Juicy Day 13

Well today was rough.  I think it was because I didn’t drink much juice yesterday and then this morning I waited too long before I made any juice.  I was very crabby and just not feeling well.  I have been toying with the idea of trying once again to run the Portland Marathon this year, since I was thwarted by injury last year.  I’ve pretty much decided to go for it.  I decided on the Novice Supreme training plan by Hal Higdon, and figured that I would need to start training on March 13th.  This is cutting it really close with my fast, so I was contemplating quitting the fast or modifying it in some way.  It was giving me major anxiety!  But, I’ve decided that things will be fine, since the training starts out pretty easy.  I will finish the fast as planned and then get back to eating as soon as possible.  I will take a week to ease into it with lots of smoothies, and then start adding things back in like salads, soups, and beans.

I’m excited!!  I am nervous too, since my knee still isn’t quite normal, but I don’t think it will ever be again. I hope that with less weight on me this time around, my body will be able to handle it better.  I keep thinking about it and I can’t just give up on my marathon dream!  I have to try again.  And Portland seems right as a kind of redemption.

So yeah, still going, not strong or anything but still going 😆  I am determined to make it through these 30 days, 17 left!  I am really going to try to drink more juice and water tomorrow and from now on.  I think that will help me to not run out of gas and stay in a happy mood 🙂

On Knitting

I was looking through my stash on Ravelry last night and realized I have a lot of single skeins of yarn.  Too many!  So I think I should make an effort to use them up.  Since I tend to lose my focus and drive in the recent past when knitting, I think this will be an achievable goal for me – one skein wonders 😉  I’ve been queueing away, and I have decided to start first with the Feather Duster Shawl.  I’ll be using a skein of Lost Valley Alpaca Ranch.  I think I picked this up way back when when we went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.

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A few more I picked:

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Farthest run to date!

I did my 14 miles today 😀  It went better than I hoped, I was aiming for an 11:00 pace but ended up with a 10:42.  2 1/2 hours.  Not too shabby!  This time I tried doing 2 separate loops, stopping at home in the middle for a bathroom trip, to suck down a gel, reapply some body glide, and get a water refill.  It was great idea and I will do again for sure on longer runs.

I am slow but fairly steady!

The first half of the run went pretty well, almost too easy.  I was trying to pace myself since I tend to go all out too soon and then get exhausted by the second half of a long run.  I did better, but there is still room to improve.  I made it through the whole thing only walking for a minute a few times.  I feel not too bad either!  Maybe I just need time to stiffen up and get sore.  My knees did get achy before I even got to the halfway point so I’m going to take a nice cold bath.  I hope that with some more pounds gone the achy knee thing will go away.  Still can’t believe I made it 14 miles!  Now I get to look forward to 15 next week 😀

Enjoy your Sunday!

Weight Watchers Online Day 4

Down almost another pound today!!  I think it might be safe to say that I really have reached my 10 pound goal.  Normally I bounce around but being down even more today, if I bounce a little I still have a lot of wiggle room!  I think it is great that during the time when I am usually bloated, feeling disgusting, and up in weight automatically by 1-2 pounds, I am down instead.  Maybe it shouldn’t be that big a deal but I am measuring my losses and this is making me feel great 😀

Day 4 was kind of hard.  I wanted to eat more than I could and I was very tempted to just blow it and go for it, but I did not.  I am kind of proud of myself but at the same time annoyed that I have to restrict myself at all 😆  But I do have to, somewhat.  Just no getting around it!  I don’t have time to work out for hours each day, nor the stamina.  So if I would like to start losing a little faster I need to pay attention more to what I eat.  So anyway, I used 35 points again, though not all quality food I guess.  I could have eaten more veggies, and I made some treats (more than I had planned) so I did have some but didn’t have too much.  Here’s what I ate:

  • Breakfast was a smoothie with pumpkin, milk, coconut water, dates, chlorella, and protein powder.  It really needed a banana or something, wasn’t all that pleasant.  I also had a slice of toast with peanut butter and some jam.
  • Lunch was a salad with avocado, and tuna mixed with mayo on the side.  I also had a brownie and half a glass of milk.
  • Dinner was a grilled cheese sandwich and some green beans.

In between meals I tried half of a homemade cashew butter cup I made.  They pack a big point/calorie punch but are made with coconut oil and honey and maple syrup so I don’t think I can really feel guilty about it, not that I would!  I think one is like 5 points though, and they aren’t very big.  Oh well.

So, today I’m really on the side of not tracking points, but trying calories instead.  Although doing this WW thing has been eye-opening for me as far as needing to really focus more on the produce.  I thought I was doing good, but I really could do better.  I guess if I’m not totally committed to the WW ideals or guidelines than it doesn’t really make sense to use it?  I guess the only reason I thought of doing it is because in the past, calorie counting has made me kind of crazy.  It is a pain in the ass sometimes.  That was then, though, and I feel like I’m in a different mindset right now.  Maybe I could do calorie counting, or some kind of exchange plan.

