Sprint Triathlon Race Report

My sister and I recently completed a women’s only sprint distance triathlon. This a smallish race that we have done before and enjoy. The swim in 350 meters in a pool, and the bike is a relatively flat 12 miles. The run is only two miles but has a few gentle inclines. The most challenging part of this race is that is takes place at the end of July and it is HOT.

I purposely did some runs and bike rides in the heat (with lots of hydration) so that I would be used to the race conditions. I also worked harder on my biking that I did last year with the goal of improving my bike time this year.

The swim took me about 9 minutes, just like last year and I had a little trouble getting my bike off the rack due to a really crowded bike rack, but a volunteer helped me and I was off.  About a half mile from the mount line there was a set of rail road tracks that we had to cross. Right before I got there a train showed up and a whole pack of us had to wait on a train to pass for about three minutes.  This made me nervous as my bike handling skills are not great and I didn’t want to take off in such a closely packed group. Other than someone passing on the right with no heads up (a big safety No-No), I was able to navigate the pack and stay upright on my bike at the same time.  Not subtracting the train waiting time, I still finished the bike about a minute quicker than last year. If you add the train time, I was about 4 minutes faster. I was pleased with this improvement. I also took about a minute off my run time from last year, so I was happy with my times.

This race benefits a foundation that helps children be more active and healthy, so this is a cause that I will happily support. I hope to do this race next year as well.

Tome Time Reading and Knitting Episode 14: Professional Yarn Holder

Welcome! Find us on Ravelry in the Tome Time Reading and Knitting group. Knitting content begins at  18 :34  .

I show off my book swap loot from Jessica of the Purls Before Twine podcast.

Jeanette of the Bookish Stitcher Podcast is having a book and yarn swap. Sign up by August 5th.

Enter our zipper pouch and Tuft Woolens lotion bar and sock soap sampler by telling us your favorite author in the giveaway thread in the Ravelry group. Winner will be drawn on Friday, August 13th, 2016 and announced on the next podcast, available by Sunday, August 15th, 2016. You can also enter by emailing me your favorite author at musingsandmotion@gmail.com.

Books: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Dogster is reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Wings of Fire Legends: Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland, Minecraft Elementia: The First Order by Sean Fay Wolfe.

I will soon begin the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan for Jaclyn of the Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast’s read-along.

Finished Objects: R2D2 socks for Dogster from Must Stash Yarns Star Wars limited edition Droids OCD2 colorway.

WIPS: Cordia Tank by Kerri Blumer out of Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere in the Bermuda Teal color, Lafitte Shawl by Denise Bell out of Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino Lace, Raituli hat by Marja Suomela out of Vice Yarns sock yarn in Geraldo.

Future WIPS: Cafe Mocha socks by Deb Buckingham out of my Coffee sock blank from Blueberry Chick Yarns and Song of the Sea cowl by Louise Zass Bangham with my Sweet Sparrow Yarns Nuthatch in the Pure Reason colorway.

Sewing: Dogster pajama pants and giveaway zipper pouch. I will soon start working on a plaid flannel Morris Blazer from Grainline Studios.

Spinning: Tour de Fleece is over and I spun over 3 ounces of my Fat Cat Knits Blue Faced Leicester, Bamboo, and Nylon braid for two-ply sock yarn.

Training: My sprint distance triathlon is coming soon. Full race report on the blog and pics on Instagram. Go, Julie, Go! Go, everyone who wants to exercise, Go!

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remebers to turn on the light.”  Dumbledore

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Tome Time Reading and Knitting Episode 13: Overcoming Obstacles

Welcome! Please join us in the Tome Time Reading and Knitting Ravelry group.  Book swap partners have been posted and magic linked in Ravelry. Knitting content starts at 13:42.

