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Baby Surprise

One of the great things about hanging out at a fabulous knit shop is the friendships you form and the ways you get to celebrate those friendships.  At Lettuce Knit, our knit-pal Jenn is having her second baby and of course, that's a great excuse to knit up super cute baby clothes.  

For me it was a chance to finally knit an EZ Baby Surprise Jacket.  I've never done one before, I bought Knitting Workshop a few years ago so I would have the pattern, and then I completely forgot about it.  I also didn't get organized enough to knit something until 2 weeks before the shower, so something tiny was also on the menu.

What a fun pattern.  It really is a surprise for the knitter, since the pattern has none of the usual benchmarks that tell you it's a sweater as opposed to a hat or socks.  You know, things like sleeves or any sense of what the heck the shape is going to be.  So I just did what the pattern told me, and waited for it to become a jacket.

Can you see it?

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How about now?

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I decided to skip the button holes and leave it as an open jacket.  I can always add a tie if Jenn would prefer it.  I did an i-cord bind off to add a little something to the edges, and even used the i-cord to seam together the jacket at the shoulders.  I picked up stitches from both edges and knit them together with the last stitch of the i-cord.  I really like the effect of i-cord with handpainted yarn.  The Socks that Rock Midweight was the perfect yarn to use (the colour is a rare gem--nice and gender neutral and perfect for an autumn baby).

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I can't wait to meet the baby and see him/her in this sweater!  


Midsummer Night's Run

 

On Saturday night I ran the Midsummer Night's Run 15km race (almost 10 miles, or 1/3 marathon as I liked to call it).  
It was an interesting format.  We started at 6:45pm and run through an industrial area by the Lakeshore into a park/wetland/nature reserve on Lake Ontario and back (Leslie Spit for you Toronto types).  It's dark by finish time.  People dress up with wings and funny costumes and there are Pace Faeries and other silliness.  We all got race shirts with wings painted on the back and the front says:
It was a nice run, but I found waiting all day to do it was rough.  I was home alone (which was not rough--I knit and watched a lot of Weeds) but didn't know what to do with myself, when to eat etc.  But of course, the whole point is that it's a night run, so having it in the morning wouldn't make much sense.
That being said, I had an awesome run.  10km is the longest race I've done before and I set myself a goal of 1hr 30min for this one.  It was tough, but I came through in 1:29:31!
I was 57th out of 281 for my age (40-49) so I felt really good about my time.  I am a tad sore even today (it was a rough bike ride into work this morning) and have been eating anything that isn't nailed down (I rather like that part).
I'm am feeling like I would rather run shorter distances faster than proceed to a half marathon.  I confess that by 12km I wanted it to be over--not so much physically as mentally--I was almost bored.  The thought of 22km and running for 2.5 hours is not particularly pleasant.  My hat is off to anyone who does it.  Maybe it's because I've only run with others twice since I started running.  Maybe a half with a buddy to chat with would be fine.  I'm not sure.
Here I am after the race.
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It started to rain at the 13km mark and it was hot so I dumped my water over my head at the last water station, hence the drowned rat look.  But you can see I'm happy and that's BEFORE the 2 pints of Guiness, lasagne dinner and sticky toffee pudding (I swear I run for beer).  

 


Checking in after a week unplugged

I'm back from the wilds of Ontario and feeling mighty rested.  As you may have noticed from my last post, I was really looking forward to my summer vacation.

We spent 3 days in Tweed visiting my father-in-law at his cottage. The weather was great, the lake perfect for swimming and I got in a couple of good runs on the trail.  Grandpa bought a tube for his (not very fast) boat and the kids had a blast booting around the lake.

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On Tuesday we travelled 5 1/2 hours northeast to Parry Sound (with a quick lunch in Haliburton to visit my friend Kim of Indigodragonfly fame) where we spent a few nights at Killbear provincial park camping and chilling and swimming.  I had another good run on a nature trail and saw two beautiful deer.  We just stood and stared at each other a bit before they sauntered off into the woods.  Lovely.  No pictures though.  
After that we drove about 15 minutes over to the next point to visit with my cousin who rented a cottage on Georgian Bay.  It was paradise.
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There was a family reunion of sorts and a bunch of us stayed a few days lounging around, using the sea-doo, hanging around in the floating bar in the lake (seriously, an inflatable drink holder and floating chairs) and the kids had lots of cousins to play with.
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We left Saturday to join my brother and sister in law at her family cottage on Lake Simcoe for the rest of the weekend.  More swimming, a nature run, some good wine and we were on our way home Sunday night.  
I will not speak of the laundry and all the camping gear I have to put away--I'm only half way there.  I'm off this week with the kids and we're taking it easy.  Alexander came home from his camp sick and gave it to poor Craig who was ill for most of our holiday and now Emma has it.  She was up in the middle of the night with an ear ache.  I'm washing like crazy to keep from catching it too.
On the knitting front, I finished my Paintbox log cabin squares while I was away.  They're put away now while I work on other things.  There's no way I'm going to assemble a blanket in this weather.  Here's the last square in progress:

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It was good to unplug for the week.  I had internet in most of the spots we stayed, but just turned everything off to relax.  Nice.