Then a co-worker and fellow knitter told me about the Ravelympics being held by the knitting networking site http://www.ravelry.com. In the Ravelympics, knitters cast on with the opening ceremonies and bind off for the closing ceremonies. Two weeks to complete an entire project.
The challenge for me would be two-fold -- complete the knitting project *and* keep up my commitment to writing, which means writing something new every day and revising something already written.
It has a bit of a NaNoWriMo feel to it. I just need to be careful about selecting a project I can realistically finish in two weeks. A fancy scarf should be doable. A sweater, not so much. It should be something challenging but fun.