One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady

Late First

March 18th, 2013 · No Comments

I mentioned the new running thing.   Since I’ve been running inside on the treadmill for the winter, I figured it was time to move outside.  We won’t mention that I bought myself a Nike+ SportWatch with GPS and needed to be out side to calibrate the shoe pod correctly.  I tested it initially on the treadmill and the readings were so far off that outside was the only fix.  So000 Thursday at lunchtime, I hit the mall near the office.  Nice new Adidas store with helpful nice employees.  First they showed me a new sneaker.  I know I just bought some Asics on Zappos, but they put me in a pair of Boost that had my feet singing.  I sent the Asics back to Zappos this morning.  Another plus is that the Boost has that foot pod compartment in the sole so I don’t have to worry about attaching it to the laces somehow.  After the sneaks, I bought some outdoor clothes, maybe not the choicest ones, but they’ll get use. 

Anyway, Friday afternoon I took the act outside.  It was cold, overcast sort of day.  I had bundled up, compression capris, long pants, t-shirt, pullover, jacket.  I sadly forgot a hat and gloves.  I did my warm up walk and then got to business.  I needed a half mile to get the watch GPS/foot pod thing sorted out.  I was hoping to go farther, but it wasn’t to be.  Evidently I ran faster outside than I normally do on the treadmill.  My C25K training had been at 4mph for the run (jog) but out on the street, my watch paced me at 6mph.  Which is what I’m aiming for for the triathlon!  Go me.  I fizzled out at .52 miles though as my lungs were burning and my hands/ears were freezing.  All in all, an excellent first effort.

Saturday, I hit up a few more stores and picked up better winter wear.  Timely shopping as the stores are packing away or putting on clearance the winter gear since the calendar is reading almost spring.  We’ll ignore that the forecast has snow this afternoon.  Sigh.  With stops at Sports Authority, Lady Foot Locker and Old Navy, I’ve enough gear for the remainder of the winter and into spring.  I went back outside in some new Nike Dri Fit stuff, a lands end hat and running gloves.  I decided that instead of a straight out run, I’d do outside 5K training with the routine from RunMeter.  It was pretty awesome. 

I had the biggest surprise Saturday morning when I woke up with a headache.  My first thought was to wonder if a run would get rid of the headache.  I was totally amazed.  I guess that means I’m a runner now!  How fast was that transition?!  Anyway, I’m not thrilled with the Lands End hat and since I’d read somewhere that a wool hat was best, I figured I could do something about that.  The knitter would take care of the runner!  I dipped into the stash after surfing through the patterns in my Ravelry library and got busy knitting up my first Turn a Square.


I know the solid pink is some Cascade 220.  Not sure about the multi stuff.  I could be that or maybe some Lornas.  I started this Saturday night and finished it last night.  Next outside run will be the tester, though with the weather early this week, it probably won’t be for a few days.  I don’t know how I’ve avoided knitting this hat before.  Its a nifty little pattern!  I’ll have to make more of them 🙂

This hat is also my first completed knit object for this year.  I can’t remember the last time that it took until mid—March to finish something!  Oy.  Someday this pair of socks will be done.


I took the above while my computer rebooted this morning at the office.  Stupid thing wasn’t ready to come back from the weekend.  I wasn’t so much either, but since I didn’t have a choice, neither did it!  I can’t imagine why the cuff is striping differently than the foot unless my gauge is different (not usual) or my stitch count changed after the short row heel (probably).  Curious.  I just counted.  Its the gauge that changed.  Very weird.  Though, I did knit the bulk of the foot while in warmer climates on a cruise ship and not while waiting for computer things to happen!

Craft on!

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