Turkey Day

This weekend definitely didn’t go as planned… But it was still great! I made it to Nationals, which was a lot of fun. We went to Wonderland and Woodbine Racetrack in our spare time. The team finished second overall in Canada, and individually I came ninth. It was a lot of fun!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving. Instead, I’ll be heading home next weekend. My mom visited today, on her way back from dropping off my older brother at school, with a full Thanksgiving dinner for me. I know what I’ll be eating for the next few days!

I also didn’t get anything done on the knitting. However, as I don’t have class until 5:30 tomorrow night, I have oodles of time to knit and relax. I’m glad that this semester is so relaxed… I feel as if it’s the calm before the storm, and I’m about to be bombarded with school work. Only time will tell I suppose.

I would love to put all of my photos from Nationals on the blog, but nearly all of them contain my teammates. I try not to post photos of others on the blog without asking them first, so I’m only able to put up photos that don’t include them. It’s too bad, since it won’t give you a feel for the overall experience, but hopefully it will give an accurate enough representation.

A horse being walked in the tack-up area before the race

The finish of the turf race


One of the racehorses in the barn at Woodbine Racetrack. We got to go behind the scenes early in the morning in the barns and watch the exercise riders.

It was a great weekend, and maybe tomorrow I’ll have some more photos to post (hopefully of the knitting as well!). I’m so glad that I got to have this great experience of being a member of a National team, and I’m so proud of all of my teammates on our success!

The Smell of Flowers

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Like socks, for instance.

Those socks are out to get me. I swear. This morning, after finishing some of the cable section of the leg, I realized that using self-striping yarn for cabled socks isn’t too intelligent. I couldn’t see the cables at all. The sock pattern is really beautiful, and I didn’t want it to go to waste.

So what’s a girl to do? The only thing she could in a situation like this. We had a breakup. I ripped them back, completely and utterly. I’m planning to use that pattern for some yarn that I have for my brother for Christmas.

I re-wound the yarn and did a little gauge, and I’m planning to cast on for some vanilla socks for this wonderful yarn. I hope my dad doesn’t mind. Somehow, I don’t think he’ll notice too much.

In other news, movies and sweater-knitting nights are my favourite.

The sweater!

There it is (although apparently it turned out blurry). I’ve got 9 inches done so far! I love working with the yarn… It’s my favourite kind for a reason. It’s squishy and warm. I can’t wait for this thing to be a sweater. The pattern is just mindless enough for me to get really into a movie and yet still stay awake.

I love it.

As a result, I’m totally undecided as to what to bring home this weekend in terms of knitting. It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, which means a long weekend. I’m actually going to Toronto to compete at the National level with Pony Club. I’m excited, though not as excited as last year. That was my first year and we travelled to Calgary. I got to go to Spruce Meadows, and it was definitely a very cool experience. This year it’s a little closer to home, but I’m sure it will be a lot of fun. I’ll be heading home for Monday and most of Tuesday. I’m glad – I miss my family and of course my horses.

This begs the question… What to bring with me? I won’t have time to knit while I’m at Nationals, but I will have time when I’m at home. I’ve actually been thinking about it for about a week! You can tell where my priorities are…

Now. If you’ll excuse me, I have to go and do some studying for Nationals this weekend. There may be knitting. But most of all, there will be the smell of flowers.

Flowers from my boyfriend, just because. He’s the best.

A Wednesday List

Do I ever have some catching up to do! In a list:

1. I came down with the most awful cold yesterday morning, making moving interesting. I’m trying to take it easy today, in hopes that I’ll feel better before classes start tomorrow. I have no voice, so hopefully that returns quickly.

2. I’m all moved into my house at school. Our kitchen is still a mess, and you can’t find anything in the fridge, but my room is finally done!

My room!

3. I had my last ride on Domino on Monday. I’m sure going to miss her… She’s been doing so well, just as I leave!

Isn’t she adorable?

Domino and I on our last ride of the summer!

4. The needle rolls are done! Well, one of them is. My mom finished the one for the DPNs late on Monday night. She’s pretty talented with that sewing machine.

The needle roll for the DPNs


And voila!

5. Classes start tomorrow, so my posting may be a little more sporadic until I get myself into a routine.

6. I’m almost finished one of the Hat-Heel Socks!

The Hat-Heel Sock #1

That’s all the catching up for now… I’ve got to go and organize the kitchen!