Books: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Last Anniversary by Liann Moriarty, Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

Finished Objects: Zinone by Andi Satterlund out of Quince and Co. Sparrow in Fundi color for Kay of the Bede Sisters Podcast’s Grow-along.  Hollyburn skirt from Sewaholic pattern in a Robert Kaufman cotton lawn for the Outfit Along 2016 hosted by Lauren of Lladybird and Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots. Marooned socks by Hunter Hammersen in Vice Yarn in Geraldo colorway.

WIPS: R2D2 plain vanilla socks for Dogster out of Must Stash Yarns Star Wars: The Droids in the OCD2 colorway. Cordia Tank by Kerri Blumer out of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the Bermuda Teal color for Samantha of The Yarn Reader podcast and blog’s Queue -along. Surprise Stripes socks by Anna Johanna out of my sock scraps.

Jennie from Owl About Yarn suggested the Hitchhiker or Miss Winkle shawl patterns by Martina Behm or the Quay shawl by Sara Millis for my handspun yarn out of her organic alpaca and Polwarth braid. I am leaning toward the Quay shawl.

Spinning: It is Tour de Fleece time and I am spinning some Blue Faced Leicester, bamboo, and nylon from Fat Cat Knits in the Peacock colorway for Team Corner of Knit and Tea, hosted by Laura.  I am hoping to get enough two-ply yarn for shorty socks.

I bought stuff:  Sweet Sparrow Yarns Nuthatch fingering base in the Pure Reason color.  I was planning on socks, but it is too beautiful. It must be a shawl.

Podcast I listen to:  Craft Lit, Dear Hank and John, Down Cellar Studios, Yarns at Yin Hoo, Bede Sisters, Knit Read Pray, 2 Knit Lit Chicks, A Playful Day, Caithness Craft Collective, Knitmore Girls, Twin Set Designs, Knitting Butterflies, plus a few more.

Sewing: 1940’s Empire Waist pants from Decades of Style Patterns.  I love these pants and I hope to make more, with slight pattern alterations.

Training:  Two weeks until sprint distance triathlon.  I talk about tapering or reducing the volume of training in the days leading up to a race so that you are rested and ready.

Thanks for watching!

Episode 12: Earthquake (or someone kicks the camera stand)

Book swap sign-up has been extended until July 15th. Packages should be posted by July 30th. Sign up in our Tome Time Reading and Knitting Ravelry group or in our YouTube channel comments section.

Knitting content begins at 8:54.


You can find me on Ravelry, Good Reads, Twitter, and The Fold Line as Musing Runner.

I am on Instagram as Tome Time Reading and Knitting.

I am wearing Sandshore by Alicia Plummer, made last year out of Cascade Pima Cotton.

Books mentioned: Scat by Carl Hiasen, Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt, Stories and More Stories by B.J. Novak, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, the Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Half-Finished Object: Marooned sock by Hunter Hammersen in Vice Yarns Geraldo.

Works in Progress:  Zinone by Andi Satterlund in Quince and Co. Sparrow in Fundi, second Marooned sock, Lafitte shawl by Denise Bell out of Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino in a red color, OCD2 socks in Must Stash Yarns Star Wars sock yarn.

Alongs: Grow-along from Bede Sisters audio podcast, Little Box of Socks KAL from Yarngasm podcast, Queue-along from The Yarn Reader podcast, Tour de Fleece for Team Corner of Knit and Tea.

Sewing: Finished Simplicity 1607, working on Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt for the Outfit Along 2016.

Spinning:  Spinning a 6 oz. braid of Peacock colorway from Fat Cat Knits. It is Blue Faced Leicester, Bamboo, and Nylon and hopefully it will grow up to be socks.

YouTube podcasts I have been watching:

The Bookish Stitcher, The Yarn Reader, Sweet Sparrow Knits, Handmade and Woolen, Bookend Knits, Yarngasm, Inside #23, Ichigo Abroad, Kitchen Stitching, Undead Yarn

Training:  Getting ready for a sprint distance triathlon at the end of July.  I have been running in the heat and practicing running off the bike.





