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Barefoot Running

There is a craze that is sweeping the nation right now. And that craze is barefoot running.

It is exactly what it sounds like. Running with no shoes on. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet intact, shoe companies are coming out with “minimalist” shoes to run in. Like these:

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I’ve been doing some research on this for awhile because the idea fascinates me. For years all I heard was that if you have problems in your knees, hips, ankles, shins, back, etc etc etc, it is because you’re not wearing the correct shoes. Now they’re saying do away with shoes and/or padding altogether?? Can this be real?

Apparently, it has a lot to do with your running economy, and how you strike your foot to the ground. Traditional running shoes encourage a “heel strike” because they are kind of heavy and provide cushioning to counteract the force of that heel strike, making it bearable. Minimalist shoes encourage a “midfoot strike” where you do not land on your heel when you run, but around the center. Heel striking in barefeet is too painful and will jack up your feet because it isn’t naturally how we were built to run, some say. The midfoot strike allows for a quicker turn over (more steps per minute) and a softer landing, which should happen naturally over time just out of self-preservation. Your body relearns how to run.

Lots of people say they love it and won’t ever go back. I’m down to try this.

I think I’m going to try a pair of these…

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I’ll get back to you on this. Wish me luck.

 

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Look.

Just go look right now and then come back.

Purl Soho: Big Herringbone Cowl

It’s so chic. So artsy. So “ecru”. So warm looking.

I want one of these. Tomorrow. Yesterday…

 

Cowls seem to be the trendy thing to knit these days. But I don’t care. I wants to make one. Or three.

 

Other cowls in my Ravelry queue:

Thermis – Ravelry Link   — Or go to this talented chica’s blog and see it Thermis by Kris Knits

I love this one because it looks like a thermal :) And the buttons. We all know how much I love buttons.

Wham Bam Thank you Lamb! — Ravelry Link — InsaKnitty

This one’s a little chunky, totally simple. I fell in love with the name first.

Destroyed Cowl — Ravelry Link — she doesn’t have a knitting blog. Sad face.

I’ve been eyeing this one for a couple months. I’m slightly worried that it would get caught on EVERYTHING and get all messed up. But it’s so funky and hip…

I need to go yarn shopping :)

 

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Daft Hands

This one is an oldie but a goodie. I’ve been on a Daft Punk kick lately. Can’t get enough of them crazy kids.

Enjoy :)

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Turn a Square

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I knit up this fancy, yet simple, hat for a friend at work. I picked his name in the Secret Santa pool and decided he needed a hat. Also, working with nothing but artists, I do love a chance to show off to fellow comrades ;) It was totally worth it.

When he opened it he said, “Holy shit. You MADE this for me?”
I really liked knitting this hat. Jared Flood designs some pretty sweet stuff. The top of the cap sold me. I love the squared-ness of the crown.
Although, we all know me. I hate DPNs. I didn’t have two circular needles the same size at the time. That has since been remedied… I always feel like I’m battling to the death with the needles and yarn once I get to the top of the hat. I always feel like i have to pull the yarn so tight between the needles to avoid the telltale “ladders” at the gaps. Ah well… There weren’t any gaps, btw, but I may have acquired arthritis.

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Other things I have knit by Jared Flood – Koolhaas hat

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Turn a Square by Jared Flood, Brooklyn Tweed

Needles: 16″ US size 8 circular, then DPNs

Yarn: Plymouth Select Merino Superwash

Ravelry link

Jared Flood’s Super Cool Blog – Brooklyn Tweed

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Urchin Part 2

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Urchin is complete!

Knitted for my very stylish 14 year old cousin. I picked the color because she wore the cutest pair of short tan cowgirl boots to Thanksgiving (I was totally jealous) that now match the hat.

I was so excited when I began knitting this because two hours later I was more than half way done! SUPER FAST KNIT! Thank you Ysolda! I love the short rows, they were super easy to do. The wrap-and-turns at the end of every short row could just be left alone as is because of the garter stitch. Normally one would have to some fancy extra stitchin’ to make it lay flat without a gap on Stockinette Stitch, but for this hat you get to skip it. Less steps = awesome.

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Urchin by Ysolda Teague

Needles: 16″ US size 9 circular needles (knit back and forth then grafted – I just like working on circulars…)

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn, Baby Alpaca Grande, Camel color

Ravelry Link

Baby alpaca for Urchin

Urchin plus invisible cast on for grafting

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Welcome to 2011

Happy New Year!

I had a fine time last night, but the kind you wake up from with a massive headache. Ha. I believe it is called “gettin’ slizzard.”

:: Ibuprofin — check — Tons of water — check — Food, and coffee…..::

Whenever I fall asleep after drinking (ok, I think “pass out” would be a better term here) I always wake up exactly after 6 hours of sleep. It’s like a switch.

Anywho…

New Year Resolutions. Who does them, really? Lots of people name them off but who actually does them? I never follow through on those, but it is that very act/ idea that got me thinking. I tend to make goals and plans for myself, then rush right in and try them out, then get bored quickly, then don’t actually follow through with them.

So I have decided to name a resolution. My New Year’s Resolution this year is to stay true to myself, put myself first, and set attainable goals and reach them. General right? It is a big deal though. And there is a fine line between doing something for the sake of doing it because it was a goal, and learning when to let things go. So another part of this will be allowing myself time to think about things, and take a step back and look at the whole picture before jumping into anything new. I can be quite stubborn, which is often useful in reaching said goals – but sometimes it is my downfall. I will prove you wrong if it kills me!

My resolution is be nicer to myself. And at this very pivotal time in my life, I’m going to give myself the time I need to think about… everything, and then make decisions based upon my self-reflections. All aspects of my life. I think my word for the year will be Patience.

Happy New Year everyone – and to all of you nursing hangovers – Cheers ;)

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Hot Chicks Bake Cookies

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I’d like to share with you one of my favorite Christmas traditions — The day we bake cookies!

Better late than never, right?

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My dear friends Megan and Lucia did most of the work. I took the pictures :)

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Megan’s grandma made some of the cookie cutters. We had a fine assortment.

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Lucia obviously hates being photographed.

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During the down time while the cookies baked, Megan crocheted…

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Megan had the brilliant idea of laying all the cutters out before pressing to use the most rolled out dough possible – such a great idea! Worked like a charm. We used our fine  children of the 80’s Tetris skillz :P

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Then comes the frosting… One for the pile… one for me… one for the pile… one for me.

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Merry (belated) Christmas everybody!

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