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Knitting Olympics….my story

Posted on: March 2, 2010

17 days ago I started the Knitting Olympics with the Yarn Harlot.  I had found the beautiful Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman, which you can find the free pattern for in the Spring 2009 issue of Knitty. Now this shawl comes in 3 different sizes and I chose the biggest size because I like to be wrapped up in my shawls…and so far none of them have been quiet big enough. Below is a photo of the one I picked to make, pretty huh…you can’t really see the bead work that is included with this shawl. But I fell in love with it and cast on…well the original yarn that I chose to use, was damaged by moths or something and after completing the set up chart and 2 repeats of the Yucca pattern I realized that there was no way I could use this yarn.

That’s when I took a break to read the Yarn Harlot’s blog and discovered that she was going to hose the Knitting Olympics on her blog again and it started in 2 days!  So I decided to do this project in 17 days…perhaps that was a bit over reaching considering I have a newborn. But hey it was supposed to be a challenge.  So I spent the next two days selecting yarn and finding beads and getting ready to knit in between breast feedings and playing with my daughter.
Those first four days I got quiet a bit of knitting done, it was going a long very smoothly and I was really proud of myself I thought I would finish the shawl no problem.
Then we found out that my grandfather was dying and so I put aside my knitting to make plans to fly home to Montana in the hopes of seeing him before he passed on.  My mom really wanted a picture of him with his new great granddaughter. So we gathered up our things and headed to the airport where Bella took her first ride on a turtle…
and a plane…where no knitting was done because Bella slept peacefully the entire way there.
But that was not to be he passed on peacefully the night before we flew into Montana, the funeral was on Sunday and we spent the next few days in a flurry of getting everything ready. I was able to knit maybe a 2 or 3 rows during all of that time.
Bella got to meet my Uncle Merle for the first time at the funeral, where I managed to flash the 88 year old Pastor while he was giving the eulogy.  I have to say he didn’t miss a beat when Bella dragged back the blanket to cough.  After the funeral in good Mauch tradition we released white balloons into the sky,(which I’m fairly certain is illegal now)
went to the Golden Corral and had a family gathering…for those that could make it. My cousin Josh had come down to see Grandpa before he passed but like us he missed him as well.
He did however get to meet his new niece and they had a great time snuggling and hanging out together.  Though it seems that Josh has the innate ability to have his eyes closed in almost all photos taken of him.
Bella got to meet a lot of her family on this trip.
And Suzi got to imagine what it will be like to be a grandma when her boys held the baby.
After the funeral Bella got to experience her first snow drift…she wasn’t all that impressed to be honest.
Trina got to give Bella her first hair style…originally it was pigtails, however her hair is so silky it didn’t last long and ended up looking like Devil horns, giving her a DebilBaby look.
And of course I couldn’t leave out a picture of Bella in her pretty coat. 🙂
So overall I spent the Olympics supporting my family and helping them deal with a rough time, but not really knitting, which is why I didn’t finish my shawl in 17 days, but I’m okay with that because sometimes life is more important and a knitting challenge…rarely but sometimes.

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