Here's the Icarus taken from a few other angles:
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Here's the Icarus taken from a few other angles:
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Onward: Kathy in San Jose has started a blog! Head on over and give her a warm welcome to the dark side, ok? I met her from comments on this blog and it turns out we live quite close to each other. We spent a very pleasant hour at a coffee shop last weekend knitting and chatting, and I'm hoping we'll do it again sometime soon. Hi Kathy!
I have however, picked up my wheel again (I can do that, it's small) and am making some progress. I still have a really hard time getting it started on the bobbin, but once I get going, I'm ok. I also need someone to show me how to Navajo ply! Anyone local care to enlighten me?
I also spun this up:
My best friend growing up raises alpaca with her husband in southern VT. The blonde roving is from Ayana, and the black is from Sami and Tamaya. I love how she includes a picture of the alpaca from whom the roving came . You're looking at about a pound total of amazing softness.
Bonnie is the person who introduced me to spinning about 18 months ago. I visited her just before I moved out here and asked her to show me how she spun. She let me try it and about 4 seconds later I was hooked. I visited her again last fall, and she had a big pile of roving in the middle of her living room just waiting for me, and I spent a very happy hour learning how to spin and to ply (kind of). She sure knows how to get a girl hooked.
So I want to start dying some of my own roving and yarn. I've bought some books, but I'd love to hear from people who do it. What's the best kind of dye for a beginner to use (I don't want to do the Kool-Aid thing)? I also want to avoid anything toxic. I'm hoping to grow a few dye plants in our garden, but for now I want to keep it simple. So any hints anyone can offer will be very much appreciated!
One last look at my treasures. What else could I possibly need in life? Except a few sheep and alpaca of course...
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
We made it up that hill and on to the next challenge. A 2nd go at the Golden Gate:
Breakfast was a formal occasion:
I couldn't believe how well I had recovered from the previous day. I'd protected my blisters really carefully and stretched a lot. My feet, which the previous evening were all cramped and painful were absolutely fine. Nathalie felt good too.
The 2nd day took us through the city. Early in the walk we broke away from the crowd to go into a Pete's. Nathalie was excited to have a great cup of coffee. I was all happy to use a bathroom that had a flush toilet and running water in which I could wash my hands. It's the little things, I guess!
We met up with a cheering friend from the day before:
This is the two of us with Pepper. Pepper spent the entire walk blasting "I Will Survive", singing and dancing along, and yelling out encouragement to everyone. We loved Pepper! She was so cool.
And I made a new friend. Meet Toni.
On we walked. And on, and on. My those last few miles went slowly! At about mile 10, I got a sudden, very sharp pain in my blistered toe - and then it kept vibrating; it felt like an electric shock. Very weird. I couldn't walk on it so I ended up limping my way to the last quick stop. Where Brian was waiting for us again, ready to do the last mile along with us. I so love this guy! Nathalie's husband met us a short while later; here are the two of them early on day one:
It was pretty gross - and I could tell it would be even before I removed my sock. I won't go into detail - the picture is enough, but it was only one of about 5 really good-sized blisters. Ruby in the medical tent took good care of me though, and she had me cleaned and bandaged up in no time!
I couldn't fit my foot back into my sneaker so I just limped around with my bandaged foot looking much more wounded and dramatic than I actually felt.
As expected, the closing ceremony was great. It alternated between inspiring, funny and very sad. I'm sorry I have no pictures to post of that; my card was full. But it was cool, and moving, and Avon sure does a great job of making us feel like winners. They did a great job the entire weekend; it's not easy organizing and tending to 2400 plus walkers and they did it effectively, efficiently, and with incredibly good humor. Everyone on the crew was awesome.
After the closing ceremony we drove home to San Jose where I showered, had some pizza, and parked my tired butt on the reclining part of the couch and didn't move for the rest of the evening. If I hadn't had to go to work on Monday I probably would have stayed there for 24 hours.
But Monday came and off to work I went. Feeling fine. And tired. And happy. I don't know if I'll do this again, but Brian told me he thinks everyone should do something like this at least once in their life (he has done the AIDS ride from SF to LA 3 times), and I agree. If you can't do it for physical reasons, then volunteer to work the event; there's something for everyone. Just find something you really care about and give it your time and energy for a while. You'll be glad you did!
Monday, July 9, 2007
I walked 39.3 miles over 2 days.
I raised over $4,500.
Over 2400 walkers participated in this event.
Together we raised over $5.4 million.
I am so proud of myself and everyone else involved I can barely stand it.
I have the most supportive husband ever.
My feet are Ugh-leeeeee...
I really don't know where to start. It was fucking amazing (there - does that up my blog saltiness rating?). I'll try not to ramble but there is so much to tell!
(I'm going to have to do this in more than 1 post - I think I'm breaking Blogger...)
We got to the hotel on Friday night, registered, loaded up on carbs at Fino's in Union Square, and tried to get a good night's sleep. I was too excited to stay asleep though. We met my walking partner Nathalie and her husband at 5:00 am in the lobby, and made our way to Speedway Meadows. We had breakfast and coffee, stood in the fog and wind during the opening ceremony and finally we were on our way! It was pretty crowded going at first:
More soon - Blogger is misbehaving...
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Anyway - it's late. I'm heading up to San Francisco tomorrow, and I'll be spending the entire freakin' weekend walking! I'm doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - 26.2 miles on Saturday, 13.1 on Sunday, and walk like a REALLY old lady on Monday. I've raised over $4,000 and I'm very psyched.
I'm part of the Knitters for Knockers walk team - I'd tell you if you're cheering along the way to identify us by checking out the hand-knit pink pasties attached to our shirts, but I have a feeling we won't be the only ones sporting pasties at this event.
I'll tell y'all about it when I'm done! (Y'all - when did I get all southern and everything?)