In Honour of Canadian Gold, I’m Making A Bobbled Bilodeau

February 15, 2010 · 16 comments

I changed sports. Athletes do it all the time: Snow boarders become ski jumpers, figure skaters become baseball players. etc.

I have retired from Olympic knitting, and have moved on to Olympic crocheting.

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I’m going to use this kind of wool. I think it comes from one of theses beauties, or at least a close second cousin.

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We rode past her (I’m assuming female: pink collar) on our bike ride to Mavericks on Saturday.

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She has spectacular wool, which compensates adequately for those funky knees. Apparently, alpaca wool has no lanolin and is hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for those easy-to-itch among us.

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I want to make one of these. I’m going to call it my “Bobbled Bilodeau,” in honour of the Quebecois cutie-pie who won Canada’s first gold on Canadian soil in the Men’s Freestyle Mogul competition.

GO CANADA!!! My blood is running thick maple syrup as we speak.

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I want my Bilodeau to look like the ones Ann at Fengari Fiber Arts made, back when they were still called “cloches.”

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It takes two balls of wool, and some mystery “marker” dealy-bobs I’m told I’ll need. This initially made me a bit nervous, as I have no idea how one might utilize said DBs.

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However, I shelled out for the high end “Soft Touch” crochet hook since it came with the guarantee that it would make my project easy to crochet. I love a good tool.

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So, on with the Canada sweatshirt, strike the Olympic theme song, and… she’s off!

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Charlie February 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

hey kath, little cristinator has become the family olympic authoritarian. she has already told me that the olympics should be the first international holiday as all countries and religions participate – plus it’s a good reason to cancel school – they only happen in the winter every 4 years after all. and no, you are not alone – we tossed it in early too………had to hear about the snowboard race this a.m.

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rickandkathy February 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

See? We always knew that Cristin would grow up to be a wise woman! Hope she lands in a career in poli sci… Cristin: get in there and change the world, girl! Or at least, quadannual school holidays….

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Sue February 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I want to see one on Ricky.

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rickandkathy February 16, 2010 at 8:00 am

Ricky has been my model for this project, and I must say, the bobbles just aren’t doing it for my manly man. I’ll have to futz with the recipe and try for a “Modified Bilodeau” for my next project. Maybe I’ll become a “Lost Crocheter,” or a “Modern Family Crocheter,” or a “Food Network Crocheter” so Rick can have a new hat.

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Sue February 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Poke 2 holes on the top of one of those bobbles and throw it on that there lama!

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rickandkathy February 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

🙂 The llama looks plenty warm to me, although a Bilodeau would add a certain je ne c’est quoi to the whole look, I agree.

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Gail February 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I look forward to seeing you sporting your Bobbled Bilodeau soon! Love the color mix… BTW: Go Canada!!

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rickandkathy February 16, 2010 at 7:56 am

Hi Gail,
Thanks… the color is working up beautifully. However, I am struggling a bit bobbling my Bilodeau. Am going to have to rip out and re-bobble, so it may be a few more days before any sporting occurs. Ha! Olympic crocheting… sporting… I just got your joke. doh.

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Sandi Fentiman February 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Good luck with the crocheting; mom tried to show me and I was “all thumbs”. In other words, I kept getting my chain to tight and curving on it’s own; when it wasn’t supposed to. My hands are just to clumsy for delicate work. Nice colors. Don’t piss off an alpca or it’s cousin; they spit when mad.

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rickandkathy February 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

Thanks, Sandi. Janice Lever let me know that the critter I photographed is a llama. I kinda suspected it at the time and so tried not to pull any spit-provoking moves while I was within distance.

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Gayane Markosyan February 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Nice development:-) And alpaca is my favorite yarn:-))

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rickandkathy February 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

Thanks, Gayane. I’m loving working with the alpaca: so soft and cooperative!

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