Yarn, day one. Perfect for nest building. Free! Enough for everyone.
Five days later, yarn is untouched, but I saw the coolest bird - ooh, someone's finally going for the yarn!
Nope. This red-bellied woodpecker just hopped all around the tree trunk, eating bugs. I literally can't give this yarn away! And there it sits, mocking me. Birds. What's their deal?!?
In knitting news (you knew this was coming, didn't you?), I have to tell you about my most recent trip to the knitting store. I ended up running out of yarn on the scarf that I was making, so not only did I need to go there and get another skein, I also needed to get the bulldozer lady to show me how to start it on the scarf - I watched a couple of YouTube demos, but as with most things knitting, it confused me. Guess what? The bulldozer lady was quite pleasant and helpful - it was a nice experience! While I was there, another woman came in with similar questions to mine, and we both said that what we needed was not a class in how TO knit, but rather, one in how to UNDO...or fix mistakes. Well,
bulldozer lady (I can't call her that anymore seeing as I had such an improved encounter with her) offered to set up a "Boo Boo" class, so next Thursday, that's where I'll be. Which will be nice considering that the very next day I had to run by the shop again, because I'd messed up on a stitch and couldn't get it fixed on my own. Apparently it's not uncommon to drop stitches and make mistakes, but being able to fix them versus unraveling the entire project is a much better option.
Here's my latest creation:
I started this scarf on size 8 needles but wasn't thrilled with it. Made a mistake and unraveled the entire thing. Lather, rinse, repeat two more times! Finally I used smaller needles (size 7) and that did the trick - I really liked how it looked with a smaller gauge. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would to knit it, but I think that's partly due to the smaller needles (and partly due to how many times I restarted it!).
Henry was very attached to the scarf and spent many hours in my lap as I knitted it. This scarf is made of 75% acrylic, 25% wool, 2% Henry, 2% Kip and 1% Paco. It has bonus fur!
Dis my scarf. You make for me, rite? (um, sorry Hen, but no)
Not to be outdone, Paco modeled it:
I look mahvellous. Dese my colors.
I added a little hibiscus charm (my blog flower!) as my "signature" since this scarf will be a gift.
Speaking of knitting (I promise, this is the last time I'll mention it - today), I think my Sit and Knit diet is actually working. Well, that, along with the running. I feel smaller, and even Jeff mentioned that I look like I've lost weight. I'll take it! I felt particularly curvy and cute in my new running/about town top yesterday, so I took a couple of pictures...after seeing them, I'm not sure there's much of a difference, but I feel good, so there's that.
And yes, it's the beginning of March and I'm in short sleeves and sandals...loving this "winter"!
Here's outfit #4 for my Saturday running club challenge:
I loved this color combo! Finally bought a new jacket (thank you for the tremendous sale, Running Warehouse), and I layered it with a lime green shirt, old Lucy vest (it was a cold morning), my nifty lime green hat that I found on clearance for something like two bucks, and my running skirt/capri combo.
Taken after I did 3.5 miles, with the last half mile all running - yes, that is the look of victory on my face!
We have a fun weekend planned - Kelly and Chuck are coming in on Saturday, and we'll catch up over dinner; then on Sunday morning, it's the Armadillo Dash! Jeff will be running the half marathon, while the rest of us (and my running club, and running buddy Jenny) will be running the 5K. I'm so excited - this is my first official race since I've been able to run again, and while I know I can't run the entire thing without some walking, I'm just thrilled to be back in the game! I will tell you that my secret hope is to finish in 40 minutes, but really, just crossing that finish line as a participant is going to be AWESOME!!!
Have a great weekend!!