Posted by Stitchy McYarnpants On April - 27 - 2006   ShareThis



Well, well, well . . . what have we here? Could it be knitting?? Holy cow, it is! It’s an actual finished object. Will wonders never cease? It’s Jon’s grandmother’s birthday scarf. (and before you ask, yes, I used it in the photo for the “Finished Object Gallery” button before it was‚ actually finished. Whaddaya gonna do about it? Huh?!‚ I’ve got a fork and I’m not afraid to use it!)

I used about three and a half skeins of Berger du Nord “Charmant” (that means “charming” in French, doncha know). I think I used size 8 needles. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the Clapotis pattern. It’s easy enough to memorize and dropping that stitch never gets old. And the finished object is the perfect showcase for yarn. I love the way the dropped bars look up close.

So lately, I’ve been trying to get back in to some semblance of a shape other than that of a BarbaMama. We’ve got a kick-ass treadmill in the basement. It’s not just some wobbly, squeaky hunk of junk that you hang your clothes on, you can actually run on this thing. And there are weights, a bench, and even a fitness ball that you sit on to do various exercises. I’ve been working out regularly for the past month, I even started the “Couch to 5k” running plan from Cool Running‚ and have had weekly outings with Charlene and Kellee! I like that they leave the word “potato” out of the title. Sure, I’d rather slather myself with sour cream and bacon, but you can only do that for so long and frankly,‚ I don’t need the constant reminder about my tatery goodness.

People often say that working out gives them energy. Vim and vigor, even. Yeah. I don’t have that. I’m tired all the time. And hurty.‚ But it’s that good kind of hurty. I’m up to week three of the plan, and so far the pain and exhaustion and stinkiness seem to be worth it. I know working out works, I have the honeymoon capri pants to prove it. They haven’t seen daylight since the summer of 2003, but who knows, maybe this will be their big comeback year. It would help if the fine folks at Pepperidge Farm would quit making double-chocolate Milano cookies. Just sayin’.

Oh, also, my apologies to Amysue. I totally didn’t realize she spelled her name that way. I’ve been using the Waltonian spelling. I went and fixed it in the last post, too. Sorry about that!


11 Responses

  1. ShelbyD says:

    Your clapotis is gorgeous. Lovely yarn.

  2. Carole says:

    Love the clap! So, yeah, I’m with you on the working out thing. I actually joined the Y yesterday.

  3. amysue says:

    The name thing? Not a problem. At least you remembered my name correctly. I on the other hand gave you a new name. Or someone else’s name. And I’m sucha slacker I didn’t fix it.

    Of course now that I know you’re gonna make me crochet (ack!) my own bag I’m feeling less guilty.

  4. June says:

    Working out leaves me really tired, too. I don’t know how to fix the problem, but I like the sort of self-righteous feeling that comes with it, so I keep on keepin’ on. :) Make sure you get a lot of rest, are properly hydrated, etc.

  5. Kellee says:

    Oh lordy, the secret to that working out = tired thing? Coffee. I know you’re saying to yourself “huh? I already drink the black nectar of the gods.”, but I say that for every 20 minutes of excercise you get one extra cup/mug/IV drip of coffee per day.

    Try it, you’ll see.

  6. claudia says:

    Weirdly enough, some days I am more tired after riding than others — with no discernable reason. And I don’t really drink coffee, so Kellee can’t help me.


    Knit on. Run too.

  7. Martha says:

    I’m with Kellee (sort of)–I have found that sometimes a cup of coffee a half hour before is just what I need to get me on my bike. And then sometimes there is just no force on earth that will get me on it.

  8. KnittyOtter says:

    Oooo I love the color of that scarf. Love the pattern too. 😀

  9. itgirl says:

    I bet you’re rather delectable slathered in sour cream and bacon.

  10. maryse says:

    bonjour deborah! ooh i think itgirl is hitting on you! does she not know you are a married woman?

    when i used to exercise i always brought coffee with me to the gym instead of water or some other energy drink. i horrified the trainers. so i started putting the coffee in a water bottle.

    i heart that you linked to barbamama. do you know what barbapapa is in france? other than a cartoon? cotton candy.

  11. elisa says:

    Dude – I’ve heard that a jolt of coffee before a workout can help. It’s what to do after the workout that I’m really unsure about.

    I definitely find that my morning workouts are never as good as my evening workouts, though.

    Shit. Who knows what works.

    Apparently it’s certainly not me.

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