Daily Archives: March 27, 2011

It’s Around The Bay Day!

This morning is the 30 k Around The Bay road race in Hamilton, Ontario!

Why is this race significant?

~ It’s the oldest race in North America. First held in 1894, it even pre-dates the Boston Marathon! That’s pretty cool, if you ask me, and I’m proud that a city in Southern Ontario can make this claim!

~ 30 k is a unique race distance. While you can find an abundance of marathons, half marathons, even 25 k trail races, without too much problem, 30 k is not very common!

~ Over 7 000 runners from near and far will toe the start line this morning. It’s quite the drawing card for elite runners as well as those “normal people” who wish to challenge themselves with a distance longer than a half-mary (21.1 km), but aren’t quite ready for a full ‘thon (42.2 km).

~ The course is diverse in terms of terrain and scenery. (I have participated in this event several times, and have fond memories of those races!). The first 10 k is flat, boring and ugly, as you run through industrial Hamilton. The second third of the course takes you through lovely residential neighbourhoods, and you encounter rolling hills. The last 10 k is marked by an incredibly, unbelievably steep hill, but then it’s flat all the way to the finish.

The Around the Bay race is definitely one I would recommend to out-of-town runners because of the history, the uncommon distance, and the race route – for example, you get to cross over a drawbridge, at one point! [Sidenote: one year, the bridge went up to let a boat through right in the midde of the race! Runners were NOT amused!].

Hamilton in March, however, is not much of a drawing card. At this time of year, it’s pretty much still winter in Southern Ontario – ie. not visitor/sightseeing friendly. [Sidenote: funny memory: one year when Dad and I participated in this event, race morning dawned sunny…and over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. NO ONE was prepared for, or acclimatized to, this summery temp! Dehydration and sunburn were major factors – likely one of the only times people in this neck of the woods have ever complained about warm weather!]. 

Even in summer, there is not much to do in Hamilton. Toronto – yes. But a good 45-minute drive separates TO from Hamilton… bottom line, there are a lot more “desirable destinations” if you’re going to travel out of town only to do a race!

A lot of friends and contacts from the store are running today – best wishes, y’all! Don’t let the Grim Reaper freak you out!!

(If you like running-themed movies, check out Saint Ralph – Around the Bay and Boston both feature prominently in the storyline, it’s a sentimental, feel-good film, and I would give it a movie rating of 3.5 stars).


When Is an Idea Your Own??

As reported, I finished A’s sweater this week. I ended up making a few changes to the original pattern:

yes, i ripped the pattern out of my book - it was too bulky to lug to aruba! i felt guilty, then thought: hey, it's MY book!

these alice starmore designs are gorgeous; i've had the book for a quite a few years

you can see my notations on the pattern, then i also wrote up additional details about the front piece...

While A loved the pattern, she wished to have a higher neckline, so I revised the pattern on my own. I also narrowed the body, and made sleeve increases at every 4th row instead of every 3rd row, thereby modifying the shape of the sleeve.

It got me thinking about knitting patterns and recipesat what point can you call a design or a recipe your own?

Let’s take chocolate chip cookies, for example. There must be several hundreds of variations out there. Where do you draw the line at saying you made an adaptation to a recipe versus saying you created your own recipe? If I add an extra 1/2 tsp vanilla, is it now MY chocolate chip cookie recipe?

So, looking back at knitting – if I modify a neckline, switch up the body shape, and change the sleeve, is it now *my* pattern??

In the case of A’s sweater, I would still say NO, it’s not a pattern I can pass off as a Cathy Creation. To my mind, if I had changed the neckline, body and sleeves AND gone with different cable placements, then it could be classified as *mine.*

Your thoughts? Baking or knitting – what/how many modifications need to occur for a recipe or pattern to “switch authors?”

For recipes, I would say one ingredient switch is enough to make it yours – is that being rather lenient?


Fun Ph[F]otos for the Fiction Folk!

I popped in to Wordsworth Books yesterday aft, and spotted these wonderful posters on the wall:

Fitting messages considering the thoughts shared earlier this week about magazines and online reading!

Happy Sunday! Hope you get in some running, knitting, baking or reading!