I don’t think bootcamp ever get any easier!
FIT CHICKS Sergeant Laura had us doing partner work last night and it was a doozy! You would think that working with a partner was easier but I give a resounding “Heck, no!” to that one. Burpees, squats (squats and more squats), tricep dips on one leg, football runs, mountain climbers and vicious ab work was all done, many of it made harder with our partners! BUT, partner work is always more fun and we were laughing up a storm, playing coach to eachother and pushing harder. GREAT night! I can’t believe there are only two classes left!
So remember several months ago when I said I needed to start doing things that I enjoyed instead of wasting my “me” time and said I was going to pick up knitting again? Knitting and other hand hobbies really help me to wind down and relax. I’m sure it’s the repetitive nature of it but it’s one of the only things that helps my mind to stop swirling and just relax. So I knew that with all the crazy changes happening soon, I’d need to put some serious relaxation techniques in place!
So, I did! I went out the day after my final paper was due and bought several skeins of ridiculously expensive but beautiful yarn and a two pairs of new needles. I promptly sat down, started at the beginning of Stich ‘N’ Bitch and got to work remembering how to knit. A week later I made this fun, chunky tri-coloured alpaca scarf!
This was my first time incorporating different colours, I think I still need more practice but I think it turned out pretty well for my first shot in three years!
Then I got to work on the second practice scarf from the book to remind how to purl and made this gorgeous baby pink, super merino wool long scarf which I loooove!
I think I may keep this one for next winter! It’s so versatile and taught me how to know my knits from my purls just by looking at the stitch!
Finally, over the weekend I finished the last practice piece and this time it was a fun bandana!
This was to teach me how to increase my stitches (I started from the smallest point and worked my way up) which took a bit of practice but I got the hang of it pretty quick. My only issue with this piece is that the straps are a bit flimsy, I wouldn’t tie it very tightly around my head for fear of the straps pulling loose.
Just before I finished the bandana I knew I had to have a piece to start on when I was done so I browsed through the patterns in the same book and decided on Zeeby’s Bag so that not only can I become a master at basic knit stitches but also to start learning how to create blocks and sew them together to create something a bit more elaborate (like a pre-cursor to sweater making) but without it being overly complicated yet.
I think this will make for a fun bag to take to the market for a few veggies or just wander about with!
If you could knit, or you DO knit, what would you want to make the most?
For me, I actually took up knitting so I could make cool bags, I also wanted to learn how to make scarves, hats and mittens to donate to the homeless (this is still a goal of mine).