Walking walking

In preparation of my 2014 Camino I’ve set the short term goal to walking at least 10km 3 days a week. So far I’ve met that goal. I’m very comfortable as long as I am walking at my pace, unloaded. When we go to Seattle we put in 15-16km a day with nary a thought. By February – yes that’s a few days away, I’d like to be walking 12-17 km  3 days a week and start adding a load. I’m planning an early May camino, something like Roncesvalles (or Zubiri, a bit larger village) to Burgos on the Camino Francis. Long term of course is to add mileage and add weight to my pack.

Near daily I have been wearing my Keen Verdi boots with SuperFeet inserts. I don’t know how many miles you can get out of a pair of SuperFeet before they need to be replaced. I bought the boots mid-summer. I supinate but not bad, the boots do show the wear pattern. And the inside heel is starting to wear. I usually wear a pair of either thin SmartWool socks or a WigWam brand CoolMax (or REI equivalent).

I am nearly completely kitted. I have two backpacks. A Mammut Crea Light and a Lowe Alpine Centro. Both women’s packs. The Mammut is the best fit, the lightest but has less cushioning in the shoulder pads and the fabric is lighter. The Lowe is about 1/2″ to long and weighs an additional pound due to heavier fabric and cushier shoulder pads. Same colors (as if that is important) Kind of dark raspberry colored with grey highlights. I wanted something that stood out from the rest of the packs out there. I think (but don’t know if) this fits the bill. I have not weighed my kit, though I do have a rough estimate in a spreadsheet.




Washed, dried, hemmed.


Easy kitchen towels

I don’t know why I am weaving these towels so slow!!! Started April 15th and to date I am only on towel #3. In tabby weave. 8 epi… No fringe planned. They will be hemmed instead.


2012 Inventory of finished projects

Just in case anyone is keeping score.  In 2012 I knitted 6 shawl type things (TGV, Shinkan-Zen, Faraway So Close, Happy Half Moon, Stash Hippy, and Lzy Daisy), 2 pairs of mittens and 6 hats.

Still fiber arting with a little bread baking mixed in!!!


Like I need to be baking and eating bread….I’ve been wanting to get back into bread baking for quite a while. GB gave me a copy of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes for Christmas! It took me three batches of the master recipe, with helpful hints from GB before I was happy with the outcome. Not 100% happy, but at least the loaves weren’t hockey pucks.

My goal was to “master” the master recipe and then find a recipe for Poulsbo bread that I could tweak till it satisfied me. Poulsbo quickly became my favorite store bought bread when I moved back to Washington state (ahem, many years ago). The old recipe that the Sluys’ developed. Not the gunky garbage tasting Poulsbo that Franz sells now. The recipe I tried last week was to tweek the Gaye Levy recipe. Here’s what I did:

Baked for 1 hour in a well greased non-stick bread pan. Preheated oven to 475°F, used the sudden steam addition trick, decreased heat to 450°F after 10 min of baking, final center/internal temp 205°F.

Makes 2-2-ish pound loaves.

2 1/2 C 105°F water
1 1/2 C 7 grain mix (Stone Buhr or Red Mill, I used our local Health Food store’s bulk)
4 1/4 C bread flour
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C flax meal
4 TBS sugar
2 TBS molasses
2 TBS honey
2 tsp salt
2 TBS yeast (rapid rise)
3 TBS powdered buttermilk
3 TBS margarine (I used Golden Soft)

Think think think what to do what to do

A week ago last Wednesday’s flights went well, lots of knitting done on my Baktus. I’m now about half way down the decrease side. (though I dreamt last night I was done.) I’d brought a ball of Shibui Staccato with me to make a pair of anklets in case I finished the shawl. It wasn’t to be.

Graham is done with classes for his masters and is continuing his research and writing his thesis. Rachel is doing her masters at Boston University. Both are real hard workers and while I was visiting I hoped that I didn’t upset the study routines too much! I tried to be out adventuring every day.

