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A great weekend for many reasons!

First of all, it was Valentine’s weekend and I had a fantastic time with my lovely hubby!

Finally the weather has improved and on Sunday it was dry, warm …ish and not windy: perfect for the first bike ride of the year!

I had forgotten how fantastic is to be out on the road, just enjoying the freedom of my bike! The new VFR is perfect, the right size, the right positino, the right power … I am so pleased I have another one! Now I am simply looking forward to better weather for more rides.

Hubby and I left home for a short ride as we were not sure how well my right wrist would behave as it was only the second time I had been out since last year’s accident and the first itme this year.

The final destination was Tunbridge Well for a nice cuppa, but the long way round. The ride took us on our local road – the B2096 Heathfield to Battle – towards Battle. We then picked up the A21 all the way to TW, for a mixture of nice long bends and some dual carriageway. We took it nice and easy, just over 30 miles in about 50 minutes.

I was riding in front at the start to set the pace at my own level. Hubby took over after a short while; it is always a pleasure to have him riding in front of me for several reasons: firstly and foremost I love watching him and he looks really sexy on the bike … but on a more serious note I always learn something new watching him, from the lines he takes to the way he overtakes, to his observations and lifesavers. A very useful reminder and refresher lesson on good riding!

My main worry was to feel pain in my wrist, as mentioned already, and general discomfort and back pain after not having been on the bike for so long … however not of it, the bike felt just perfect! The only minor hitch was some pain in my left wrist (bizarrely enough the ‘good’ one) every time I was pulling in the clutch.

Javabean, the coffee shop in TW high street we wanted to go, was shut (a real shame as they make fantastic coffee) so we ended up for a not so good pizza at Pizza Express. They were very very busy so that may have been the reason.

The return home was much more direct on the A267. Hubby rode at the front for most of the time, whilst I was lagging behind as by now my left wrist was really hurting at every gear change. Still hurting today … hopefully it will go soon.

Once arrived home, we went out for some more riding, of a different sort. We went down the Cuckoo trail with the push bikes to give the dogs a good run. We left Horam towards Polegate. Not sure how far we went, but we were out riding for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It was so nice not to have to rush around to get stuff done before dark as at 5 it was still nice a and bright!

I have completed the ribbed cashmere hat for my hubby and I am very pleased with it. As soon as I get a chance to take some pics I will upload them. On Saturday I was very lucky, hubby and I went to London to the theatre – we went to see The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie; really really good, a must see for anybody looking for something different from the usual musical – and as the journey is 1 20 minutes each way I progressed really well!

Once change I am pleased I made was to reduce the length before the decreases. The pattern called for 10 inches, however at 8 inches I felt it was long enough and I started the decrease rounds; the length is now perfect!

One thing I will definitely do different next time is to use circular needles where possible rather than DPNs throughout as the joining stitches between needles are very long and loose. Also, I was finding working with 6 needles very fiddling and time consuming!
All is left now is to give it a good wash!


February 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

The ribbed hat is progressing … very slowly!

The ribbed hart is progressing very very slowly.

I am finding knitting with 6 needles very time consuming and fiddly. I keep dropping stitches … possibly also because most of the time I knit on the train and if there are sudden movements then I drop them … but also because I am not comfortable. The needles I am using are very short, probably only 7 or 8 inches long and I am finding it very difficult to hold them in my hand all the time. My normal knitting style is to use long needles and to hold the needles under my arms!

I am still determined to make more hats, but next time I will definitely get a circular needle in the correct size and use it as much as possible before switching to DPNs.

The weather outside is still pretty much grotty, the bike is sitting in the garage, waiting for some sunshine and warmer weather. Mainly because I do not want to take her out whilst the roads are being gritted (even though with the councils running out of salt they are probably not gritting much!).

On the negative side, as soon as the weather changes, I will be commuting by bike again, thus I will not have my daily knitting allowance time whilst on the train!

February 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

A quick progress report

Juts over 10 days in my new project, the raglan sweater, and I was not happy!

The pattern was designed for a different weight yarn and I was modifying this to fit my yarn (I bought the yarn prior to finding the pattern). I completed the back and was about to start on the front, when I looked at the shape of the back and I was not happy with it.

I frogged it!!

I have started again with a different pattern, still using the same yarn. The gauge of this one is the same as the yarn I am using so I do not really need to make any calculations!

The other passions:

  • Biking – We picked up the bike last weekend! She is beautiful … we named her Sunshine because of her beautiful yellow colour! Hubby and I shared the ride home and she felt really good! On the Sunday we went out for a quick ride, just for 1 hour and got back just in time before the rain started. My wrist was hurting a bit after and I was pleased to get back home, not sure I could have gone much further. Guess this is the perfect incentive to ensure I carry on doing my physio exercises to strengthen it!
  • Gardening – Nothing much … or better nothing at all in the last few months! We still have some lettuce in the veg patch which we pick and eat. Nothing has come of the spinach and lamb’s lettuce seeds I put in the ground. Let’s hope that some of them germinate so that we can have some veggies this spring time!

November 23, 2008 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Very successful weekend!

The weekend just gone was very successful in many ways!!!

First of all I have bought a new bike! My hubby and I replied an ad we saw in our local free-ads paper for a yellow VFR and we went to look at it. We had no intentions of buying a bike as yet as we were thinking of waiting until next spring … however when we saw it I just had a big big grin on my face and we decided to buy it!

It is another Honda VFR, one year younger than my previous one which was written off in August. This time is yellow, a beautiful shade and in immaculate conditions with under 18K miles on the clock! We are going to take it out for a test ride next Saturday and hopefully taking it home soon (well, as soon as one of my step sons has moved out his bike form our garage!)

It was a very successful knitting weekend as well! I have completed the green jumper I was working on. The sewing was so minimal and because of the chunky yarn it was very quick and easy! This time I made no mistake so I did not have to undo any of it!!

Now I have started my next project, a raglan sweater for a 9 yrs old boy, another Christmas present!

Over the weekend, Dave and I went to a knitting fair in Brighton. It was so nice, with so many lovely wools!

November 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

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30 Something Italian living in England with a passion for bikes, knitting and gardening - 2008 was the first year of our veg patch!

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