oof, i’m sore today.
the heavy gardening work is finally catching up to me . . . i keep catching myself delaying such activities as clearing my throat or coughing in order not to disturb the accordion of tender muscles along the back of my rib cage (those used when pulling weeds and digging).
i’m the type of person that ends up with very sore muscles after a new or infrequent type of exertion, no matter how much other exercise i get. and this year—ahem, cough—i do not have fitness on my side either; i’ve been very distracted from getting my usual amount of exercise lately. i can see now that this must change.
oh, i love these long, long evenings of june—here in ohio it stays light til almost 10 pm near the solstice, and right now it is 9:30 before it gets dark. i can work out in the yard and listen to the neighborhood settle down (more or less). and when we don’t do that, we can go for long bike rides on roads that are finally quieting down for the day.
so yeah, i got another great, lengthy work session in on the garden last evening after classes. in fact i worked so intently that i didn’t notice it was getting very dark. i even had to leave the last three plants in their pots in order to get some water on the beds before i went in. so i don’t have pictures of the new stuff yet . . . today it is pouring and i don’t want to take the camera out in it.
i’m trying to get all the heaviest work and sprucing up done before thursday when i have a massage scheduled. yay.
(i used to think massage was an indulgence—something to splurge on . . . “some day”. but then i tried it and found it does more good than the doctor, chiropractor, or drugs for shoulder, neck, and migraine issues. now i feel a lot better week to week AND it is actually saving me money.)
in class yesterday i finished the second diamanti sock and returned to the first to finish that up.
i don’t usually work on socks in tandem like this but i enjoyed it . . i had them both at the same place yesterday morning, and by the time i went to bed one was complete and the other was at the toe. very nice. the pattern is all set to go, thanks to rachel and manon. i just need a nice picture. this is one sock i may block a bit, as the fabric wants to ripple where the motif breaks. i think spraying it with water and smoothing it flat should do the trick.
i have completed four socks recently and not one of them has a mate
so i am going to make sure that all the matching socks come along wherever i go for the next little while, in order to get them done. i’ve started shifty two but got waylaid a bit over the weekend
it’s the caterpillars i’m a little concerned about. after knitting two, i’m afraid of losing momentum. on the other hand, these knit up awfully fast, so maybe the bugly spirit will stick with me.
just to be sure i won’t get entirely sick and tired of them, i’m thinking about starting another new sock—a spacer sock if you will
this is anne’s BFL sock, in colorway nantucket. since it’s summer, i think it might be time to knit it. i love the variations of blues and plums in this skein—they remind me of the sharp colors of the changing coastal sky.
i know i should not start another sock . . starting socks just makes single sock pool bigger. so i might promise myself to wait until shifty two is done. i think that’s a good compromise . . .
especially when i went ahead and started this
as i just told L. in email, at the moment i am hiding this from myself so i can get some other work done (oh yes, of course i know where i hid it, i’m not that strong) (plus, i want to get right at it when i’m ready and not waste time searching for it).
more on this later, when i can stand to look at it without wanting to run off and knit another repeat.
so heres another goodie—something new that i am participating in—twist collective.
the countdown has begun . . . each day you’ll get another peek at this exciting new online magazine.
plus, there’s a ravelry group here you can join to get the most up-to-date info on the release.