Monday, January 17, 2011

My week in pictures--Cookie A, Ysolda Teague, new knitting and new running

January is turning into a banner month for me :D

I got to meet one of my knitting goddesses: Cookie A, sock designer extraordinaire, and the amazing Ysolda Teague, designer of many super cute knits herself, including a new book set to come out soon: Little Red in the City. That's me in the center. I am trying not to geek out in this photo.

To be fair,I would have gone to the event for Cookie A alone (I own both of her books, adore her socks, and kinda worship her in a very unhealthy fangirl kind of way). In fact, if Ysolda wasn't visiting one of my favorite yarn stores (communknitty centers/fibertopias), A Verb for Keeping Warm, I might not have purchased my copy of Whimsical Little Knits 2--and that would have been a mistake because this little collection of patterns is full of real gems, like this one I'm knitting right now:

Here is 2 days worth of work on Damson. Ysolda knit hers out of Malabrigo Sock (always a good choice). Even though Verb had Malabrigo Sock in stock, I decided to go with something different:

The Sanguine Gryphon's Skinny Bugga handpainted sock yarn
(80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon)
A luxuriously soft yarn with amazing hand and drape, it comes in beautiful handpainted colors with a lovely sheen. Its a real pleasure to knit, and at 450yrds a single skein is long enough to complete this pattern.

This will be the first pattern I knit for myself since the baby buns was born (and since a bit before she was born as I was knitting baby stuff before that).

In other news, I'm now officially signed up for the Oakland Running Festival's Half Marathon. I'm now in Week 3 of my training with the Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders (LMJS). This morning, for my 5 mile training run I hit the El Cerrito Hills for a challenging run up Cutting Blvd to The Arlington, through El Cerrito, through Kensignton, down into Berkeley at the Circle, down through the tunnel and out to Solano for coffee at Starbucks. I should have mapped it before leaving--it ended up being closer to 6 miles than 5, but I still managed to complete my run in 1hr (1hr 2min). My goal for the half marathon is to break 2hrs. In my marathons I've gotten close, reaching the halfway point at 2:04-7. I am hoping that a combination of speed and hill work on my short weekday runs will help me meet this goal on the mostly flat course on race day. We will see. I'll keep blogging my progress, and hopefully get some new running pictures up.

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