Sunday, 5 May 2013

So much stuff to tell you, expect a crazy mish-mash post. This is a week in bits.

Yes, there's been a bit going on in the last week or so.  I finished the body parts of my Cassidy cardigan, and blocked them so I could sew them together.  Unfortunately, the dye ran quite spectacularly (which was apparently to be expected, and I should have guessed it would happen since I ended up with blue hands every time I knit with the yarn, but still.  I have never had dye run THIS MUCH):

Thankfully, there's still some left in the garment ;-)  Aside from this little inconvenience, I absolutely love the yarn.  It is squishy and soft, and lovely to work with.  I am very much looking forward to wearing the finished cardigan!  (But will be very sure to avoid wearing it next to light-coloured clothing!)  So at some point in the next couple of days I'll sit down and sew all the pieces together, ready to pick up the stitches for the hood and button bands.  Sewing is not my favourite part, but one must endure... ;-)

As soon as I'd cast off the sleeves last Saturday night and set the pieces to dry, I happily cast on Deane's Doctor Who scarf.  I had ordered the yarn in early February, and it finally arrived last Friday (bloody Canada Post.  Slowest postal service on the planet).  I've been wanting to knit one of these for a long time, and the opportunity had arisen when I discovered (through the Yarn Harlot) that a yarn store (Little Red Mitten in Ontario) was selling a kit with the season 12 scarf recipe and accompanying yarn with the closest to canon colours.  I didn't get much done the first night, since I'd started so late in the evening:

Day 1

I also managed to drop a stitch in the light brown (otherwise known as 'Saddle Tan') block, and didn't realise until after I'd finished the red section.  So I had pick it up through the dark brown ('Choco Kisses'), yellow ('Goldenrod') and red ('Red Fox') blocks. As you may know, picking up a dropped stitch through that many rows of garter stitch is quite a challenge, especially when it wasn't dropped from the top row.  I had to steal yarn from the adjacent stitches on each row, which is why there's a weird, tighter-knit rectangle.  I fixed that the following day, and managed to get a bit more knit.  Five hours was spent driving from Auckland to Napier, so I didn't knit as much as I'd have liked:

Day 2

But I made up for that the next day:

Day 3

And the next day:

Day 4

It was around this time it occurred to me that I may be able to finish the scarf in a week, and have it done before we left to go home.  The race was on!

Day 5

Day 6 - 10 year old added for scale ;)

The knitting was done, but there were all those ends to weave in!  Another one of my not-so-favourite jobs.  Still, I got stuck in - nobody was going to do it for me, right?  About three hours later, I had finished the ends:

Not much to show for all that time really, is it?  Then, it was onto the fringe.

11.30pm, and the scarf was complete.  Time for bed!!  Long drive home tomorrow...


So we arrived in Napier Sunday evening, and spent Monday fluffing around going shopping and getting my broken food processor replaced with a swanky new one (yay!!!), plus I did a BodyRock workout and 140 squats.  Mum cooked an amazing roast lamb dinner (my favourite meal).  Tuesday morning I headed out for a 6.5km run along the riverbank near my parents' house, using the Rotary pathway, then did BodyRock.

Wednesday was more shopping and hanging out with the family, and I got to go try out kick boxing with my BFF.  It was a lot of fun!  And that covered the 'cross-training' part of my run training schedule too :)  Not to mention BodyRock and the 150 squats I did that morning...

On Thursday I had a rather lovely 8.5km run through the hills of Taradale - Puketapu Road (twice) and Cumberland Rise, plus BodyRock and 155 squats.

Hey Napier, you're pretty when you wake up in the morning

The boys stayed at their nana's for the night, and I spent the evening with my BFF eating Chinese takeaway and waaaaaay too much chocolate while watching Thor and The Avengers movies.  Awesome evening.  On Friday I squeezed in a quick 3.8km run, my BodyRock workout and 160 squats before heading around to my sister's for the day to look after the four kids (her two and my two) while she went to work.  It was a surprisingly stress-free day.  I guess when there's enough kids, they manage to occupy themselves quite well.

Conveniently, Saturday was a rest day for the squat challenge, BodyRock 30 Day Challenge and my run training, so we packed up and got on the road at 8am to head home, and arrived in time for a late lunch.  We lucked out with the weather too - it didn't rain until after we got home.  I was lucky with the weather again this morning, managing a 9.5km run before the rain arrived - I was finishing up my 180 squats when it started.  And just so you know, doing 180 squats right after a 9.5km run is REALLY HARD WORK!   Having said that, they're helping a lot with my knees - the muscles in and around my knees are really strong now, which is helping me run longer distances.  My knees still hurt after about 5km, but I think that's just something I'm going to be dealing with long-term anyway.  It's not bad, and they only get sore to a certain point then don't get any worse, so I'm going to keep going.  I'm not giving up on my goal to run a marathon that easily!


I came across a company during the week via Facebook that looked interesting - Foodbox.  I ordered The Big Bang box for this week, which will be delivered on Tuesday.  I'm really looking forward to it!  This week's collection of fruits and vegetables are new season potatoes, carrots, red onion, broccolini, baby white cabbage, swede, baby spinach, kale, lebanese cucumber, cherry tomatoes, 'fancy' lettuce, spring onions, mung beans, mandarins, persimmons, feijoas, ambrosia apples, bananas, kiwifruit and lemonade apples.  Yum yum yum!!! I think it'll be great fun to have this delivered every week, and will enjoy the challenge of trying to incorporate the fruits and vegetables into the weekly meal plan.  I have registered to have the Big Bang box ordered weekly at this stage, and will assess how that goes over the next couple of weeks.  If we need more, I can get a bigger box.  Less, get a smaller box.  Or we can change the frequency of the delivery.  This is such a fantastic idea!  And it means less trips to the supermarket, as the main reason for weekly shops was to get fresh fruit and vegetables.  Now, I can stock up on staples and shop less frequently.  Might have to add eggs to the fruit and veg delivery though.  I love that you have this option too.  Awesome stuff!!  I'll let you know how it goes.

In the mean time, anybody got any good ideas for persimmons?  I know how to bake them into a cake, but would love some different options aside from adding them to a fruit salad or eating them on their own.

Fast Forward

Tomorrow is back-to-school day (HURRAH!), and the boys will have fresh bread and a butterscotch cake to go in their lunch boxes (gotta love routine).  I will be getting stuck into an assignment, and possibly looking at that calculus workbook I have to get through so I can study Statistical Analysis next trimester (urgh...).  The house needs a good clean so I'll be getting back into the cleaning calendar too.  It will be the fourth and final week of the BodyRock 30 Day Challenge, and I'll be nearing the 200 mark for the squat challenge.  Next weekend, I'll have cracked the 10km mark for run training.  Yes!!

I hope you have a good week!


  1. I love Foodbox! Used it a few times! Although we have a few good vege stores out west, so we were still finding it a bit cheaper to go to those. Although Foodbox definitely saves time!

  2. Your scarf looks awesome! Well done!Sounds like you had an incredibly busy week, with lots achieved!