What a difference a week makes! Last Saturday, it was cold and snowy. Today, it was sunny and in the low 60's. Amazing. I spent the morning at the barn, but I wasn't riding. There is an organization called Stride Ahead that works out of the barn, and which depends heavily on the help of volunteers. I have signed up to be one of them. We learned how to properly lead the therapy horses, help with mount and dismount, and providing support while the person is astride. The population of people being helped by this program rangewill be several weeks before I can actively take part, but I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. For those of you who don't know, I have a Masters in Social Work, and my experience is working with both developmentally delayed babies between birth and age three, as well as with at-risk youth, and children in foster care. Adding horses to this background will be a wonderful way to expand my abilities and hopefully be of help to both the organization and those it serves.
On the fiber front, I haven't done any more weaving, but I have been knitting. Today, I finished this super easy - and cute - circular scarf. (The color is a bit off - it's hard to digitally capture purple. It's a much deeper and richer shade. - Edited to add a better photo.)
- Purl Ridge Scarf, by Stephen West. This is the first of his patterns that I've knit, but there are quite a few others in my Ravelry queue.
- Brooks Farm Riata. Oh my goodness, this is wonderful yarn! Soft and very squishy, and the color (the above photo aside) is wonderful. I've had this since 2008, and think it was well used in this scarf.
Hope your day was lovely, too.