Monday, September 22, 2008

A quick post before I fall asleep on my keyboard...

Just wanted to say hello to anyone who might's a little hairy around here and it's only going to get busier this week.

I know that I owe email (JP - truly, I'm not flaking...) and Facebook messages to long-lost folks who are just arriving back in my life. I'm just so tired...and emotionally drained. I got back from the folks' a bit ago. Papa had a doctor's appointment so I left work early to pick him up because Mom had school and Dad was picking Eli (Papa's cat) up from the vet because he had surgery to remove a cancerous lump from his ear. Eli looks so freakin' adorable with a bit less than half an ear. He's as handsome as ever if a bit lopsided. Pray for clean margins! Doesn't it seem like we were just doing this for my poor Mir-bear?

Papa is doing okay. He's so down in the dumps. He turns 85 tomorrow and I think his general feeling is "I was healthy until I moved to Florida". It's really difficult to keep his spirits up but we're trying - it's EXHAUSTING though.

We all go to CT this weekend for my cousin Kristen's wedding. I am SO excited even though Sean and I are only there for Friday night and Saturday night Kristen is the cousin I made Wisp for a few months back. I hope she has it with her on her big day! How cool would that be?!?!

On the running front (see title of blog...), I managed to injure myself a couple of weeks back. Oh, yeah, and my marathon is four weeks from yesterday. My final long run ended up being 21 instead of the 24 I planned this past weekend. It just wasn't happening. I'm resting my calf (where the strained muscle is) and I'm going to start to cross-train either tomorrow or Wednesday. Keep your fingers crossed...

Then there's the knitting, which isn't really happening right now. I had an incredibly random accident with a razor (Lady Quattro, you'd think those things are harmless) and managed to slice of a bit of my thumb nail and give myself a nice cut right around the nail bed. The bandage has prevented me from doing much since Saturday.

Wow, I'm looking at all the things I wrote and I'm having a pity party, aren't I?

On a super fun and happy note (yes, I do know what happy is!), I succumbed to the iPhone craze yesterday. With Sean and I looking to form our household, we decided a family plan was the way to go so I'm a proud owner of a black 16G "magic phone". Sean made me hold it with two hands when we walked into Best Buy to get a case for it - I've got a bad clumsiness reputation (see shaving accident above...). It's encased in a green rubber/plastic mix and has a nice protective sheet over the screen. Short of encasing it in something completely unbreakable, or taking it away from me all together, I think we're going to be okay.

I have to admit that although I thought about my purchase long and hard, it wasn't until I hear Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls podcast talk about her iPhone and the StitchMinder (can't find a link, but it's in iTunes) that my knitting interest in the iPhone began to grow. I'm not saying it was the only reason...but it's really cool...

I've reached my sleepy limit at this point so I shall sign off. I apologize for the lack of 1) any photos and 2) more links. I just needed to free-write this evening and stopping to put in hyperlinks and/or pictures was just about beyond my capabilities. More to come soon...promise...might be next week...when I finally have Kabaishara and domesticat's Zephyr socks!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

What is it about college football!?!?


I'm stuck at Sean's in his spare room and hiding from having to watch the football game in the living room. I have no clue which game is on at this point...we started out watching Penn State v. Oregon (Go Nittany Lions!) but then that started to be a blow-out so they're now watching Notre Dame v. San Diego State...I think...

Notice how I said "they". What started out as, "hey, honey, can we watch the Penn State game?" turned into three friends joining us for beer and football. I've been knitting (duh) but I'm bored out of my mind! So I blog. But enough about that...

Finished object time!!!!!

Pattern: Spring Forward

Yarn: Classic Elite Alpaca Sock in Spring Green

Mods: none that I can remember...

The pattern was super easy to memorize although I'm not sure what I was thinking when I chose to knit with Alpaca on a trip to Palm Springs in July.

I'm still knitting on Kaibashira. I had a challenge - I did 5 repeats on the cuff on the first sock and then ran out of yarn for the toe - so I started the second sock with 4 repeats on the cuff and I'm waiting to see how I did. I think I'm okay - there are pics in Ravelry but I hope to post completed ones here soon. It remains to be seen.

So, I'm knitting quite a lot but the big news in these here parts is that Sean and I are looking for a place to live...TOGETHER. *insert incredulous looks from my friends here* We've been hunting for teeny little bungalows the past couple of weeks and found the most amazing place. Well, we placed a bid on Thursday, negotiated a bit on Friday afternoon, got to the price they wanted and then got out-bid and locked out at around 8pm last night. D#$% it! Back to the drawing board... It's fun to look we're just wallowing in self pity right now because we lost the cutie little place that we fell in love with. I still have a feeling it'll work out, it'll just take a bit. Please cross your fingers for us!!!!!!

