remembered sentences from my first grade reading primer, which featured a brother/sister duo with the eerily prescient names, ann and david; their dog was zip, also the name of our family dog. little did i dream i’d grow up to run, run, run as the book says.
anyway, back to the present, i ran in my first spring event yesterday, during the only hour of the day when it was actually dry here. we woke up to a cold, drizzly sunday after the most gorgeous of saturdays, but i was determined to do it, rain or shine—gotta get used to it, right? and it was just a 5K—i can stand any weather for three miles.
that said, i was immensely cheered when mister knitspot roused himself to come along and play photographer; having company along turned a chilly, gray afternoon into a chilly, fun one.
thank goodness i wore the long tights, vest, and earband; i almost left the house in just knee pants and a long sleeved shirt. and thank goodness we got started on time; it was getting colder by the minute out there. and yes, that guy in the plaid shirt DID run barefoot the whole way. he won his age class, too.
after i ran by, mister knitspot moved around back to the finish line to wait for me and take more pictures (it’s nice having a photographer along!).
the first male finisher arrives—wow.
the first female finisher arrives—again, wow.
and some minutes later . . .
the first knitspot finisher arrives—WOO-hoo!
i even won another prize—this time i placed third in my age class, but i bet i won’t place as well when i run events in nicer weather, with more competition, haha. still, not too bad at all; i beat my own 5K time by 90 seconds and i’m thrilled with that.
haha, as we walked out i mentioned to david that last year at this time, i was run/walking, just barely able to run a whole mile without stopping and i didn’t run three full miles continuously until the end of july. but since then, i’ve seen steady improvement; it’s pretty cool, once it takes.
one more shirt and some other goodies to send to amad.
this coming saturday i run my first 10K event; i’m hoping to run as well in the race as i do in training. i’ve been feeling really good during my six-mile runs lately; it’s a very comfortable distance for me, long enough to get entirely loosened up (unfortunately, that takes about twenty minutes for me), short enough to take full advantage of every inch of good energy—i actually end up with better average time per mile over this longer run than in the 5K.
i was freezing by the time we got back to the car, so when we got home i stretched out and jumped into a hot shower as fast as i could. then i got right to work on a spicy thai curry for dinner—just the ticket to recover and warm up.
mostly this involves a whole bunch of chopping and then fast, fast, stir frying so that everything cooks to an exact crisp/tender doneness. i was really glad to get off my feet to knit for a bit, while david wahed the dishes.
my sculling cowl/infinity scarf is nearly done—i’m working to the end of my skein just to see how far it will go.
now that i can lay the fabric flat, you can hopefully see why i’m calling it sculling—it looks like a crew race to me.
the pattern for this is all done and dusted; it just needs a nice modeling photo to go with it. hopefully, i’ll finish the knitting tonight and block it tomorrow; maybe get one of our helpers to model it for a friday release.
i have quite a pile of blocking to attend to actually; i would love to make that a priority for this week. i also have a bunch of pattens to write up but a knitter needs some variety to stay fresh, right? and some of these things i could be wearing if only they were done.
like this gorgeous sticks and stone cardigan sample that karolyn knit up in woolen rabbit sporty, colorway olive tweed. she sent all the knitted pieces a couple of weeks back and they were here when i got home from one of my trips. but things have been such a whirlwind lately that i still haven’t blocked and stitched them together. shame on me—i could be cuddled up in this sweater right now (it’s still gray and chilly today)!
i do want to get a couple of things off the needles as well—budgeting a shrinking amount of knitting time is a constant challenge.
and then there is this deliciously cuddly gnarled oakwoods sample knit up for us by phoebe in our romney/merino special DK, which will be our next knitspot yarn offering. i’m almost sure it was blocked already, but it got a bit rumpled in the mailing, so i thought i’d give it a little going over. this was knit from some of our first sample batch, which went on to get some tweaking in a second sample batch.
the yarn is a little overspun, so not the best for stockinette projects, but performs excellently in a lace pattern like this one, which has aggressive push and pull in both directions (helps to stabilize the fabric so it doesn’t bias). its beautiful sheen accents the directional changes in the fabric creating a shaded patina effect on the leaves—simply luminous.
and my personal favorite part of this design really stands out here; the transition between motifs where the leaves appear to dissolve into vines—it’s so organic and interesting, like something gone wild.
we have a small number of these skeins (maybe forty?) that we are going to offer in kits with a version of the pattern that is modified to suit the gauge of this yarn (mostly to make less repeats). look for those very soon.
and then we have our second test batch, which is the one we’re basing our production on—i showed you some samples from that a while back; anne marie is knitting a bloch ness test sample in it. these both will be up for sale soon in our online shop.
and here’s something we haven’t seen for a little while—yarn with some color in it, haha. this is a batch of sea pearl from briar rose that chris gave me back in october, which i’ve been dreaming on ever since. it is so the perfect blue for me—kind of an iris blue, wouldn’t you say? one of those darker grayish ones?
i was supposed to knit another india print henley with it. india print has turned out to be one of my favorite sweaters—it’s mid-weight fabric and pretty openwork, combined with just-right raglan shaping (not at all baggy) and soft fiber blend make it one that i go to again and again, especially for traveling. my second favorite lately is probably my blümchen, knit in sea pearl. it’s so easy care yet dressy looking; i wear it often (i have it on right now, in fact).
so it was natural that i thought of knitting the henley again in sea pearl. but then i got thinking (and this is why i haven’t started yet); i already have two india print henleys—why knit a third copy of an existing sweater when i could design a new one with the same outlines?
