Olympic Recuperation

Finally, I can bring to you the end of my Ravellenic Challenge.  I really meant to do this last week, but somehow time escaped me and before I knew it, it was Friday.  I feel like that has been my summer, though, and most especially the 17 days of the Olympic games.  I am just now feeling like I’m catching up on things, and I think that is because my awesome parents asked to have Ellette for the rest of the summer and my house is blissfully (and sometimes saddeningly) child-free.

Anyway, I did not make it to the finish line.  I really tried.  The Saturday night before the end, I was up until goodness knows when, trying to finish the last few modules I had left.  I probably shot myself in the foot doing that, because I had to rip back the same module three or four times due to counting errors.  After I finished the modules, I Threaded a lifeline through the remaining live stitches and blocked it out.  I was hoping to block it lightly enough to hold the shape, yet be dry enough that I could take it with me in the morning to finish during class and fair.  I used a spray bottle to spritz over it, but apparently didn’t realize how much water I had used because it was still too damp to move in the morning.  I gave up hope at that point.

I didn’t cross the finish line, but I still finished, and I think that is the most important thing.  I crossed this beautiful fan shawl off my WIP list and I am completely in love with it (I planned my wardrobe around it this morning so I could wear it to the office).  Photographs were taken in a public flower bed in downtown Evanston yesterday.  I received some really strange looks from passersby.

The specs:  Panda Silk Fan Shawl on size US3 needles.

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in 852 Persia – at least one skein is.  I used two skeins, and the second skein is something else.

Mods: I used a much smaller yarn, for one, which required smaller needles.  I also added two more rows of fans to make it a little bigger.

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