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After a brisk walk in the cold wind, Kira and I let the chickens out to explore. It’s their favourite thing – in all weather.

Flock

Lone bird

The best part of spending time in the outdoors?

Snuggling back inside.

Grandma

New Project

-5 with the windchill

 Hope you’ve enjoyed a cozy winters’ weekend.

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Living between the venues for the 2010 Winter Games has turned out much better than anticipated.
Sure, there’s little to no snow and driving was held up for 7 years in the making but…now that it’s here, might as well enjoy it right?

Miga, Excuse MeWe took our Daycare kids to 2 Olympic events — and they were fantastic! We had the best weather, the nicest volunteers and some pretty happy kids!

 They were delighted to see the mascots in person – convinced they know each other from waaay back. Pretty darn adorable.

One exception: At the Whistler Olympic Park an overzealous RCMP member ‘confiscated’  my knitting to ‘destroy’ it. Here’s the dangerous knitting on that morning’s bus:Olympic Knitting on Bus

The good news is: VanOc is having my needles (yep, the volunteer and I managed to convince him to take just the needles and not the whole thing – which was a relief because it was the 2nd sock!) brought to me. That’s right: BROUGHT to ME!

Sleeping on the hillI was utterly amazed by the fantastic and personal response I had when I reported what happened (I had called ahead to make sure knitting/needles were acceptable to bring and was told it was A-ok). Even in the midst of a much larger problem, VanOc took excellent care of me and that totally added to the entire Olympic Experience.

While I didn’t get to spend that day on the hill knitting, I still had a good time. The kids paid little to no attention to what was happening – and even though I tried to, I could not tell at all what was going on! (and yet they said there was not enough French…) The day was spent sliding up and down the hill overlooking the X-Country races, drinking coffee and laughing. Pretty good day I’d say. This little one crashed for about 15 minutes — all that fresh air!

vfds 085Our 2nd day was at the Whistler Sliding Centre – and it was fabulous! We got seats in the bandstand above the finish line – so we had a perfect view of the athletes.

Security didn’t even blink at my knitting so…a good 4 inches was completed there and now the heel is ready to be turned on a very old WIP (can you say 2006? I knew you could)

Olympic Knitters Meet UpThe next morning I drove into the city for a Ravelympics Knitters Meet Up.

It was wonderful! I met lots of knitters (and failed to meet others — sorry!), had a fabulous breakfast (stuffed French Toast!), toured Sweet Georgia’s studio and scored some gorgeous yarn to commemorate the event.

Joining a table of 20 or more people knitting in public was good for the soul. 😀

Lolly and IA big Thank You to Lolly and Felicia for organizing this great Meet Up!

Sweet Georgia's StudioHere’s a glimpse of the studio — it’s a truly beautiful space – and that’s not even including the fibre!

Studio CourtyardThis is a view of the courtyard outside the studio – those are clematis: Blooming! Clematis.

The studio was filled with natural light and the twitter of birds on the wing in the courtyard. So restful.

In ending I’ll leave you with a glimpse of my Ravelympics project (that has no chance of being completed in time, but…I learned a few new skills)

Here is the Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do! Shawl from yesterday afternoon:

DTMWICD! Shawl the 2nd

Overheard at the Olympics:

Finnish Santa5 yr old girl: That’s not Real Santa ’cause he’s just wearing a bathrobe. looks him over again And black pants.

7 yr old boy: Oh when are they ever going to stop for a commercial break?! of the female skeleton competitors

5 yr old boy: Quatchi, it’s me your son! waves mini Quatchi toy to mascot a good 100 ft away!! Dad! Quatchi Dad, I’m over here. pause pause+ a few more Quatchis!!!  Ok, I’ll see you at home Dad. I love you!

6 yr old boy: This is a so healthy hot dog ’cause this bread is better than a bun for you. Buns aren’t good for you. Those buns. of his $8 hot dog made wtih a baguette style bread 

5 yr old girl: O Canada….a true piece of love, in all the son’s sweet hands. Unprompted and at top volume!

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Popcorn & PJ’s Night!

This seemed like one of the easier list items to complete!

Originally the idea I had was for adults to do this – then I thought I should do this with my little cousins and then I thought – hey, why not host the evening for them to enjoy with their friends?

Just leave me here!Everyone came in their pj’s – so comfy! We started with some arts and crafts downstairs — making name placards for bedroom doors was the idea but it became much more about the process than the end product – which was perfect.

After the crafty time, the kids went upstairs to watch the Bee Movie and we stayed downstairs, drinking tea, eating Lindor chocolate and talking. It was awesome.

I had made each child these cutesie Popcorn Cups that were a hit.Pj's and Popcorn the 1st    Comfy?

 It was so much fun! I decided to host another night (and there are one or two more in the works) because I have so many friends with children.

vfds 005 The difference between the two groups was hilarious. With the 1st group I ran out of popcorn, apple juice, milk and cookies. There was a solid half hour of sweeping to do after they left and two days later I was finding things under the couch and behind plants. No problem! That’s what life with kids is like.

dogsWith the second group I didn’t even serve the popcorn, goldfish or raisins. I think one child had a drink – of water! When they called down to ask about making a fort upstairs I said: Of course.

