Run: Interrupted

The running is going poorly. Last Tuesday, I had a little motivation and I got up at 5:00 AM to go out for a bit of a walk/run. I was ready to get back to it after a  long battle with Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot. THe PF hasn’t gone away but has lessened in severity.*

Out I went, it was already miserable hot and humid at 5:00 AM so there was a lot more walking than running but I put in about 40 minutes and made my way back towards my house. At two houses away, I stepped off the curb to go around a car that was parked across the sidewalk (a particular pet peeve of mine) and lost my footing. Down I went, I tried to stand up quickly to maintain some pride and realized that things were not ok with my left ankle. I hoped I could walk it off but walking hurt, really bad. I somehow hobble back to my house (if I had been any further away, that couldn’t have happened). I collapsed into chair, removed my shoe and sock and watched my ankle swell to a nauseating shape and size.

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A trip to urgent care and a few x-rays later, I was diagnosed with a sprain, outfitted with a  splint and told to stay off my ankle with a full recovery taking about 4 weeks.

F$^* %W*(#)( #(*&%)9!!!!!

I did not have time for this. I had work, I had plans for the weekend that I had been looking forward to forever. But my ankle did not care. My ankle had its way. I did make it to work that first day and that was an enormous mistake, trying to get to my office from our parking lot on crutches in 100 degree heat was torture. Knowing that I had to make the return trip at the end of the day was depressing. The next day I got smart and stayed home.ankle knitting

Bright side, since I was confined to my chair with my husband waiting on me hand and foot, I was forced to do much knitting.

A week later now and the ankle is much better. Still sore but I can put weight on it and get around. No running or long walks though. Naturally, I have never been more motivated to workout than when I can’t.

* I have to thank my Vionic shoes for the relief from my PF. They have and aggressive arch support that takes some getting used to but has really helped me. Not sponsored, they don’t know I exist.

What’s on the needles?

Yes, the title of this blog is Sew.Knit.Run., which means I do in fact knit too. Finished knitting projects are fewer and farther between than finished sewing projects for the obvious reason that knitting is a a much slower process than sewing but also because a) I tend to have several projects going at once (which drives my husband insane) and b) I lose my knitting mojo as the weather warms up. It is lovely to sit by the fire knitting a sweater for hours, less lovely to sit in sweltering hit covered by a heavy knitting project.

But it isn’t quite summer yet and I have vowed that this year I will plan ahead for next year’s cold weather, so I am working on a couple of things.

First up: Harvest by Tin Can Knits. I have never made a cardigan before and when 17066172261_315901276a_kI try something new I always go to TCK’s Simple Series to try it out. I am making this from some very inexpensive acrylic yarn, by Caron in navy blue*.  I decided to make this one in my size (I love to knit for my kids, they are so small their projects go fast) so it is taking a good long time. That’s why I always have another project to relieve the boredom

Socks: These are Paton Kroy socks in Bramble stripes. I am following The Yarn Harlot’s Sock Recipe, which I usually do when making socks. I love making self striping socks. The frequent color changes and all the twists and turns of socks keep me from getting bored. In theory, I keep this project at work to work on during lunch, conference calls or anytime I need to think. In reality, it comes home almost everyday because I just wan 16879155908_305a7984d7_kt to get in a few more rounds. That’s the downside of self-striping yarn. You just want to do one more color band.

So that’s what’s on the needles. Do you knit in warm weather?

* I would love to knit exclusively with lovely high quality, wool and other natural fibers unfortunately the budget does not allow that. I do use it when I can and for special items.