Thursday, August 03, 2006

Remember me?

Remember me? I used to knit and blog - a lot. But then summer came, work came, and the heat came. In other words, I've been overcome by the summer, and have kept myself busy. Unfortunately, though there has been limited amounts of knitting in the past few weeks. Did I mention that it has been hot? Apparently, it's been hot everywhere. The heat has been too much for our little window air conditioning unit, and last night it just quit. Said, "I've had enough," shut down, and then proceeded to spark at me. Luckily for us the heat broke right after we went to bed and open windows and carefully placed fans helped us make it through the night. We spent last weekend in the water. Saturday morning in the lake while Rykert skiied, Saturday afternoon at a waterpark (where the bottoms of my feet were blistered by the extreme heat of the concrete between slides), Sunday afternoon at the city pool across the street, and Sunday evening in the air conditioned comfort of a movie theatre (we saw Clerks II, which is worth watching if you like Kevin Smith movies, but be warned: this movie is not for children or the easily offended).

Last Wednesday, after a bon voyage dinner for Megan with Heather and Laura, I came home to an email message that Smileys had Cotton Ease on sale. Not being one with any amount self-restraint, this came in the mail yesterday:
cotton ease
I needed more yarn like a hole in the head, but it's great yarn for baby sweaters, baby hats, baby blankets, sweaters, etc. I don't think it will go bad like an extra gallon of milk.

In knitting news, what do I have on the needles?
Rykert's Anniversary Sweater
anniversary sweater
Specs:
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
Pattern: Self-designed seamless raglan using various sources.
Notes: This has to be completed by the end of November. Must stay focused and not lose interest. However, the pictures of this are going to be impossible thanks to the color.

Jaywalkers
Specs:
Yarn: Trekking XXL
Pattern: Do I need to link it?
Notes: This poor sock has been neglected. Poor thing. I won't even post a picture, because there has been no progress since last you saw it.

Cherry-O Hat
cherry o hat
Specs:
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease
Pattern: Itty Bitty Hats
Notes: Must finish this and start working on Hawkeye hats and pumpkin hats (see new Cotton Ease supply above for pumpkins).

Something Red Black
Specs:
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease
Pattern: Something Red
Notes: All this baby needs is one more sleeve and the button band. The thing is that I know I will wear this once I finish - must finish.

Hourglass Sweater
Specs:
Yarn: Noro Cash Iroha
Pattern: Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Notes: I really want to start this, but I am resisting. I need to invest (or get as a gift for my birthday, hint, hint) a ball winder and swift to wind all that yarn.

In other, non-knitting news, I decided that it was time to get off my butt and start exercising. To that end, I bought some new shoes, and started a little walk/jog plan that should get in shape for a 5K by October. Now, I know that some of you would turn your marathon trained noses up at my little plan, but I needed a goal to keep me motivated and I generally despise all things sweaty and exercise-related. For most of my life, my view has been that the only reason to run is if someone is actually chasing you. But, I'm declaring my intent here so that hopefully I'll actually follow through with it this time. But only time will tell. Of course, I picked one of the hottest weeks of the year to begin this endeavor, but I have 2 runs on excruciatingly hot days out of the way. I just need to get myself into better shape.

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Wool Winder said...

I was very tempted the other day to buy some orange Cotton-ease for pumpkin hats, but I resisted...here you go tempting me again.

Debbie said...

I agree with Tracy, it's just not very nice of you to post a picture of all of that Cotton-Ease.

But hey, good plan on the exercise front! And extra points for doing it in the hot weather.

P.S. The air conditioner thing sucks. I don't think summer's over yet.

Knittripps said...

Poor air conditioner!
Good for you for starting an exercise program. Good luck with the 5K! I always have the best intentions but never seem to follow through (don't like things sweaty and exercise-related myself). Your anniversary sweater looks great so far. That reminds me, I really need to get started on Dan's X-mas sweater #2. Ack!

Gina said...

Good for you! Who dares to turn a nose at a 5K? Not I! I think it's excellent that you are setting a goal and training. Go! Go! Go!

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