Perfect day for a run

Hm_medal

I did it and survived, my first running event ever!

Actually it was tons of fun and a perfect day to celebrate weeks of training. The weather was fantastic – 50F, a bit foggy with light mist.

On the way to the starting line I caught up with some acquaintances, seasoned marathon runners, who answered my novice questions.  I hadn’t planned on starting with others but was glad to have the company.

I accomplished my two goals, run without stopping (no matter how slow) and cross the finish line within 3.5 hours.  The last mile was difficult but the inspiring view of the Space Needle and Memorial Stadium (finish line) kept me motivated.

Thanks to everyone that kept me going by asking about my training and the race.

Today I took the day off to recuperate and happened upon these finds at a local used bookstore.

Learning about sericulture in Japan

Here’s a few photos from my recent trip to Japan (click on the photo below).

They were taken during our afternoon visit to the Hida Folk Village outside of Takayama Japan. It’s a village of traditional houses from around this mountainous region. Apparently the only form of agriculture was sericulture. Families raised silk worms on the upper floors of their large houses.

Hida_folk_village

Just in time

Dolman_swatch_2The yarn for the dolman sleeved sweater arrived yesterday, that’s two days before class starts again.

Earlier in the week I started a swatch out of the same yarn but a different color. There was no way I would show up  swatchless.

Yeah, that’s what happens with this class. Nightmares about forgetting to show up for college classes are replace with nightmares about showing up sans swatch and unprepared.

So on that note, I’m off to finish my swatches.

SKG Class Notes: Shortrow Buttonholes

Here are notes from last night’s class as promised. It describes how to complete the whole swatch.

Swatch: Cast on 30 sts & knit 2×2 rib. Start and end with two knit stitches. Six or so rows total.

Instructions:
1. Place markers after 7th (red), 15th(white) and 23rd (blue) stitches.

(Note: In following steps I will refer to these markers by color : red, white and blue  so that I don’t confuse you when you turn the piece)

2. Work in pattern to red marker and turn.

3. Work in pattern to end and turn.

4. Work in pattern to white marker (slip red marker when you get to it) and turn.

5. Work in pattern to one stitch before red marker. We’re now going to close the gap for the first buttonhole.

6. Slip next stitch purlwise to right hand needle.

7. With left hand needle pick up bar from front to back, making a new stitch on left hand needle.

8. Slip previously slipped stitch on right hand needle back to left hand needle and knit it together with stitch picked up in previous step and turn.

9. With left hand needle pick up bar (front to back) and purl this stitch with next purl stitch on left hand needle.

10. Work in pattern to blue marker (slip white marker when you get to it) and turn.

11. Work in pattern to one stitch before white marker. We’re now going to close the gap for the second buttonhole.

12. Slip next stitch purlwise to right hand needle.

13. With left hand needle pick up bar from front to back, making a new stitch on left hand needle.

14. Slip previously slipped stitch on right hand needle back to left hand needle and knit it together with stitch picked up in previous step and turn.

15.  With left needle pick up bar (front to back) and purl this stitch with next purl stitch on left hand needle.

16. Work in pattern to end of swatch and turn.

17. Work in pattern to one stitch before blue marker. We’re now going to close the gap for the last buttonhole.

18. Slip next stitch purlwise to right hand needle.

19. With left hand needle pick up bar from front to back, making a new stitch on left hand needle.

20. Slip previously slipped stitch on right hand needle back to left needle and knit it together with stitch picked up in previous step and turn.

21. With left needle pick up bar (front to back) and purl this stitch with next purl stitch on left hand needle.

22. Work in pattern to end of swatch. Buttonholes are now  complete.

23. Finish swatch by working several more rows in pattern and bind off.

Knitting slow down

SocksFor the past week I’ve been carrying these socks around pretending that I have a project in progress. For now I’ll go with the flow. That probably means not much will get done in the next few weeks before NV starts again. Even though I haven’t been knitting I’ve been earnestly thinking and researching designs to use in upcoming projects.

Shaped lace tee swatches

Tshirt_swatch Yesterday I jogged 11 miles and it took forever. Had just enough energy to eat dinner and then promptly fell asleep on the couch while watching TV.

Earlier this week I knitted a couple of swatches for my next project, Krista. I’ll modify it so that I can use it for my first project of year two (Nihon Vogue). Besides making necessary adjustments for my measurements, I’ll be adding poofy sleeves (a class requirement).

The first yarn is Classic Elite Provence. Not sure if I like it. Love the off-white creamy color but the yarn is a bit stiff. The stockinette part looks ok but the decreases stick out giving me the impression that the lace pattern in Krista might not look good with this yarn.

Panda_silk_dk

The other yarn is Panda Silk DK. A lovely bamboo, wool, silk mix with perfect drape. I’d love to use it but despite what the label says, it knits up like a fingering weight yarn. This time I’m staying away from fingering weight.

What I really want is a cotton silk blend that’s not too expensive.