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I’ve decided there aren’t enough bunnies on lolcats… so I’m now collecting them on Lolbunz! I’m also making a few of my own…

Yeah I know I’m pathetic. 😛

I’ve also been seriously neglecting knitting talk. The main reason is that recently I’ve been just getting caught up on second socks. I also have another super-secret knitting project out there awaiting evaluation, a handspun yarn project, and another new handspun sock I decided not to say much about as I’m also hoping it will be knitty-worthy. With all this running, work on my practice, ren faire, and also getting ready for teaching grad school courses in January (syllabi are due this week!) I’ve not had a lot of time to write up patterns and am massively behind. So here’s the quick and dirty:

New projects:

Currently one sock through, my newest cast on is a sock called “Cathedral Cables” in the new Heritage sock yarn from Cascade Yarns. its a bit of a change for me, as I was in the mood for a little something different. I decided that, with a heavily cabled design on a reverse stockinette background, that I didn’t want the ugly lines where purls transition to knits on the bottom of the sock. So I kept the whole sock, heel, underfoot and toe, in reverse stockinette. This had some really nice advantages for the short row heel I prefer. Instead of having a K3tog and an SSSP at each edge of the increasing rows, it works out best with a P3tog and SSSK! Horray for no SSSP’s! Of course, karma’s a B—- and those SSP’s all come back in at the toe. Oh well… I’m currently working on the second sock and hoping to get it in the queue for pattern write up soon.

Pattern writeup queue:

Yup, I’ve got a few things finished and ready to photo and write up and just sitting around. Hey, help me pick, drop me a comment and tell me which sounds most interesting!

1) Another pair of sports socks, with a cable knit runner on the sides

2) Dragon lace socks, with Fearless Fiber’s yarn “Speak Softly”

Second sock queue:

And of course the longer line is still second socks, with me valiantly trying NOT to start new pairs until old ones are finished. I have a loose rule that I should finish 2 pairs before starting a new one until I’m closer to caught up, and I absolutely MUST finish one pair before starting a new . This is mostly because I’m running out of needles… 😉

1) Unphotoed handspun self striping socks. The yarn is the showcase here, not the pattern, which is just a basic rib and cable sock. As these are knitty hopefuls I can’t say more, and I have a comfortable margin to finish them by the spring submission deadline, December 1.

2) Walking on Sunshine, a nice tight gauge sock with tofutsies yarn and scads of cables. It also has the world’s most obnoxious heel, a combined short row with gusset. 😛 It probably would do best as a standard flap heel and I plan to write the pattern up both as-shown, and with a standard heel. I just don’t like the feel of flaps, but the cables on this took up enough of the stretch that I needed a gusset too. 1 sock done, 2nd is 2.5 inches long

3) Madiera Cascade socks, a lace that loves color. It also loves blocking, these things make points like a jester’s hat if you don’t wet block them before wearing. Oh well… again, 1 sock done, 2.5 inches into the second.

4) Lilac Blooms socks, a lace sock in Panda silk, that was also once a knitty hopeful. I’ve had a lot of trouble photographing the first sock in a way that shows up the pattern as well as it does show up in real life, and therefore the project slid into the UFO category for a while. You’ll notice a trend here, as it is also… 1 sock done, about 3 inches into the second. Yeah, you can all tell my attention span by now, can’tcha? The lace patterns are all fern variations, which look like lilac flowers more than ferns to me.

5) Jester Cables socks, in socks that rock. Lost interest in these because socks that rock lightweight is a hot thick sport weight yarn (yes, others deny it but fer cryin’ out loud, the stuff is 257 meters to 100 grams… it just seems thinner/longer cuz they sell heavy skeins), and when the weather turned warm I just didn’t have the urge to finish such a thick sock. Hopefully now that fall is here I’ll get going again on sock #2. You guessed it, 1 sock done, 2.5 inches into the second sock…

6) As yet unnamed faire isle socks. Started these cuz there was a singleton ball of yarn I loved at the Rug Hut, wayyyy back before it closed. SO I picked out a nice contrasting dark blue and started playing with faire isle. This was also around the time I was making Peter’s sweater, and I realized colorwork is easy, particularly in the round 😛 This sock ALSO stalled at the traditional place, but someone on ravelry drooled on it and that got another few inches done. last I checked I’d just finished the heel and was about to work my way up the leg. I’ve got abosmurfly NO CLUE why I went toe up on these socks…

Plus of course, Peter’s Tudor sweater and the 2 socks listed above and a tank top and a few scarf projects I’d rather not talk about and….

