|Centennial Socks with pattern on The Bricks|
There was a couple in line in front of me, all decked out in IndyCar gear - jackets, hats and shirts - and just as I got about half the stitches cast on, the woman turned around and noticed what I was doing. Which led to this:
Lady Fan: "Are you starting a sock? Good on you for bringing something to do. What's the pattern?"
Me: "The name is Centennial, and it commemorates the Speedway. Here, let me show you the pattern." (I get the pattern out of my tote and hand it to her; she looks through it and really likes the pictures. I describe how the stitch patterns are connected to the track and the race, which she thinks is pretty cool)
LF: "My niece and I both knit, and so does my sister. I don't think either of them have ever knit socks before, but this one would be a good one! This is really neat! Where can I buy the pattern?"
Me: "You can purchase it at KnitPicks.com! It's only $1.99, and you can buy the yarn at the same time. It's a relatively easy pattern once you get them started."
LF: "What's the website again?" (Goes to KnitPicks' website on her smartphone and BUYS THE PATTERN.) "Thanks! I think I'll enjoy knitting them!"
|Al Unser, Sr. smiles for my camera|
As you can see, I didn't get to get any of the winning drivers' autographs at the Museum; we got about 10 people from the head of the line and time ran out......so I edged down the rope and got this lucky shot of 4-time winner Al Unser, Sr. He saw out of the corner of his eye that I had the camera up, and looked up and smiled so I could get a picture.
I just realized that I was able to take pictures of ALL THREE of the four-time winners. You'll see the pictures of the other two in the next post or so. All in all, it was a good day (and I'm not done, but I want to string you along some so I can really savor remembering the weekend).
Stop back for the story of how I managed NOT to make a complete fool of myself when I met one of my biggest childhood heroes, how I turned my kids LOOSE at the Speedway to go watch the Indy Lights race, another motorsports celebrity sighting, and a couple of stories of life in Lot 2. :)
|Gordon Piper in the Trackside Cafe|