Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: One skein Koigu (blues/browns), one skein of some other fun bronzey yarn (lost the label!)
Needles: straight US5
On a completely unrelated note, I have decided that I need to start running. Running is a good thing - it's free, it gets you outside, my husband does it. Only one problem: I hate running. But I've vowed to force myself at least until I can run five miles. In a row. Without stopping.
I started today. I did a bunch of research here and here to find the best way for a non-runner to start running and even ordered a book or two. Here's what I know so far: boy, am I not good at it. How can you be bad at running, you ask? Well, I can't really tell you, you'd have to come watch for yourself. I suck major wind and get all blotchy in the face, really, it's quite attractive. If you see a redheaded lump on the side of the road dry-heaving into the bushes, please, send water and an oxygen tank.
Today's "run" (and I use that term looooosely):
- 5 minutes of warm-up and stretching
- 20 minutes of intermittent running, walking and limping at certain points
- 5 minutes of sprinting for home at the end just to see if I could indeed sprint for 5 minutes. OK, so really it was about 2 minutes of sprinting, two of slowing down almost enough to be loping along and the last minute trying not to puke before I hit the front door.
All in all, a good day. Have to start somewhere, right?
Monday, July 14, 2008
I've mentioned before the Harry Potter knitting swap I've been participating in. Today, just for blogging on my character blog, one of my "housemates" sent me this:
440 yds of superwash goodness in the "Crookshanks" colorway:
Out of the clear blue sky, yarn and Starbucks appear in my mailbox?? I mean, come on - sure, we're a little batty, but clearly after seeing this, you can't argue with the awesomeness of Harry Potter people.
Friday, July 11, 2008
So, then I started a second one, because now I'm kinda obsessed with the pattern. I'll definitely finish the black one, but really, what could be better than GREEN!?
I'm fascinated. It's going to be a great knitting, listening to music, sitting in the sun with friends kinda weekend!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Spinning. Because I need another fiber obsession. It is So. Freakin'. FUN! I took a class that ran for 4 weeks up at The Spinnery in Frenchtown. Betty is the best teacher and the store is BEE-YOO-DE-FULL. Full of unbelievable things. And I met the nicest people in my class (Ginna, Jamie, Jody and Connie, here's a spinning shout-out to ya!) Seriously, if you're even remotely in the area and want to learn to spin, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Betty let us borrow all the spinning accoutrements one needs to go from straight-from-the-sheep stinky, dirty wool...
Washed and clean, I can't believe I actually picked, carded, spun, plyed and prepped this stuff:
It might not look like much, but I love it!!