BTW I really welcome comments here, people liking things tends to get me interested in getting them finished. So let me know if there’s something here you’d really like to see get finished!

Peter pointed out to me that I’ve been amiss in describing the buntiful plenty of bunnies in our household. Lots has changed since I first introduced Dash, and lots of pictures have been added to their website if you are as addicted to cute bunny photos as I am.

Last I said anything, we had a nice normal bunny family. with Dash, the male, seeming securely in charge of they shyer, more cautions female, Eclipse. Well, we totally forgot her TRUE personality. She really is the Bun Nikita… She’s not really shy, what she is is slow to warm up. She sits back, tries to blend, and is very cautious until she had a situation sussed, then she moves in and takes over. She was no different with Dash than she was with us! After a day of refusing to budge from the top floor of the cage, to coming out and watching Dash hop and socialize with us, she finally had an epiphany – Dash is here to stay, and she has to live with the fuzzy little no-attention-span-brat. So she took charge of the situation. She sat him down, forcibly groomed him taking off all his whiskers, and proceeded to mount and hump him til he got the idea. We separated them the night after this shift just in case he decided to actually fight back, but he so far hasn’t. Every week or so he’ll clumsily try to see if he can change things around – stick his head out and demand grooming, and she’ll repeat her humping performance. Dash is just not smart. For the past week or so he’s tried daily, poor guy, and she’s totally wise to him. He thrusts his head out at her, saying “I order you to groom me!” She’ll pretend to ignore him, and lift her front paws and placidly begin grooming her face. Dash will then push his face further towards her, up against then under her belly. At this point she quickly drops back onto all fours (on top of him…), landing in perfect position to hump him back into submission.

Lather, rinse repeat…

ALL FREAKING MORNING! Poor stupid Dash, I almost wonder if he doesn’t LIKE having his face humped. Maybe when he’s older and wiser he’ll figure things out, but for now Clipsy clearly has the upper hand. I kind of think of them as Pinky and Brain, with of course Clipsy serving as the brains of the organization, and BOTH of them exhibiting utter incompetence. They do plan to take over the world… but so far have only succeeded in totally winning over us and all our friends without escaping the confines of their run area. They’re fun to watch, and even in the midst of all this dominance struggle, can most often be found lying side by side in perfect comfort. Often a mere 10 seconds AFTER a humping episode :-P.

Its been, oh, over a month since I’ve blogged, and its time for a catchup post or 3. I guess with the marathon over the original impetus to get back into blogging slacked off. So here we go with a few updates.

My after marathon plans included staying in shape and completing 2 half marathons this year. The first I planned on doing just for fun, second and upcoming I had hoped to work up to running the whole thing, walking only when needed to grab water at a stop. As previously mentioned, Peter and I were training together for the San Jose Rock and Roll half marathon. We fell down a little bit on our running plan for a few reasons. First, it is ren faire time, and that meant weekends were largely committed there. Ren faire may not be as rigorous as running but it really does wear us down being out there, in dust and heat, for 8 hour days. So we had to move our long runs to weekday nights as Peter is deathly allergic to mornings (and working for an east coast company so the earlier he gets online the better). This also seems to have meant we didn’t get into good habits of shorter runs throughout the week, and I totally wimped out on cross training. So all we were doing were those 1X per week long runs and whatever walking and such happened out at faire. Peter’s knee was having quit a bit of trouble by our last runs, so the 10 miles got cut to 9, and the 12 cut to about 10.5. I remember having knee problems at that stage too and think he’ll be fine in the future, especially if we do the whole training package 😛

