maybe German wool and lots of nupps just aren't my best event right now!
So, I switched. I picked the hand spun silk from Nepal, even though I'm pretty sure I'll finish before the Olympics do. In fact, at the rate I knitted today, I will probably finish before I go back to work on Wednesday!
I chose a sort of complicated pattern, because there had to be a challenge somewhere. I used a pattern from Traditional Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman, a semi-circular shawl with lots of pattern changes. I've already finished the first ball of yarn, about 150 yards, and have done the major pattern repeat 2 times, gaining on the third. I will have to quit when I run out of yarn, since it was a closeout, but then I can always screw up my courage and put the border on the white angora stole! Won't count for the Olympics, but it will make me happy.
So, with tea cup filled, t.v. on and knitting ready to go, I begin another game-filled night of Olympics. Go Team USA!