Man, I am wishy-washy aren’t I?!

I guess this whole thing has been a wake-up call.  No I don’t have to deprive myself, but yes I do need to focus on more quality nutrition.  Like less sweets and treats.  Less sugar.  More vegetables and fruit.  Definitely sticking to really trying to eat when I need it, not when I am bored or emotional.  Sometimes I think if I don’t have to be deprived, then I should just have what I want.  Every day.  I don’t think that is how really fit and healthy people eat though.  There is nothing wrong with using some discipline to make better choices more of the time.  And folks, I think I am indeed addicted to sugar, so I need the discipline!  Anyway, I think I’m starting to ramble.  I’m still giving it the full week and will decide then – heard that before?!

WIP Wednesday

I thought I’d share my Works In Progress with you today.  I started a new one last night, the Dimorphous Mittens.  I’m using some Araucania Ranco that I picked up at Three Wishes yesterday.  That’s right, I started them yesterday evening and I’m already more than halfway done with one inner mitten.  I’ve gotta say, that’s the most productive I’ve been in terms of knitting in a long, long time!   

I’ve also been working on my Flower Basket Shawl.  I’ve only gotten maybe 10 rows in since I started back in on it so it doesn’t look any bigger than it did before.  It is so great to knit with handspun though.  It may not be exactly lace weight but it sure is pretty!

Now I haven’t been working on my Oregon Vest but I do plan to start on it again soon.  And I’ve done quite a bit since I showed it to you the last time.  I’m a long way from being finished with this one and at the rate I’ve been going I’ll be lucky to get it done in time for next fall!  Anyway.  Maybe posting it here will motivate me to work on it some more.
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Busy busy with no pictures

I have been very busy with knitting and reading over the weekend.  I have lots to share with you but I don’t have any pictures, how lame!  Oh well, at least I can tell you about it.  I finally blocked my Logan River Wrap and after a day of drying, it came out incredibly beautiful, lovely, and oh so cozy.  I love it so, so much!  Hopefully we’ll get a photo shoot here soon so I can share it with you. 

I also finished up a baby top that I was making for my sister-in-law, good thing because the shower is this Saturday.  I know I just gave most of it away, but she knew I was making something anyway so no biggie – I just hope she likes it. 

I worked a bunch on my Girlfriend’s Swing Coat that has been on the needles for way too long.  I’m using Mission Falls Cotton, but I ran out.  So I need to get about two more balls before I can finish it, and let me tell you it is super cute!  It is probably a combination of girl and garment that make it so cute, more of the girl though I’m sure 😉

I also started a new sweater!  I’m making the Brooks Sweater, or Saddle Shoulder Sweater, using The Opinionated Knitter.  So far I have a contrasting hem in Silky Wool done, along with about 3 inches of the body in some Karabella Majestic.  So far I really like it, even though the yarn can be a little annoying sometimes.  It is a pretty dark blue though, so I cannot complain!

I finished a book that I don’t really need to talk about, and started another, A Thousand Splendid Suns.  So far (about halfway through in two days) it is living up to all of my expectations.  I will say though that I’m trying very hard to not cry as much as I did when reading The Kite Runner – so far so good.  The story is very touching and heartbreaking at the same time.   I don’t know what else to say about it right now, other than it is very powerful. 

That’s about all I’ve got today, stay tuned for some picture posts and some pretty cool Finished Objects!

Too little time

We are going on vacation this Saturday for a week, and I’m doing all the planning.  Plus all the cleaning of the house, and trying to get some yard work in, and getting myself mentally ready for The Baby to start preschool tomorrow.  It is a little crazy here in my brain right now!  I’m knitting, but not as much as I’d like to be, and most of it is on Icarus, so I don’t have a whole lot to show for said knitting right now.  So the blog will probably be neglected for a couple of weeks.

We are going to northern California, with a couple of stops in Idaho and Oregon.  Most of the time will be spent on the northern California coast, with plenty of time to visit the Redwoods and just enjoy ourselves.  I can’t wait!!  We are driving this time rather than flying, so it will be pretty interesting to see how The Baby makes it on a long day’s drive.  Sadly we have to leave The Puppy at a kennel while we’re gone, I just don’t think we could keep track of both of the little ones in a strange place for a week.  Maybe next year she’ll be able to come with us wherever and if we go.  So if anyone out there knows of some yarn stores  in Boise, Eureka, or on the way home through Sacramento and Reno, let me know!  The Boyfriend said I could buy some vacation yarn and not break our deal we’ve got going – if you don’t know, I said I wouldn’t buy yarn for a year, and if I succeed he will buy me much yarn.  I’ve heard that jimmy beans wool has a store in Reno, and there are a few stores around Boise and Eureka but most of them don’t have a website that I can find.  I’ll appreciate any input!

