Monday, September 6, 2010

Pork products and a promise kept.

For a very long time, DH has wanted to attend the Best in the West Rib Cook-off held each year at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks, Nevada.  He's a huge rib fan--and so am I--so we took off last Thursday and drove what ended up being uncomfortably close to 8 hours to meet up with some family, friends, and pig.  It took no time to realize we weren't the only ones with this great idea...when they claim that about a half-million people attend over the course of the 5-day event, I don't think they're over-estimating.  This is an Event.  With a capital "E".  Not for the faint of heart, or for the vegetarian. 

We went during the "less busy" times of Friday and Saturday late morning/early afternoon.  Even then, it was a sea of people floating through a gajillion pounds of meat and almost that much BBQ sauce prepared by 24 different rib cookers from all over the country.   Hog Heaven.  If you're ever in Euless, TX, check out North Main BBQ...they won my vote!

As impressed as I was with some of the ribs we sampled (not a lot of photos of those; my hands were too messy by then...), I was really struck by the elaborateness and sheer size of some of the booths these people haul all over the country (for extra credit, see if you can spot the table-full of trophies...they were at EVERY booth):

 Yes, this is a smoker in the shape of an armadillo.  He's 24 years old.  They're very proud of him.

My favorite oxymoronic sign of the day?

Now, for the promised knitting update:  I've done it.  And it didn't even take a week.  Just a day, really, to select the pattern and find some suitable yarn from the stash. 

Granted, it's just a scarf...but I think it's going to be a pretty pattern that will keep my interest.  Plus, I realized while I was looking at past projects that I've given away each of the previous six scarves I've made.  I might actually keep this one.  It's an 8-row repeat with every other row being mindless purling.  I found the pattern on Ravelry (Naturally. Silly question.).  It's called the Best Friend Scarf in case you're interested.  The yarn is Rowan's Wool Cotton in Riviera. Amazing what a little self-imposed pressure combined with a desire to knit can accomplish!


  1. Holy Moly. This is absolutely amazing event to be a part off, Polly! I am so in awe with the armadillo smoker...wonder what my HOA would say if I have one in my yard LOL Anyhoo, rib is my favorite stable but we don't get to eat regularly. Now that summer is'll be less. What a fun trip.

    And the lace scarf is beautiful with such perfect execution. Good that you are keeping it, well-deserved knitter :D Hope to see you back at Knit-Up one of these evenings, Polly. Happy FalL!

  2. Thanks, Sarah! I do plan to get back to knit-up soon. I have a friend coming into town this week, but hopefully before the month is out, I'll be there!