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plainly, I don’t knit that fast

Ya wanna know how the mitts went? I made quite good progress with them through the week but there was no way I was going to finish them by Thursday. Work is too busy, meaning I’m working longer hours to try to stop that overwhelming me (failing) and, yeah, just not enough leftover hours. I’m almost finished one mitt – only the  thumb left – and have cast on for the second. My boss is unperturbed. He’s the sort of person who’ll be pleased to get them any time, so if I can maintain a steady pace with the knitting this week, they might be ready for him to wear to next weekend’s footy match.

Appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, this really is in the middle of dense suburbia

Appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, this really is in the middle of dense suburbia

Not being footy people ourselves, I suppose we’ll be out walking again. Today we managed a shade over 15 Km in a loop and 251 m of climbing (last week it was only 209 m). We have a wonderful parkland reserve within walking distance of home – closer than last week’s wetlands – so that’s where we ended up doing a lot of rough walking and most of the climbing. We are both still mercifully free of blisters but my feet were aching by the time we came home and the toe that I’ve broken several times – which, consequently, has next to no ability to bend in any direction – was actively painful. I climbed straight into my compression tights and I’ve been massaging my feet on a couple of tennis balls while I sit at the computer (a suggestion from my podiatrist). I’m improving. I could probably, and very likely will, do another walk tomorrow thought it won’t be such a long one.

So that’s the story of the mitts. They’re not forgotten but, alas, nowhere near finished. I’ll keep knitting. I hope you’re managing to keep knitting, too; or walking, if that’s your thing :)

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2015 in Health, Knitting

 

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it’s not exactly knitting those mitts but it’s doing something

Local wetlands park, one of the delightful nearby lots of paths for off-road walking

Local wetlands park, one of the delightful nearby lots of paths for off-road walking

This reserve is sort of down the bottom of our road, and it’s where Dr B and I did some of our training walk yesterday. I say “bottom” advisedly, since coming home is an uphill business and sufficiently wearing that, once home, I climbed into my compression gear and went straight to bed. For three hours.

Is my knitting progressing? Well, of course it’s not. My boss’s birthday is this week and I sort of half-promised him some fingerless mitts in his footy team’s colours. I found suitable yarn at my LYS and have cast on for the first mitt. But that’s truly as far as I’ve gone because the main colour is black and I cannot see to knit black at night, no matter how strong a lamp I use. Could I have done some today before the light faded? Perhaps; but realistically, no.

However, if I do a few hours a day and bits here and there, they’ll probably be ready by Thursday. Whaddaya reckon my chances are? Fnigres corsesd!

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Health, Knitting

 

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but there weren’t any blisters

Where we weren't walking yesterday but where we w ill be walking in September: blue skies and seas to cheer us on

Where we weren’t walking yesterday but where we w ill be walking in September: blue skies and seas to cheer us on

Yesterday, in relatively mild conditions, Dr B came with me on a 15-Km training walk, a loop along our nearby riverside park. I appreciated his company and was most impressed by his efforts, particularly as he’s one who’s normally far more comfortable on a bicycle. He was silly enough to point out at one stage that, had we been on bikes, we could have been to the city and back again in the time it took us to walk about halfway. He might have been, I had to remind him, but I’d be a tattered and bloody mess and still at the beginning, having already fallen too many times to feel confident of continuing. So we walked and, as a concession to his weary legs, caught a bus home for the last uphill bit.

Today the weather is distinctly wintry, so he’s been clearing the last of the grapevine prunings and is presently off listening to pub bands. I’m achieving nothing I would like to – any sort of crafting work – and not much that I’m meant to – though dinner didn’t magic itself into the oven any more than the laundry hung itself on the indoor line – but tomorrow is a working day and I’ve reached the point of believing that it’s more important to get a good night’s sleep than to finish knitting anything, no matter its urgency.