All about lace today

First off, I started a Knitalong for Susan’s new shawl over here, so hurry up and join me so I don’t feel like a total dork over there all by myself!  I know I’m not the only one who’ll be knitting it, and besides I’m giving away yarn!  Who doesn’t like free yarn?  Yes, I’ve started.  No, I won’t be knitting it like a madwoman and finishing in two weeks – I promise I won’t spoil the fun!

100_1899_2Second, I blocked the Branching Out scarf.  It was really only a light blocking so the center stitch wo100_1897_2uld relax and quit making the scarf fold in half.  I didn’t think it needed more than that.  I don’t have any great pictures, but here it is on my kitchen table.  Stats:

  • Pattern – Branching Out by Susan Lawrence
  • Yarn – Still Waters Cashmere, about 240 yards
  • Needles – US Size 8
  • Took me – 2 days
  • Comments – I love, love, love this scarf!  It is so simple yet elegant, and the cashmere makes it that much more special.  Did I mention I love it?!  It ended up being a nice 70 inches long, enough to wrap up in the cashmerey goodness 🙂

That is really all I have for today.  I need to get going on my goals for the month, so I’m off to knit some socks.  Or spin some yarn (most likely to happen).  Or knit on a shawl!

Bad knitter

100_1315I am a bad knitter.  Remember my goals for December?  Yeah, well, not doing so good on those.  I have only completed one and a half of them, and I have started 2 new projects.  I’ve got some nerve, really.  I did look at the Deep-V swatch today and admitted that there is no way it would work as is.  The fabric is much to dense, and reaching row or stitch gauge would be impossible.  So I will frog it, and maybe try again on a larger needle, but I’m thinking I will just have to end up using an entirely different yarn.  I just may get the Darling yarn done, I did some spinning yesterday and almost made it through one of the 4-oz balls of roving before I overfilled the bobbin.  One down, at least 4 more to go!  Whatever progress I have been making will be slowed considerably after today, the reason being super-secret and I’ll tell you about it tomorrow! 

What new projects have I casted-on for?  Well Miriam had a sale on patterns, and I just couldn’t resist picking up 2 or 3.  I tried to hold back, but in the end I couldn’t stop myself from starting the Hidcote Garden Shawl.  I’m using a cone of alpaca/silk that I picked up at Three Wishes.  I’m not sure that it is exactly the right gauge, but it seems to be looking okay, so I keep moving forward.  I am almost done with chart #3!  It is looking like the new year will be bringing100_1316 lots of lace, as I received my copy of Victorian Lace Today yesterday and immediately fell in love with just about everything in the book.  I have plans to do the Myrtle Leaf Shawl (I want to say beach instead of leaf every time), and I think I’ll finally be able to pick a pattern for the little bit of cashmere I picked up in Oregon.  So while I was at Mim’s shop I also put the  Elanora socks in the cart, and a trip to the Wool Cabin landed me the perfect color of Opal for them.  I found myself starting them on Monday night, and I’m now getting close to the heel flap.  I’m not doing the best job on them, not for lack of trying.  It is a great pattern though and keeps me on my toes!  I swear I didn’t mean to knit in stalker-ish fashion with Miriam’s patterns, it just turned out that way – LOL!  That’s all I’ve got for today, have a great weekend, I know I will!

Seraphim revealed

As promised, an FO!  But first, I am an aunt again!  My little sister gave birth to a girl on Wednesday, so I am an aunt again!  This makes 4 grandchildren for my parents, all girls.  I haven’t seen her yet, but I will on Tuesday, and I’m sure she will be as cute as can be. 

Seraphim_outside2I finished Seraphim last week!  I’d like to say I enjoyed the entire project, but I didn’t.  The pattern I loved, even though it is a little boring at first in all stockinette, but once you get to the lace part it obviously gets exciting.  The yarn is my own, and I did NOT enjoy spinning it.  It was a grab bag of alpaca that had lots of junk in it, and it was not fun to try and pick all of it out while spinning.  It did turn out quite lovely when all was said and done, and I am pretty dang proud of it!  You can see the color change where the fiber did get darker, I’ve decided that I really like it that way.  The weather was rainy Sunday when we took the picture, and we waited too long so it was too dark.  But I think you can still get a good idea of what it looks like.  So I love the pattern, as I do pretty much all of Miriam’s designs and I’m so satisfied with it!  It just seems like such an achievement having Seraphim_outsidespun the yarn myself, did I say I was proud?!  Anyway, here are the specs.

  • Pattern – Seraphim by Miriam Felton
  • Yarn – Alpaca, spun by me
  • Needles – KP size 5
  • Took me – Nov. 20th to Dec. 6th
  • Comments – I love it!  Miriam does such great patterns that are easy to follow and a joy to knit.