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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Random Things on a Wednesday

So there were some odds and ends of things around here, but none of them was quite enough for a blog post on its own, or it was just plain weird.  Today we're going to cover these things.
I will begin with my new running shoes, and quite possibly the most beautiful shoes I've ever owned.  The really cool part of these shoes is that they did the shoestrings to blend with the shoes, so they start in the lemon lime color, blend to aqua and the fluegalbinders are purple!  I've been running in Brooks Ghosts since I switched out of the Vibram Five Fingers to regular running shoes several years ago and it's always exciting to see the new colors every year.  Maybe it's just exciting to me.  Moving on...

I signed up for Pinterest over Christmas break and have had SO much fun pinning things!  I've found several recipes for dinners and last night I made a microwave mug cake.  There was much excitement as to whether it would work or be edible.  I didn't take a picture of it, but if you search Pinterest for microwave mug cakes you will find all sorts of recipes and pictures of them.
I realized that I never showed you the finished quilt I made!  This was part of Caleb's Christmas gift and he was very happy about it.  You'd think you'd only get a grunt or something out of a 15 year old boy, but Caleb really loves anything I make him, whether it's a little amigurumi or a quilt or afghan.  He's just happy I made him something and he takes care of his handmade things too.  Definitely a knitworthy kid!
Here's a closeup of the quilting.  Once again Sheryl at Hedgehogquilting.com did a lovely job.  She did a raindrop or water drop type of pattern which is just perfect for his quilt.  When you have a quilt top with lots of angles and points, it looks best quilted with curvy lines.  Finding a quilting design with curvy lines that wasn't feminine and would work for a teen age boy wasn't really easy.
Finally, there was a question about the size of my loom so here's a shot of the whole loom on its stand, with a 78 pound Golden Retriever for scale.  This is the Kromski Harp Forte 24 inch on the Kromski stand.  From front to back it measures about 26 inches and from side to side its about 30 inches wide.  I could drop the front of the loom down on the stand (I think, I haven't tried it) and make the whole thing more vertical to store it.  There's a group on Ravelry called Rigid Heddle Weavers that has tons of information on sizes for all the brands, and they just know a lot more than I do on the subject if you're looking for more information.  Also, I just noticed that the colors in my weaving match my new running shoes!

Well, I think that about does it!  Oh, one last little random thing:  I have the Misfit Shine activity tracker and while it claims to be waterproof, I hadn't tested it until Monday when I accidentally left it in my fuzzy running tights and threw them into the washing machine.  I found it when I was putting clothes in the dryer and it works perfectly!  So, if you're looking at activity/sleep trackers, take a look at that one.  It's a more simple tracker, but I think it looks better than the Fitbits and I don't have to wear it on my wrist.  I usually end up just clipping it to my bra.  (TMI?)  When I do wear it on my wrist and I knit, it thinks I'm running!

Oh, and just FYI - none of the products/brands I mentioned are paying me.  These are all my own opinions.  If anyone wants to give me money, I'm open to discussion...



Blogger Robby H. said...

Wow! Those are the type of shoes that just must make you run fast, they have so much energy sitting still.

Thanks so much for the image of the loom. I don't have a golden retriever for scale, but that makes it much more likely there would be room for the loom. I'll have to give this more consideration. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy seeing your progress.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

Okay, when exactly did Caleb hit 15????

1:23 PM  
Blogger Raelene said...

I love hearing about fitness gadgets. I am a lover of the Fitbit but I have the absolute bottom cheapish model which is a Fitbit zip and I also hook it on my bra. I bought a more expensive wrist one and found like you when you move your hand it counts your steps I ended up selling it to fund another cheap one. (My first zip took a beating) My Fitbit also has had a go through the washing machine and survived with flying colours. I feel naked when I am not wearing it! Also love the shoes AND the quilt!!

11:23 PM  

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