Monday, April 02, 2007

Opening Day

You know the seasons are changing when baseball begins again. For once the weather was on the same schedule. This would have to be the year when I couldn't get tickets for Opening Day in Cincinnati. (I've attended the first game on some frigid and rainy days in early April.) Although I wasn't at the ballpark--I took the above photo on Opening Day 2005--I did head home early to watch the game. Was it the same? Of course not. But I did get to knit.

I became a closer follower of professional hockey this season. Like baseball, one of the things I like about it is that keeping tabs on your favorite team's performance is part of the day-to-day routine. Hockey clubs don't have as many games per week as baseball teams, but both are with you through the week, unlike football teams, which can only be bothered to take the field once every seven days. Sure, there's plenty of information in the sports pages and websites every day, but so much of it is pointless conjecture that I don't feel a need to keep up with every bit of reported minutiae like I used to. No wonder I've abandoned fantasy sports for the time being.

Baseball on TV is well-suited for knitting. Since I'm still not self-assured enough to knit and not look at my hands most of the time, the slower pace of the game is perfect for allowing me to work on my project--the baby blanket, in this case--and look up to see what's happening.

All was going well. The Reds took an early lead. I was making methodical progress. I would get up to check e-mail or instant messages when I heard the notification ping, something that was more dangerous than I realized. I must have lost my place and reversed direction in the middle of a row because suddenly things weren't looking right. Hmm...

This was cause for panic, although it wasn't the time for it. I unknitted some stitches, but I dropped three in the process. I thought I had made a colossal mistake beyond the dropped stitches and was ready to shelve the blanket, but I stuck to it and eventually got it fixed. By now you'd think I would acknowledge that I have a decent grasp on this, but I'm still astonished when I repair errors like these.

I have 99 rows of decreasing left to get me to seven stitches and the final rows. If I can polish off the second skein tonight--the blanket called for three--I'll feel like I might get this finished before my friends' baby arrives.

In other knitting news, Jenn told me about the Knitterly Letter Swap. I decided to sign up for it and was given my pal's address yesterday. I love getting "real" mail, so this was impossible to turn down. Of the nearly 200 participants, guess who is the only male?


At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The swap sounds like fun! Sorry I haven't been commenting much lately. I've been a bit behind with the blog reading and life in general.rx

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Karen said...

That swap sounds like fun! I still write on paper.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Jenn said...


Sorry I kept distracting you :-P But good work for sticking with the can finish it, almost there!

At 12:09 PM, Blogger the secret knitter said...

No problem Ruth. I certainly know how things can get busy.

And don't consider it a distraction, Jenn. You'd think I would know by now not to get confused which direction I should be knitting. Some panicking aside, no damage done.

At 5:39 PM, Blogger donnadb said...

The dreaded unintentional turn! Sounds like you got to it before you finished the row and started back across. Well, it's good to know I'm not the only one who's been there. I can't wait to knit through many, many, many Braves games this summer.


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