Also lots of this - Paco is my personal hot-water bottle. He loves to sleep on my legs while I knit. Please note the striped throw pillow...I have to put it on my lap as a blocker, otherwise he crawls too close and gets tangled up in my yarn.
I'm not going to show you pictures, but suffice it to say that the massage I got after the race? The one where the masseur said I'd be bruised? DANG. I guess getting the massage was a good thing, because overall I've felt pretty good considering I ran 13 miles on a not-quite-healed hamstring. But it's also a good thing I haven't had to wear shorts this week. Who knew that working over my IT band would, um, show so much??
I think I'm in a bit of a knitting slump. Suffering a little from "paralysis by analysis" where I want to make something (a sweater) but what I need to do in order to make one that will fit (take measurements, do a proper gauge swatch, choose the most perfect pattern EVER, choose the most perfect yarn EVER) seems overwhelming. So, I started knitting another hat. I KNOW! Just call me the crazy hat lady...but I have to say, there's something nice about making a smaller project. I'm using one of my favorite yarns, Madelinetosh, so along with the gorgeous colors to see, I'm also getting a lovely squishy feel as I knit, which is very gratifying. It's hard to explain, but anyone who had a favorite blankie as a small child knows the comfort of fabric, be it the satin edge, or the exact corner (our youngest would look like someone measuring yardage until the proper corner of the bunny blanket was found) - anyway, that's what good yarn feels like to me.
Here's the beginnings of the hat:
Weather the Weather hat in Madelinetosh Vintage, in Spectrum colorway.
And here's the shawl that I've been working on - while I think shawls are very pretty, I can't envision myself wearing most of the ones I see, so I don't knit many of them. But I was drawn to this pattern because it has some really pretty flower-looking lacework on the edge, and I can picture myself wearing it over a black shirt, tied sort-of off my shoulders. So I cast on and am now working on the body, which is simple and good for watching TV while I do it:
Bluestocking shawl made with LV Ltd Au Natural in Quelracho Red colorway.
I finished my cowl. It didn't turn out as long as I thought it would - not sure if somewhere I lost some stitches and inadvertently shortened it, or what...it's still pretty, though:
"I make ebbryting look gud, Mom."
Summerwind cowl made with Malabrigo Silky Merino in Caribeno colorway.
What I really need to get me out of my knitting slump is a trip to a good yarn store - one where I can get lots of inspiration from the yarn and projects and patterns in the shop. I've got just the trip planned in a few weeks, when we head to Austin for the half marathon that Jeff is signed up for. Only...his right foot is really hurting. He went to the doctor and had it X-rayed, and the diagnosis is just swelling and overuse, with a recommendation of rest for a couple weeks. So, I don't actually know if Austin is going to happen. Oh yeah, and poor Jeff with his sore foot. Hah! I'm such a nice wife. Can you tell a tiny part of me is, while of course not happy that he's hurting, a bit satisfied to have him feel how much it stinks to have the uncertainty that comes with a running injury so close to a race? Hopefully he will start to feel better soon
I am running three miles tomorrow morning - only three! Wheeeeee! Then of course, breakfast at Blue Baker, and I hear there's some cool commercials that will be shown on Sunday, so we'll be watching them (and I guess a bit of football in between the commercials). Have a great weekend!