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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I know it's been a long time since I posted but I figure it's about time. I've been busy since my last post. I've knit a few doilies, ridden my bike, learned to spin a bit of yarn on my spinning wheel, and added new responsibilities at work. It all added up so that I just didn't find time to blog.
Recently HH had a crash on his bike and I felt so bad for him that I felt guilty about getting on my bike so I didn't ride for around 6 or 8 weeks. He's getting better and yesterday he went to the Foot Dr. and got the okay to start riding. (Yahoo!)
When I looked at the blog recently I realized that I didn't get off my bottom, I wouldn't reach my goal of doing a century this year. So to that end I decided to join Team in Training (TnT). TnT is a really neat organization, in that they train you to do an endurance event in exchange for your raising funds for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
My event will be the Tour De Poway on October 4th, 2009.
I did my first team workout last Saturday and I had a lot of fun. We met in Mission Bay and rode around Fiesta Island learning about pacelines and getting to know one another. We did 17 miles and I was thrilled.
I'll get more details up soon but if you'd like to help me meet my Goal of raising $1800 please go to my fundraising page. Remember that everything you donate is tax deductible.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Have I mentioned that HH spoils me? He's a doll and most of the time I don't think I deserve him.
He gave me a bee-yoo-tee-full bicycle last September and we did a spinning class together. It was great fun , but I didn't ride during the holidays when I went on vacation to see Dad, and then let life get in the way of exercise. Well, I just started another spin class and I'm really having fun. Hopefully this can take the place of running since I don't think I'll be able to run marathon distances anymore.
I'm considering doing some long rides this year. I know for sure that I want to do a metric century (100 km or 66 miles), and I'm considering doing a regular century (100 miles in 1 day). I don't know what draws me to these endurance events, maybe since I know I'll never be fast I might as well be out there longer than most everyone else? We'll see.
If you see someone out riding and they have a knitting bag with them, It's probably me!
Slowly (on wheels)
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I finished my philosophy paper, my professor accepted it and gave me an "A" for the course. He was really very generous since I don't think that I produced good work. I hate feeling like I slid by just because I stuck it out and turned something in. I'm grateful for the grade, but I should have done better.
I finished up the pi shawl with a crochet chain bind-off. Now I just need to find the time to block it. I think it will finish up about 3' in diameter.
I only made one of the Ysolda mitts. It's an ingenious pattern, and the hand portion fit really well, but the wrist portion was too tight. I'll try it again, but I'm going to noodle the pattern a little to get it to fit me a little better.
I'm still working on the gansey. I've separated the front from the back and I've decided not to put in gussets because I'm afraid that it would just be too much fabric in a sweater that is already on the thick side since it's being made from worsted weight yarn.
I do have a new project on the needles. I've cast on for Brooklyntweeds Hemlock Ring Blanket. I'm using some Jamieson New England 2 ply wool on size 6 Addis.
I'm also starting a basic pair of toe-up socks. A dear friend of mine brought some lovely sock yarn from Germany. It came in a single 100 gram skein and I've had trouble getting 2 matching socks from a single skein recently, so I decided to try an experiment. I borrowed my HH's digital scale and divided the yarn into 2 (hopefully) equal balls. We'll see how this works out.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
This is my "small" spinning wheel. I recently did some research and couln't find out much about it.
I found it for sale on Craigslist. The seller had no information and had used it only for decoration for over 20 years. It was a real steal and only cost $40 (US). I almost feel guilty because whether or not it works, it's a really pretty piece.
I think it's an old (early?) Kromski Mazurka. It's a double drive and only has one ratio. I'm hoping to learn more about it since I don't know where to get parts or how to set up the double drive.
I found another lady on Ravelry that has a similar wheel so I'm going to contact her. Maybe we can compare notes.