Once again, I am feeling a bit bereft this week because the Tour de France finished on Sunday (or Monday, if you watched it later, as I did, given the coverage is on in the middle of the night here!)
No repeat victory for Cadel Evans this year, sadly. He just didn’t seem to have the legs, and the team strategy didn’t seem to give him enough support in the mountains, unlike the Sky team, which was amazing. Wiggins was a worthy winner, he was strong in the mountains and in the time trials, and he had such great team support. I do wonder what would have happened if Contador and Schleck had raced, and if Cadel had had a slightly different team structure, but the “what if” game isn’t really that productive, is it! And in any event, 7th is nothing to be sneezed at!
And it was so great to see an Australian team, Orica GreenEdge, race for the first time. They didn’t get a stage win or the Green Jersey, but both will come in time. I thought they did us proud. I hope one day we’ll get over there and see them ride in person (every year when the Tour starts, husby mentions how good it would be…so fingers crossed!)
At least we have the Olympics starting this week! And hot on the heels of the Olympics is the Vuelta and then the US Open, so there’ll be plenty more cycling and sport for me to watch over the next few months!
I’ve given you a few flashes of one of my TdFKAL projects, my Daisy Do (v.2) – not yet finished, but about 2/3 of the way done, I think. I’m just going to keep going until it is long enough!
But I did qualify for a Green Jersey (the sprinter’s event) with this project:
Pattern: Calm Cowl by Suzana Davidovic – yes, it’s a cowl! I have never really been a fan of the cowl. I don’t know why, because there are lots of great patterns for them out there, but they just havne’t appealed to me as an accessory. But when I saw this pattern recently, and realised it was crochet, well, it just insisted I had to make it! I really love the fabric – it looks a bit like knitted linen stitch, but it’s crochet! And so easy.
The only thing I’m not so keen on is the joining method for the rounds. I did it slightly differently to the designer, after trying her version for a few rows, and I’m not happy with either of them. If I was to make it again, I think I’d turn and go the other way every second row, so at least the join would be vertical. Others on Ravelry have said they didn’t join each round at all, but I also am not sure how well that would work with this particular stitch pattern. I suppose I should try it!
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Vatican Pie – 2 skeins! Stashbuster! Woo hoo!
Hook: 5mm hook. The pattern used a 5.5mm hook, but I thought that would be too loose and open. I almost wish I had used the bigger hook, although I’m quite happy with the fabric as is.
Time: 30 June 2012 – 22 July 2012
Modifications: I started with the required 211 chain, but after I’d done a few rows, I realised it wouldn’t be long enough to comfortably wrap around my neck twice. So I ripped it (gasp!) and started again, with, I think, about 321 stitches. As it turns out, I could have made it even longer, but I’m pretty happy with how it looks.
Yay for another new crochet accessory!