Ummm… where was I?
I was still blogging Christmas projects when I left off, I think. It feels a little late for that sort of thing now — I was just outside in the sun with no coat or boots, no hat or mitts, nor even a scarf, so Christmas feels like a very long time ago.
Let’s fast-forward to February, and the (ZOMG-awesome-breathaking-and-incredible) Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and their fibre-filled counterparts, the Knitting Olympics and the Ravelympics.
For the Knitting Olympics and Ravelympics, my big project challenge was to knit myself a shawl out of my own handspun for the very first time.
Despite a fairly significant set-back (a gastro bug that landed me in the ER, and knocked me flat for a week) I managed to finish this shawl in about 8 days. That’s some speedy knitting, for me, at least!
The pattern is Multnomah, which is a tremendously popular shawl, and for good reason. It’s satisfying and squishy, with lots of garter and then the simplest of feather-and-fan lace patterns to give it some lightness and movement. I think it shows off the handspun really well; I didn’t want a complex lace pattern that would conflict with the colour variations in the plies and in the overall yarn.
I decided to call this my Vancouver Shawl. First, the obvious: it’s my first Ravelympics/Knitting Olympics project ever, and the Olympics it coincided with were the ones held here in Canada. Second, the colours in the yarn (BFL top from my friend Johanna at Lofty Fibres) are really reminiscent of the graphics used throughout the Olympics. And third, the rhythmic swooshing of the feather-and-fan reminds me of the graceful lines cut by the athletes in so many competitions — the glamourous ice dancers, the speed-demons on the ski and snowboard slopes, even the long strides of the speed skaters.
Competing for the Waterloo Wellington Winter Wonders, aka Team 4W, the local team I co-captained, this shawl medalled in two Ravelympics events, the Lace Luge and the Short Track Shawls.
It also succeeded in achieving gold at the Knitting Olympics. Not bad for a first Olympic effort, I think!
More on my Ravelympics experience soon…