When I joined them upstairs for the last half hour I was almost speechless. There was no mess. NO mess whatsoever. They had built the ‘fort’ by laying a blanket over the coffee table. That was it. That was Cousinsthe fort – no couch cushions on the floor, no furniture moved. But they had a blast sitting under the coffee table in their fort.

They made fridge magnets. They watched Cinderella and danced about, pretended to be dogs and babies and then they all got bundled up and went back home.

I was left with a glass of wine and a super clean house by 8 pm. And I was already in my PJ’s!

Truly a rewarding experience completing this item on my list!

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10 Things I’m Looking forward to in 2010

1. Meeting my new cousin (mid-June)
2. Final season of LOST
3. Ravelympics — though I think it might be more of a commitment than I get
4. Being debt-free
5. Completing: The List
6. Baby chicks!
7. Alice in Wonderland
8. Traveling — not sure where yet
9. Blogging and blog reading
10. Can’t Stop the Serenity fundraiser

What about you?

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Ta Da!

FO's!

See, there has been some knitting around here!  While I was away my lovely landlords looked after my place. And my cats. And my chickens. And my fish.
Kind of a lot to look after.
As a way of saying thanks, I knit her some Mason Dixon Ball Band dishcloths (I love the way the colours pooled!) and added a jar of my Accidental Plum Sauce*. On the morning of my 1st piano lesson, I brought them with me. Her surprise was well worth the effort. 😀

I am also trying my hand at quilting. See below:

Quilt top

I’ve finished the top. Now the applique begins! Someday.

I accidentally cut out some of the fabric the regular way, not knowing what “on the bias” meant. My mother educated me and…I had to pick up some more fabric. Once I cut that out I discovered, I don’t own any pins?!?? So I had to make a trip to Wal*Mart and pick some up. By the time I got home…interest had waned in favour of The Office Season 3. So…there you have it.

scan001001A little closeup of the binding strips dividing the panels. Love the little ladybugs.

Now I wanted to make a gift for a friend who had a new baby, oh 6 months ago (yes Queen of Procrastination am I) and I love this little coat. So darned cute. I decided to make one for the new baby and one for her toddler sister. I cast on for the 6-12 months size and made quick (for me!) progress.New Project? YIP>5/365

I really like the fabric the seed stitch creates. As I was knitting and watching the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries premiere, I became increasingly uneasy with the piece.

Check this out:
Disaster

Umm that is my February Lady Sweater placed below the Smock Coat. And yes. They are the same width.

Ahh…I’m a plus-sized gal and this baby is decidedly typical, size-wise that is. 😉 I don’t know what sort of monster this coat would fit! Maybe this guy: So I was going to scrap it completely (though I did wonder if I kept on if it might fit me…)but after reading boards at Ravelry etc. Debbie Bliss’ patterns would seem to run wide. So now I am thinking this might be ok for the toddler and I could make the next size down for the baby?

What do you think?

 *I tried to preserve plums according to directions – they had only cooked 12 of the 38 minutes and were mush already — plus they were supposed to be processed for an additional 10 minutes! madness — my Aunt shared a simpler, more effective recipce with me that might have done the trick. You prepare syrup, fill hot jars with plums, pour the syrup over and then process the jars. The plums still softened up but at least they retained their shape! I’ll let you know later in the year how they taste === looking forward to that. Mmmm….

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Dog Days of Summer

Our Summer Program is in full swing at work. We are off on field trips every day. We’ve been to some pretty amazing places already but we are also getting plenty of time back at our building for dressup and K’nex building.

Despite my best efforts, when left to their own devices this is how the children see knitters:scan0005                 

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As Grannies. Though perhaps cool Grannies since they are wearing sunglasses indoors….? The wooden sticks beside the rocking chair is their cane. Don’t you love how they hold their needles? And check out that ‘tangle’ of wool as they call it themselves!

365.24See, I do knit in front of them!

This was on a field trip to a local campground and I’m working away, Magic Loop style on my Monkeys. Kira joined us – she loves being able to run around with the children. When she needs a break, she finds me and curls up on my knee.

She’s really quite tolerant of the children.
Check out these flowers one of little boys picked for me!

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He’s a little enthusiastic!

How have you been spending your summer so far?

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Mail!

‘The Mail is good to me

And so I  thank the Mail

For giving me the things I need

A book

Oh, we're livin' it.

and some prep for emergencies.

Emergency! Emergency!

The Mail is good to me.’

Based on a childhood favourite (which has somehow become censored in my memory from Lord to Earth — not sure how that happened…)

My Grandparents had a copy of this Disney book and Johnny Appleseed was a hero to me. I used to wish I could travel around planting and harvesting. It might have helped create my lifelong interest in gardening actually.

Another inspirational children’s book is Miss Rumphius. Last year I harvested the seeds from our Lupins at work and we gave them to all the children on Earth Day in celebration of Miss Rumphius with a little cup and some soil.

What books from your childhood do you still cherish?

re: mail order goodies – The book is written by this blogger and the Emergency Knitting Kit is available here.

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