Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Catching Up

I'm back! I made it!! I didn't drop as soon as I crossed the finish line (or even *gulp* before I crossed it, like some unfortunate runners). I trained hard, stayed focused, and achieved my goal of running the entire 21.1 km course without stopping or walking. It took me 2:08.12, placing me right dab in the middle of the 9333 runners-strong pack. Yay!

So! Now that's done I can focus on stuff I've been letting slide over the past few weeks. Looking over my (depressingly long) To-Do list yesterday, "Blog at least ONE of my recent FOs!!!" was glaring me in the face, right between "Make Hair Appointment" and "Buy Thread for Quilt".

I haven't done those yet (Do I put the "Pro" in procrastinator or what?), but I DO have some pictures of the oldest of my Yet-to-be-Blogged FOs, my lovely Java Java socks.

Right! So... according to my Rav notes, I knit these back in March. Hmmm.... that's some pretty poor blogging on my part! Don't let their unsung-ness fool you though, I absolutely adore these socks. They're incredibly soft without sacrificing substance, making them quite possibly the cushiest ride I've been on lately.

Now, I'm not going to lie. Knitting these bad boys was a wee bit of a pain in the arse. Achieving gauge with this yarn (String Theory Caper Sock - can I get an Amen?) was difficult, and the wee cables, while charming, really slowed me down, despite the fact that I was cabling without a cable needle. Plus, they ate a LOT of yarn. I generally knit a longer leg on my socks, especially if I think I'm knitting man socks, as was the case here. I wound up running out of yarn shortly before the toe on the second sock and had a b**ch of a time finding another skein (apparently people are catching on to the awesomeness that is String Theory. Drat!). The one I found was a little darker than my first skein, but I don't think it shows that much, do you?

I used what was left of the second skein to knit Chadwick, which will be the next old FO to be blogged. Just as soon as I cross "Go to Bank" and "Bake Zuchini Bread" off my list.

Happy Knitting, Everyone!


cauchy09 said...

Congrats on finishing both the race and those socks! :o)

Alrischa said...

Wow.... half a marathon is extremely awesome. Socks are great, too. I love the tiny cables, though they'd be time-consuming to knit.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

The socks look great regardless of them being a pain in the arse to finish. They look comfy too.

Congrats on finishing in 2:08. Like I mentioned to you in an email, that's way better than I could do (with my asthmatic exercise induced lungs).

Maryse said...

Gorgeous socks! I can only imagine the time it took to knit all those beautiful cables! Congratulations on your 21.1 km! You can be very proud of your time!

Dawn said...

Awesome on the run, and those socks are uber gorgeous!

Sinéad said...

Congrats on the marathon. And I'm thrilled to finally see the socks! They were worth waiting for, they're beauties!