If you are following the actual Iditarod, one thing I find fun is the race standings box. Not only does it give the placings, but also reports when mushers arrive into checkpoints and then out again. The strategies of when and where and how long to rest are interesting and the updates are coming fast and furious.
Woke to a little snow yesterday. Cold and windy, borderline miserable. Still...a day I was looking forward to.
I knew I was close to moving past the increase rows on Marcel's sweater. Being able to knit and watch busy birds mobbing the feeder with a snowy backdrop? High on my list of good days. I passed the armhole checkpoint, double checked my stitch count, gauge - big smile. Went up to the barn for the noon check there...and I'd done something stupid. And that's where things went way off course.
Apparently, one year top musher Lance Mackey fell asleep on his sled and ended up two hours off course. That's how I felt standing out in the cold with the vet yesterday. Coincidentally I lost two hours as well, but there's a big difference between a top musher and an incompetent moron. He went on to win the Iditarod that year. I'm just going to be happy if I haven't injured anyone.
It took a bit to regroup, but I did finally manage to clock 12 rows last night. And today WILL be a better day.
Some good news is that the shearers had to delay a day coming down to shear because there were pretty much no dry sheep in Kentucky, even those locked in the barn. We were supposed to be shearing sheep here this morning. Friday or Saturday (much warmer) sounds better to me. And probably to our sheep as well!