Teddy, not quite ready to learn "shake"

Before I left for home I want to teach Teddy to shake. He’s almost there, his left paw goes loose, ready for me to pick it up and shake it. Wait, that’s not right… The reward? A little bit of popcorn. Better treats don’t make him work harder for this skill. I think Teddy is afraid he’s going to topple over if he doesn’t have all four paws on the floor!

Thursday I took the T north to Harvard Square for a coffee at Crema then south, my first stop being Windsor Button. I’d barely walked 10 feet through the door when I spotted their display of Madeline Tosh Sock. I fondled the purple tonal but thought no, it’s too predictable. So instead I picked a wild variegated jewel tone. Also bought a skein of Berroco Campus in a natural color for a pair of mittens.

The rest of Thursday was spent walking all over. In North End I tried to find the place with the Terrone from Avellino but it had gone out of business. I had fun shopping in the tiny Italian markets. Later I walked back to the Trinity Church/Boston Public Library area. (with a little side trip I’ll tell you about later)

Boston Public Library, a treat for the eyes!

Trinity Church reflected in the Hancock Bldg

Friday I spent the day at the Museum of Fine Arts. The place was crawling with school groups and very loud. I immediately went to the top floor of the new wing and worked my way down, against traffic. That plan worked well.

Blue Glass Bowl

Ancient Iranian Glass

Another Piece from Iran

An early Modern glass

Graham at Crema, it was a cold day, the hat stayed on!

Saturday Graham and I went back to Crema for coffee and croissant and then spent time at REI buying him new hiking boots, good walking shoes and a repair kit for his down coat (someone’s pup (not Juneau) had chewed a hole through the pocket from the inside). Then my first trip to a brick and mortar Dick Blick. I could have spent a lot of money there, but we mostly came out with Rhodia paper. Lunch at Legal Seafood, I had to have my Lobster Roll and Chimay fix. Ink shopping at Bromfield Pens (where I shouldn’t have spent money in protest of their super crappy customer service). New Levi’s for Graham at Macy’s. I made him carry all the purchases…

Atlantic shore view at Hampton Beach St Park, NH

So Sunday was open. Think think think what to do what to do. ROAD TRIP. We reserved a Prius (Rachel’s favorite) and drove to Maine for lunch. Why you ask? Because it was there. And so was New Hampshire. Even Teddy enjoyed the trip! Beautiful day for a drive and lunch. Noticed that the Kittery Maine area had about a half dozen yarn shops. Road trip with a plan for next time. Or shall next time be a lunch road trip to Rhode Island? 45 minutes!!!

Tune in later this week for the Boston/Cambridge restaurant, more yarn shopping, more coffee drinking, flight adventure report.

What’s not to like?

WordPress App for iPad. I find it clunky so instead I’m going back to the original.

I leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow (sunrise 7:01 am, flight 7:05 am) for Boston to visit Graham and Rachel. And the two things that keep whirling around in my head? 1) Am I bringing enough knitting to keep me occupied for 6 hours tomorrow (I can restock for the return trip) and 2) Would I rather sit in steerage with an aisle seat or up front in a middle seat (while I still have the chance to grab that center seat).

I’ve made myself a list of everything and everywhere I want to go for my visit. Came to the realization I need a few more days to do it all in. We have dinner reservations at a few favorites, Trattoria di Monica and Helmund. Tomorrow night is Similans, an East Cambridge neighborhood Thai restaurant. I think my last meal before I leave was breakfast this morning. Gotta make room!

I think Thursday is devoted to the new wing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts plus a pilgrimage to the MFA Impressionists collection. And if there is any time left in the day, a trip to the Institute of Contemporary Art. Yep, I’m one of those that appreciates Modern and Contemporary Art. Or maybe just yarn shopping…

Friday might be a walk and window shop day. Knitting at noon is a possibility. And a deep dive into the North End. I’m on a mission to find some Torrone Fratelli Oliviero from Avellino.

Saturday is an all day adventure with Graham. There’s a pen shop we both want to visit. Not that we could afford any thing there. Maybe some ink.

No plans yet for Sunday and Monday will be a half day. I’ll keep you posted of our progress!

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