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 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 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!

With Difficulty

It seems that everything I have done in the past 24 hours has been difficult. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve achieved some great things in the past day. Still though, everything seems  like it takes twice the effort it usually does. Even typing this blog post; I have to wait for ten minutes for all the words to appear, letter by letter. I really should start using my own computer instead of the ones at work.

Last night, after work, I went for a run with my boyfriend down by the beach. We ran 15 km, and it took us two hours. For those of you who run, you know that this time is awful! I’m not sure if it was the waiting in line at McDonald’s for a glass of water, or the deciding which way to run, but this is a totally ridiculous time for the distance we ran. Regardless, we did it. I think my lack of focus is what made me so slow. When I run my half marathon on July 29, I’m going to have to be a lot more focused if I want to finish it in a reasonable time. I don’t want it to take all day!

This morning I had a riding lesson. My horse wasn’t performing well for the first 45 minutes; everything was difficult. She wasn’t listening to me, and she was jumping awkwardly, hitting poles and everything. Finally, by the end of the lesson, after some hard work, she was jumping great! Still, it wasn’t without difficulty.

Next up: yarn store. I went quickly before work. I wanted to get some green yarn for socks for my boyfriend, as well as some “manly” colours for my Dad and brother. They had a few “manly” colours, but no green. The cashier even got out the catalogues to see if she could order in some dark green – they don’t manufacture it! What?? So, I walked out with nothing. NOTHING. FROM A YARN STORE.

The only thing that isn’t difficult is the actual knitting. The socks are progressing nicely. Tonight I’ll work on them some more, and hopefully be at the heel by the end of the weekend. My next project is just a little one: bookmarks. Do you remember when I blogged about Bookcrossing? If you don’t, it’s a website  who’s mantra is “the whole world is a library”. A group of “Bookcrossers” created something called SGG – Summer Gift Giving.  SGG is great; you post a wishlist of everything you want, and if you’re lucky, someone will send you something from the list. I noticed that a lot of people wanted bookmarks, so I thought  “what a good way to knit something!”. So I’m going to knit bookmarks. I have a few good ideas, but I don’t want to spoil anything yet by giving it away.

Inevitably, I won’t have the right yarn… Difficulty at its finest.

Finally

The heat wave has broken! I can function again!

Last night, I relaxed in the air conditioned section of my house and knitted on the Zoomobile socks while watching the Calgary Stampede. They’ve been put away for so long that I forgot why I fell in love with them in the first place.

There’s a family wedding this afternoon that involves lots of driving, so more progress will be made! I’m predicting that the first sock will be finished by the end of the weekend.

In other news, I have some photos from yesterday.

We’ve been riding all over the place. Speed is our new thing.

The corn is getting so tall!

Speedy speedy!

What a good girl!

I realize that you guys aren’t reading this to see pictures of horses, but bear with me. Both of my parents like to photograph me riding, and I like to show off my girl to the world. And this is what I’ve been doing instead of knitting.

Soon though, too soon, I’ll be moving back to school and away from my girl. Winter is coming, which means more knitting.

Speaking of, excuse me while I go look up patterns for Christmas knitting…

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: