Sunday was the end of the summer horse show at Springdown Equestrian Center, where both my daughters ride. The girls had been looking forward to this show and fretted that they hadn't had enough practice due to family vacations that interfered with several of their riding lessons. Fortunately we were able to get them into midweek lessons last week and they were well prepared for the show. Here is Kaelyn riding Pebbles. She rode in 4 jumping classes, placing in three of them and in one flat class where she earned a 5th place ribbon.
This was Karin's second show. She rode Winter in 5 flat classes and earned 4 ribbons, one of them a blue one for 1st place! She was thrilled. They both had a wonderful show and can't wait until the next one on Oct. 22.
Monday was the first day of school. Tradition dictates that I walk them to school on the first day, but this year was different. Kaelyn is a sixth grader now and headed off to the middle school. I arrived at her dad's just as she was departing, determined to make her own way into this new realm. I didn't even have a moment to tear up before she was off on her bike to meet her friend. I'm a little worried about this whole middle school thing, but she seems to be handling it just fine. Perhaps it's me I'm worried for. She's growing up so fast!
Karin, on the other hand, was more than happy to have me accompany her to school. She's in Mrs. Certa's class again this year, the multiage having shifted to 2nd-3rd. We're very happy to begin our 7th year with Mrs. C (Kaelyn started with her as a kindergartner and continued through third grade). It's going to be a great year!
I also promised a picture of Nodding Violet, the STR colorway that I named for the latest Sock Club contest. The photo turned out decidedly more blue than the actual yarn. It's really more periwinkle, blending to a deep blue violet. I love that the greens merge from a deep forest to an intense teal. Not sure what I'm going to do with this colorway, but I've been poring over stitch dictionaries lately and getting some great inspiration. Meanwhile, I still have to kitchener the toe of my first Rock and Weave sock and then pick up the stitches for the second. I may not even finish these in time for the next sock club shipment! Woefully behind on my sock knitting.
Of course, I have good reason. I've been pretty much obsessed with Dew since I cast it on during the MN trip. I love the color in the Rowan Wool Cotton and the combination of the simple cable and easy lace pattern make it fun to knit. Unfortunately I think I overknit on vacation and have a touch of the old tendonitis flaring up, so I've done little in the way of knitting for the last week. Hopefully I'll be back to my old self after a little more rest.