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Day Four: 31st March. Where are they now?

Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

I know this topic is from a few days back, but I’m a little bit behind. Nevertheless, I’m going to post about it anyway. At first I couldn’t really think of any projects that I’d have made a big impact, or held a really special place in my heart, mostly because all of the projects that I really love I haven’t finished yet or had that much time away from them to come back and talk about them already. However, digging a little deeper one project does come to mind. My Pogies. I wrote about them a while back in the fall and haven’t really seen much of them since, but they had quite the journey. Worthy enough to bring attention to them now.

For those of you who aren’t up on rowing lingo (as I assume most of you probably aren’t) Pogies are a special mitt that goes around the outside of the oar handle, allowing the rower to keep their bare hands on the oar while protecting them from the bitter morning cold.

Luckily this fall was relatively mild and I didn’t feel the need to cover up my hands until well into the season. Had it been any colder my idea to knit these pogies would have been altogether too late.

Outside Hand

These little guys went to Welland for the Ontario University Athletics Championship. They weren’t done of course. I’m sure I was the only rower there knitting between races. I managed to finish them up before November, which was a good thing because that last week on the water was COLD. So cold that the hull of our boat and our oars were coated with ICE when we got off the water. It was chilly; And rowing isn’t really a sport conducive to bundling up. The clothing of choice is spandex, and lots of it in this case!

To top it all off these knitted wonders made the trip out to Victoria for the Canadian University Championships as well. Luckily it was much warmer out there, so I didn’t really use them that much. But I was happy to have them there just in case!

As I was rooting through luggage bags today (for something entirely unrelated) I came across my Purple Pogies. They brought back some great memories of the season, and a hint of sadness about their fate. It’s unlikely I’ll be rowing again anytime soon, and hopefully not in the chilly season either, which means these mitts just might have passed their prime. But who knows, that’s what I thought last time I stopped rowing.

Although this post has had relatively little to do with knitting, it’s been nice to look back at some good memories. All thanks to some knitting.

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Canadian University Rowing Championships

It has been a crazy week. Our team flew out to Victoria BC on Thursday to compete in the Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC). It was my first time to the West coast and it was wonderful, albeit rather drizzley. On saturday we raced the time trials, competing for a spot in the A finals. We did ! We came second out of 13 boats, advancing us to the A finals on Sunday. Unfortunately we didn’t have the race of our lives and the other crews really stepped up their game and we came sixth. It was still the adventure of a lifetime though. The University of Toronto women’s team came 7th overall, which is pretty impressive considering we only sent 8 women, beating other teams who sent their full team.

Now I’m swamped with school and will be playing catch up for the weeks to come.

Pogies!

As the days get shorter, so too is the temperature dropping, making it increasingly chilly in the mornings, especially on the water. The solution, pogies! They’re mitts made especially for rowing; they have holes on one or both sides to slip over the oar. The result, mitts you can wear over your oar, allowing your hands the same amount of control, but with a bit of warmth! I found this pattern from RowNW, which they offer for free here. It’s also available on Ravelry.

First Pogie Ever

So far I’ve only finished the one pogie, but still one nonetheless. One step closer to warm hands in the morning.

Outside Hand

Now I just have to knit faster so I’ll have them both in time for the next chilly morning.

HOTT Birthday Surprise

Yesterday I turned a quarter century and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend the day. It was my first race of the season for University of Toronto Rowing. We raced at the Head of the Trent regatta in Peterborough, ON http://www.headofthetrent.ca/index.html . It’s a 5 km head race (as opposed to a standard 2km sprint), down the beautiful Otonabee river ending at the heart of the University of Trent campus.

It’s been a few years since I raced that race, and since it’s fairly lengthy I was a little nervous about how we’d do. I was racing the Heavyweight Women’s Coxed Four and this was our first time rowing together…ever. I’m happy to say that we finished the race and were not last. That’s about the extent of the positive things I can say. It was rough, rushed and painful, but you’ve got to start somewhere. The four was supposed to be my only race of the day, but immediately following our race our coach informed us that we needed another body to race the Women’s Double. Now the double is a two person boat and instead of sweeping (one oar), the rowers are sculling, two oars. This is not my forte, but I really enjoy doing it, so we hopped in and paddle off down to the start of the course. The race was shortened, so only about 3km but strangely didn’t feel that bad. Don’t get me wrong, our performance was not stellar, but for not having sculled for a long, long time I think we did alright. It definitely felt better to me than the first race.

Aside from the racing the day continued to be a fun filled one. I saw many old friends that I haven’t seen in a long time and it was great to catch up. Also, my parents, who live about 40 min away from the race course came down to show some support and wish me a happy birthday. They also bought a wonderful picnic, complete with pumpkin pie (as no birthday is right without one!). Before the races we enjoyed a lunch of tuna sandwiches, tea and pie. I also got some wonderful gifts.

After the regatta we had a longish drive back to Toronto where I was met with the most wonderful birthday surprise.

My boyfriend, who lives two hours away and couldn’t make it out to the regatta because of work had snuck away and was sneakily waiting for me when I got home. Flowers and everything! It was really the perfect ending to a pretty amazing and productive 25th birthday.

25 Roses for 25 Years

Beautiful Birthday Flowers

It’s a great feeling to have such wonderful people surrounding you in life that support you and will go that extra mile to be there, both when it really matters and when it’s simply nice to see familiar faces. Thanks.

Saturday Morning Row

I recently became a member of the University of Toronto Rowing Team. Now I’ve rowed before, but I’ve been on a three year hiatus, so it’s been interesting getting back into it. My body isn’t quite used to the 5:30 am practices, but we’re getting there.

Head of the Welland

This is a picture of days past when I was rowing for the University of Western. It was one of the first regatta’s of the season, Head of the Welland. We’re just pushing off getting ready to row up the course. (I’m the one at the front).

This year we’ll see how it turns out and what I’ll get to row. The program isn’t quite as big as Western’s so there hasn’t been much chance to get out in the 8+ (the bigger boats).

Either way I’m happy to be back on the water!