Something to keep the ears warm this winter...along with a cute sheep for decoration!
Then, Benita of Basically Benita was clearing out her stash and offered up many choices of yarn for her readers - here's what I won:
Ten skeins of a soft pink yarn - I'm having a hard time picking a project for this because there's so many different things I could do with it!
Plus, I got a bonus in the form of a knitting needle organizer, which was great as I'm constantly trying to figure out the best way to store my needles:
Benita and her friend Sandy designed this, with Benita sewing it - how clever, right?
Thank you, ladies, for the lovely knitting treats!
Speaking of knitting, it's time for a Sit and Knit update...or maybe I should call it a Lay Down and Knit update, since it that's what I've been doing quite a bit. I've been on a hat kick lately. You'd think I live in the Great White North and am expecting a frigid winter with all the hats I've been making, but no...they're just fun little projects that are fairly quick to complete, which gives me a lot of satisfaction.
First, here's my Tallahassee Sweetie hat, made with the yarn I bought while traveling through Florida:
I made this hat for a friend of my mom's, who unfortunately was recently diagnosed with cancer. The yarn is super soft, thanks to some cashmere in it, and I hope that it will be very comfortable for her to wear.
I love this pattern (Jen's New Sweetie Pie Hat) - the cables are called baby cables, and you don't need a special needle to make them.
Next up, I made another Sarah Jessica Parker-inspired hat:
I had the yarn already, and wanted to see if I could improve on the first one by doing a "jogless-stripe" technique - where there isn't a stair-step when you change the pattern. Plus, there's nothing like completing a hat in just a few hours...chunky yarn and big needles means it knits up fast!
I think the stripes (or ridges, however you want to call them) look much smoother with this hat. And how about that pompom? To me, it just screams FUN!
I cannot believe I have another running injury, but my hamstring is a mess at the moment. Gah!! I think what frustrates me more than anything is the fact that I don't run a lot of miles per week, I don't do anything wacky like jumping hurdles or mud runs, and I have really tried to play it safe when it comes to my running. So when I started getting an ache in the back of my thigh about a month ago, I stretched it out really good after each run. It never went away, but it wasn't painful, just there, if that makes sense. I had an entire week off from running when we went to Florida which should have reset my body. But noooooo. My very first run caused the hamstring to really hurt, and it got much, much worse during the race on Saturday. I'm talking "holy crap, what is happening to me??" kind of pain...not something you want to feel halfway through your training program. Dr. Google was not very encouraging, so I went to a real doctor (I know, what a concept). He's a runner, and had some good insight about runners and their hamstrings (namely, they are weak), but diagnosed me with a hamstring strain, and pretty much put the fear of god into me about running on it until it's healed. He advised me to take 2 - 4 weeks off of exercise. I am not to run, walk for cardio, or bike - all similar motions that stress the hamstring. He said that the strain could easily become a tear, and if that happens, I won't be doing anything for MONTHS. OK then...weeks it is.
My hamstring makes it painful to sit in most chairs, and my desk chair is one of them. I even swiped Jeff's chair to see if it made a difference, but unfortunately, not much. So now that I have sanctioned rest, I can't even laze around on the internet for very long without the pain getting to me. Which makes it hard to write posts and comment on others - please forgive me if it seems like I'm absent...I'm here, and reading on my iPad, but as anyone who's used one to comment knows, it's not user-friendly (why can't it remember my info?), so I rarely use it for that.
Tomorrow my group will be running 9 miles. I'll be there (I'm the organizer, I have to...and I want to), but it will be hard to watch everyone leave for their run. I sure hope this thing only takes two weeks to heal because I really would like to get back out there with my peeps.
Have a good weekend!