Saturday, July 08, 2006


Well, it's been a busy week , what with all that mountain biking, and being invaded by pirates, and all.

Aurora and Friends dressed up for the Thursday midnight showing of Pirates of the Caribbean, perusing their treasure map. (Gold? What Gold? We're looking for Jack and Will!)

Yes, it's a blurry, bad picture (other people's children ,you know...) but it's proof of Pirate sightings!

In spite of it all, I did make a little knitting progress. I finally put the finishing touches on my Knitting Pure and Simple Baby Sweater. I love this pattern, but next time I think I'll add buttonholes and buttons.

I know I keep swearing to be a natural fibers person, but I wanted this to be machine washable and dryable, so I made with Peter Pan DK by Wendy -- a very nice, very soft yarn. It's also much prettier than the picture. This colorway is a soft yellow with little flecks of other pastels.

I'm also on the home stretch on sock #1. Wonder if I can get sock#2 to look anything like it?

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Extreme Knitting

It's a been red-letter week for me -- I've been mountain biking twice! I hadn't been lately due to a respiratory infection (always bad for me because I have asthma). Thursday after work, feeling mostly recovered, I took to the trails once more.

I've discovered that you can combine knitting and mountain biking:

1. You can knit while you wait for everybody to show up.

2. You can knit while everyone else is attempting to master hazards you won't try because you have more sense than that. (Just watching can be fun, too, but it earns you the title of "Vulture".)

3. You can knit after you call 911 and you are waiting for help to arrive, as long as it wasn't you who went over the handlebars.

Fortunately I've never had the opportunity to try number 3.

I prevailed upon my friend Sam to take these pictures of me this morning, knitting a sock near the Hog Run trailhead. Looking at them, I realize I should've hung a "Wide Load" sign on my hiney before we rode. Oh well -- I'm not too concerned. The weight is coming off at the rate of a pound a week. In 6 months I'll have him take another one, and the difference should be evident!