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Thursday
Mar302006

Not cheating at all

No, really! I made it out for a run last night. It was a lovely evening, apart from the rain. Well, it tried to rain on me, anyway. More spitting really.

What is it about running? Why is it that some days (Saturday, for example, or marathon day last year) it feels like every single step is a drag, and there's no way you've ever run before, and you can't possibly keep going, apart from the fact that you're now a long way from home, and you simply have to walk.right.now. And other days (last night, Reading half marathon last year - first 11 miles, anyway) you feel like you could run forever, it's not only easy, it's fun. You get the point of this after all, and don't want to stop.

I ran for 36 minutes straight through, without walking once. That's pretty good for me, normally I follow a run-walk pattern. I really do seem to need to get into a rhythm though. I've bought myself a little mp3 player (a Creative Zen Nano Plus with 256Mb, not the full 1Gb, in blue) and I really think it helped last night. I know, I should pay attention to my surroundings, hearing is an important sense, yadda yadda yadda. But I didn't have it on very loud, I could still hear most things.

Today though, the wind is back. I'm torn between another indoor cycling session, or a rest day. Probably a rest. Legs feel ok, but just a smidge tired...

Tuesday
Mar282006

Cheating (kinda)

Given that it was so windy yesterday, you could say I cheated on the running. I got my rollers out, set my Trek up, and cycled for 45 minutes instead. Well, about that, anyway. Slightly over 2 episodes of G Force: Battle of the Planets which GG was kind enough to buy me the entire series of! It's kind of a cheat, because running uses different muscles, and I didn't really cycle for long enough, but it's definitely better than doing nothing, and I sweated buckets! (I know that needed saying... )

I'm going to be doing the same thing tonight too - it's still really windy. Definitely a blustery March period. But the plants are still doing the rapid growing thing, so I'm full of hope that summer will arrive eventually, and winter is definitely on the way out... Although I'm not convinced it's going to be especially warm for the first couple of cricket matches of the year. They are only a month away now, and it needs to warm up fast!

It had the advantage that I finally switched the back tyre over on the Trek. The old one didn't look so bad, but I know how long it's been on there. Don't want to risk punctures just because of an old tyre! It could do with a new chain too. But I over-spent on holiday (US prices! Can't help it!) so it'll have to wait until next month's credit card bill.

No knitting last night, due to a frantic tidying fit brought on by the threat of an estate agent visit! I've actually got an offer on the house already, but from people who need to sell their house too. If I can shorten the chain a bit, that would really help. So fingers crossed that I got it tidy enough, and the new visitors like it...

Monday
Mar272006

Blowing a gale!

Well, it was feeling all spring-like over the weekend. Sunny, bit of a breeze, reasonably warm. The plants definitely thought so. My daffodils are finally flowering (all 5 of them - think I forgot to feed them last year!) and lots of leaves are starting to break out too! But today it's grey, and that bit of a breeze is now doing its best to impersonate a howling gale. And I really really have to go running in it later, because there's a half-marathon in less than 2 weeks and I am so off-track with the running stuff it's not going to be funny.

Still, at least it's still relatively mild.

For the person who wanted the pattern for that lace, it's actually a free pattern available here. I did modify it ever so slightly. I didn't want a scarf quite that wide, and I wanted it a bit longer, so I've reduced it by one repeat. But that's it. Like I said, it's a very easy pattern, just a four-row repeat!

Sunday
Mar262006

Red?

And in case anyone's wondering, the red jumper I started way back when? It's still ongoing. I'm getting towards the end of the v, just working out what to do with the collar. The fleece-lined sweater is supposed to be a birthday present, which will be very very late as it is, so the red one's gone back on hold again...

Sunday
Mar262006

Gloomy Sunday

I don't like Sunday evenings. Really. At the moment, anyway.

So I thought I'd put some knitting related photos up from my Florida trip. I was really pleased, because knitting needles were taken off the list of dangerous items from the UK only about a month before the trip, so I'd lined me up my knitpicks shimmer scarf that I started just before I went for the 8 hour flight.

Apparently Harry Potter is very good to distract one whilst knitting lace. Even a very simple pattern. Who knew? Anyway, after 8 hours and 2 very envious women ("I'd have brought mine if I'd known!") and some taking it easy to protect my slightly sore hands, this is the bucket of boiled ass I came up with.

lace1

The second needle is included for scale! Not that long, really. Here's a close up of the stitch.

lace2

It's pretty nice, and dead easy. Unless distracted! I think it'll look really good when it's blocked. Unfortunately, I'm still only about half way through the knitting. It's my travelling project, and I've not been on the trains too much recently... It'll get there!

The main reason it didn't get too much knitting while I was away is this:

knitpickshaul

Yes, a Knit picks haul. This is the wool for my fleece-lined jumper challenge. That on the bottom left there is where I'd got to so far. There may also be a little bit of sock wool in there, and I may have also put in a second order for some extra stuff, but I couldn't possibly comment... Apart from saying my wool storage may not be large enough, and I should get on with knitting it as fast as possible.

Actually, I am trying. At the moment I've got the front and back done, so just the sleeves to do before I can start thinking about the lining. I've found some good navy fleece for the lining, so hopefully that'll be fine. It is something of a departure though - I'm learning that fleece stretches more in one direction than the other, and has one side smooth and one side fluffy, and I'll need to make decisions about which way around and make sure I cut correctly. I think it's a definite case of measure 4 times, cut once! Then I just have to get to grips with my mum's sewing machine...

I'll leave you with our pudding.

HoB1

And what was left of it...

HoB2