Sunday, October 02, 2005

Running and Knitting

oakland_marinaThis weekend was the 2005 Bridge to Bridge 12K race in San Francisco! Karl and I drove down to Oakland on Saturday, spent a leisurely evening in Jack London Square and then ran the race this morning (Sunday). A more detailed account of the race can be found on Fit to Knit! and I posted some pictures on Flickr.

OK, confession time. I have made un-progress on the Tivoli. After I first tried it on, I just kept on knitting and didn't check the fit again...this was last weekend while I was in Oregon. Well, after I frogged a bit and reknit the 20 or so rows, I tried it on again and realized with horror that I had made some horrible mistakes. First was that the size was simply too big. I could've lived with this but secondly, the waist decreases were off. I mean, they weren't positioned correctly. It was so obvious and I was so mad at myself. This is the second sweater in a row that I impatiently screwed up. Is this a sign? Am I burning out? I felt like it that night. So I put the sweater away for now. I need some space and time from it. In the meantime, I got back on the horse and started knitting the Zippered Jacket from the 2004/2005 Winter Vogue Knitting issue. This is a very fast knit. I started yesterday (Saturday) and have already finished the back of the cardigan. It is supposed to have some small easy cables but the yarn I'm using is a thick/thin slubby yarn. It doesn't show the cables at all so I'm not doing them. However I am keeping the 2 purl stitches in the middle of the stockinette expanse as a design element. It will be repeated up the sleeves and on the 2 front panels.

silk_bagThe other knitting-related news is while in Jack London Square, I picked up this super-cute silk tote bag from an Asian import store. It's the perfect size for WIP knitting projects. I was very tempted to buy more than one but that would've been a little much, no? Karl was indulgent and made no peep about the purchase. He knows I have so many bags! But he can't really talk because he has about 20 backpacks himself. Anyway, this knitting tote is just darling, so chic and ethnic. It will probably pull double-duty as a hip bag for work too.

Whew, another weekend down. I've got a few more fun ones coming up and then hopefully I can settle in and enjoy the longer, cooler evenings at home.

Until the next day in the life....

7 comments:

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Agnes said...

20 backpacks? Really? My husband just got one backpack ... which he doesn't use too much and that's it. By the way, the tote is really cute! And I like the yarn you're using for the jacket ... looks a bit tweedy. Fast knit is good ... instant gratification! Everybody loves FOs! :)

caitlyn said...

What a nice photo of Jack London Square! The zippered jacket looks good and I really like the silk tote. As for the Tivoli...uh-oh. =( Perhaps I should try mine on again.

Stephanie said...

I have a bag that looks almost exactly like that except it's red where yours is purple. How strange is that. Sorry about Tivoli, but your new sweater looks really cute. I can't wait to read more about your race.

JoanM said...

Congrats on competing in the race, I envy your fitness. I am exhausted after a 3 km walk.
I use the technique of putting things away when I mess up - only trouble is they then become lurking ufo's

Amanda said...

I really am loving that bag. It's so very pretty!
I really like the way that cardi is knitting up!

Ruth said...

sorry to hear about the tivoli! love the silk bag - i'm a sucker for bags/purses too, and my own hubby sometimes keeps his mouth shut with all my bag purchases =P