...you can work out and knit socks!
Okay, so I am overweight. I have always been a big girl but lately I am a much bigger girl than I ever used to be. The dang pounds have been gradually adding up over the past five years; with each kid I add another 5 pounds. Something has got to give!
So, my husband and I joined our local recreation center gym and have started to work out together. Because I am not ready to go "gungho" on the weights like I should be doing, I have decided that for the rest of the year I am going to walk on the treadmill. I have heard that walking alone is a good form of excercise as long as it is at a fast pace and for more than 30 minutes.
Walking on the treadmill...not a whole lot of mental stimulation there. I have read my knitting porn. Truely an excelent way to pass the time. It was good the first couple of trips but now I have read all my new magazines that came in the mail. Sure, I could pull out some of my older (but still good) issues, but that isn't really helping me with one of my other pressing situations. CHRISTMAS IS ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY (can you feel my stress?)
Need to finish my knitting! Working out is breaking into my knitting time! What is a knitter to do? That's right...knit whenever, and where ever possible. So, against my husbands pleas for refraining, I brought my knitting to the gym. Do you think he was supportive? NO~not only did he keep telling me that I was crazy, psycho, a lunatic, but he didn't even work out with me. Can you imagine, being ashamed of somebody knitting in public? Totally blows my mind.
As for the actual working out and knitting, really, it wasn't that hard to do it all at the same time. I did work up a sweat and my heartrate was increased (possibly because I was freaking out about the possiblily of losing my needle or a stitch). I had to cast on my second sock for my brothers (they were going to be my dads but I changed my mind) Christmas gift before I got involved in my other projects. I stepped on the machine, hit the quick start button, bumped up the speed and began to cast on my 62 stitches on my size 3 DPN with my really great sock yarn! Multitasking at it's finest.
Surprisingly, I didn't get that many looks or pointing fingers. Actually, come to think of it, I can't recall anybody really even glancing my way. It really wouldn't have mattered if they did. I can hold my own (watch out, I have sticks and I know how to use them). The way I figure it, my knitting is no worse than somebody reading while walking :-)
I had a great work out, got good progress on my sock and was completely satisfied with the whole experience. Will I do it again? ABSOLUTELY...tonight as a matter of fact :-)
Where is the most crazy place you have knit?