Get out of the gym!

Huh? Get out of the gym? Am I actually telling you to skip your workout today? Well, maybe not today, depending on whether you exercised yesterday and/or are planning to exercise tomorrow, but at least one day each week and preferably two. Strength training gains and muscle definition happen more quickly if you give your body time to recover after you hit the weights.

As a rule, Wednesdays are my mid-week day off. I try and make a point of not teaching anything, not seeing any clients and not working out (okay, I sometimes make an exception and jump on the spin bike, particularly if my week has been busy and I’ve missed a workout…).

Today, I spend my day off finishing up the Christmas baking (homemade gingerbread is so much better than store bought), wrapping presents (now where to hide them?) and playing with yarn. 2010 has been a banner knitting year for me. My goal was to learn to knit lace (that means ‘planned’ holes for my non-knitting readers) and I joined the ’10 shawls in 2010′ group on Ravelry (think Facebook for fiber-lovers) to make sure I had lots of on-line help.

Now you have to understand that for many years I have knit with fairly heavy-weight yarn on rather large needles. I can crank out a basic sweater in a week or two. Lace yarns, on the other hand, are very, very thin and knit on teeny, tiny needles. There are lots of different types of stitches in each pattern and the instructions are frequently presented in charts (rather than written out line by line). Furthermore, when you mess up (which happens all too frequently), it is difficult to see where the boo-boo occurred and even more difficult to fix it.

I’m making lace knitting sound really appealing, aren’t I?

To make a long story short, I fell in love with lace! You can make an entire project out of a single skein of yarn. No finishing work! It always fits!

Today, I spent several hours working on Celeano (Rav users can find the details on my projects page); a long, shallow shawl, that I intend to wear as a scarf. It has beautiful, sparkly blue beads throughout the lace border. I’m knitting it in Mini-Mica, a silk-merino blend from DeAnna at Saffron Dyeworks. The silk makes it oh-so-soft and shiny.

I also turned the heel on the first of a new pair of socks that I’m knitting with another Saffron Dyeworks yarn; Tush, a luscious combination of merino, cashmere and nylon. I can tell already that these will be my new favourites! What did you do today?

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