New running inspiration & scrap yarn ideas!

Running

So yesterday I had just enough time to squeeze in a short run before work & off I went.  Just 2 miles, but it was still fantastic to kick start my day with a run again.  I am getting ready to head out the door again this morning for another short run.  I had forgotten how great I feel when I can manage a workout in before work.  Welll….  not really forgotten mentally, but more like physically forgotten.  I think that will probably only make sense to other morning exercisers.  ROFL!  But there you have it.

Knitting

I finished my Posey socks the other day.  Much to my dissmay, I realized that I made a mistake on the 2nd sock – and it ended up being even bigger than I wanted.  So I plan to wash them in hopes that they will actually shrink/felt a little bit so that i can w them.  As it is now, even the manlets would not wear them (as if they would anyway, they arent’ exactly “manly”).  *sigh*  Not every project turns out the way we want – a lesson that I really havdn’t learned in knitting until now.

I’ve been knitting on a simple shawl with the leftover brown and some sock yarn that I dyed myself with Wilton’s.  It’s a pink/cream/periwinkle colorway.  It’s turned out to look really nice with the brown actually.  Kind of looks like neopolitan ice cream.  ;)

New inspiration for running

So someone had posted a link to this site, PaperbackSwap a week ago or so on Twitter or Facebook.  I signed up for it, as I have plenty of books I can swap for more reading materials!  LOL  Anyway, the very first book I grabbed was The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration.  It arrived the other day, a wonderfully thick hardback book chock full of inspiring thoughts, quotes & ideas.  I wanted something that would give me a little boost in getting my feet on the pavement every day and this little book was JUST the ticket I needed!  I highly recommend it!

Today’s entry does give some food for thought, but to my thinking, more towards debate & discussion than inspiration.  The basic idea of it goes like this:  “You can get whatever you want, whatever your age, as long as you define your desires narrowly.”  In other words, do not desire to win the New York Marathon, but desire to run it and finish instead.  I can see that point.  In all reality, the chances of me winning *any* marathon are next to nothing.  But what about that outstanding & inspiring thought that “you can achieve ANYTHING you set your mind to”?  Can you be anything you really want?  Can you do anything that you really want to do?

See?  More an entry for debate/discussion than inspiration!  LOL

Today’s Ravelry Search

Today’s search is all due to my virtual BFF Anett.  She has just started spinning recently and now has a small amount of handspun yarn to play with (YAY!).  She pointedly remarked to me that ‘someone ought to look for ideas and post them on a blog’ for project ideas for small amounts of yarn.  he he he  Love you, Anett!  ;)

Click a picture to go directly to the pattern page on Ravelry.  Today’s patterns are all free, by the way – I had so many search results that I narrowed it a bit further.  :)

A wee cute flower!  Perfect for embellishing other projects.

A wee cute flower! Perfect for embellishing other projects.

Heres a little crocheted flower, too!

Here's a little crocheted flower, too!

Cool bracelets, I love em!

Cool bracelets, I love 'em!

Christmas in July!  LOL  Its never too early to knit up some of these for the holidays.

Christmas in July! LOL It's never too early to knit up some of these for the holidays.

Baby Gnomes!!  How incredibly cute are they?!  LOVE them!

Baby Gnomes!! How incredibly cute are they?! LOVE them!

iPod armband, another take (Ive knit Runners Companion before)!

iPod armband, another take (I've knit Runner's Companion before)!

Ok, Im not a fan of fun fur, but the idea here is to knit a purse/bag from scrap yarns - worth looking into, for sure!  ;)

Ok, I'm not a fan of fun fur, but the idea here is to crochet a purse/bag from scrap yarns - worth looking into, for sure! ;)

Necklace!  This pattern is cool - it could be just enough warmth to be a bit of a neck warmer too.  ;)

Necklace! This pattern is cool - it could be just enough warmth to be a bit of a neck warmer too. ;)

Crocheted headband, fast to work up & cute too!

Crocheted headband, fast to work up & cute too!

This is a cool idea - a cuff that works for your wrist as well as for your cup of coffee!  ;)

This is a cool idea - a cuff that works for your wrist as well as for your cup of coffee! ;)

Cute little turtle!!

Cute little turtle!!

Lovely little wristlet, really very pretty.  :)

Lovely little wristlet, really very pretty. :)

Teapot cozy!  Very nice.  :)

Teapot cozy! Very nice. :)

Cashmere cuff - another take on a neck warmer - very nice!

Cashmere cuff - another take on a neck warmer - very nice!

Very cute!  I couldnt resist including this one, I havent seen it before now.

Very cute! I couldn't resist including this one, I haven't seen it before now.

I love these - this pattern catches my eye every time I see it!  :)

I love these - this pattern catches my eye every time I see it! :)

What a cute hat!!

What a cute hat!!

Speedy cabled beret...  it looks so cute!

Speedy cabled beret... it looks so cute!

Handspun scarf!  You could knit until you run out of yarn easily with this one.

Handspun scarf! You could knit until you run out of yarn easily with this one.

Cute knit bag!

Cute knit bag!

Whew – there were tons more pages that I could have included…  I think I’ll do this sort of listing again soon!  We all have bits of yarn leftover & it’s nice to have fresh ideas for those scraps.  :)

Happy Thursday, all!

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Runner. Knitter. Geek. Vegetarian. Dog Lover.
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2 Responses to New running inspiration & scrap yarn ideas!

  1. peony67 says:

    Hehehe, I am glad to be of service :-)))
    (and I love you too… I guess you know more about me that anybody else…and we haven’t even met in person…)
    Anyway some of those ideas are really cute (as usual) though not all the pics show up on this comp… I’ll see them from home… I love the beret though (Who wouldda thought), any mention of just how many yarn is used on them?
    So as for the other topic of the day? Yes I do think we could be anything… the emphasis of the COULD. many times we hold back ourselves, because we don’t believe we *could* win a marathon… you remember I believed I couldn’t run one kilometer??? Now if I could work up the spunk in me to start running again…

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  2. sagaciouspines says:

    Goals within reason are achievable. It’s a matter of focusing time and energy into it. Yeah, easier said than done.

    Will rolling the socks around in dirt make the socks more manly?

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