Monday, May 26, 2014

Teaching Finger Knitting

My wife and I were driving through the east coast this spring and stopped in to visit some family. I was able to teach my nephew and my sister my version of finger knitting. Sam picked it up really well.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

First Finger-Knitting Run in NYC

I took the opportunity to try finger-knitting while running for the first time while I was in NYC in Central Park. I ran the same loop that I did Wednesday with the ATEA group, running it just once so it would have been 5 miles. I ran about a mile without knitting first to get warmed up and then pulled up the yarn from my waist pack in front. I decided to try a garter stitch which means that without turning the work I had to both knit and purl. It worked wonderfully. I really got into it and enjoyed the run. On the run I saw Amanda, the little mermaid, from the Wednesday running group. I called out to her and we ran a little together. She said she should have known it was me, but at the time my knitting was still small enough that she couldn't see it from behind as she passed me. I stopped my run when I finished the scarf just past the crossover below the angel fountain. That's when I realized that I was late for my check-out at the hostel. If people didn't notice me knitting I am sure that they wondered why I was running with a scarf in my hands on a warm morning.

Friday, May 16, 2014

My First Walking Finger-Knit in NYC

I went to NYC on a tour with my students. On our walk across town to visit an alumna graphic designer at Martha Stewart I pulled out some yarn to try my first finger-knitting-while-walking. It worked! Despite the busy metropolis streets I managed a good little scarf without incident. It is actually easier with fingers than needles because I can feel where I am on the stitch instead of looking and can keep my eyes on the action and traffic around me.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Running With Athletes To End Alzheimer's

I took advantage of my being in NYC with students to go on a training run with the NYC Athletes To End Alzheimer's group on Wednesday night in Central Park. We met at the running store at Columbus Circle. I brought one of my students with me because running in Central Park is an awesome touristy thing to do. I got to meet Elizabeth Hodges of ATEA NYC for the first time. She has been very helpful in negotiating and communicating with the NYRR to ensure that I can do knitting while running the NYC Marathon this November. I don't live in NYC, or even close, so I won't be able to take advantage of the awesome training program and support that is available there in the city. It was great to meet a few of the people who are on the team. I did not knit on this run, this was all about my first introduction. We did a 6 mile run in good time. I didn't remember everyone's name, but I ran with Amanda, who plays the Mermaid, and some twin women. It was a nice cool evening. I love running in New York and am super excited for the Marathon. Be sure to make a donation for Alzheimer's!
Here is a link to my fundraising page: