Knitting Again

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The Spanish is coming along nicely. I’m understanding more and more on the Spanish television shows. The commercials are even helpful for vocabulary. I found a few more podcasts that I think could be helpful. Unfortunately, a few of them, while strong in grammar, the accents of the speakers are not that great. It’s quite obvious they are not native speakers. I’m hoping that I can absorb the lessons without absorbing the accents. I’ve worked very hard on my pronunciation and I don’t want it to regress.

I keep looking for ways to increase my vocabulary and I really must learn more about syntax. I have found that when reading some things, I sometimes run into sentences where I know the meaning of the individual words, but the structure of the sentence blurs the meaning for me. Google has come to my rescue but I want to improve my Spanish in all areas.

My regular practice session is on Sundays. I’m especially looking forward to this Sunday as I missed the Spanish Bible Study on Wednesday. This is my chance to ask questions about usage of words and phrases. This Sunday, there are supposed to be more native speakers attending the session, which is a golden opportunity for me. Even if I don’t interact extensively with anyone, I should hear authentic Spanish being used. I think the inflection of voice, and the rhythm of the language is important in communicating effectively. I need more practice and more exposure to “real, spoken” Spanish. I’ll be working a little bit on my verbs tomorrow so that I can try to make sense if I actually get up the courage to have a real conversation with someone.

In knitting news, I found out that there is another baby expected in our family. My cousin and his wife are expecting a baby boy at the end of August. I’ve been debating about whether or not I can find the time to knit something for more than one baby. If I make small items, the knitting time will be shorter. However, if I make smaller items, like hats, socks, or booties, the babies will outgrow them quickly. I hate that idea. Of course, I still haven’t worked knitting back into my schedule yet. I dream about knitting beautiful items.  My dress by Kristina McGowan awaits…

I’m still having a rough time with my leg/ankle. Tomorrow I’ll be doing strength training exercises for it again. I had started the exercises previously but was having too much pain afterward. I’d given myself a little break but it’s time to start again. It’s time to get my life lined up to be able to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.

It’s going to be a great weekend. Maybe I will knit a few stitches…maybe.

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Life, so far, without the cast or boot on my leg/ankle, has been interesting. There is more pain than I thought there would be, even when I’m not moving. I guess my dreams of pain-free living so early in the healing process were a little unrealistic. Since doing anything in an upright position is uncomfortable, it’s been hard to exercise.  I’m doing some walking but I’d like to be able to do more.

I’m heading back to the gym tomorrow to get on one of the bikes.  That’s probably the easiest way for me to work-out right now.  Then, depending upon how it goes, I may  try the treadmill for a few minutes. Maybe the conveyor belt will give me a little help. It’s really important that I work through the pain. As frustrated as I am, I have to keep going.

Knitting Progress

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve begun knitting the sweater sampler. My knitting time has been limited but I think I’ll be able to get it finished by the end of the month, even with all I have going on right now. I got a little sidetracked by the call to knit a pair of socks. I’ve been wanting to start another pair since binding-off Dayflower but hadn’t come to a firm decision on which pattern. The Smoldering Hearts sock pattern was very appealing but I Instead chose (Black)hearted.

As much I wanted to start the socks, things kept getting in the way. Then, while waiting to get my hair cut, I clumsily cast-on for the socks in the lobby of the hair salon.

Sure, casting-on is normally a simple and quick process for me but I cast-on using the cable-on. I’m still incredibly slow but I think the more I do it the faster I will become. How slow am I? I think I could cast-on using the long-tail cast-on in probably about a tenth of the time it took me. Am I a glutton for punishment? Why am I using the cable cast-on when the long-tail would have probably sufficed? I will never know when and where something will work well for me unless I give it a real chance. Giving it a real chance means trying it more than once.

As I sat in the salon, executing each stitch a snail’s pace, different people asked me what I was making. They were all shocked when I said socks. I had to explain to most of them that normally it wouldn’t take so long for me to get started but that new techniques had a learning curve. There is a distinct possibility that my knitting in public Friday scared a few people away from knitting rather than drew them towards it.

Ruffled Socks, With Hearts, in Red, Started on National Wear Red Day, A Day of Awareness for Heart Disease in Women

I’m hoping to finish the heel today. Depending upon the knitting time I get this week, maybe I’ll be able to cast-on the second sock by Wednesday. Once I finish this pair of socks, I will probably immediately cast-on another. I’m enjoying knitting again, especially socks. This could work well for me while my leg/ankle is healing since I wear socks every day. Once I’m back to my normal shoes, I may be knitting more socks than I’m going to need. I am, willing, however, to take that chance.

I took a look at Cat Bordhi’s video tutorial of Judy’s Magic Cast-on. As happy as I am with cuff-down socks, the next thing I want to try is the toe-up method for socks. I’d also like to experiment with different heels and toes. Sock knitting looks better and better to me.

General Health and Awareness

Friday was National Wear Red Day. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women.  I’m trying to eat better and exercise to prevent heart disease. I wear red each year, sometimes wearing the cute little dress pin, in support of the cause. The American Heart Association has events to help educate the population. The Go Red For Women Campaign, in particular, targets women as many still believe breast cancer is the number one killer of women. While we need to what we can to sustain good health, many people, for whatever reason, are still unaware of risk factors. Please take a peek to see what you can do for a healthier you.

Super Bowl XLV

Now it’s time to watch the Super Bowl. I’ll be cheering for the Steelers. I’m not a big enough fan to knit Pittsburgh Steelers‘ accessories for myself. Then again, that might be a fun way to do a little color work.

Go Steelers!