Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ravelympics: Days 5 and 6

So my loving husband surprised me by arranging for two full weeks of vacation during the games to care for kids while I knit. And it is his support that has made all the difference. Having him on board has meant guiltless hours of knitting while he feeds and entertains our little guys. He's even been getting up early with them so that I can catch up on some zzz's after long knitting sprints watching olympic morning on the CBC until 3 am for the past few nights.

So given my progress, I thought we all deserved a little break on day 5 for a day out with my sister and brother-in-law. So I left the needles and yarn by the couch and off we went to a historical site in my hometown of Terrebonne, Quebec: L'ile des moulins.

We had such a great afternoon (despite the occasional rain cloud) taking in the coolness of this park from my kids perspective: there are little walking bridges, mini-falls, ponds with ducks and fountains, lots of green spaces under a lush canopy of maples with big rocks poking out of the ground.

Oh, and there was ice cream too while we waited for the rain to pass. It was really great. And I totally forgot about the knitting...

...until I got home and realised a whole day had gone by with wary a stitch! So I cast on for the left front late on day 5 after the kidlets were in bed. Unfortunately, mentally keeping track of all the pattern rows and multiple shapings while cheering for the Canadian divers competing in the men's 3m synchro event meant a lot of head scratching moments and frogging. Turns out those two are not compatible tasks and the diving was more interesting than the knitting so day 5, while a great vacation day spent with the family, was a total knitting bust. Then the story on day 6 was all about sleeping! All those late nights finally caught up with me and I slept in until 11 and napped away the afternoon with the boys.

I did manage to kick it back into high gear late in the evening again though just in time to finish the left front of my Natalie Coat while watching the men's all around gymnastics competition. Another 3 balls of yarn and a 3 am bedtime for this knitter ;0)

...but with just one front and collar left to knit (oh, and all that seaming of course!), it looks like we'll be able to pay daddy back for all his efforts with more vacation fun next week. Cause I sure am going to owe him big when my games are done!


  1. What a great husband, sure is a keeper! It's nice to have someone you love that much support you during crazy times! Great job with your jacket. Such a beautiful family you have.

  2. Don't you let you husband read the comments on your blog, but really, what a cool one you have.

    That said... back to knitting!

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful non-knitting day! I'm so glad that the ravelympics have you posting more often. I know that life gets in the way of blogging, but I sure did miss your posts! :)

  4. Ditto Gwendolyn's comment!

  5. Anonymous7:24 p.m.

    I really enjoy your posts! And even though your knitting is just DELICIOUS, the best part of all is the aura of love that permeates your blogging. Your love of knitting, your love of parenting and the love,kindness and respect you and your man obviously have for each other! Your blog is always a bright spot in my day! :)

  6. Anonymous7:29 a.m.

    OMG....I've been reading your blog for months now and I never even realized you where in quebec. I'm on Montreals south shore. so....any good yarn stores around here I might not know about? loll

  7. I wish I could have participated in the ravelry olympics but have been sick.I love your blog:)Hugs Darcy

  8. Terrebonne is not my hometown but my adopted town..
    The LavalKnits group meant to go knit at L'Ile des Moulins (and we have met at les Divins Chocolats de Sandra - nice coffee place for knitting.
    My daughter goes to College St-Sacrement and I took some watercolour classes at the Vieux Moulin - what a nice place.

  9. Excellent pictures, the kid looks like he is having a lot of fun.

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