The Daily Grind

Back to the daily grind after a weekend of horse showing! It was a crazy good weekend, but very long, tiring and busy. My horse wasn’t as good as I had hoped she would be on Day 1 for the Showjumping… She refused many of the jumps. They were a lot bigger than we had jumped before though, so she did well under the circumstances.

On Day 2 we had dressage, and she was much better behaved! We received an 8th in our first test and a 7th in our second; I was very proud of her. We were competing against some very good horses, so I was happy with her results!

The rest of the team did very well. We had many first, second, third, and fourth place ribbons, as well as two reserve champions! I was so proud of them all. The best part – watching our youngest member, a seven year old, on the her tiny little pony, do her dressage test. They looked so cute trotting around together, and the whole team was there to watch. They received a first, second, and third on each of their tests too!

The weekend in pictures:

Domino’s home for the weekend

Here we go, into the show jumping ring

Over the scary green and purple jump!

Domino taking a look at the scary yellow fence

This is what a refusal looks like… We had a bunch of those

Day 2 – Dressage

7th & 8th in Dressage, and Turnout Champion! Glad we know how to look pretty!

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Briefly

Briefly, my weekend in a list:

1. Finished one of the Sampler Texture Socks, and on to the next one. Pictures to come!

2. Definitely didn’t make it to my horse show this weekend. It was cold and rainy, so my mom and I went shopping to pick me up some new riding boots (very necessary)!

3. Picked up the mail today and I received a BookCrossing book in the mail from the UK! For those of you that don’t know, BookCrossing is a website dedicated to the sharing of books. You give your book a number, and either wild release it (leave it somewhere for someone to find) or controlled release it (send it off to someone specific). Since I live in the middle of nowhere, I’ve been doing controlled releases, and finally got a book I’ve been waiting for! If you haven’t already been, visit this link to check it out!

4. I’ve been working on writing a book, and man, is it tough. I mean, I have a bazillion ideas, but none of them seem to come easily to the page. I get 5-10 pages in, then I get distracted. Perseverance is necessary.

That’s all I can say for now, I’ll update with photos of the socks tomorrow!

Absent

What a weekend! Yes, I was absent all weekend, I’m sorry about that.

Saturday was crazy. I left my house at 5:20 am with my horse. We travelled 2.5 hours to our first horse show of the season. Since it’s our second year doing this, I had hoped that my horse would be great, and we would get over all of our jumps well. Instead, she went totally crazy, we managed to get over one jump all day, and she spooked at every car that went by (there were many). It was awful. I was so annoyed with her, but we have another one this coming Saturday, so hopefully she will be better behaved. We have already been out practising lots!

When I got home (another 2.5 hour drive home, and I forgot my knitting), my dad called me. He’s a vet, and he had to do a couple of calls, so I went with him. Most people don’t know, but when you apply to vet school you must have experience in the field, so this was a perfect opportunity.

Needless to say, I was exhausted when I got home, but I managed to get some knitting time in.

Sunday was recovery day. It rained on and off all day, so it was tough to get anything done outside.

Last night, I finished the heel flap and gusset of the Sampler Texture Socks.

I’m not sure how I feel about the gussets on these ones. You only pick up 11 stitches on each side… To me that’s not enough. It means that the shaping takes only a few rounds, but I would rather the shaping take longer and the heel and foot be joined more securely. I may change this in the next sock…

I also messed up the heel flap. It was supposed to be Eye of Partridge, but mine has 3 distinctly different looking sections… I don’t even know what Eye of Partridge looks like, so who knows.

Who names a stitch pattern Eye of Partridge anyways?

I also may have started another pair of socks. The yarn is this super bright self-patterning stuff, and I’m just making plain old vanilla socks. I needed something to knit up that was just plain old stockinette stitch, so I could do it without concentrating. Voila!

So exciting. I’m in love, and I have to make myself work on the Sampler Texture Socks, which don’t look near as exciting.

Here they are, in all their glory. Names anyone?