The official race day was Oct 5. We skipped a whole faire weekend in honor of the event, which turned out to be a wise choice since it rained all day Saturday and would have been a miserable day at faire anyhow (apparently 3000 people still paid to get in to fair tho, so its all good). Race day dawned cool and sunny and perfect for running. We hit the free participant parking and walked over to the race and got ourselves in the crowded corrals. Over 12,000 people were running! I only ran into one person I knew running with us – the SF coach from the AIDS marathon program was wandering back at our speed, looking forward to a lazy workout with “free” entertainment. As we started out we noticed that we were keeping up nicely with the 2:30 pacer with the friendly bright purple sign, and decided to see if we could keep up. The route was nice and flat and wide, but still pretty crowded, so we made a habit of getting to the slightly clearer space just in front of the pacer on run intervals and of course dropping back during walk breaks. The route went through mostly residential neighborhoods, and there were all sorts of people out to watch, including lots of adorable kids with playschool drum sets providing live music between the real band stations, folks from small convenience stores handing out free water, etc. Real community kind of race! Around mile 4 or so, we got to watch the pros race past us in their final mile dash to the finish and cheer them on, which was pretty exciting. Somewhere around half way thru, I started to feel a bit sluggish (I was foolishly experimenting with ditching Gu in favor of all the sugar in the cytomax and it just didn’t work…) and the pacer picked up the pace, so we let them go in favor of the 2 of us sticking together. Then we turned around and headed back towards downtown, ran thru my office hood and literally right past my windows, and then into the final miles. Peter definitely outdid me most of the way – I was keeping up with him, not the other way around. Although he insists if there’s been another .1 miles his knee woulda knocked him down, and he only kept up the pace because walking hurt more than running by the end! As the finish line came into sight, we both tried to put on extra speed (Peter succeeded, I was again going into lack of Gu slump but unwilling to cough one down for so little race left). Peter would have beat me by several seconds, but decided to slow and cross with me. RNRSJ finally posted split times, so here’s the race data:

Mark point Time Pace
5 km 37:01 11:55
10 km 1:13:43 11:52
10 miles 1:58:04 11:48
Finish 2:33:33 11:43

As you can see, we were not only pretty damned consistent, we were actually consistently accelerating for the entire length of the course. Pretty impressive if you ask me 😛 Anyhow it was a good time, we were both totally dead for the rest of the day after, and Peter is trying to convince me his knee isn’t up for full marathons. 😛 I don’t believe him, I think we just need to train better and slower. It was a pretty unforgiving ramp-up in 2 months, and he did an awesome job!

So the next goal is the Big Sur Half Marathon, coming up Nov 9th. I have 3 more weekend to work towards that, as this last weekend went to the conclusion of faire. The most I’ve run with few to no breaks so far is 7 miles. I’ll be thinking thru a plan and posting it here shortly. Knowing me, I’ll probably end up actually going slower for cutting out the rest breaks, but I’d like to get thru it at a run just to have done it. 😛 who says girls can’t have macho pride? 😉

SF AIDS Marathon 2008

On August 3, myself and about 500 other runners will complete the San Francisco marathon in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This is the culmination of nearly 2 years of lifestyle changes and weight loss for me, and a chance for me to use my new-found energy and fitness to give back to my community. I hope you will join me in this effort by reading and offering your support through my blog. If you are able, I also welcome your contribution to the cause! Thanks and keep on running!

Progress Bar:

Marathon time: 5:40:22
Total Raised: $2,815.70

My Sponsors

I'd like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support of the SF AIDS Foundation!

Dianne Whitfield of the Bunny Hay Loft

Ulf Anvin
Rob Millner
Scott Lamb
Jeff Barlow
Erika Duplantis
Nick and Carol Esser
Kathryn Mercer
Nicole Pauls
Kathryn Coll
Timothy Berger
Susan Druding
Jenny Forman
Kathryn Mulgrew
Jamie Piperberg
Lucia Sanchez
Fran Taillon
Douglas Leeder
Barbara Kirsch
Ellen Atkinson
Valerie Esser
Peter McCourt
Carla Schroder
Sandra Spicher
Matthew Wilson
Valorie Zimmerman
Kathryn Kramer
Roxanne Seabright
Gayathri Swaminathan
Jason Spiro
Dianne Schoenberg

Thank you so very much for your support!

October 2008

Knitting projects!