Ahhh, it’s Friday. I’ve been at work seeing patients, and then later I was at home, reading bedtime stories to the twinnage, and now, still home, I’m on the sofa with yarn, wine, and very little intention of moving. It’s been gloriously warm and sunny here these past few days…
…which feels slightly surreal, because exactly one month ago today, I took this photo whilst I was out on a run:-
Meanwhile, the Stoic Spouse has been perfecting his patisserie skills, and each weekend lately, the twinnage and I have come downstairs to scenes such as this. (This is a three-day recipe, of which he’s very proud. They were delicious.)
Anyway, my fine, fibrous friends, I have news! Two bits of news! The first is of a yarny nature and I’ve been excited to tell you but until yesterday it was a bit of an if-I-tell-you-then-I’ll-have-to-kill-you scenario, so I kept my trap shut in order to avoid needless bloodshed. But no longer! See this?
Top right in this picture is a sock yarn that I designed, and thanks to your votes, it will soon be a brand new addition to Stylecraft’s ‘Head Over Heels’ range, available to buy in a yarn shop near you! Wa-hey! In case you missed the goings-on, here’s the executive summary: the Stylecraft Blogstars visited the David Hockney exhibition at Saltaire, and we were then asked to each design a new sock yarn, inspired by one of the paintings that we had seen. I chose Hockney’s painting of the mill itself, and got to work:-
Stylecraft put all of our creations to the public vote, and many thousands of votes later, six of us will see our designs become real yarn! Squee! If you were one of the kind folks who voted for my design, thank you. These days, I’ve got a sock on the needles in one of the ‘Head Over Heels’ colourways pretty much all the time, so I’m very excited at the prospect of knitting and then wearing my own yarn. As you can see from the photo above, the other winning combinations are gorgeous, and knowing the people involved, the colourways reflect each of their personalities and styles pretty well.
And the other news? Well… it’s running-related. I’ve signed up for a marathon, specifically the Gloucester marathon on the 5th of August. I can’t quite believe that I’m doing this, but having run the Oxford half-marathon twice (here and here), it’s the obvious next step…
At the moment I’m confident that I’ll do this only once… but I realize that marathons are merely the gateway drug for ultra-marathons, and from there it’s a small progression to “Yeah, just parachute me into the middle of the Namib Desert and I’ll run home from there” or some-such craziness.
And yes, I do appreciate that a marathon is more than twice a half-marathon. Yes I know that I’ll likely lose a toenail or two during the race, so I’ve already said goodbye to each of my toenails individually. I can live with that. It’s not as though my career as an international footwear supermodel ever really got off the ground, anyway.
And yeah, I also realize that lots of folk have run marathons (1% of the population, apparently), some whilst dressed as giant pineapples, so I’m hardly breaking new ground. It does feel like a biggish deal to me, though, as someone who was once, long ago, the dunce of the PE class. I am not a natural athlete.
So I signed up. I wasn’t feeling very confident that day, so I paid the extra £5 that lets you get your entry fee back if your leg falls off during training. And when you fill in the entry form, you’re asked to specify your predicted finish time. Would you believe that “Some time next Tuesday” isn’t even an option?!
Oh well. You can all laugh heartily at me when I’m stretchered off after the first hundred yards.