Hours before our very own Cadel Evans rode down the Champs Elysees, this is what my project for the 2011 Tour de France knit along looked like.
Off the needles, still a little lumpy and bumpy and in need of a good strong blocking, but it was done.
That hill climb I anticipated in the the arduous applied i-cord all around the edges of the piece was not quite the feat of endurance I thought it would be.
I started it late Saturday night, spent about four hours on it on the rainy Sunday we were blessed with yesterday and had it done before dinner.
Some parts of this cardigan just flew by. The second sleeve, for example. Started on Friday night, I dragged the cardigan around everywhere in a big bag on Saturday – to the markets, to my sister’s house where a cat and Miss Alice insisted sitting on my lap – but still I got through it.
I really didn’t think I’d do it. I really thought the final stages would drag on long after the riders were popping champagne corks in Paris.
But no, it’s done. I got my yellow jersey. And when it’s dry and I’ve sewn on my handmade buttons, there’ll be photos to show off what a fun and hopefully successful knit this was.
There’s been a lot of grey yarn in my life this past month. I’m gonna do something red.