Archive for January, 2012

a 5K…for real…

Friday, January 20th, 2012

I went and did it. I signed up for a 5k, though admittedly, the more I read about various races in the greater Houston area, this one seems rather timid. Of course that is what makes it perfect for me. There is a 10k that is an official qualifier for the Houston marathon which is chip timed. But the 5K is a fun run, so low key in its officiousness.

To train for this event, I have set a goal of walking at Knob Hill Park 3x a week minimum. The track there is .63 miles so not at all too challenging. The path is around a good size park with a big play station in the middle and there is a path through the middle of the park too, so it will be easy to add more distance which is what I will do next. I will do a loop and a half for a week or two and then two loops and so on.

Our company’s annual conference is next week so that is usually a lot of walking also. I was thinking I might fall behind on the walking but upon further consideration, I will likely get in more than is normal.

I am still trying to get a good read on what normal is with my fitbit. I wasn’t getting a consistent number of steps so I have lowered my daily goal and right now it is 3500. Once I am consistent with that I will raise it to 5000 and I think that will happen 2/1, so relatively soon. I am trying hard to not take it too slow and easy and balance that with not doing too much to where I just stop doing it. Crafting a new normal balance is a challenge.

In part, this is why I signed up for the 5k. I have no delusions about becoming an athlete as many on the fitness path seem to find. I just want to be healthier. That’s all.

I have been going down a floor to use the bathroom at work and I take the stairs when I come back. The recovery time once I sit at my desk again is pretty immediate, so as of 2/1 I will also take that up a notch and start using the bathroom down on the 4th floor.

Baby steps.

It’s so cute!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Last night I went into the stash to pull yarn to match up with my new patterns. I had success and now have 6 kits awaiting knitting. I was contemplating which to start, and I just didn’t feel like winding yarn. Instead, I found a few luxuriously soft single skeins of a discontinued yarn, Classic Elite Miracle. I had bought this in three shades to start a sampler blanket with it because it is an amazingly soft alpaca tencel blend. I have this ball and a blue and taupe color. It never happened.

I decided to knit some baby things with it. I used a bit less than half to make this newborn size hat and I think I will make a pair of simple booties to go with it. And then make the same set in the other colors as well. Baby gifts on hand will be used as gifts or donated to charity and either way it’s out of the stash. I haven’t made a decision yet, but if I can knit down my stash by half, I can get a spinning wheel!

The above hat is Baby Hat from Leigh Radford’s One Skein.

Self imposed scarf club…

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

One of my resolves this year is to reel in the stash…not necessarily to not buy yarn, but I really want to make an effort to use some of my loveliness for real.  I decided to take a cue from the Yarn Harlot and her self imposed sock club and I have set up a self imposed scarf club. I was on ravelry catching up with my forums and one of the side ads caught my eye. The designer’s name is Kitman Figueroa, and while I didn’t buy the pattern in the ad that caught my eye enough for me to go take a look, I scrolled through the projects on several other designs of hers and, umm…bought a few patterns. I saw that people were using some yarns I actually have stashed and thus, my plan came together. I plan to knit them all before the end of 2012. The following are the ones I purchased:

* Glasgow Argyle Scarf
* Tulip Grace Hat
* Octo Scarf
* Melosa
* Carlina
* Gothic Moss Shawl

Oopsie…one is a hat…but I have plans to knit a few of those, so will have used scarf quantity before I am finished. When I get home today, I will go through the stash and pull some yarn and pair up the yarn and patterns in kits so they are all ready to knit. Once I have done that, I think one will have come to the surface as the front runner to cast on tonight and get started on it. By the end of the year, I will have knit some lovely gifts, , some possible for myself, others likely for the Gratitude Project. Life is good!

First FO of 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

This isn’t actually the first finished object. Before finishing this I actually frogged 5 projects on New Year’s Day. That’s still finished, right? And of the frogged projects, three of them were completely finished, all the ends sewn in and everything. I just wasn’t pleased with them and didn’t think anyone would actually use them if I sent them as gifts or for my ongoing gratitude project. And the yarn they were knit with was too nice to just toss in the goodwill bag. So the yarn has been restashed, and something else will become of it.

This sweater is made from Liberty Wool Printby Classic elite. It is the third one I have made with the same pattern and yarn, although each has been a different colorway. The first one was for the ever fabulous miss Ella. I like the Liberty Wool for a baby sweater because it is machine washable, and while I can appreciate the heirloom qualities of a lot of non-machine-washable wools, I wouldn’t do that to a new mother.

I posted the finished sweater for Ella here on the blog and then shared it via fb, and Aunt Patty saw it and said she wanted to make one, so I went to visit her and the plan was for us to both knit one over the weekend. I finished mine and after trying it on Crystal’s horse, and her being delighted by it, I gave it to her. But then AP had other ideas and asked if she could buy it from me so she has it to give to her friend for her daughter when she has a child. But her friend has two daughters and she was having some trouble with the knitting as her meds have affected her ability to concentrate. She had gotten to where the sleeves start and I told her to not let it frustrate her and to just send it to me to finish if it wasn’t working out. So she did…and I did. And this sweater is then the third one I have knit. AP had ripped out what she had done so I could start fresh…wasn’t that nice of her?

Here is the second FO of 2012. This would have been finished in 2011 if not for Clare, Spawn of Satan. The first sock whipped off the needles, practically knitting itself. About half way through the second sock, I went to the project bag to get the first to count how many rows I had knit so they would match, but it wasn’t there. I also hadn’t remembered seeing it loos on the coffee table. I was instantly aware of the possibility that the Spawn of Satan had indulged her fetish for shredding with my precious new sock.

When we got home from work, sure enough, said sock was out in the yard (in the rain no less, double sad…) with its freshly turned heel gone…just gone…sad…but because I knit socks for myself so short, I had plenty of yarn to knit a third one to make the pair. Also because it was for myself and I was feeling lazy, I closed the toe with a three needle bindoff because the seam just doesn’t bother me…

So now that I have finished two projects (7 actually, counting the frogged ones), I get to cast on for a new one. I am thinking a clapotis in some stunning silk I have floating in the stash…maybe…I might also swatch Laady Eleanor with the same silk to see if it is worth it or not. I think either wrap will be stunning with the skein I have…