Another Fiber Road Trip

 

20180526_123829My friends and I went on another road trip – to see yarn!  This time it was much closer to home.  The Great Lakes Fiber Show.  It was our first time at this venue and we hoped to see some familiar yarn vendors that we met at Pittsburgh.  It didn’t disappoint!  If you get the chance, head on out!  They have a lot going on and a lot of vendors plus its free admission and free parking.

They have workshops, competitions, and vendors.  There was fleece judging, a sheep show, loom weaving, many different vendors with yarn, finished knitted or crocheted items, spindles, hand lotions & balms, fleece, and much much more!  Go check them out, its going on today and Sunday.

What did you buy?

Well….as luck would have it, our new favorite local yarn dyer was there, Destination Yarns, and we found her first!  She had a special colorway just for the event, Farmland Sunset, and we were able to grab some!  I decided to get a green color to go with it!  Go to her website by clicking here or check out her Instagram feed by clicking here!  You can read more about how she came up with this colorway!  So fun!

 

I also bought a beautiful green color from Yarnhygge.  With each purchase you get a free pattern!  I chose the pattern ‘Short Row Shawlette’… It should be a fun quick project!!

So what else has been going on??

I just completed ‘Murph WOD’ at CrossFit.  I shaved 20min off my time from last year!

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. From here on it will be referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

img_20180525_145854-1246507133.jpgI chose to break this up into segments…and modify the movements for my skill level.  It worked great and I completed it in 53minutes and change.  Also having been sick the last two and half weeks prior, I didn’t make it to the gym much…so today, my legs are still           J-E-L-L-O!!

So what is next??

Well, I have a ton of knitting ahead of me… my flower beds at home have been severely overlooked and need completely torn out and redone…and the hubs and I want to do a lot of hiking and kayaking this year….so, maybe I should take a leave of absence from my full-time job….but then, how would I buy yarn????  Guess that idea is out.  My sisters baby shower is soon…I’m holding out on making baby stuff until the little bundle is here….then I can figure out sizing better…and last but not least….continue to organize my knitting space…

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My Latest Projects

 

The Quaking Aspen Cowl

Well…I purchased this yarn when I was in Colorado last fall….and I finally finished the cowl I intended to make with it!  Yay me!  I’m so happy with the way it turned out.  It is relatively light weight but will be best if I save it for the very early autumn.  Something to look forward to!  If you would like the pattern…click here.

Mermaid Tail Blanket

I had a special request from a friend who’s daughter had an upcoming 7th birthday… and she loves mermaids.  She wondered if I could knit a mermaid tail blanket for her since she’d seen one somewhere and really wanted it.  Originally it was intended to be a Christmas present, but I was so backed up with other custom orders and my full-time job, that I couldn’t devote enough time to get it completed in time…so thankfully she was very forgiving and decided it would make a great birthday present.

Her mom took her photo for me after she received it!  She’s so cute!! Its waayyy big!  But her mom requested it larger so she would have room to grow!  What a great idea!!

I also found this pattern on Raverly….there are several!  Jump on and find one you like.

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Isn’t she adorbs!!

Riverfront Cowl

I also finished the riverfront cowl – the kit my friend and I got at the Pittsburgh Yarn Festival from Stitch Party.  It was a fairly quick knit up and I’m loving this color!  What do you think?

This was a very fun kit…I’m glad we picked it up, without thought to really what it was, other than a kit!!  Meaning the yarn was already selected, the pattern, and it even included the needles!!  Sweet!

Non-Knitting Adventures (are there any? really??)

Glass City Half Marathon

My gang of turtle running friends all headed to Toledo, OH last month to run the half marathon.  The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. Most of the group had run it before…but this was my first time on this course.  From what they told me, its beautiful…and most importantly…FLAT!

Since its an April race…that meant I had to train during the WINTER…..well….I’m a bit of a freeze baby when it comes to running outdoors in the coldness….I’m not really fond of it…. at CrossFit, we switch from running to rowing or cycling indoors…where its warmer and sane!  Needless to say….I DID NOT TRAIN….. I did do some running here and there, but no long mileage.  I secretly wanted to see how I did, without any dedicated running and all CrossFit as my training….

A couple of my friends and I made a pact….that we would run/walk intervals the entire 13.1 miles…. since none of us ended up training…um hello…winter!

The morning of the race, we decided to use the shuttle buses provided by the race.  They were to pick us up at the hotel and take us to the start line (near it anyways). We picked a pickup time that allowed us plenty of time to get to the start of the race on time.  Race time was 7:00am.

Well…they had a huge mix up and ended up messing up the scheduling and bus availability from our hotel…. many, and I mean MANY runners were left stranded at the hotel waiting for pickup.  Finally a bus showed…at the start time of 7am!!!!  Once they dropped us off, we crossed the starting line 25min late.  Well…we intended to run/walk and adding another 25min to our time…puts us behind the clean up crew!  Crap!  The entire way, we had the water stop clean up crew following us in their trucks…all the way to mile 10.  They ended up tearing down all the water stops before we reached them…so my friend and I vowed to stick together because I was the only one carrying water.

Once we reached mile 10…the race director forced us to integrate with the marathoners on their race course because they opened up the last leg of the half marathon course to traffic, and it was no longer safe for us to be on the roads.

Adding insult to injury, one of the spectators on the marathon course heckled us and told us to move off to the side (because at this point we are walking)…It was all I could do NOT to kick that woman in the shins….

However… we finished and we did get our medals….and a fun fancy beer mug!!  I would like a redo on this course…but again…I’m looking at winter training…  I’m not sure I’m up for that…winter = knitting, warm cozy socks, and a strong cup of tea…. What do you think?  Should I repeat…and maybe NOT train again…just use CrossFit as my training and see what happens??

What’s up next for Peacocks and Purls….

Ummmm… Knitting of course!  Starting a couple new projects with yarn from the Pittsburgh fiber festival and yarns from and new company I discovered via Instagram… Swift Yarns….I LOVE this pink to yellow colorway!!   Shawls people…fade shawls are in my future!

Till later love…

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