Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stac Shoaigh

I am so excited about my shawl!  It is finally finished and I am so very happy with how it came out.  I made one mistake, I knitted an extra row, but I decided that it just defined that part a little more... lol.  

So without further ado, here is my Stac Shoaigh!

I knit it with Madelintosh DK in Well Water.  I am in love with the color and it will be perfect for the cooler weather coming.  I needed something blue and I am so glad I found this lovely shade.

As for reading... I have to laugh.  I am reading EVERYTHING.  I am most excited about this little tidbit I got in the mail yesterday.  

Sirach: Catholic Women's Bible Study and Journal, written by blogger Jenny at The Littlest Way, looks amazing.  And I can't wait to sink my teeth into it!  Check out her website too, she has a ton of really cool journaling ideas!

Friday, September 2, 2016

(FF): It's Not You, It's Me

Dear Running,

I would like to introduce you to my new friend.  It's name is Bing  isn't it great?

After these few months with you and finally accomplishing that 5K (although a lot of it was walked), I came to realize one very sad fact:  Running, you are not my sport.  I worked hard on loving you.  I pinned inspiring running quotes, I followed every inspiring thing about you I could find on Facebook and Instagram.  I would get on that treadmill 3 times a week and do that Couch 2 5 K program and kept telling myself over and over again that I loved you.

But, you see, I was kind of lying to myself.

Wait, don't get me wrong!  There were things I truly loved about you, Running.  I loved that when I finished I felt like I had accomplished something.  I loved how I felt empowered.  Most of all, I loved that I was able to do something I never thought I could do.  You helped me do that.

The sad reality, however, is that love was not true.  I had to have the perfect conditions to be with you, Running.  I had to have good music.  NO ONE could watch me.  I have slight asthma, so I had to watch my breathing very closely and found that I could not run very fast, or else you would bring on an attack.  I had a horrible time running with anyone else (I always have).  I felt self conscious and like I was holding people back.  So I preferred to run alone, in a little cocoon, hiding my shame.

I don't want to hurt you, but... I never dreamed of naming my treadmill.

I named my bike Bing.

Riding a bike always makes me ridiculously happy.  Ask anyone who has ever gone on a bike ride with me.  I will be singing Roger's and Hammerstein's greatest hits as I sail down a hill.  If I'm at home on my recumbent, I can watch TV, I could probably even knit, though my knees would probably get in the way.  One of the funniest things that I love about riding my recumbent at home in my room, is that I can read.  No one can read while running.  Yes, yes, I suppose you could listen to an audio book, but I had to do so much self motivation I can't imagine it would have kept me going.

I was so discouraged right before the 5K when I had a health issue, when the doctor told me you were likely to blame.  I had to pull away from you, Running, and it was only right before the race that I was told I could run again.  Once I healed after all that, you kept hurting me every time I got on the treadmill.  I pulled a muscle in my leg THREE times.

That was when I had to put my poor treadmill on Craigslist and trade it for Bing.    Almost instantly I was reminded that I could get that feeling of accomplishment and empowerment while also experiencing joy and fun!

So I am sorry running.  It's not you really.  A lot of people love you, especially women.  And I totally get why.  I really do.  But it is over between us.  You see, cycling always makes me happy, in a way you never could.  I wish you the best and hope that we can always be friends.

See you on the roads,
Amy Caroline

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Knitting Relief & Homeschooling Inspiration

Linking up with Nicole for Keep Calm, Craft On and Ginny for the yarn along!

Last week I was bemoaning my Knitting Woes and this week I am singing a happier tune.  I bought new yarn...

And cast on a new project!  I have been needing a blue shawl.  It is funny, because blue is really not my favorite color, I like it, but you know... Anyway, I own a lot of blue clothes.  I think it is because I was in my youth in the late 80's and early 90's.  The era of black.  If I could I would wear all black, all the time.  But then you get comments like, "Where's the funeral?"  So I think I started wearing blue, because it felt like a relatively safe color... for someone who likes to wear black... a lot.

So I figured it was time to make a new shawl to match most of my wardrobe.  I saw this beautiful shall by Ysolda called Stac Shoaigh.  It is gorgeous and I can't wait to see it all finished.

As for reading, I am reading a ton!  You should see my nightstand right now.  But I thought I would just simply share with you this book that everyone is talking about. Give Your Child the World by Jamie Martin (of Simple Homeschool) put together this wonderful complication of literature for children which can transport them around the world!

I was particularly excited about it, because I thought it would go well with the middle school world studies unit I worked on many years ago.

So far I am very excited about it.  It looks amazing and I am looking forward to meeting some new books from her recommendations.