Good morning, everyone! I've been on a bit of a hiatus from pretty much everything, but I think I'm finally snapping out of it. Tonight, I'm going to outline the next few articles for Examiner.com, and I've actually accomplished a ton over the past week or so.
Yesterday, I went on my second bike ride of the year, and I'm paying for it today. See, I don't know if all of you are like me, but that phrase "It's just like riding a bike" can be taken so literally that your rational self just completely tunes out. Example: last year, in Texas, I rode my bike all of twice because I was too afraid to ride down the streets of Katy without dying. While I did make an effort to walk everywhere, as I have done since I moved back as well, walking and riding use different sets of muscles.
Last week, I got on the bike for the first time this year; every time I tried to ride previously, it was either raining sideways, raining cats and dogs (no wind but a blinding amount of water), or it was fifty and so windy that even MY hair was blowing. I rode to Oak Park last week...it's about eight and a half miles. Felt glorious. Knitted all day. Rode home. Still felt glorious.
Yesterday, I was convinced that the one round-tripper from last week got me into shape, so I rode to Deerfield and back. Deerfield is about fourteen miles away, through some moderate hills, and I was into a twenty-mile-per-hour wind. Duh. So today, I feel like I was riding with a four-year-old on my shoulders, and instead of a Raleigh Cadent 5.0 '06, I was actually riding a plastic Big Wheel. Live and learn.
I have two projects in my bag at the moment. The first one is the sample for the June Scarf Pattern of the Month. The pattern has been done for quite a while, but the sample still needs to be completed...even though I know the math works, and the pattern has no mistakes, I have to actually finish and block the sample. So there. The other project...shame on me...is that damn sock.
From what I understand, socks come in pairs. You have to finish one, and then you have to finish another one, and THEN you have a finished project. This is the precise reason I like to knit little instant-gratification wonders, and why I choose unique seamless garments over complicated ones. If I bind off, I have completed a project. So if I finish...say...a sleeve, I am damn-well convinced I'm done.
This sock would be part of a first-ever pair of socks, if I actually complete it. It has been on the needles since probably December or January. I should have started my sock adventure with toe-up, two-at-a-time socks, so I could complete the pair all at once. But NOOOOOO...
I still have my kimono sweater that I bust out every week or so, but it's just miles and miles of stockinette stitch at this point...it's what you do when you're waiting for the pre-empt of the president's speech to finish so you can get back to watching Days of our Lives.
Right now, I'm on a string of four days off because I was owed a day from two weeks ago, when I covered for my counterpart as she was still on vacation. I did a fair amount of knitting yesterday, and riding, and I clipped all of my coupons (I'm not a mad Shelf Clearing Rebate Accumulating Nutcase, but I do like saving money so I can live better), and I wrote a letter to my tenants with an outline of their new rent. Today's plan involves almost finishing the sample (I won't finish it, but I can probably get close). Maybe...just maybe...I will also bust out that damn sock. To harbor any guilt I feel for needing my size 3 double-points for any other project, I knit about two needles' worth per week. Sometimes more. By about 2015, I should have a completed pair of maiden-voyage socks.
For now, I hope everyone has a good and productive day!