Monday, May 05, 2008

Weekend Wrap Up...

Once again, congratulations to all of my contest winners! Prizes went out this morning and I hope you will enjoy them!

It was a cold & rainy weekend around New England. I spent Saturday night at
Fenway (first time back to a game in about 4 years now) and it felt more like fall football weather! (excuse the "little people" photos... I didn't bring the camera due to the weather, these are cell phone pics)

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I soon remembered why I'm much more of an action packed sports girl (translation: NASCAR, football and hockey)... baseball is pretty slow & boring to me! Don't get me wrong, this Boston girl will always root for her Red Sox (and I do enjoy catching a game in person every now and then), but if given the choice (especially with the need to sell your first born to get a ticket enormous ticket prices), I'd rather quinch my need for speed, see some good checks (fight, fight, fight!) or see the Brady bunch....

I don't want to get too much in to the weekend tragedy,and I don't know much about horses, but I do know that no animal should be run so hard they break both of their front ankles!!!! I've heard several takes on the story and understand Eight Belles was just 2 years old. Apparently, horses should not be raced until at least 4 years of age. There's also been lots of genetic crapola going on to produce the "fastest and strongest" horses... all in the name of greed for the all mighty dollar - ugh!!! Personally, I think if you want to run a race, then use your own 2 feet or an inanimate object, such as a car, boat or motorcycle. Rest in Peace Eight Belles...

On that note, did you know that it is
Be Kind to Animals Week? Please click on over and learn what you can do, including teaching children....

Reminder... sign ups are now open for the
Multitasking 9-5 group swap over on Ravlery!

Now I even have some actual knitting content to leave you with today! I'm working away on the Criss-Cross scarf for my ISE6 pal. I'm loving the way the Patons SWS is working up in this pattern...

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After realizing that there was no way the pokey, always wanting to cast on something new, 'ole me I'd ever finish the Oriel Lace scarf for my pal in time for the deadline, I switched to this pattern and am glad I did. My pal loves winter colors and she lives in a cold winter climate, so I'm hoping this will be a perfect fit for her. I'm starting to think these scarves will also be in a few Christmas presents this year as well...

I'm still Clapping away, but am thisclosetobeingfinished!!! No updated pics, but it will be done in time to wear to the NH Sheep and Wool festival this weekend (so long as weather is appropriate for wearing) and I will get finished photos then! I spent yesterday working on the decrease rounds...

I'm about half way done with my first teddy bear sweater for the Granite State Knit-In donations. They collect "dressed" stuffed aniamls of all sorts, which are then donated to the NH State Troopers for their program (all troopers have a couple in their trunks to provide as needed to children). I plan to get at least a couple made...

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Well, that's all folks... enjoy the rest of your Cinco de Mayo!

8 comments:

Gnat said...

Wow...big weekend wrap-up. I would LOVE to go to Fenway!! One of my goals it so make it to ever single baseball stadium I have 10 that I've gone to. Thanks for sharing that it's be kind to animal week. That's pretty cool. I'm trying to to even think about what happened this weekend at the races. I don't think I could handle it if I was there.

The scarf is beautiful.

Hope you are having a great week!!

ponyknit said...

Go Sox!
Also, signing up for your swap as soon as I get a moment.
Lovely scarf! I made one with SWS this winter, it's so beautiful!
Also, the "horsey" side of me has something brief to say. Thoroughbreds live to run. They love it. I saw an interview with the filly's trainer this AM on the early show when I was on the treadmill. He said it exactly as I would if questioned, most people don't realize the amount of injuries horses have when they're just hanging out with their friends in the paddock. (example, my mare, she's recovering hopefully) They frequently get cuts, bruises and etc, just playing. They play rough and their legs are not as "tough" as one may think. Yes, I agree racing should be restricted to age 4, usually they race at 3. Exceptional horses compete at 2. I want to check her age, I didn't think she was that young. I thought the derby required them to be 3. OK that's it for my horse rant ;)

AllyB said...

Hey! That little bear sweater is super cute! Love your scarf, I'm going in search of some of that yarn right now.

gypsyknits said...

WOW! What a week end and now to look forward to NH festival. Yay for you!
On the horsey side, we own a quarter horse. He is one pampered horse and strutted his stuff a few years back at quite a few 4-H shows with my daughters. My daughter who is a vet tech says it is sickening to know they breed race horses in order to achieve the "perfect" horse for racing. This results in horses with extremely thin legs that cannot withstand the pressure of their own weight or the track while running. It makes me sick that the horse racing community only wants to cover up and shrug it off. Well, that's my rant for the day:)

vegasangelbrat said...

Love the Patons SWS, works up nice and felts great too!
Wow, big weekend!! The baby sweater looks great!! Good job!

Love ya!

Alana - Knit Wit said...

Wow, that scarf looks great. Both the colors and the pattern!! I find I'm always attracted to geometric designs.

chanknits said...

The SWS and that pattern are working well together!

Emily said...

I guess this isn't a good week to take the cats who showed up in the yard for their surgeries! They can go next week instead.

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