So on the plus side, I’ve been designing new crocheted and knitted thingummies and I’m very excited about sharing the patterns with you super-soon. My yarny/designing mojo has well and truly come back and has plonked its ample rear here on the sofa beside me.
Of the three ideas that I’m working on (a cardigan, a peg-bag, and a vest top), two use yarns that aren’t yet available outside of a secret vault under Stylecraft HQ, and the third involves an unusual technique that I really want to show you properly in a big woolly ta-da once the thing is done. Behind the scenes, my needles and hooks are busy. So it won’t be long. Here’s a hint of cardigan, in a yarn that I’ll be allowed to talk about from tomorrow:-
In the meantime, let’s have an update, because I’ve been itching to tell you… I RAN A MARATHON! I did it! I may have been the dunce of the PE class at school, but last Sunday I ran for 26.2 miles of hills in blazing heat without stopping! My time was 4 hours, 54 minutes, which was better than I’d dared hope for. (After all, I am 45 years old and creaky and my right leg points inwards.) Surprisingly, it was almost… dare I say it… sort of… fun.
↑ That’s the ‘before’ shot. Along the way, I only took this one photo, because I just wanted to get the job done. ↓
It was beautiful hilly countryside, deep in the Forest Of Dean. So beautiful that I longed to veer off-piste and explore the little streams and lakes and the woodland beside the track. But I knew that if I stopped, I’d never start again, so I kept going, and going, and going, and very slowly, I began to clock up more and more mile-markers until I realized that I might actually be able to do this thing in a vaguely respectable time, despite the blazing heat. But most of all, I was thinking of the widely-reported statistic that of first-timers who sign up for a marathon, only 5% actually cross the finish-line of said race, and I DID NOT WANT TO BE NORMAL. So I kept going. All that training in the hot Oxfordshire countryside paid off. And at the end? Well they give you a fat, heavy, medal with a wild boar on it, and unlimited cups of water. Job done. 🙂
So now that’s all over, I’ll have more time to knit and crochet
and ponder whether I could run an ultra-marathon. Especially as I’ve pretty much finished making the wildlife pond, too. (Those ugly liner-edges will be covered by pre-planted coir mats, arriving Wednesday. Not that I’m VERY EXCITED or anything.)
And you? Whatever you’ve been up to, I hope most of all that there’s been plenty of yarn in your life, and that you’re making it into something truly beautiful.