Those fireworks on Sunday signalled the end of the Ravelympics.  Actually, they signified the end of the real Winter Games, but you know where my priorities lie!

My challenge: to finish two shawls during the Ravelympics and knowing how I’m so easily distracted by, “ooh shiny and mmm sparkly…”, I had to focus and get these projects knitted and bound off before the flame died out.  Things went according to plan (YAY!) even though my Milkweed shawl got off to a pretty rough start and had to be frogged 3 times before I got into the rhythm of the pattern.

My plan: To knit Traveling Woman and Milkweed, both triangular shawls for which I planned to use Handmaiden Casbah.  Let me say, this gorgeous yarn didn’t disappoint at all.  Squishy and soft, producing perfect stitch definition and excellent blocking results – that’s Casbah for you. 

I signed up to be a part of two teams – Team Amiras (can’t forget my peeps) and of course, Team Canada (no brainer).  My projects made it past the finish line and I think that I may have been able to get in another project before Feb 28.  But I chose to sit back and relax with no knitting for a change and just enjoy these winter games.  I am so glad that I did because the Men’s Hockey finals – that was a cardiac arrest waiting to happen!!  Dramatic finish in Canada’s favor though, so all is well!!

Traveling Woman

Pattern: Traveling Woman Shawl by Liz Abinante
Yarn: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock in “Ruby”
Needles: Size US 6/4 mm

Milkweed Shawl

Pattern: Milkweed Shawl by Laura Chau
Yarn: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock in “Sea Spray”
Needles: Size US 6/4 mm

Being a part of the community hosting these Winter Games just made everything seem so close and real.  Something that we will never forget and I am so grateful that our kids got to experience first hand how our country came together through sport.  Vancouver2010, we thank you.

ETA: Medals Won at the Podium, woo hoo!


11 thoughts on “The Shawl Challenge

  1. mamie

    awesome work…that yarn looks beyond deluxe.

    so, i thing we will be in your area sooner than i thought, probably in late may. not for as long as i thought and not in a vanagon, but i would love to try to meet up is we could figure it out. 🙂 then i could hug a winning Ravthelete (i did nto even know there were teams…i am so unschooled in the ravelry world).


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