Sunday, July 27, 2008

Running & Knitting

I know! I know! It has been too long since I have posted and since I have posted pictures. I am here to end that tonight! I have words and pictures!

What in the world have I been doing that has been taking up all my time? Well, as I have mentioned before, I have started running...jogging really. I found a super beginner runner schedule online and I have been slowly building up my endurance. Today, I did 5 minutes walking/4 minutes running for 30 minutes. Starting in the next two weeks, I will be decreasing the walking time until all I am doing is running. It is so incredible to see how in just 3 weeks, I have moved from walking 30 minutes to running for 4 minute intervals. Since my friend S believes in goals, I signed up for the Race for the Taste 10K at Walt Disney World in October. I need to keep a 15 minutes mile, and I think with my mix of walking/running, I will be able to do it!

I have found running to be a lot like knitting. You start with something simple (garter stitch scarf vs. walking) and slowly increase your skills (mittens vs. running/walking combo) to the point of wicked awesomeness (entrelac socks vs. long distance running).

Anyway, the running and exhaustion which comes afterwards (you would be tired too if you were running in Florida in the summer) has taken precedence over my knitting. I know! Blasphemy! I really would like to get into shape though, so I am moving exercise to the top of the daily to do list.

Now, I have been doing some knitting. I am continuing to work on my Fun Fur Scarf. I realized as soon as I started that I don't like the sound of aluminum needles rubbing against one another. Since fun fur is a pain to wind and I don't feel like buying additional needles, I am just going to push through the pain.

Speaking of procrastination on pushing through the pain, aren't these the cutest fingerless mittens? The pattern is Filigree and is from Knitting New Mittens & Gloves. This is my first pair of mittens and I am quite excited about how they turned out. Yes, there are a few places where I should of purled/knitted or vice versa and the right thumb hole isn't exactly big enough, BUT they are wearable and I wouldn't have them any other way. I can't wait to show them off tomorrow.

Finally, isn't this the cutest bag you ever saw?! I got this from the lovely Theresa who was one of the Summer of Lace sponsors. I need to find a cute, small project to put in it.

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