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Running update – 8 weeks till my next half and other babbling.

I’ve got to figure out what motivates me. Really. I am still at the point where running seems like a chore. Where eating well, well, isn’t much fun either. So I thought I’d stop for a second and lay out my plan for the next couple of weeks and see how well I stick to it.

Monday: 6.5 km – start easy; finish faster
Tuesday: 10 km – start easy; fast 5k; finish easy
Wednesday: cross-training or rest
Thursday: 5 km – easy
Friday: 5 km – start easy; finish faster
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 13 km – easy

Sounds good I think. Should be about 40 km for the week. But as I haven’t run very much for the last two weeks 40km would be great for me right now 🙂

Other March goals:
-there are three shelves I want to put up in various spots in the house (cubby shelf in the treadmill room; rod shelf near my craft area and the other rod shelf near the washer and dryer)

-finish the pond cross-stitching picture I’m making for Q

-start knitting again – maybe make up some of the vegetables again for Q’s kitchen

-blog more regularly!

It snowed again today so it’s not looking much like spring but it’s lighter later and later every day. Spring is surely on its way….

Knitted Blanket – inukshuk

A few years ago now, Toby and I took a couple of intro to knitting classes at a shop in Kensington Market. Yep, Toby was the only guy but he enjoyed it and we made a scarf and then a baby hat. I kept it up a bit more than he did and one day I was flipping through a catalogue from a craft store when my dad says “hey that looks nice, make me that.” A blanket! WTF?

Well, why not? I thought.

I thought I had some more work in progress pictures but maybe they were from the old camera. I’ll have to check out the big Mac to see if they’re on there.

I got to do a couple of new things making the blanket: double stranded knitting – so knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time. And it was knit on one circular needle – which meant casting on a little bit shy of 200 stitches!

Anyway, here it is:

bottom - about half way done

bottom – about half way done


top half - almost done!

top half – almost done!

And the whole darn thing:



It’s really soft and comfy. And my dad completely forgot that he had asked for it! Sigh.

I really liked making it because it really doesn’t matter that I knit a little tight. I worry about making clothes and stuff for that reason. But it also means I have leftover yarn, and, well, I thought it would be fun to make a scarf with the circular needle so….