This weekend seemed a bit empty with no major horse race to follow. I guess the horses deserve a week off before they have to run the Preakness, but after all the colorful silks and beautiful animals of last weekend, this weekend could have seemed a bit dull. Luckily, Dr. Yarn entertained me with some news about the future of the Derby, and how it may involve knitters.
Our font of wisdom reports:
To my editors at TwinSet:
This letter came from Lexington, KY, so it deserves an answer while the Kentucky Derby is still fresh in our minds.
Q. Is there any truth in the rumor that the rose blanket used for the winner of the Kentucky Derby will be changed to a knitted blanket of poppies next year?
A. It wasn’t supposed to get out yet but Wikileaks has no shame. There has been a lot of high-level talk about it, and I must admit I have been contacted. Roses have been associated with the Derby for 127 years, and now many are thinking we need a change. Some say the rose blanket got started from the War of the Roses, but that was a long time ago and we can’t be certain.
Because we have had so many other wars recently, I think knitted poppies, like those from Flanders Field, would take the Kentucky Derby in a new direction. Horses and wars have a long association (wouldn’t the Derby be interesting if the jockeys had to ride inside the horse, like they did in the Trojan War? or how about in full armour as in the medieval wars?). Please don’t say I said so, but a blanket of knitted poppies has a good chance of needling its way in.
Do keep this special intelligence under your hat (knitted, of course) for a while.
Hmm, this may prove to be as controversial as Dr. Yarn’s last column, in which he advocates a catch-and-release program for wool moths. Please remember I am merely the messenger!