Well, apart from the obvious, that traveling far away from home really doesn't seem like a good or even appealing thing right now. This weekend was horse show weekend and one when Kevin and I had the girls. The girls and I were up well before the crack of dawn this morning and on our way to the stable before the stars had winked out of the sky. In fact, we saw a magnificent shooting star as we sped up the freeway.
The recent rainy weather meant that the show reverted to the Rainy Day Schedule, compressing many of the classes and taking place all within the covered arena. RDS always makes for a very, very long day, and today was no exception. We arrived about 6 am, so the girls could groom and prepare their horses for the 6:45 practice rounds. Competition started at 8:30.
Both the girls had good shows. Kaelyn ribboned in several events, and though Karin didn't come home with any ribbons, she and Ubu did quite well, considering that this was the first show in which she rode solely in jumping classes and in most cases was the youngest competitor in the ring.
The best part of the day was the special Costume Class that happens only at the October show. Kaelyn commissioned Grandma to make a matching vest and saddle pad and walked away with Most Original Costume for her Vegas Pals concept. Karin and Ubu received an Honorable Mention for their interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood.
Since I'm not at Rhinebeck, I decided to invoke a bit of that special Rhinebeck magic by finally knitting some of the spectacular yarn that I picked up there two years ago. I absolutely fell in love with Chasing Rainbows' Kid Merino when I fondled Julia's cardigan and then saw it in person in Nancy Finn's booth. I ordered a sweater's worth and Nancy dyed it up specially for me as soon as she was home. This is the Reds colorway and it is very quickly becoming a Mr. Greenjeans. A fast, easy, and totally fun knit.
And in FO Land, I have another project to show you. Robin requested some fingerless mitts to keep her hands warm on cold mornings while she's keyboarding at the office. I whipped up a pair of Fetching last week for her birthday (we're not quite birthday twins, but with only about 4 and a half days separating us, we might as well be). I chose Dream in Color Classy in Blue Lagoon and knit them up in a flash on 4mm dpns. They were gifted at her almost-surprise party on Friday night, a gathering of good friends that we don't get to hang out with nearly often enough. I've promised (and started) a hat to go along with the mitts and complete the set. Happy Birthday, Robin!
Taking the day off from blogging tomorrow so Kevin and I can celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. He already brought me roses. What a guy!