Busy as a Bee

I can’t believe how busy it’s been the past few days! Yesterday I worked both of the horses in my last riding lesson of the summer. I also packed some stuff… There was lots.

This describes my Saturday quite well:

Ignore me on the side there, I couldn’t crop it out….

Packing, driving, unpacking, putting together furniture, driving, then home. That’s only half of my stuff, too! Still, my room is looking good, and I’ll post a photo of it when I finally get it all set up tomorrow afternoon. I’m starting to get really excited to go back to school, though I’m loathe to leave my horses.

All that driving time has given me lots of time to get working on some knitting… The Hat-Heel Socks have been my weapon of choice lately.

The hat-heel socks!

They are so much bigger! The foot is done and I’m onto the leg. I’m loving this pattern. I’m going to have to make some for myself soon… These ones are for my mom for Christmas (she doesn’t read the blog, so I can say that). The pattern is back to boring stockinette stitch again, but they are progressing quickly and are quite addicting!

The needle rolls are completely planned for, and will be made today, and I’ve got all of the yarn that I’m bringing to school in a tupperware bin, ready to go.

Here’s to a great second year!


One of Those Lists

I haven’t made list-post in a long time, so today I’m going to. My thoughts are far too disorganized to write something coherent, so here’s a list of what’s going on in my life.

1. Hat isn’t finished. I knitted one row last night, then got bored of the Olympics and made nachos. I’m not sure how boredom led to nachos, but it did. For the record, they were delicious.

2. I’ve been working on my 101 things list, and I’m now at 5/101. That tiny number feels laughable. Today is dedicated to 101 things. So far today I’ve sent a letter to someone in another country… Pakistan. A friend I found on the BookCrossing website.

3. I’m going to compete in one more horse show this year, at the very beginning of September. I’m super excited, so I hope that my horse isn’t a crazy psycho again!

4. You thought PMS was bad in women… Try dealing with a horse who has it. Let’s just say it’s exceptionally frustrating.

5. I’ve started writing yet another book. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I have absolutely no ability to maintain something. I think it’s because I have the attention span of a gnat.

6. Half-marathon soreness was gone after yesterday! I guess I must be in better shape than I thought…

7. Family vacation to Florida in 10 days. I can’t wait. I need a break from my job.

That’s all I can really handle at the moment. My thoughts are going every which way, so I need to corral them. I’ll update the bottom of this post as I complete items on the 101 things list!

Update: 11:22 am. Realized that I have already completed #99, window shop at a mall, in Windsor after the half marathon. 6/101!

Update: 12:o1 pm. #43, wrote a letter to myself. To be opened on February 27, 2013, my 20th birthday. 7/101!

Update: 12:25 pm. #90, create an ongoing list of things I want/need for the barn. This wasn’t too tough, and was surprisingly short. I’ll update the list regularly. 8/101

Update: 12:50 pm. #46, re-write my resume. Done, but it will need to be critiqued by someone prior to using it. Looking at you, older brother!

Update: 1:25 pm. #26, write an article about fear. Done. The article is bare bones, stream of consciousness, and in major need of editing and refining. I’m going to add another number on the list for this, then I’ll maybe work on sending it into somewhere to be published.

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!

Smile on me sunshine

What’s not to be happy about today? It’s Friday and the sun is shining, and I finally have the entire weekend off! Last night I received another BookCrossing package in the mail. This one contained another book on my To-Read list, and… YARN! I was shocked. It’s very cool, a multi-coloured elastic type worsted weight. I can’t wait to get to knitting it, though I don’t know what I’m going to make with it.

This will be my last post for a couple of days, since I’ll be away all weekend at my show. I haven’t talked about my horse much lately, which is fairly surprising. I’ve been really focussed on her, and we’ve been doing a lot better. She tries really hard and her training is progressing well. My biggest fear is the jumps, and that’s all in my head. My horse is amazing, she could jump four and a half feet easily. I, on the other hand, couldn’t. My fear is completely a mental issue, but I’m working on it. This weekend I’m not going to win, I’m going to train. I’ve convinced myself that I’m excited to be able to jump a new course with new jumps.

I’m starting to get really excited, even though it means late nights and early mornings, and crashing in a tent. When I return I’ll have photos, results, and a sense of achievement. Then it will be on to the next hurdle; my half marathon. T-minus 1 week!

I love having goals that I get to achieve. Makes me feel a sense of purpose in life.

Enough of my ramblings. I’ll be back in a few days, and you can expect a thoroughly disorganized, photo-heavy blog post!