the project has been on my agenda for the better part of the winter, even though i know exactly what i want. i’m not reinventing the wheel—i want the same sweater with different patterns and this time, a full cardigan, not a henley.
i even have the main stitch pattern picked out from a swatch i did about two years ago when i was preparing to knit blümchen that i’ve never gotten out of my mind. i love the subtle texture of this fabric with its linear pattern; i know just what i want to do with it. lovely, right? all i need to get started is to draw up a couple of charts. why haven’t i done it then?
well, i keep telling myself i have to finish what’s on my plate first and right there is the sticking point. i’m just never done. but i think this time i’ll wind up the yarn. i have a little time at home now and if i get the charts done by the end of the week, i can start over the weekend and go at my own pace. this project may even travel well in its early stages.
maybe spring fever is just the catalyst i need to get going on it—a little misappropriation of time in the name of startitis may not be the worst thing i could do with my time this week.
today we have knitting class in just a little while, so this morning i went out into the rain drenched yard to pick a beautiful bouquet form david’s flower beds. we have some really stunning daffodil varieties this year and a range of new tulips. that was my request in the fall—to get some fresh colors (we had a lot of the same dark purple and red tulips with white daffodils). now we have a great range of colors and finally they are all blooming.
our apple tree is budding out and starting to bloom, too—i caught it just at the right moment,when the buds are cracking open. last year it didn’t really bloom, probably due to late-hitting frost; i think we had just a few flowers. so i’m excited that there is a nice number of blooms dispersed over the whole tree.
sigh, it’s going to be pretty this time . . . .
Wow Anne, many congratulations on your running success! Go you!! I cannot believe that there is someone running in bare feet. Good grief!! I love the colours of the Sea Pearl, iris is just right. Our reading books at school were similar, but our characters were Janet and John!! Not the most inspiring of literature it has to be said!!
Wow, Anne! That is a stellar 5k time. I hope to be as fast as you someday!
Congratulations on your 3rd place finish for your age group, Anne. That’s great – especially since last year you were walking/running. YAY!!!!
Love that Gnarled Oakwoods in that yarn! Oh my!!! I may have to buy a kit. Must have. Need something to cheer me up – sidelined with walking pneumonia for the last 2 weeks. No fun.
Love the flowers. Great blog post with lovely pictures : )
Wow–90 seconds faster is a great accomplishment. Thank you for doing it in Denver Bronco colors :o). Love the sculling pattern–it’s very striking. And, the apple blossoms–do you remember an old song “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time”? (Lots to react to today–thank goodness you weren’t baking!”
I had “Ann and David” too! But their dog was “Spot.” Congrats on your run!
Love the cowl!
Woohoo on your 5K accomplishment! That’s super progress. And so great that Mister Knitspot got up in the morning (!) to accompany you and take action shots. That’s true love!
The gnarled oakwood kit in that yarn will be totally scrumptious! Can’t wait for that. And love that you have a new cardigan pattern percolating.
I love the sculling – definitely looks like rowers on the river.
90 seconds is a HUGE improvement. Way to go!!!
BTW, about to cast on Tidal Sands and I’m in LOVE with sculling. As a water person, I can’t wait to do that as well. Happy you are home for a while. Enjoy!
Wow, that gnarled oakwoods, it was never a pattern that called out to me that I MUST knit it like some of your others, but seeing it in THAT yarn and it’s screaming my name!
Congratulations on your run! I saw your India Print Henley in person.. It was lovely. I am looking forward to seeing the cardigan version!
Wow, great job on the run! Waiting for sculling- Thanks for sharing.
Congrats on the run!!
Will the cardigan be a top down too? If so I am so making it:) I have a dark gray fleece that would be perfect for it. I’ll spin a two ply fingering.
I love this post! Bunches of great things all in one…knitting, running, and gardening. 🙂 I’m hoping to run my first 5K sometime in the near future and hats off to you on improving your time! That is awesome.
Congratulations on your run time Anne. Seems to me you just started this running thing and look at you now! I am impressed. The gnarled oakwoods kit sounds lovely but I really like where you are going with this new cardigan you are designing. I have cast on for René and I am loving it! Thank you!
Congratulations on your run, Anne! I am sure you will be hooked and there will many more races to come. Enjoy all the warm weather of the next few months for all your runs. I am just getting back into the running season, there has been too much snow and cold weather around here this winter. It won’t be long before you will want to take on a half-marathon!
Congratulations on your run! I love the cowl and the sea pearl. Seeing the beautiful sea pearl reminds me that I need to move your henley pattern up in my queue.
Congratulations, Anne, on your run and the beautiful cowl! You are an inspiration in so many ways.
I am just learning to run. Boy does that sound funny 🙂
Thank you for the encouragement. Love the pictures today and congratulations on your PB! The swatch with sea pearl is my favorite.
Love the sculling pattern. I would love to learn to row, and I’m not much of a water person, so that’s saying something. Another great pattern to look forward to.
Love that Sea Pearl colorway, too.
Yay on a great 5K finish, pretty spring flowers and beautiful knitting!
Congratulations on the run! I know what it feels like to hit a personal best; I’m slowly regaining my health after a very long decade of struggle. While I don’t run, I see the satisfaction of beating my time on the rowing machine and in the swimming pool.
If I can get into good enough shape, I’m actually considering joinging a rowing team next year because I love it so much. This OF COURSE means I simply must knit the awesome looking sculling pattern you’re working on.
Dick and Jane were the original kids; the dog was Spot and the cat was Puff. You can still get the books from Amazon. Considering I was already reading the local newspaper when I started first grade, I found these books to be horribly boring.