Sometimes you get unexpected outcomes .... this weekend I had two!
No 1: Unexpected Outcome
Yes, it's finally finished. As my regular followers know I'm a runner and to use running as a metaphor this cardigan has been a marathon!! It has been a hard slog, sometimes I didn't think I'd make it, but I persevered even after two fronts were ripped back! My original design has changed along the way and the finished cardigan is quite different to the first ideas I had ..... but I'm happy with the outcome .. and I think I deserve a medal!
What do I love about it?
I love the spring green edging detail, and how the front edging on each side actually curls up almost making a little corded edge ... an unexpected detail!
I love the texture of the chain stitch cherry stalks.
I love the perfectly matched little buttons, just the exact same shade as the cherries.
I love that it is finished!!
No 2: Unexpected Outcome
Do you remember that I told you I was running a 10k? You may also remember that I said that I was running it just to get round as I couldn't chase any times as I was still suffering with the after effects of my cold. So Sunday morning dawned, I started coughing as soon as I got out of bed! I ate my porridge and honey and sat there wondering what on earth I was doing. An hour later and a trip on the motorway, my heart sunk and I felt sick when I saw the first 'Caution Runners' sign which indicated we were nearly at Race Headquarters (a village hall full of tea & cakes, lots of men with their pale white legs on display and the smell of deep heat!).
30 minutes to go before the start I thought I'd better show willing and put on my chip ( a little device that you attach to your trainer which records your start and finish time when your run over the chip mats - very clever!) Then I had a little walk to the start and decided I'd better take my fleece off and have a warm up!! Oh my goodness, the blue sky and fluffy white clouds above did look beautiful but there was an ice cold breeze which felt wintry on my bare shoulders and arms.
11.00 am soon came and I stood at the start thinking about what I could have been doing instead on a Sunday morning, then bang, the start gun went off and we were running! Yes, I was running and as the kilometres passed by I kept waiting to descend into a coughing fit, but no, lady luck was smiling on me, as was the sun by 3 kms and very pleasant it was too. Then I remembered why I love running, down country lanes I ran, past farms with dogs barking, glimpsing lambs in the fields either side, encountering beautiful views round each corner and the sun shining down warming me as I ran. Yes, I thought, where else would I rather be! I got so carried away that I nearly dropped down in surprise as I came through the finish line and the Postie met me with a beaming smile, wow a PB!! I'd managed to run the 10k in 53:06, knocking 54 seconds of my previous time, and I still don't know how I did it? Don't you just love an unexpected outcome!
Goodbye for nowFleur xx