I started my day early this morning - 5.40am-ish. I got up, had breakfast, dressed, then headed out the door with my backpack. A brisk walk to the Tepid Baths, and a 1,200m swim. I had plenty of time for a 1,500m swim, but the pool is very busy that time of the morning - I had to share my lane with three or four other people, some of which were faster than me, and it got a little annoying after a while so I decided to just get out of the way.
On the plus side, it gave me more time for the shower/hair-dry stuff afterwards. I had an appointment to make - the all-important physio session. I went to a cafe and had a quiet cup of tea to prepare, then walked into the physio office right on 8.30am for my appointment. Long story short, I got the go-ahead to get back into running! He stressed that it was very important I take it slowly - start with a short 3 or 4km run on flat ground, and definitely have a rest day the next day. And be absolutely sure to stretch both before and after, and keep doing my exercises! So I will be heading out first thing tomorrow morning for a short test run. Oh, I can't wait!! I will be able to go for another run on Friday, before the next physio appointment to assess how the first/second run went, and go from there. I'm excited!
In other good news, I finished my Rock Island shawl! Our Sunday knitting group was rather quiet this weekend, just Zoe and myself, but it was a lovely sunny day so we sat outside for lunch and chatted about all things geeky (latest TV programs, our respective studies, current knits and projects to be started... the usual). During that time, I managed to finish the garter stitch section of the shawl, and she happened to have a wee bag of goodies that not only included the shawl pattern (which she will be knitting herself shortly) but also a tapestry needle so I could graft the last stitches together. I blocked it that evening, and here is the resulting shawl:
Oh, it's so pretty!! Although I have no idea when/where I'll wear it. I was joking that I would have to find some random author to hand it to. You may recall a couple of incidences in my recent past involving hand knit lace shawls/scarves and well-known authors at book signings...
Anyway, this shawl, again, is the Rock Island shawl designed by the most fabulous Jared Flood. The pattern is very well written and easy to follow, and in fact relatively easy to knit, although I guess that would depend on your knitting experience. I was a little dubious about it, as I had heard people commenting on how they'd had trouble with the two-sided lace with no 'rest rows', and the chart having the same symbol for different knit stitches, depending on what side you were working on. I actually found it pretty straight-forward, and only had to tink back two rows - Deane's fault for distracting me with inane questions and snuggly kisses. It took me half an hour to knit the two (rather long) rows, and about two hours to un-knit them. I was unimpressed to say the least. However, the rest went swimmingly, and all up it only took me two and a half weeks to knit, with about a week's break in the middle (between the border and the lace on the body). It is knit using a skein of the most glorious merino silk lace yarn from Spinning A Yarn in the colourway 'smoke and mirrors'. It's beautifully soft, and lovely to work with. I'd recommend it to anyone. And interestingly, I still have 33g of the 100g skein left! There was 600m in the skein, and the pattern is supposed to use 600m of yarn, so I have no idea what happened, but I apparently only used 402m. Oh well, no complaints here :-)
I've now caught the lace knitting bug, and have decided to knit this Peacock Shawlette next, using yarn from a frogged pair of socks. I had stalled on a pair of Anchor Me socks some time ago - I reached the gusset increases then lost all enthusiasm for them. To be honest I was only knitting the pattern because I wanted to try out the really neat chain cable in the middle of the sock - I have no interest in boats, boating, or anything of the nautical persuasion, so these socks really didn't fit with me. I guess it's no surprise then, that I finally came to the decision to rip them completely and reuse the yarn for something pretty. I think the shawlette fits well with the gorgeous blue of the yarn, and I might be casting this shawl on soon. Or a pair of these awesome Elementary Watson socks, using some lovely Waikiwi I purchased from The Little Craft Store before it closed. I haven't decided yet. First, I have to finish knitting the Vanilla soaker - only the leg bands to go:
I must say, they look a little weird without the leg bands. Of course, they'd also look much better on a nappy-covered baby butt. I don't currently have one of those - these are for a wee boy turning one in Napier. I'll probably be seeing him soon. You can't really tell from the picture, but the yarn is a lovely bright red - I'm knitting these out of Skeinz Urban DK yarn. At only $5 a ball, and machine washable, it was an easy choice to make. I also need to knit the child a beanie, but that won't take long - I'll probably leave it as a simple project to work on while we're in Napier next week.
Ooh yes, even more good news - my Bellevue sweater was featured in the latest Twist newsletter! Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you'll see moi!! How cool is that?!?!?
In the okay-news-but-not-as-good-news section, the boys are home for school holidays (sigh) and yesterday we did some baking:
Chocolate chip mini-muffins (that T helped with), and monochromatic rainbow biscuits (that X helped with). Monochromatic because they're clearly all brown, rainbow because the original recipe called for Smarties. We didn't have Smarties, and I didn't see the point in going to the dairy in the rain to get some when we had leftover chocolate chips, so we just used those. Of course, this resulted in a ridiculously unhealthy lunch. I don't think it'll kill them...
So that is all the happenings in the kreachr household. Today has been on/off wet again, and I've been in the kitchen for half the day making an asparagus quiche for dinner, and some wholemeal rolls that turned out horribly and ended up in the bin. Tomorrow I think we'll get out of the house and go see a movie (if it's wet) or go to MOTAT. What are you up to this school holidays??