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!

A List

It’s Monday, and I’m already resorting to lists. School does that to my brain.

1. Let’s see… I made homemade hot chocolate tonight with milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and cinnamon. It was good stuff.

2. It’s October first! That means fall!

3. My boyfriend and I had a mini Harry Potter movie marathon last night at my place, which means I was reunited with the knitting.

4. There was sweater progress. Unfortunately, it looks exactly the same as the last time I took a photo of it, just slightly longer. It’s not photo worthy yet.

5. Today was the beginning of riding lessons for the team here at my University. It was nice to be back in the saddle after a month away.

6. Though it was nice, I got put on one of the crazy horses who did everything in her power to get me off of her.

7. I still had fun. I’m like that. As long as I’m on a horse, I’m happy (no matter how scared I am inside).

8. I have a few more bits of homework to do tonight, but I can’t wait to be done so I can sit and knit.

9. I’m torn between quick progress on the socks, or progress towards a very coveted handknit sweater…

10. Eating popcorn and knitting is nearly impossible. The difficulties of a University student.

The Beginning

I’m back from my weekend at home, which was relaxing and fun. I got to see the family, the dog, and of course, the horses. I was definitely a happy girl!

I also got a lot done on the Hat-Heel Socks (sock #2). I’m going to try to knit this sock in a week – something that’s on the 101 things list. I’m almost done the foot… Just the toe decreases, then its on to the leg part!

I’ve titled this post “The Beginning” because it’s the beginning of the next 5 days, when I will post only one photo per day on the blog. That means no more words, except the title. It will be up to you to guess what these photos mean… I’m sure I’ll have a lot to fill you in on when I’m back to using words.

For now though, I must go and do some physics. I may have done a lot of knitting this weekend, but you can’t knit and study at the same time (well, I can’t… I’m working on that).


What a morning

Wow. What a crazy morning I’ve had so far.

Let’s see… I got up and went to ride both horses first thing. As I was setting up my jumps, I got distracted by my cat, who was chasing a chipmunk. She had it cornered in the barn, so I helped her get it out, but it still managed to get away. I spent a good ten minutes laughing at her running every which way though!

I rode my pony Felix, who was very well behaved for once. Then I hopped on Domino and one of my old riding teachers came over to help me out. I haven’t seen her in about 4 years, and she hasn’t given me lessons since I was 12 (that’s 7 years ago now). It was great to see her and get some feedback and help with my riding. It ended up being a huge sports psychology lesson!

I think I should start a horse blog, I have so much to say about them. Just wait until winter, when all I want to do is knit, knit, and knit (after I come in from riding in the cold, that is).

I’ve made a little more progress on the SIPs but that chart seems to be going awfully slowly. Its 70 rows… I think I’m on about row 25 now. I have a long car trip this weekend, so I’m sure I’ll get lots of it done.

I do have some photos of another little project I can’t wait to tackle. I’m going to make tube socks out of this yarn.

I’m not usually one for novelty yarns. In fact, I hate them. My very first “real” knitting project was this scarf made out of some strange eyelash stuff that was all the rage that year. Let me tell you, as a beginning knitter, there is no easier way to cover up dropped stitches, but boy was that scarf heavy.

This stuff is the softest, nicest yarn you will ever feel though, so I am willing to knit with it this time. The plan is to make plain old tube socks. My sister is disabled and she doesn’t walk much or wear shoes much, so its perfect for her tender little toes. She’s also got tiny feet, so I figured on a skein per foot!

Don’t ask what the yarn is, I found it when I was doing the stash reorganization. Its been in there for years; it smells like the bar of soap my mom threw in the bin years ago to make my yarn smell nice.

Here’s me feeling artsy with my camera: