Intro to Knitting

I have always admired people who have “old fashioned” skills like sewing and knitting.  When I saw an online deal for two knitting classes I jumped at the chance.  I took my classes with Teri through knitting101.org.

In my first class, I learned how to cast on and do a basic knit stitch.  I used size 8, straight, wooden needles and worsted weight yarn.  My first project was a scarf.

Scarf edited

In the second class, I learned how to cast off, finish my scarf and do a purl stitch.  Since my friend Beverly was pregnant with her first son, I decided my second project would be a baby blanket for him.  For this project I used size 10.5, circular, wooded needles and a washable navy yarn.

Baby Blanket

Next up, I want to continue to work on my circular needle skills and work on knitting in a pattern so I am going to knit a hat for Zac.

Edited to add: The scarf took me about 3 weeks to complete.  The blanket took me much longer.  I started it the first weekend of December and just finished it last night.  I had originally hoped to finish it in early January, but sometimes things just get busy!

Workouts This Week

Weekday treadmill running again this week due to snow.  I had to move my long run to Sunday as well because it was snowing on Saturday morning.  This week the treadmill was a bit more manageable because I could watch the Olympics!

Olympics Treadmill

2/10 Monday: Rest

2/11 Tuesday- 3 mile run on the treadmill

2/12 Wednesday- Ice Skating

2/13 Thursday- 3 mile run on the treadmill

2/14 Friday- Rest

2/15 Saturday-Rest

2/16 Sunday- 6.5 mile run outside

20140216 Run

A Day Of Eats

Good thing I didn’t decide to become a food blogger because I’m not very consistent.  I forgot to take pictures of stuff on Wednesday so here’s what I ate on Thursday instead.

Breakfast: english muffin, two eggs and some cheddar cheese with coffee

20140213 BreakfastLunch: With the snow we’re getting, I really wanted a bowl of chili or something equally hearty for lunch.  Luckily I found a frozen serving of Skinnytaste Turkey Chili Taco Soup so I reheated that.

20140122 LunchSnack: around 3:30 I was hungry again so I had some hummus and veggies

20140213 SnackDinner: burger with sweet potato oven fries and baked beans.  This was my first attempt at making oven fries with sweet potatoes!  I used this recipe.

20140213 DinnerDessert: 2 chocolate chip cookies and a scoop of vanilla ice cream

20140213 Dessert

Ice Skating in the Snow

There is an ice skating rink that opened recently in Zac’s old neighborhood.  The rink is in Canal Park and has a restaurant right near it called Park Tavern.  We had been waiting for a good weekend to go but it always seemed like we were busy or when we weren’t the weather was bad (raining, cold, etc).

Skating Rink

Watching the Olympics inspired us a bit, so we planned to go Thursday or Friday this week.

With the 8-12 inches of snow projected for the DC area beginning Wednesday night we figured people would be staying in so it would be a good idea to take advantage of that and go to the rink Wednesday night instead.  We called them to double check that they would still be open and they said they were!

Skates by rink

I hadn’t been ice skating since maybe 4th or 5th grade when I would have gone with Girl Scouts.  It took a little while to get the hang of it again and I stayed by the wall in case I needed to catch myself.

Me skatingThe rink was nice because the area was quiet and there were still some lights up.  It was also a square in the middle with loops on the sides so there was some variety to skate on.  It was snowing lightly while we were there so it was pretty out.  We had a great time!

Us skating

Calligraphy Class: Week 2

Last night I went to the second week of my Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy class.  We learned how to attach the nib to the oblique (this is what the holder is called).  Once we had our pens set up, we learned how to load them with ink and moved on to learning to use the pen.  We reviewed the different strokes that make up the letters and then went on to combining them to make the letters.  We also played around with the thick and thin lines to create patterns.  Our assignment for next week is to practice with the pen by doodling patterns.

Calligraphy Class Week 2

Workouts This Week

20140209 Run

I can’t believe it is already February!!

2/3 Monday: 3 mile Run

Did this one on the treadmill because it was pouring rain outside.

2/4 Tuesday: Rest

Wanted to do strength training of some sort, but worked late and then needed to get to my calligraphy class.

2/5 Wednesday: 3 mile Run

Treadmill…again.  Raining…again.

2/6 Thursday: Volleyball League

2/7 Friday: Rest

2/8 Saturday: Rest

2/9 Sunday: 6 mile run

Intro To Calligraphy

In anticipation of our wedding, I signed up for Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy through Arlington Adult Education.

Tonight was my first class in the art room of Jefferson Middle School.  We started with just pencil and learned how to create the basic shapes that form letters, then moved on to combining the shapes to create all the letters.  What I learned was that instead of creating letters in one movement, they are made up of different strokes.  We also learned to use the special graph pad to write with the correct slant.

Our homework assignment for next weeks class it to create 3 of each letter so when we learn to use the pens and ink next week we can start with tracing.

First Calligraphy Class