Saturday, October 30, 2021

Just sneaking in an October update!

This month can be summarised in one word "changeable" in so many ways! I decided not to run the Beachy Head marathon, my favourite trail event, because it was a mass start rather than the safer staged start approach. I was sad but then glad when I heard that part of the route had been flooded and they turned it into a 2 lap event which missed out some of my favourite bits! People ended up getting faster times than usual as the route was far less challenging. Instead I trotted off to Betteshanger to do the SVN 500th event run, which had a field of less than 40 people, at which I achieved marathon 201 and got a huge medal:
Given the state of the pandemic I suspect I'll be doing more virtual marathons again this winter; we'll see anyway. On the knitting front I started Skog from Laine magazine 10. I loved this sweater as soon as I saw it and finally got round to starting it last week.
The yarn used is from Biches & Buches in the grey/green colourway and I love it! It's got a lovely knobbly tweedy texture. I did try swatching with mohair added to make the fabric a bit thicker, as I saw someone had done that, but it lost all the definition of the green tweed so I abandoned that idea.
I had to learn a new stretchy cast-on method for the hem ribbing. It took me ages to master it but I persevered and finally it all clicked into place (old dog/new tricks!!!) and I whizzed through the cast-on. The weather has been so changeable that one day it would be unseasonably hot, the next it was cold, wet and windy! I even wore my favourite wet-weather poncho to go to Yoga class one day:
I can't help but feel happy when wearing it! At the moment I've been taking lots of photos of the sky each day, morning and evening, so I'll share a few of my favourites here. We are blessed to have such a great expanse of sky and I never tire of looking at it - one of my favourites is the first one of the most perfect Harvest Moon I'd ever seen.