The reader must be wondering, “Where is the knitting? I thought this blog was on knitting!” And, you would be right however, this blog also serves as a journal on related topics and I feel staying fit and making healthy choices interweaves in the kind of knitting I represent.
“How is staying fit and making healthy choices a part of knitting?” I’ll give you the top five answers that pop into my head. 1. (staying fit) I want to keep my shape for as long as possible for the fashion statements I make with my knitting. When asked why I knit, immediately I say, “for the fashion of it.” 2. (staying fit) We have a routine for exercise that is meant to help keep that shape. And, the routine is for two, hubby and me.
3. (healthy choice) Even retired, there are responsibilities and obligations that are part of my life. There is the enjoyable position as VP of the Buffalo Knitting Guild where I share my love and passion of knitting hoping to encourage and inspire as I go and there is a growing call for my time and service helping aging family members. I am beginning to take my knitting with me for waiting room entertainment.
4. And, full disclosure: (healthy choice) Don’t get angry, knitters, but I do find pleasure in other things that are not knitting related. When I take a break from knitting, coming back to it gives me a much greater appreciation of it. 5. (healthy choice) Did you know people who knit for too long a period of time can and have done bodily injury to themselves? If I sit for too long in one spot, my body get stiff and sore. The repetition of motion of one’s hand, wrist and elbow for extended periods of time can and does create injury that could take months, if not longer to heal. I purposely knit for short periods of time, involving myself in another activity in between. So, one reason why you haven’t seen any knitting is because I’ve spent time on a number of these other things.
Another reason is because I am attempting knitting more than one item at a time! Therefore, I am about 50% complete with two projects right now. If you count a quickie crochet scarf, then I am in the middle of three projects. ok, here is a sneak peak of the start of one and yarn (linen) for another.
I don’t think this multi-knitting projects is for me. I seem to have a certain guilt that arises when I am knitting on one of the projects and not on the other. I feel like I am not giving full attention to each project, like I am rushing through just to get them to completion. I notice I am not taking the time to appreciate the particulars like the detail, or whimsy of style, or innovative fabric. When these projects are finished, I will be going back to my mono knitting. Just call me a serial monogamist.
And, my last excuse why knitting has been missing in posts is because it’s been too blasted hot to knit! (We have no AC.) Even to have a photo shoot! I actually do have a beauty in queue for a fashion shoot but it is a turtleneck! It will have to wait.
So, enjoy some of these shots from our last bike ride. This is a bike path that is quickly becoming my favorite in the local area. I love how it follows a creek at times,
passes through a summer camp as it reminds me of my summer camp days, and winds in ever-extending trails through the University of Buffalo’s ‘playground’.
Feel the summer breezes, take in the fresh air, work those large muscles, and know that knitting is always in the forecast of the future.