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Winter Sunrise Pattern

I’m back! We had a wonderful time in Boston, visiting my family and dropping by the boarding school I attended to see all of the changes. One of the reasons for the trip was that my cousin Ida was home from Stockholm so it was a chance for us to see her! Go visit her – she blogs about life as a “love immigrant” in Sweden. I’m trying to convince her that she needs a knitting addiction now that she’s in the land of knitters!

Thanks for all of your comments about my new hat. I am totally in love with it. Unfortunately, I’ve just realized that it looks pretty bad with my bright blue down coat. I guess most people make their winter knits match their winter coats. Maybe I need to buy a new coat to match my hat! That would be a new low, I think, don’t you?

Here are some more hat pictures. I’m quite smitten with it, particularly the colors. And the crown ‘X’. I’ve posted the pattern in the sidebar, if you’re interested in it.

In other knitting news, I broke into one of those self-striping skeins of Regia (Canadian Fashion Color #4730, “Montreal”) on the way to Boston. I’m halfway into the second sock.
I picked a generic 2×2 rib because we were on our way out the door and I did not have any time to find a pattern that would show off the stripes. I definitely dislike how the stripes look in the rib but the rest of the sock is OK. I think I’ll make a pair of Jaywalkers with the second skein of Regia wool. I’m going to send Ida some socks – maybe the Jaywalkers will be just the thing.

Holiday Knitting

I hope all of you in blogland survived yesterday. We had a passable Christmas but my husband’s grandmother fell on Christmas Eve Day and broke her hip so we’ve been pretty sad about that. She’s 94 and really sharp and independent. She’s so mad at herself for falling. I hope she’ll be able to get over the anger so she can focus on recovery. She broke her other hip seven years ago and she bounced back relatively quickly so we’re pulling for her this time.

A few weeks ago, I took this sunrise picture at my grandfather’s apartment. It’s not a great picture but I love the color the light made on the white wall.

I’ve been working on a hat pattern that I’m going to call Winter Sunrise because I’m using a nice red and orange. If the hat looks good, I’ll put up the pattern. If it’s ugly, I’ll grit my teeth and rip.
I took the color work pattern from this book:

Speaking of hats, here’s a picture of Aaron’s Bea Ellis hat with the liner sewn up. I’ve read in blogland that a provisional cast on makes the liner seam easier but I think it would look funny with the color work pattern, since I would be knitting the black liner together with both black and white stitches. I didn’t want to compromise the color work so I tacked the liner up later. It seems pucker-free so I probably won’t block it.


Stay tuned for more knitting!

P.S. Google’s Knitters

Have you seen the Google graphics from yesterday and today?

What Happened to Exercise Before Knitting???

While you may have been thinking that I ought to change the name of my blog to Knitting While Nursing, I finally have some real exercise news to report! The exercise has been on hiatus because of the little Santa.

I ran through my pregnancy until 28 weeks, at which point I could no longer prevent my running shorts from falling down around my ankles at the slightest jog. People, there are no decent maternity running shorts out there. I’ve done the research. Not even Mothers In Motion and Fit Maternity shorts work in the 3rd trimester. In the early postpartum period, Beatrix and I took long, afternoon walks every day for both exercise and mental clarity. Still, I longed for my old running routine. Nothing clears my head like a good run and I was really fighting the foggy, postpartum brain!

Inspired by Sharon’s postpartum running experience, I started running again when Beatrix was 13 weeks old. At first, I tried popping her in the jogging stroller with lots of head support, blankets and a wind shield. The verdict? This baby hates the stroller. At least, for now. She’s good for about a mile and then she goes from happy, contented baby to screaming, angry devil child in a matter of seconds. Needless to say, I’m leaving her at home with Aaron until she’s a bit older. Since the days are so short, I have to very carefully plan when I’m going to run.

The results, you ask? After 2 1/2 weeks of running, I’m happy to report that it’s going pretty well. I started with 2 miles, 3 times a week. Never have I struggled so much to run two miles. Yesterday, I ran a triumphant 2.5 miles and I finally felt like I achieved that long sought after head-clearing effect! It amazes me that 2.5 miles at a stupendously slow pace could make me feel so good! Thank you, endorphins!

My goal is to continue running at least three days a week, altough four would be ideal. I’d like to build up to 3 miles during the week with a longer run on the weekend. Once I can do three miles every run, I think I’ll add one mile to my long run every week. I’ve always like the run/walk method of Jeff Galloway so I might use that training approach. For any of you considering embarking on a new running program, I highly recommend this approach – it is so gentle and painless.

I have no training goals, although I would love to be able to run one of my favorite races in April. This race is special to me because I ran the 5K version when I was 20 weeks pregnant (with three stops in the middle of the race at the port-a-potty, I’ll have you know). Don’t worry, I went very slowly (I just wanted to be able to say that I ran a race while pregnant). Even though it would be nice to run the half marathon, I am NOT going to aim for it this early. However, if I’m in good shape in February, I’ll go for it.

And now, since the exercise is out of the way, have some knitting:

This is my second cabled sock. I’m going to Cincinnati this weekend to visit my grandfather so I’ll probably post the finished socks when I get back. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying some of the best ice cream on the planet and bringing back chili! It’s too bad Skyline is so limited for vegetarians but you can buy chili spice packets to make your own chili with fake meat. That’s what we do in our house!!!

Poseidon Pattern Correction

Thanks to Stash Monkey for noticing that the Poseidon toe and heel have 30 sts to a side while the lace pattern repeat is 29 sts. Oops! The pattern has been changed to reflect this. You’ll still cast on 30 sts for the toe but by the end of toe shaping, you should have 58 sts, not 60. Sorry, folks! Extra special thanks to Stash Monkey for figuring it out! Drop by her blog and wish her luck on the GRE!!!