Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Month: March, 2007

R.I.P. Dear Running Shorts

This afternoon, I hatched this great plan to pack the stroller and some toys in the car, pick Aaron up from work at 5 and head down the street to the high school track so that I could get a quick speed workout in. He could entertain Beatrix while I ran repeats and then we’d all go home to celebrate the beginning of the weekend.

Since all of my running clothes were dirty, I dug into my dresser and fished out my most favorite pair of running shorts: a pair I ran in when I was in boarding school. Ahem. Yes, these shorts are more than 10 years old – do you have a problem with that??? They’ve logged many, many miles but I haven’t kept them for sentimental reasons (not really); comfortable running shorts are hard to come by! They even helped me out when I was pregnant. Not huge pregnant (after all, I did stop at 28 weeks) but still, pregnant. I pulled on the shorts and headed out the door with Beatrix.

After the baby hand off, I started jogging down the street and by the end of the block, it became abundantly clear that I would not be running to the track, let alone around it. Had my hands not been at my hips holding my beloved shorts up, they would have been puddled at my ankles. It was quite a sight, let me tell you. When I took them off at home, I inspected the waist. No wonder they didn’t fit. I should never have even put them on when I was pregnant! I’ve checked out the elastic and I don’t even think I could replace it.

“What,” you ask, “you actually considered replacing the elastic on running shorts that are over a decade old? Are you crazy??”

Yes I am.

I haven’t blogged a lot about exercise but I’m still running and looking forward to some 5 and 10Ks this spring. My original plan had been to run 3-4 miles about three times a week and then run longer on the weekend. This has changed. Getting out of the house is such a huge production that I feel like I ought to at least run for an hour to make all of the preparation, timing and planning worthwhile. I hope to hit 20 miles this week but I’d like to soon be up to 25 miles/week. I’m also forcing myself to add in a few hills and hit the track for a speed workout once every 2 weeks.

The nice weather makes it so much easier to get out and I just feel like a new person after a good run. For you non-runners, there’s always the painless Couch-To-5K program. It’s never too late to start!!

My Skinny Babe

Why baby sweaters are all too short and too wide for baby in question:

At 6 mos, my little bean pole checks in at a mere 13.5 lbs. I think average is about 17.5 lbs! This is a hard baby to knit for, especially since most of my baby patterns are boxy Debbie Bliss numbers. The question is, should I assume that she will continue to be this shape? I want to knit her some sweaters for next winter. Should I alter the patterns to account for the lack of baby chub and make them a bit more narrow in the chest? What do you knitters think?

Knitting Funk

Thanks for all of your comments and encouragement on the mittens. I’m behind on my work this week so I haven’t responded to anyone and I apologize.

I did finish my mitts at Knit Lawrence, although since I forgot the pattern book and decided to wing the thumb, the mittens don’t match. Many thanks to blogless Camille and Jennifer, who encouraged me to knit the thumb sans pattern. I won’t lose sleep over the lack of mitten symmetry because I made them for myself. Furthermore, one mitt is a little bigger than the other and I recently noticed a significant color chart mistake on the back of one hand so they’re far from perfect. I still like the colors. We knitters are the only people that would notice the mistakes.

I also put the finishing touches (i.e. the button and ribbon) on this little tank top I made earlier this year for Beatrix. I hope she’ll be able to wear it this summer. She’s so skinny that a lot of clothes don’t fit right. Her winter sweaters have about 5″ of ease. I couldn’t decide which picture to post (partly, I think, because I like the tank so much) so have several.

Pattern: Eyelet Top from Debbie Bliss’ Special Knits
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Orchid
Needles: US 4

I think what I like most about this little top is that it’s the kind of sweater that I would covet for myself. Don’t worry – I will never make matching mama-baby sweaters, although I won’t rule out socks. Doesn’t it creep you out to receive a Christmas card from the family of 10 all wearing the same outfit?

I’ve been finishing little knitting projects lately because I have a lot of real world work to do these days. I have some big projects to finish for my master’s degree before graduation in May. I haven’t talked much about what I do on my blog, but I’d like to get a PhD or MD once I have my master’s and work in infectious diseases or epidemiology. Since I never took any science in college, I’ve been taking chemistry, physics and biology classes alongside my grad classes to meet the PhD and medical school entrance requirements. Just this week, I met with an advisor who told me I should apply this summer, when I had assumed that I’d have to wait a year until I finished my science coursework. Suddenly, I have a huge amount of STUFF to do in the next six months. It is so very intimidating. I think I’ll take the MCAT this summer. *GULP* I wish I could knit while studying.