Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ravelympics 2010

Yes, I have done it again....joined the Ravelympics on Ravelry. I have actually finished two WIP's, so now I can move onto the main events! Will I medal and finish in time? We shall see. Here are pictures of what I have finished off:

The first is my great niece's blanket....I do have to add the ladybugs, but the bulk of the blanket is done. It is 64" across. I am going to use the pattern as a table doily with mexicana thread. Will start after the Olympics. I will post a totally finished picture of this when the bugs are added. Her birthday is Tuesday, so I am hoping to mail it off by then!
The second is a picture of the knitted fun fur scarf I made for a lady at work. She wants it for her niece for her birthday. Yes, an actual consigned job!
The main event is going to be Coats and Clark's Wrap with Slits, and yes I am doing it in the carrot color pictured here:

Can't wait to see if I can do it!
Why am I waiting to get started you may ask? Life got in the way, as usual. Work, kids, and yes, the Daytona 500 all are to blame. The week I was to lay out my materials for the main event, Timma, who had had his driver's license for 11 days,(Feb. 10, to be exact) was rearended in his 1995 jeep. He was fine; the jeep looked fine, but the ford 500 that hit him had moved the muffler into the drive train. It is still in the shop getting fixed. In the meantime, Tim has been driving Ponykeg (my G5), Bob and Jeff have been driving the minivan and I have been driving the 2011 Kia Sorento we got as a rental. I like it and have realized how much I miss having an SUV. But I am ready to give it back. I miss my car. Sad, but that's the way it is. Hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday and Tim can have the Jeep for his use.
Well, I need to get some rest before I head to work this evening. Hope all is well and you are all enjoying the Olympics. I prefer the Winter games to the Summer games. I have enjoyed all the snow sports. My favorite, ice hockey, is on tonite...GO USA!!!!! What is your favorite winter Olympic sport?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Let's go Racin', folks!!!

Yea!!! It's February, and it only means one thing....besides my b-day.....SPEEDWEEKS at Daytona, culminating in the Daytona 500....This year, the powers that be of racing were kind enough to schedule the first NASCAR race of the season on Valentine's day.......which also happens to be my birthday. Will I be there you ask? HELL YEAH!!!! I will answer!
Hubby and I went to the Gatorade Duels on Thursday, Feb. 11. It was quite chilly at the track, so I decided to crochet myself a pair of fingerless mittens on the way to the track. I started when we pulled out of the driveway and finished two hours later when we parked the car in the free park and ride shuttle lot on Clyde Morris Blvd in Daytona Beach:

For those who do not follow NASCAR, the Gatorade Duels are the 2 150 mile races that decide who will race in the 500 and who will go home. The field consists of 43 drivers; about 50-54 try to qualify for the big race. The pole is decided by who runs the fastest qualifying lap on the previous Sunday. Gatorade duels decide what 43 drivers are going to be in the race, and positions are decided by either your position of finish in the duels or the speed you ran in pole qualifying.
For those of you that haven't guessed, I LOVE NASCAR!! There is nothing like feeling and hearing a pack of 43 cars passing in front of you going 200 mph. The smell of the fuel...the thrill of the passing, the jockeying for's awesome!!!
Anyhow, by the time the second race started, the temperature had dropped about 10-15 hands were cold, and was I ever happy to have those mittens!
Here's a few pics from our adventure:

After the races, we met up with Bob's brother Tom and his SO, Susie......

So, if you have nothing to do on Sunday, Valentine's day, take a look at the race...we will be sitting in the Superstretch (aka, backstretch) near the Budweiser Party Porch..(imagine that!). I root for Tony Stewart, #14 Office Depot/Old Spice car...I have all the gear, and I will be cheering like a mad woman....look for us! Will post more pictures next week!
Until next time, Gentlefolk, start your engines and let's go racin'!!!!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Ok, so I'm not so up on my blogging as I should be. January has been a busy month...I can't believe we are already at SPEEDWEEKS in Daytona! That means next weekend is my birthday. This year of 2010 seems to be flying by already.....WOW!
This is the first time in a long time the Daytona 500 is being run on my birthday. Don't worry, folks, I already have my tickets. Got them the first week of January! We are sitting in the Superstretch....aka the backstretch.....usually a point where a lot of the wrecks start. Bob and I went to walk the Daytona 5K and Fun Walk at the speedway last Saturday. It is the kickoff for the day of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. We always have the intention of staying for the race, but not in the pouring rain that ensued. (Walking in the walk, we are given tickets to the race). I did, however, attain my goal of being first in line to meet Mr. Patrick Dempsey. Yes, for all of you who don't know, he is the same Mr. Dempsey of "McDreamy" status on Grey's anatomy. I swear, I am the only female in America that doesn't follow his acting, just his racing. He owns a team in Seattle that races 2 Mazda RX8's. He's also participated in LeMans (another grueling 24 hour race in France...remember the Steve McQueen movie?)
Bob thought I was nuts, arriving at his garage spot to stand and wait at 8:43 am for a 12:15 pm autograph signing. I only budged when I had to use the bathroom; I then had Bob stand in my place. Bob kept trying to coax me out to see other happenings around the track. No way, I wanted to be #1. At about 10 am, others started to line up behind me.
I realize this is primarily a craft blog; please do not think I was completely devoid of crafting that day:

Yes, I was KNITTING fun fur scarves. The girls love them, I love the Fun Fur Stripes, but knitting is still not my favorite. I love the material knitting produces, but my crocheting is so much FASTER!!!! The scarves are a big hit...I have folks at work wanting a few......The book is the Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It's a dog's point of view of his owner's life. The dog's owner, Denny Swift, is an up and coming racer. Enzo is the dog that loves TV and racing. Really cute, heartwarming and soon to be a motion picture starring who......yes, ladies, McDreamy himself. I had wanted Mr. Dempsey to sign the book for me, just for kicks; I even had it in my hand. I was soo busy looking into those steel blue eyes and asking for a picture,(which is now my screen saver on my phone!!), I forgot about the damned book. Oh well, guess I'll just have to go back next year! The book is a relatively quick read and well worth it. I recommend it to everyone.
Here is another pic of all the stuff, including our unused Rolex 24 tickets and my race number....
I did manage to get Patrick to sign a Rolex 24 poster that we are going to frame and place in our game room. Oh, and for those of you who have been waiting patiently, here it is:
Ah yes, well worth the 3 1/2 hour wait..Patrick Dempsey is as nice and accommodating to his fans as everyone says he is. McDreamy indeed! He now has a new fan; and yes, I have ordered (and received) the first two seasons of Grey's Anatomy, thanks to the suggestions of my nieces Kristen and Rachel (who were very jealous that I got to meet Mr. Dempsey....don't worry, I sent them his picture and posted it to my facebook page, too)!!!!!

Oh, and I do have new button on the side of my blog: it's the DIY DISH button. If you visit the site, publish the button to your blog, you will be entered to win one of two souped up sewing machines......good luck!!!!