I've begun!!! What was once an inch of the first sleeve of Mermaid is now this:
Oh yeah, that's about 2/3 of a sleeve!
Will I finish by July 29th? WHO KNOWS? I do know that Chris and I will be faithfully watching the Tour every day, and that, with his encouragement, I will knit like crazy not only during that time but also while commuting, at lunch, whenever I can. I must be HUNGRY for this victory, for it is indeed a sprint! Check out the Knitalong, and a lot of information on the Tour riders and progress here.
Which puts me in the Green Jersey (Mailot Vert) cagetory. Whew! I have done a bit of distance running, and more and more biking, but I was certainly never a sprinter! I can experience this new identity through my knitting.
Additionally, due to some extra unexpected income, I will be getting a NEW BIKE this coming Friday. Nothing too fancy, but it will be my first real road bike. Last summer Chris, who's been into cycling for some time, and I began to take longer rides together, anywhere from 10 to 40 miles. While my hybrid, city-commuter type bike is manageable, it slows me down a lot and makes the experience less fun for Chris and myself. I'm not looking to be a super biker, just to be able to ride farther and faster more comfortably. I don't believe in spending a lot on gear until I'm sure that the gear will get a lot of use, but I'm confident about this purchase. Photos to come soon!!!