I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my first week of holidays. I wish it would slow down a bit!

Monday:

I’ve been waking up super early so started the day with an easy 3.67km to the park and back. I was trying to run slowly and keep my heart rate down like I’ve been reading easy runs should be, but I definitely didn’t succeed at that- my pace was slow, but my heart rate was high. I also got some yoga done.

The big highlight was my trip to Othello Tunnels. I have been wanting to visit this historic site for many years and finally found a friend willing to make the two hour drive. It was not a long walk, but was cool to go through the four tunnels and over the bridges. The water was such a beautiful blue! I find it amazing to think of how they built these tunnels through pure solid rock over a hundred years ago when they didn’t have all our technology.

The bonus was that since I wasn’t driving I managed to get an entire vanilla sock knitted during this trip.

Tuesday:

I once again got up early and ran. This time with Dennis though. It was our usual Thursday night 7km loop, but it felt better today than it does on Thursdays. It was also nice to sit and have coffee afterwards. I also did a NourishMoveLove workout and some yoga. This summer I am keeping track of how many days I manage to do all three types of exercise. I figure I had better take advantage of the time to do this.

I spent some time with my friend Emily checking out a shopping centre that has been revamped. It was okay, but nothing too exciting. I was further unimpressed when there was absolutely nothing I could eat there for lunch. Thankfully it looks as though more places will be opening soon.

I spent the rest of the day knitting and finished my test knit tee for Josee Paquin of UandIKnit. I knitted it out of Polka Dot creek yarns in Funfetti Natural. I absolutely love this yarn and the top. I think it will become my new favorite top! I can’t wait until I can show it to you, but it may be another couple of weeks.

Wednesday:

Today was once again started with a run to the park and back. They aren’t long runs but hopefully these little runs will add up to my making it to Kathy’s house soon!

I also did another NourishMoveLove ab workout and then a yoga class on FitOn.

I walked up to school and printed my new sock knitting pattern and then met up with Brenda for coffee so I could pass off her copy. Boy can two hours go by fast when you’re talking knitting!

I have spent the rest of the day starting my Hong Kong socks and working on my Age of Steam and Brass shawl. It seems as though I am on a mission to finish this shawl tonight.

Oh and I am so happy that I can now share the test knit shawl I had completed for Josee Paquin. It is called the Mountain Reflections Shawl and I made it out of Shibui Pebble in two colours. It is a neat shawl as it looks like colour work, but is actually mosaic knitting so the back isn’t a mess of strands.

All of my test knits are done now so I can knit whatever I want:)

But reading this over again, maybe I’ve been doing too much knitting.

Well there it is in a nutshell.

Have fun!

AJ

15 thoughts on “0.5 Week 1

  1. Wow! You knit 1 sock in just 1 trip? Was the 2 hour drive, 4 hours in total? How do you knit so fast? I’m a little envious, I must say xD hahaha. I thought my knitting speed was improving, but I might be dead-wrong, lol

    1. Lol I have been knitting for more than thirty years so some speed has developed over time. The trip was about 3.5 hours overall

      1. Wow. That is awesome. I am impressed! 😯
        I haven’t been knitting that long. I did knit the occasional time, before. But actively knitting, for 8 years now, I think. Give or take?
        And crocheting for around the same period of time.
        Cross stitch started just last year.
        And I have been sewing since I was 19. (I’m 37 now).

        Which knitting style do you use? I have heard that makes a difference too. I’m a “thrower”. I hold the yarn in my right hand. I heard that people that hold it left, are faster.

      2. My mom says that I forgot to mention that I have really small feet too so that definitely helps! I am an English knitter too so I throw, but I think I want to learn continental just because I can:)

      3. Hahaha, well having small feet definitely helps, indeed. I just finished my second pair of commission socks. Both those clients (customers?) had quite big feet. 27,5 cm. And I did 75 rows for the leg part. To make 1 sock, took me about 15 hours, each. (But I have to add I often do watch TV while knitting, but it still takes forever, haha).
        I thought about learning it the other way. But I’m quite nostalgic, and my grandmother taught me to do it this way. So, for the time being, I think I’ll stick with it ^_^
        Good luck on learning the continental way 😀

  2. How do you motivate yourself to do the stuff that isn’t running? I really need to get back to being all round fitter and have the Peleton app which has loads of strength, yoga and stretches but can’t seem to make myself do it (I used to go to 2 yoga classes a week but the gym they’re at is horrible and Covid-unsafe and I’ve left it now).

    1. I keep a written record of what I do each day and it includes a count of how many times this year I have done a run, a workout and a yoga session. Seeing those numbers motivates me, plus this summer I’m keeping track to see how many days I can do all three on. At the end of last year I had noticed that my weights and yoga started out strong, but petered off so I am trying not to have that happen this year

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