Monday, 19 April 2010

No gold for me

Going through my photographs the other day I realized I hadn't yet posted the finishing of my olympic shawl. I finished it a few hours after the closing ceremony, so I didn't quite get it done in time to qualify for a medal, but I did much better than I had expected. The only trouble is the reason I finished so much sooner than I had expected to is that the shawl is MUCH shorter than I would have hoped. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, as I'd just keep knitting it to make it longer. This one, however, is knit lengthwise, with the fringer worked into it as you go along (by the way, the BEST and ABSOLUTELY EASIEST way of making a GREAT LOOKING fringe!). So that makes it impossible to keep knitting to make it longer.

I LOVE the yarn - it is a gorgeous mix of colours, mostly browns with green/blue/oranges as well. I figured it look great with just about anything - it goes great with jeans. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with it (it really is too short) but it sure does look purty!


  1. It sure does loo purty!!!

    I have a shawl of similar colours that my mum brought back from India for me. The thing that I love about it is the shawl takes on the colour of the shirt/dress I wear making it really versatile. Unlike yours being too short I feel mine is way too big!

    Could you use yours as a 'bum' wrap (sorry I'm sure there is a better way of saying that!!)

  2. The fringe does look fantastic! Maybe you can wear it draped over one shoulder on a cool summer evening? I think I need to start a knitting project, rather than this paper I have to write...
    love and hugs, Cath

  3. Achan - It hadn't occured to me, but the colours do have an Indian sort of feel to them (although perhaps a slightly subdued version of Indian colour, which can be very very BRIGHT!).

    I'm thinking I can use it as a lap blanket, perhaps taking it into the museum and leaving in my locker so I can use it whenever I ge a bit chilly. Trouble is that it isn't the warmest of things given that it is rather lacy. For the time being I have it sitting on the top of the back of my desk floor chair - like one of those chair doillies that people used to have... It may look odd but it makes me smile.

  4. Achan - out of curiousity, you said your mother was involved with Girl Guides, right? I don't suppose her trip to India was connected to Guides? Did she visit the World Centre there?

  5. Sarah my mum is in the Guide Guild for retiree Guides, or so to speak. My sister is married to an Indian and my parents went to India for her wedding. I presume they didn't visit anything to do with Guides.

  6. Achan - ahhh, okay! I figured it was a long shot, but wanted to ask anyways, as I spent a year at the World Centre in India, and know a number of people who had been there before and since, so I figured if she had visited the World Centre we'd have some common aquaintences - 6 degrees of separation and all that. Your sister's wedding must have been impressive, I was lucky enough to attend a few and... WOW!

  7. Yeh it is a small world, you never know when you will bump into someone you'know'.

    Wow a year in India would have been amazing. You continually surprise me with all that you've done in your short years!!

    I didn't go to my sisters Indian wedding. I was a little dissappointed that I didn't but I felt at the time taking a 3 year old and a one year old to India by myself wasn't appropriate. It was also in December during the wedding season and a whole 5C. That's colder than here!!

  8. Achan - when I was at the World Centre in India I wrote an email about our Thinking Day celebration and sent it to a number of Guiding friends. Less than 48 hours later, after having been forwarded three or four times, it was sitting in the inbox of one of the other Canadian girls volunteering at the Centre! ;) Its a small Guiding world!

    Taking two litte ones on a plane anywhere by yourself would be tough, but India... I don't blame you!

    (oh, and I get the "You've done all that? But you're so young!!" comment quite a lot, but that is because I look a lot younger than I am, and people normally guess a good 6 years younger than I actually am..)