Monday, April 26, 2010

Maryland Day

Maryland Day was this past Saturday. The turn out was good despite the gray skies and on-and-off sprinkles of rain. The scary looking weather probably contributed to the unusually short free ice cream line at the agriculture school. I got my usual chocolate.
Yummy! They also had ice cream-related paraphernalia on display this year:
I know the whole "farm fresh milk delivered daily" idea is supposed to instill nostalgia, but I don't really see the appeal of dairy products being driven around town for hours before being left outdoors until you retrieve them. I'll stick with the constantly refrigerated kind.

There were the usual Maryland Day staples, like a selection of turtles:
The hand-made country fair games were really impressive, in all their sack toss, roulette wheel, pin the tail on a Plinko glory:
The 4-H lollipop clover was especially creative. There were some variations on putt putt too, but I somehow missed taking pictures of them.

We got to see a how strong eggs are:
This egg crusher (it was actually has a label that says that) holds the egg vertical while some evil mad scientist piles on 25lb lead bricks (repurposed from the university's cyclotron, per said mad scientist). So how much could this egg hold? Somewhere between 100 and 125lbs.

There were some surprises this year, like *gasp* misleading advertising!
They were trying to save people's hearing though, so maybe the end justified the means?

And I got to see the local rink's zamboni in a non-ice rink setting.
I guess it doesn't get much use in the off season, unless it has a feature that lets it teach swimming. It does remind me that I haven't gone skating in a while. Hmm, where did I put those skates?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Good Ol' Hockey Post

I got my Ravelry hockey swap package this week! Isn't it lovely? My swap pal was Lisa (Ravelry login required). She sent a roomy red Capitals bag, pretty Knit Picks sock yarn, a cute tape measure key chain and lots of candy. A sweet swap package indeed! The little green cylinder next to the tape measure is a kaleidescope, which multiplies the awesomeness. Wanna see?
Even more Twix! Nice! I should use this with my knitting pics too, so I look ten times more productive. Thank you Lisa!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Birthday Fun

It was my birthday recently, and a bunch of my friends and family celebrated by going to a Caps game. It happened to be the night the team received their first ever President's TrophySorry for the crappy picture. Somewhere in the big bright spot is the trophy and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. It was a nice moment, but hopefully they'll have another big trophy to celebrate soon!

I got some knitting done during the game.This is All Things Heather sock yarn in the colorway "sunflower." It's a bit of fall to offset the fast approaching summer heat.

And yes, there are even more hats.
I will move on from tweed hats soon, I swear. There's enough tweed left to make five more hats. After that, I spy some stranded knitting in my future.