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Closing Ceremonies.

The Olympics are officially coming to an end. Canada has won more Gold medals than ever before. The Canadian Women’s Hockey team made me cry when Wickenheiser received her medal. It’s been an emotional and exciting two weeks. I am so glad it’s almost at a close so that the 2010 Paralympic Games can begin. We were at the medal ceremony on Tuesday night (congrats Ashleigh McIvor – GOLD in SkiCross), which was our last taste of an Olympic event – wow, can Canadians belt out the anthem!

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I am a little sad, however, that the Ravelympics are almost at a close since I am not sure I am totally happy with my finished project: the Shetland Triangle. It’s being made for a dear friend who is getting married this summer. I wanted to knit something special for her that she could wear when she has to be a little dressed up for wedding prep stuff (she’s a bit of a Tom-boy).

On Etsy, I found Saffron Dyeworks. DeAnna does beautiful hand-dyed yarns that are literally to “dye” for. I fell in love. I was looking for a teal since my friend looks amazing in rich teals. I found this gem, bought it and waited! It came very quickly and I decided to wait for the Olympics to cast-on.

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After 8 pattern repeats, which is what the pattern recommends, it was too short. I added a 9th pattern repeat and then did the edging. I am still not sure it is “long” enough. The 4.00mm circs that I used meant that I have a tighter knit and I think I would be happier with it if I had knit it on 5.00mm circs (which, I might add, was my instinct and I ignored it!).

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I used the cast off from the Swallowtail Shawl (another Evelyn Clark pattern) that creates a gorgeous edge. It’s stretchy too and I like the definition of the scallop points that this cast off gives. Following a good soak, this shawlette got a good block with pins. I found the blocking wires weren’t able to give me the stretch that I needed. I may wash and block again before I gift it to further define the points but I will wait and see.

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Overall, I would have added another 2 pattern repeats if it had been for me but since it is going to someone who is not used to wearing something like this, I am going to leave it and hope that she just really enjoys it! So, as the Olympics close, I hope you are happy with your Ravelympics projects as well :)

~r.

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