Sunday, May 6, 2007

Project updates

My gloves for the KAL are coming on nicely and I have just started the thumb shaping. I made a boo-boo on the first couple of M1 rounds because I wasn't concentrating. I used the 'knit in the front and back of stitch' method without thinking and of course it left holes. DOH! So, I had to frog it and undo some rows and then redo them, making new stitches by picking up the loop between and knitting into the back of it.

I was thinking about starting another crochet project and remembered reading about someone recycling plastic carrier bags by knitting them into bags. I have now accumulated a stash of purple, green and red carrier bags from Ocado and am busy cutting them into strips ready to crochet. I think I'll start with a simple stitch such as double crochet and see what develops as I think that should make it nice and strong. I also fancy making another afghan (well, you can never have enough when you've got 2 comfort-loving cats!) so need to delve into my stash to see what colours I've got.

Must take some photos soon but I've been really busy decorating our bedroom and haven't had much time for blogging. There are curtains to be made too.

My running is going well (touch wood) and I've got my mileage back up around the 50 miles a week mark. Last weekend I ran 15 on Saturday and then 20 on Sunday (in the pouring rain and wind). This weekend will be my first ever double, with 20 on both days (gulp!) then the week after I get a step-back week where I reduce my mileage to let my body and indeed my mind recover.


TutleyMutley said...

Dear Susie,
I sponsered you a small amt a couple of weeks ago - I'm sure you won't remember me for that!
didn't see you running in the marathon, because I was working - but it was on the TV in lots of the houses I'd visited and several mums reported seeing you!
I want to pick your brain: I've been arm twisted into running a half marathon in September - I go 'hashing' fairly regularly, and I walk my dogs daily - but I've never run long distances steadily before (I'm a SCB at the back of the hash pack). I can't even imagine myself doing this?! Until this morning that is: I decided to jog home from a nearby village (about 4 to 5 miles up the road) and made myself run more slowly than I normally do. I was quite impressed with myself - After a ten minute walking warmup, I only needed to walk a couple of brief times more. Is 4 months enough time to get myself up to speed? What do you reckon?
I'm not intending to knit and run!

Have you mastered the art of cutting your plastic bags into one long strand to crochet with? There's a really good guide on the net - which I could dig out for you if you haven't seen it. I've been knitting plastic bags (I don't crochet very well).
Scuse the long post (if you've reached this far).

TutleyMutley said...

Whooops - forgot to mention that I 'met' you over on the KAL.
I'm half a century this year too!

Susie Hewer said...

Hi Tut Muts, of course I remember you, for 2 reasons - you very kindly sponsored me and I remember your lovely gloves from the KAL! Actually, I've bookmarked your blog too and I enjoyed reading about your jaunt on the beach. I love the sort of art that's transient and adore pottering around on the beach.

Excellent news that you're going to do a 1/2 marathon. It sounds as if you're quite active anyway so you'll just need to focus on running more. As you have just run 4 or 5 miles then you'll easily make the 1/2 in 4 months. If you need any help with a training schedule then please drop me a line at and I'll give you any help I can.

I have managed to cut up my plastic bags in a continuous piece, then I wind them into a ball which my cats love chasing! It's quite interesting to work with and reminds me of the coloured raffia my mum used to use to make a summer handbag each year. I must find the camera and take a picture of what I've done so far.