Nothing really beats just going for a walk in the plain old outside -- not the recumbent bike at the Y, not the track at the Y, not the treadmill at the Y. I did that last night -- went for a walk in the plain old outside -- and I felt it this morning, that I actually worked some muscles in my legs! There are no curbs and brisk jay-walking jogs across the street when on a treadmill, no maneuvers to avoid kids on bikes or sidewalk chalk artists. From my house, it's downhill in almost every direction -- down a muddy path, old stone steps, or a sidewalk -- which means that the last leg of nearly any walk is (you guessed it) uphill, in varying degrees. The tack can be varied, adding extra distance in exchange for an easier grade, and sometimes the route is planned ahead of time or changed mid-stride, all with that last little climb in mind and depending on how challenged one feels on any given day. I'm going to try to do it again tonight.
I've begun to knit another baby sweater rather than seam the Baby Cashmerino v-neck. I'm using Rowan DK Handknit Cotton purchased two years ago for just that purpose. I seem to be attacking the stash of late, particularly that earmarked for baby stuff, and it's a good thing.
This is what I have to share today: One of the most delightful pictures/projects I've ever seen on a knitting blog is in this post at Gail's Good Yarn. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired afghan that she writes about is fantastic, for sure, but it's the first picture -- the smiling kids pictured around the afghan made up of knitted squares representing their country's flags... I don't know, I find it very moving -- happy and full of hope. I feel like it should be required viewing for everyone in the world, that leaders of every nation should have a framed copy on their desk. How could anyone look at those happy faces, that beautiful afghan made from all those designs and colors -- all so very different, but working together so well -- and not think happy, peaceful, harmonious thoughts for the humanity represented; not wonder what has to happen before the entire world feels it, too? All together now! Absolutely phenomenal, Gail.