Well, Sean just came in and insisted on reading my post - and he apologized for making me miserable...and he's making me pasta for dinner. I'm running tomorrow out in the hills of Clermont (stop laughing, there are hills in Florida if you know where to look) so I need to eat a good dinner, stop drinking beer and get some rest. I ran 10 this morning in Winter Park with some of my group but tomorrow's run is supplementary since I've got hills on the course in San Francisco to deal with in October. Training is going great! I've been working on my speed during the week, running at tempo on the longer runs, and I'm up to 21 miles for my longest run. I've got one more long run before taper time. I'm getting REALLY excited about running my race and getting to visit San Francisco. I'm SO excited to see my friend Lisa and her wife CJ! They officially got married last weekend - how very cool is that!!!???

I think my pasta is almost ready so I should sign off for the evening...oh good, the guys went downstairs to throw a football around for a bit...peace and quiet for a bit. *sigh* It's a good thing Sean is so darn cute...


Monday, September 1, 2008

Bad blogger...but FOs!

...and I'm hoping that maybe I can be a bit more consistent with the blogging in the "new year". See, for me the beginning of the year is more about September than January. It's the years of teaching (and of course the 17 years of actually being in school) that's ingrained this in me. Then again, the work new year starts on September 28th with the new fiscal year but that's a different story...

Let's see, what have I worked on the past month...
The clapotis is finished except for the blocking. Boy, did I royally screw this one up. It's like every lesson in yarn weight and reading instructions went out the window. I didn't adjust the yarn weight by adding repeats so it was short already THEN I used a spreadsheet that a kind knitter had posted somewhere but it was missing an entire repeat in each section so now it's even shorter. It's still super pretty though so I'll figure out something. I should have been suspicious when I had 3 balls of silk garden lite left after I was finished...that's going to become a narrower Lace Ribbon Scarf. I saw lleonard's on Ravelry and loved it so all's well that ends well, right?

I finished the twisted rib socks. Had to do the toe on the first sock twice after I realized I was suddenly imagining that my feet were a demure 7 or 7.5...

My Spring Forward socks are almost finished. I've got 10 more pattern rows and the toe of the second sock to do. I was trying to finish up last night but too much beer and yummy food made me fall asleep on the couch at 10. I've learned "when to say when" on the knitting front after the drinking-and-knitting-in-Winter-Park incident of Memorial Day 2008...I'll save a picture of those for the next post!

I've started a couple of emergency knitting kits for my everyday bag and Sean's car. Sean thinks it's hilarious that he's got a little green silk project bag in the door of his passenger side. In it is a center pull ball of sKNITches Bebop sock yarn in Turtleback (love, love, love these colors!), 5 dpns, and the pattern for Charade (ravelry link) socks. I've only done 5 rows of the twisted rib so far because I'm obsessed with finishing Spring Forward but I like knowing that there is always knitting for car rides.

My other emergency knitting project is the Kaibashira socks that were originally published in Magknits but are now archived in knotions. Wow, this pattern gave me fits at first, until I realized that I was reading "kfb" as "knit from the back" instead of "knit in front and back". I couldn't understand why I kept ending up with 17 fewer stitches in the set-up row! Once I got past that (my roommate thought it was HILARIOUS how focused I was on the pattern as I read and re-read to figure out my mistake...but he just shakes his head and says nothing...), I'm cooking along. The pattern is a little fiddly because it's an 11-stitch repeat and I'm more of an even number repeat gal...I modified the heel to be easier for me and kept on going... except... well... I think I'm going to run out of yarn... I think that I put too many repeats in the leg and I'm going to have to go back. What I've decided to do is put the first sock on stitch holders and start the second sock with the new repeat number then go back afterward and rip to where I need to be. I'm trying to not have any yarn left little bits are taking over my stash! I'll post pictures when I've got a complete one!

That's all for today I think...I'm going to try and post at least a little something each night. It'll probably be about running or knitting (see name of blog) as I'm neck deep in marathon training. But, seriously, I would really like to try to be more consistent. So, for today, I leave you with my finished Wisp...

Made for: my cousin Kristen
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (ok, I know folks love this yarn but I found it tremendously difficult to work with...)
Modifications: added a couple of extra repeats to make it a little longer, wish I had added more!