Monday, July 27, 2009

Let's knit again, like we did last summer!

At last, I've picked up my needles and started knitting again. I'm half way down one of the sleeves on Oregon but progress is slow as I am only doing a few rows each day as time is very limited at the moment. Never mind, at least I'm at it again and I am planning some knitted gifts for friends over the next few weeks too so that should give me some focus. Hallelujah!

In other news, my marathon training is kicking in now so there will be some long and gruelling runs all too soon ahead of the Abingdon Marathon in October. I completed the Dartford 1/2 marathon a couple of weeks ago and was pleased to knock 3 minutes off my course pb finishing in 2:07.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Well, WWKIP day has been and gone and I've still not found my knitting mojo. Yes, I sat on the back of the tandem and pedalled for about 2.5 hours whilst knitting using the lovely purple yarn provided by Sue at Kangaroo but my heart really wasn't in the knitting part.

Mike had to work so couldn't be with us but Sarah, her mum and dad stood around in the intense heat with their collecting tins and managed to collect £127.56 whilst the Kangaroo team collected an additional £50.24 at the Lewes carnival. For anyone who's never collected in this way it is jolly hard work and there are so many rules and regulations to follow - you mustn't approach people or shake the collecting tins, you must stay in one designated area between specific times. It's mostly thankless work but every so often someone will make a donation and thank you for doing it and that makes it all worthwhile.

It was very busy (as one would expect for a seaside town on a hot day!) and Paul had his work cut out to avoid all the pedestrians who just walk out in front of you on the cycle track. On several occasions he nearly had a knitting needle up his bum!

I was very impressed that Simon, a photographer from The Argus newspaper managed to spot us and we ended up being featured as Picture of the week!

We encountered many different people as Brighton attracts hen parties, stag parties, street entertainers and people hawking tourist souvenirs out of suitcases before the Police move them on. A very nice young man gave us this little card about World Naked Bike Ride day and the very thought of that saddle on my bare bits made me laugh out loud - eurgh!

We were entertained by a man dressed as a clown, playing a tuba whilst balancing on stilts. The only trouble was his repertoire was rather limited and when you'd heard "Liberty Bell" for the 20th time it did begin to irritate! We also encountered a group of men celebrating a gay civil partnership. The 2 men making their commitment were dressed as pantomime dames and looked very fetching. They asked us if they could sit on the tandem and have their photo taken and Paul was very enterprising and asked them all to make a donation which they duly did, netting us an additional £12 by my reckoning. Sadly we didn't get a photo as I hadn't taken my camera with me.

I picked up Oregon yesterday and knit a couple of rounds on the sleeve without enthusiasm but thankfully something stirred within in me as the yarn fed through my fingers and I think I may be getting back on track. About time too! It's really odd as I've always got something on the go be it knitting, crochet, sewing or one of my many other craft projects but for the past few months I've just been very introspective and have ignored all the things that usually give me such pleasure - I've even sat and watched television without my hands being occupied and that is unheard of!