0.5 Week 1

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

SAL Update

In 2002 I loved the work of Paula Vaughn and my grandma very kindly bought me the Paula Vaughn cross stitch book “A Quilt for All Seasons”. I immediately started on the January one. I’m not sure when exactly this was, but the project then languished on a shelf in my spare room for twelve years after I moved into my condo. Last year I heard about this SAL and decided it may help me actually get this project finished.

This is where I was last update:

And this is where I am now:

I love my new way of tackling my stitching. I actually pick an object to stitch so this time it was the snow out the window. It lets me feel accomplishment and helps to divide up the work and to see progress. In the past I haven’t really thought of what I was stitching, just put stitches in.

In the corner of the photo you will just glimpse my new needle holder, which I love!!! It is so nice not to have to try and put my needle through the holes of the Aida cloth! I should have bought one years ago! I also like my new stitching bag which I showed in the last update, but wish it had some pockets inside so that I could keep the threads separated by number easier. This project takes so many threads! I’m thinking I’d like to try a single colour project.

Well that’s it for me. Make sure you check out the other stitchers as there are so many gorgeous projects and such variety that there is sure to be something you find inspiring.


Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

Run to Rapid City Update #15

At the start of 2020, with no knowledge of what was ahead, I was having a tough time getting out the door for runs. The awesome Kathy said that I could make a goal to run to visit her in South Dakota. Since Kathy always gives good advice and is so amazing at so many things, I was quick to agree!

It has taken me much longer than I was expecting as I have spent a large portion of 2021 sick or injured, but I am so close, I could cry.

I really wanted to get there for the Fourth of July as I have always wanted to experience a US July 4th as it seems so much bigger than Canada Day, but alas that just didn’t happen.

To date I have ran 1,940 kilometers and am standing at Crow Creek Road on the outskirts of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

When looking up Belle Fourche, it appears they are very proud of being the centre of the nation and Google also says that it is very near the georgeaphic centre of the United States when Hawaii and Alaska are included.

Belle Fourche was founded in 1903 and now has an estimated population of just over 5,000 people. It was named by French fur trappers for the beautiful sight of three rivers coming together and was a hot spot for fur trading. Farmers and ranchers took over from the fur traders and the railroad even came through this spot on the map. Seth Bullock is considered the founding parent of this city and turned it into the largest livestock shipping centre in the world. The city still provides support for the wool, cattle and bentonite industries.

Belle Fourche seems to grow athletic people as three athletes hail from this city- Lloyd Eaton, Jason Kubel, and John Strohmayer.

What I have learned mainly this month is that I wish I plotted my route as I did the mileage so I would know how long of a run I needed to get to the next city. Hopefully, barring issues, I will be at Kathy’s for my next update.

Have fun!

AJ

Poor Puppy

I am over house sitting and dog sitting for my brother and his family while they are away. He is not a happy camper as he doesn’t like his people being away.

This morning I slept in a bit. I tried out my brother’s exercise room – really just a bedroom with the soft mats put down. I did a Nourish Move Love workout and boy was I sweaty! I tried to do yoga upstairs with Banks, but he was all over me. I ended up heading home to do my yoga and then take a shower.

I got back and started my new test knit- a tee! I finished my socks last night.

These are the Dubai socks by Knitting Expat. I have been participating in her around the world in 8 socks Kal and have been loving it. I find her patterns really well written and they turn out beautifully! These socks are done in Area51 Fibres Sturdy Alien sock yarn in the Claire colourway. I feel like the blue is actually more green than it looks in the picture. I wish I had made the sock one size larger because the cables make them fit smaller.

In the afternoon my running buddy Sarah picked me up and we went for sushi. She was willing to go to the next city over so I could have sushi rolls. This one restaurant does gluten free sushi and I love when I can have something other than just sashimi.

Sarah and Brenda came back to enjoy the pool, but we just ended up visiting in the backyard. It was a lovely afternoon.

This evening I have spent my time watching the Knitty Natty podcast on the tv and working on my test knit for UandIKnit.

Well I need to go drag the poor pup around the block.

Have fun!

AJ