Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Girl Named Sue

I finished the baby blanket for my impending new nephew. I thought we were down to a couple of weeks, but I guess it's really still about four more weeks to go. This is Reversible Basketweave Blanket knit with three full skeins of Kertzer Northern Worsted in navy tweed on 5mm needles. Finished size is 34x30, I would have preferred one more skein, but we didn't have any left. In retrospect if I knit it again I'd take off 16sts and cast on 124sts instead of 140sts OR have a fourth skein of yarn. I'd lean towards the fourth skein if possible cuz I like the width, I just would have liked it to be a bit longer. Oh, well, it'll serve its purpose. The first picture is pretty darned close to the true color. Ravelry details here.

Last weekend it was the third year in a row that we went to the city for the Nova Scotia Little Rocks Curling Tournament. It was the first year that the Littlest One took part. He's the monkey in the middle with his eyes closed and hands up in the air, lol. The Oldest One is in the back.

Look at the excellent form the mate, K, has coming out of the hack, she always looks just like the pros on television. Her grandfather runs the curling club in town (he has for as long as I can remember). Her mother is one of the coaches. She's going to be an awesome curler when she gets older, I can tell you.

The boys on the team, however, all squat back on their knees and end up giving the rock a big old push to get it going instead of the nice, controlled release that K has, the way it should be. This is the Littlest One...

...and this is the Oldest One. They curled three games on Friday, and he ended up hurting his leg and couldn't curl on Saturday. The Littlest One and the two other boys were taking turns, four end games, one would do the first half and change during the two minute break between the second and third ends. So with the skip out of commission he had to curl two whole games on Saturday. (And let me tell you Saturday was a looonnnnggg day, especially the night. His leg was bothering him a lot, he has no threshold for pain, a splinter is the end of the world for him, lol. He had an extremely uncomfortable night which meant that I got very little sleep. He ended up not getting to school til Tuesday, but he's all better now.)
The Oldest One's leg didn't bother him til he got up Saturday morning. It wasn't too bad at first, he said he didn't think he could curl, he had a bit of a limp, so we went to the Museum of Natural History. The first curling game wasn't until 2:45. They have had Sue for several months now, so we went to see her. She's the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton ever found, she's 90% complete. She died at age 28 and weighed 7 tons. She's been the star attraction there since January. It's really cool, I love stuff like that. Back in 2007 when we visited my BFF in Alberta we went to Drumheller and visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum. That was super cool, I can't wait to go back again the next time we're in that area.

This picture reminds me of Jurassic Park when the T-Rex gets out of its compound and is chasing Jeff Goldblum.
Lastly in my picture heavy post -- this is my co-worker, T (who I will probably miss more than anything else when the store closes, but I'm sure we'll hang out together til he moves to the city this summer). He turned 46 in January and has never ever had a license, not even a beginners permit. A few weeks ago a friend of his was going to write his beginners test, so they all talked T into writing his test, too. He didn't study, he guessed at a bunch of the questions, and he scored 100! (And the other guy failed, poor guy. He changed two answers, had he left them he would have passed cuz he had them right the first time! He has since rewritten the test and passed.) This was the first time he's driven since getting his beginners. (I just happened to have my camera with me, I had taken it to work to print a couple of pictures. And if I've got camera in hand I'm snapping pictures!)

And he's off and in the correct lane, lol. I think he said he ended up driving 31kms that night.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

Blankie is sure to keep baby cozy. I love basket weave, so simple but nice texture.
Sue is cool!

10:57 PM  
Blogger Donna M said...

Great job on the blanket!

Sounds like you all had a wonderful weekend, despite sore legs. I would love to see the dinosaur myself.

Congrats to T! Who knew he had never driven!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

I want to go see Sue .. but no one else in my family wants to go see her :(
Your blanket is beautiful.

9:26 AM  

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