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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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Tonight at 6 when the Opening Ceremonies begin there will be a mass Cast-On taking place all over the Knitverse!

I am representing Team 4815162342 from the LOST board and will be making the Adamas Shawl – it sounds BSG but the Greek translation is: indomitable or untamable. Which feels like John Locke’s attitude at times.

So I am calling my project: Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t DO! Shawl

Pretty ambitious for a 2 week project but…I’ve had this yarn kicking around forever and I need to jump into the lace at some point.
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I made a bag to tote my project around in the theme from our board…

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I be ‘cited!!!

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Knitting Content!!

Yes. Your eyes are not deceiving you — it’s a slew (or is it slough?) of FO’s!

Topmost is the Tudora Ruff– or Tudorica. 😉  

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I think this picture turned out quite funny – I was actually trying to avoid a triple chin but…it makes me look kinda threatening.

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Great Canadian Traveling ScarfI joined a traveling Scarf Exchange, which is pretty fun – we just mailed off the second section. You start a scarf – knit the 1st 6″, send it on to the next knitter, they add 6″ and so on. Finally your scarf is returned to you and you knit the final 6″. Voila!  A complete scarf. And this way you – ok I – totally avoid the dread that comes upon me about 8″ in to a scarf — that certainty that the scarf is not growing – a fact that seems to be proven by measuring! Does anyone know how that works? How can you measure something at 8″, knit 10 rows and remeasure and it is still 8″?? I don’t know how it happens but it has happened to me more than once.

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I used the leftover wool from Tudorica and chose a pattern from the Stitch Dictionary my Mom gifted me. This is not the best picture. At least I hope it’s the picture.

I also joined a Granny Square Exchange and this is a terrible pic of the one I sent out. (at least there is a bit of a theme to the post!)

AND last of all: Aunty K’s Amendment Thrummed Mittens

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So named because they were to make up for the socks I made her for her anniversary that fit her granddaughter! (I’ve seen her wear them twice already!)

Thrumming was much easier than I thought and it is super-duper cozy. I might have to look into a pair for myself for next season since, you know.

Knit while watching: Lost Seasons 1&2; True Blood Seasons 1&2

Tudorica & Amendment Thrummed Mittens were projects for the BSG Fleet Power Battle (on Ravelry). Go Galactica!!

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Craft Hope for Haiti Shop Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a timeThe internet is abuzz with news of Haiti and how we can each assist as we are able. Over at Ravelry there are patterns tagged for  Haiti Help  – parts of the proceeds will be given to Doctors Without Borders. So…if you were going to be buying a pattern soon, and you do it before Jan. 31st you’ll also be helping DwB/MSF

Yesterday the children at the Daycare asked to work on helping the ‘sad people’. They decided that they would make crafts and have a craft sale. Pretty sweet of them and whoever buys the wallpaper and construction paper hats, the faux fur cuffs, the pom-pom people they’ve made so far.

Two of the little girls have had everyone write their names on paper so that the ‘people in Haiti know who loves them’.

They are donating their empty juice boxes and bottles from home and offering to ‘just bring some money’. We’re sending the money they raise to MSF. They aren’t affiliated with any religions/churches and very little, if any, of the monies are used for administrative purposes.

Not all of their ideas were workable, they wanted to gather wood and bricks and send it on the boats from Canada, but they all came from the heart. Which is pretty amazing.

I thought it might be a good time to remind people of the government initiative that all of us be ready for a disaster – they reccommend being self sufficient for up to 72 hours. This is really important for us on the West Coast since we live directly on a major faultline — eek!

A daunting and potentially stressful task, contemplating the worst but it could make a real difference for you and your loved ones.

We are ready for the Flood

In November a friend who teaches Earthquake Preparedness for teens and families helped me complete my readiness kit.

Yes – that’s my Emergency Knitting kit – it’s clipped to my pack ($10 2nd hand, pretty awesome find). It holds 2 complete projects with instructions, needles, tape measure, beads, darning needle and scissors. I have one complicated project from the 7 Deadly Spins club and one plain vanilla sock project.

This pack, that I was relieved to learn I can put on and carry unassisted, has food, medicine and water for 1 week, plus the tools to build a temporary shelter.

My friend told me about an awesome cooker and I highly recommend it. It is lightweight — like a feather! — and lasts for hours.

Naturally I have a leash, food, treats and a sweater for Kira in my pack too. 😀 She’s my baby!

Altogether assembling my kit cost between $60-$80. If anyone wants I can send you a copy of the supply list I used.

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I think I am not the only one who is so excited to see this guy return:

Hee hee! I’ll never forget that shy/sly grin he wore as he rationalized stealing the other tribes shoes:”Pirates pillage. Pirates steal. Pirates take advantage. We are pirates, so we pirated.”
I laughed out loud!

I am casting on a new project today:
Tudorica

It’s part of a challenge on the BSG Fleet Power Battle at Ravelry — so much fun! But I might be getting in over my head with all of the challenges/exchanges I’ve signed on for in the last 3 days!

I joined an awesome Scarf-along/exchange and a Granny Square exchange. And then a One Skein — but that is from your stash, so that’s cheap at least. Actually, they are all cheap. But…do I have time? Likely not.
I’ll keep you posted. :-p

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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-Daaa!!

Now that winter is here — recognizable by it’s driving rain — it’s kinda drafty upstairs, what with the wall of windows.
So yesterday, I made these:

Ta Daaaa!

I was kind of amazed at how expensive curtains are, and I was not checking out the costly kind either.

For $22 I was able to make these. Such a relief. The timing was really good too because a windstorm came up last night – last year there was an actual breeze from the single paned wall ‘o windows – this year? Just cozy time spent watching Lost and knitting calluses onto my fingertips.

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Kira’s not quite as enthralled:

Thank you Google

The funny part, I didn’t think curtains would be possible because of the angle of the windows. Fortunately greater minds are not so challenged and I googled the issue.

Ahhh…angle the curtain rods you say…genius!

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