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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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….


Sue February 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I want to see one on Ricky.


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.


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!


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.


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!!


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.


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.


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.


Gayane Markosyan February 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

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


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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