It rained on my parade, and I had a ball.

I can’t believe it’s Tuesday and I haven’t filled you all in on our wonderful weekend.  As you probably already know, last Thursday we had our Second Annual Maine’s Fastest Knitter Race.  We had nine Throwers and five Pickers at this year’s event.  The crowd…yes, there was a crowd!…chanted “Knit! Knit!  Knit!” and everyone had a smile on their face.  Heather Goff won the Throwers Heat and Anne Runquist won the Pickers.  In the final race, Anne Runquist emerged victorious and has been named Maine’s Fastest Knitter 2013.

On Saturday, we put the Bed Of Roses afghan and some other fibery beauties on the Mustang, hung our banners and headed out for the Lobster Festival Parade.  It was a little grey but looked like it might clear up.  And indeed it did…eventually.  It began to rain just as the parade started moving down North Main Street.  It rained pretty steady all the way, then cleared off rather abruptly just as we finished and turned off the parade route to head for the shop and some dry clothes.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is our story in picture form…

 

This is Joshua and his mother, Sammy.  He was still a baby bump at the 2012 race, and look at him now!

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The throwers arriving and getting settled.

 

 

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Me and some of the Pickers getting settled, chatting with the crowd.

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And the crowd…

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The Throwers getting ready

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On your mark…get set…GO!

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And we have a winner of our first heat.  Heather Goff will represent the Throwers in the final race.

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(I know this one is blurry, but can’t you just feel her excitement?)

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And once again, for the Pickers.  On your mark…get set…GO!

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Suddenly, Anne has a moment…she’s counting her rows…and realizes…
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I think we have a winner?

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We do!  We do have a winner.  Anne Runquist has taken the Picker’s race.

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For our final race, we have a surprise guest.  Melissa Philbrook, the Sea Goddess herself, dropped by.

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When we found out that she knits, we entered her as a spoiler in the final race.

 

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For the final time today, on your mark…get set…GO!

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Anne and Heather seem confident, but Melissa doesn’t seem to like her chances against these two champions.

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Once again, Anne has a moment of uncertainty and counts her rows.
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Much to her surprise, Anne is the winner!

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Congratulations, Anne!

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On Saturday morning we did a modest yarn bombing on the car.

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And took our place in the parade line.

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Though it began to pour as we started moving, Anne was a good sport.  She waved at everybody, and she knit on her increasingly wet sweater until the yarn around her fingers began to felt.  We both got soaked to the skin, but we had a great time…and it makes a great story.

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The Maine’s Fastest Knitter Race will go down as the race that included the Sea Goddess and the parade in the rain.  It will also go into my heart as the year I knew I was going to do this every year until I can’t hold a microphone anymore.  Thanks to these wonderful, spirited knitters and the folks who came out to cheer them on, I had a fabulous time.  I hope you all did, too.  See you in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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