Saturday, December 3, 2011

Following the Muse

The Muse has been vocal the last 24 hours. More like 12 hours. She has helped me form a more solid vision of how this book should/could be laid out. She has also given me 5 new sock patterns. I love knitting socks on the bike. I think the patterns should be simple enough to memorize but complex enough to keep up the interest. I usually knit them one at a time when I'm biking. Two at a time gets confusing. There are too many yarns to keep up with. That said the Muse is wanting me to do a slipped stitch two color sock. She is thinking about the rugged wear warmer sock needs. I may just have to appease her. I may have to investigate the possibilities of using two project bags, one for each yarn, and knit these "simple" two color socks. 

I feel a case of must start swatches coming on...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Share Day!

Today was share day. I wrote up my 7 day plan that I'm currently using in the gym for my book. My in house clients are seeing successes with it so I thought it would be good to add in. I also wanted to gift it to my knitting community. I put it up here on Ravelry. I'm hoping there will be as much success out of the physical gym as there is in the physical gym.

For my dose of cardio-knitting today I'm planning to knit a mini-sock. I have a swap package that needs to go out this weekend and all it is missing is the baby sock. I have a large stash of sock yarn leftovers. I think I'll pull something wonderful out of that. Something dyed by one of my favorite two Indie-dyers Alina Shea Creations and Younger Yarn. Tomorrow I'll post a picture of the little cutie.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


The world of cardio knitting is a new one. It is one that I have created. Well I may not have been the original creator but I am declaring it so. Cardio knitting is something I began doing about 3 years ago. I wanted to ride the stationary bike the mileage of the tour de France. While doing this I started knitting to keep myself occupied. As the weeks progressed my knitting was getting better and my biking skills grew. I started to drop a few pounds and I began feeling happier. Why not share these wonderful benefits with others? Why not be happy all the time and have the body feel great too? And as an added benefit there are many new socks and hats and mittens and scarves...well you get the picture.

It is my desire to bring this concept to the greater knitting and crochet community. To do this I am writing a book. I will feature some patterns that can easily be knit or crocheted while exercising. I will also be giving a great deal of fitness information. As a personal trainer it is very important to me to assist others in reaching their optimum health and wellness. There are many aspects to this optimum wellness. I hope to touch on all of them.

In the beginning the purpose of this blog will be to share my experiences in writing the book. As the concept continues to grow and take hold I intend to share other's experiences incorporating cardio-knitting into their lives. I will also be sharing my crafting and fitness experiences. 

So as we go into the darkest days of the year I intend to tap into my knowledge, experience, triumphs, and tragedies. I hope to bring forth a volume filled with treasures for my fiber community.