I am all about hats right now. Probably because my attention span is pretty weak these days and hats are perfect for it.
I just finished my new favourite hat. I bought a neon pink fun fur pom pom on our family trip to Minneapolis at StevenBe (which you should go to if you are ever there. So many pretty things! It’s my fav yarn store that is not mine) and needed a fuzzy grey hat to go with it. I had a ball of SUPER SOFT Rowan Angora Merino in a gorgeous kitten grey. But I wanted something that knit up faster. So Friday when I was at work, I grabbed a ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse for some extra sparkle and a ball of Rowan Pure Wool DK for a bit more body (because the pom pom is pretty heavy and I did not want it to overtake the hat!) and knit a hat holding all three together. It is so soft! And the fuzziness of the angora makes the sparkle a bit subtler. The greys match up pretty much perfect! I followed my fav basic slouchy rib hat pattern to make this. I cast on 70 stitches with a US7 needle, did some K1, P1 ribbing for an inch or so, then switched to a US 9 and continued the ribbing til it was as long as I wanted it to be (the decreases are fast, so getting a good height is important). Then I P3tog after 7 ribbed stitches for a round, then 5, then 3, then 1, then k2tog around. Hat! B is patiently modelling it for me.
I also finished this super cute fun cabley hat. SMC is doing this My Mountain thing with a bunch of fun yarns and patterns and we have them in store in spades. And I have been having fun making sample hats. This one might be my favourite and might have trouble making it to the store. I used Lova which as fun bright splashes all over. Now I am working on another My Mountain Hat, Kilimanjaro in grey with some BRIGHT green stripes. And a green giant pom pom. Ha. I
Tomorrow my new medication is in. Yikes. For the amount it costs, those syringes better have rhinestones on them is all I am saying. And today is Zumba! Cara and I are trying Zumba together at the community centre nearby. It’s pretty….. enthusiastic. Which, if you know me is a bit of a stretch. Last night I was telling Ryan that I needed a yoga studio where you listened to hardcore instead of hippy music and envisioned punching things as that would be relaxing. He said I should try MMA. Mayyybe when the old ladies at the Y are not out chest pressing me. I’m making a switch from lots of cardio over to mostly strength training and a bit of interval cardio. I find that I can’t do a lot running wise (and I HATE elliptical machines) before the nerves in my legs get all wobbly (which is the worst, because I just can’t do anything to stop it from happening except not running) from my core getting heated up (maybe 3-4m), but interval cardio works great (2m fast walk, 1m run as fast as I can, repeat a bunch). And strength training makes me feel so much better. I can walk better and my legs feel a lot less lead filled. I hurt a lot less to. I mean, I still hurt, but it’s mostly of my own cause (sore muscles) instead of the stupid hot dog on my spine which is a lot more posi. It’s all about the posi.