Is that heresy? I fear so. Better hang me, then :) I hope your prospects are cheerier, whatever your weather or crafting tendency.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2015 in Cycling, Knitting

 

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sharing is truly caring

Here's one I prepared earlier: a completed Moebius cowl

Here’s one I prepared earlier: a completed Moebius cowl

I work for an organisation that helps people who look after other people. Some of my fellow workers are themselves carers and, although there have been tough times with YoungB, I know I’ve had it easy. Odd as it might sound, and this is not entirely age related, I’ve found fellow knitters, sewists, crocheters and crafters among my colleagues. Many admit to using such things to counter work-related stress. Colleague DS is about my age with sons around YoungB’s age. We share a star sign and a similarity with a couple of major life events.

Things are in severe upheaval at work, with packing the second part of our office making steady progress while the first half are unpacked and already settled in their new premises. We’re all busy, it’s winter and sometimes just putting one foot in front of the other is almost more effort than we can manage. I was humbled and gobsmacked when CDS presented me with a thoughtful little, handmade-by-herself gift of a necklace and a handbag pack for tissues (always welcome, because I’m so prone to allergic reactions to pretty much everything that I can never have too many tissues).

CDS says that her crafting days are what keep her sane through the struggles of raising her special needs son. I understand that. I used to knit while YoungB had swimming instruction in a pool specially for asthmatics (no entry without medical certificate). Tomorrow I’m taking a crochet hook and some yarn. During our lunch break, I’ll show her how I do the Moebius cowls, and she can then share that with her fellow crafters at the next session. I might now be one of the privileged, whose son is apparently normal and certainly doesn’t qualify as special needs, but I appreciate how easily my situation could be very different and if I can share something to help with the tough moments, then that’s a fine contribution to the caring.

 
 

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patching up after a walk

Early section of the actual Bloody Long Walk route

Early section of the actual Bloody Long Walk route

Youngest Aunt, Colleague J, Dr B and I did about a 10-Km walk today. Dr B doesn’t intend to do the BLW with us, but he was along for moral support and to try out the camera on his new phone. We travelled to the start of the walk and did a loop. Retracing your steps is always a bit boring, but this was gorgeous scenery.

I tore my trousers on a sharp edge somewhere. So I’ve had to mend them!

 

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walking if not yet bloody

Work continues to be crazy busy so weekends seem like a good time to catch up on housework and/or do not much else; but this morning Youngest Aunt, Colleague J and I walked a 10 Km beachside loop as our first semi-official bit of training for the Bloody Long Walk. The hardest part was finding somewhere to park the car :)

I’ve since walked another few Ks with my Friend From Around The Corner. She and I don’t walk far or fast. It’s mostly social. It was, however, additional training (I’ve resolved to wear a backpack whenever I’m out walking). I asked her if she’d be interested in doing the BLW with us. She’s giving it some thought. The more the merrier, I say.

I hope your weekend has been similarly productive, whatever your field of endeavour.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Health

 

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and then there’s this

Alternatively, I could just gallop around the soccer ground a few times while I'm waiting for the bus

Alternatively, I could just gallop around the soccer ground a few times while I’m waiting for the bus

You know how one careless remark can change everything? I think that happened the other day when Youngest Aunt casually mentioned this. It’s now firmly in our sights and I seem to have roped in a workmate and a couple of her friends as well! She’s a far more serious walker than I am, but has been having time away from it for health reasons so we are probably closer in fitness and ability now than we might once have been. We have a training plan of sorts, loosely titled “Camminiamo insieme” which means “Let’s walk together” – she and I share a love of Inspector Montalbano :) – and will try to get out on longer walks with her friends on a semi-regular basis.

I understand about champions being made in winter – considering the amount of time I spend rubbing shoulders with Audax cyclists and rowers, how could I not? – and I appreciate that it’s a fantastic time of year to toughen up with lots of freezing-cold morning training sessions. Most of that assumes no employment or, if you have employment, getting up in the middle of the night to exercise, or that you have sufficient dedication to train all weekend and let the domestica go hang. I don’t, factually, meet any of those criteria though I could probably manage a couple of them at a time, every now and then. Despite the training plan, it’s my suspicion that that’s what will happen: it will all be fairly ad hoc with some adjustments around what training machines we have in the house and the occasional bit of organised chaos. So long as we get some very long training walks in prior to the Bloody Long Walk, I think we’ll be fine without necessarily doing the entire course beforehand.

But when will I manage to do any knitting??

 
 

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