Tome Time Reading and Knitting: Episode 11

Do you want to have a book swap? If so, please let me know in comments or in the Tome Time Ravelry group.  Sign up by June 30th to participate!

I have joined Instagram under the name of Tometimereadingandknitting.  I am Musingrunner on Ravelry, Twitter, Good Reads, and The Fold Line.

Knitting chat begins at 11:50.

Books mentioned:  Drowned City graphic novel by Don Brown, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave by Stephanie Barron, the Hound of the Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Finished Objects: Vanilla socks in Blueberry Chick Yarns in the Umbrella Drinks at the Swim Up Bar for the Down Cellar Studio’s Splash Pad Party ’16.

Works in Progress: Zinone by Andi Satterlund in Quince and Co. Sparrow linen yarn in the Fundi color for the Outfit Along 2016 hosted by Lauren of the Lladybird blog and Andi of Untangling Knots.

Marooned by Hunter Hammersen in Vice Yarns Geraldo colorway. These are pair #6 of my 12 for Vollenvine’s Little Box of Socks KAL on the Yarngasm podcast.

Surprise Strips by Anna Johanna with my sock scraps.

Lafitte shawl by Denise Bell of Lost City Knits out of Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino lace yarn.

Sewing: Simplicity 1607 in a bird print knit from Girl Charlee.  Next up is the Hollyburn skirt from Sewaholic patterns in some cotton lawn from Robert Kaufman.

Spinning: Organic alpaca and Polwarth from Owl About Yarn in the Sea Glass colorway. I am planning in spinning this in a heavy fingering weight two-ply for a shawl. I am looking for suggestions for a shawl pattern that is good for a variegated handspun yarn.

Training:  I am in training for a women’s sprint triathlon at the end of July.  It will be a hot one! Dogster wants to try out for the track and archery teams next year.

Thanks for watching!




Outfit Along 2016


Lauren of Lladybird and Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots are hosting their annual Outfit Along in which participants knit and sew coordinating pieces to make an outfit. This year’s outfit consists of Zinone by Andi Satterlund and the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt.

I chose to knit my Zinone out of Quince and Co. Sparrow in the Fundi colorway. Sparrow is a linen yarn, which should get softer and softer with washing and wear. My Hollyburn will be out of Robert Kaufman cotton lawn in the Woodland Clearing print.

The Outfit Along runs from June 1 – July 31st and I will probably need every single day of it to get my outfit finished! Watch here for updates. Also, I joined Instagram as TomeTimeReadingandKnitting if you are interested in following me there.



Beatrix Skater Dress by Named Clothing

A few weeks ago, during Graduation season, I realized that I really didn’t have anything dressy to wear to such occasions.  I have plenty of short dresses for date nights, but nothing for an evening work event.

As I already had the pattern and the fabric to sew the Beatrix Skater Dress by Named Clothing, I went ahead and sewed it up. The fabric is a black ponte knit from Girl Charlee.  It must have some nylon content because it feels a little bit light nylon tights.

Instead of using the high collar pieces, I chose to lower the neckline a bit and finish it with a bias binding that I made from the dress fabric. Have I mentioned before that I LOVE making bias tape? Well, I do.

The only change I would make in future versions of this dress (and there will be more…) would be to put some darts in the back bodice for a swayback adjustment. You can see in the picture of the back of the dress that there is some extra fabric back there. Other than that small change, I love the dress!  It will be a much worn wardrobe staple. I could even throw a jacket or cardigan over it and wear it to work.  What about you?  What are you sewing this summer?

Tome Time Reading and Knitting Episode 10: Solo

I am solo this episode as Dogster is having some Summer fun. Please join  the Tome Time Reading and Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry.

Thanks to Sam of the Yarn Reader podcast for the kind mention.

I have also been enjoying The Lazy Knitter YouTube podcast, hosted by Rene.

Knitting begins at 11:00 minutes.

Books: The Last Star by Rick Yancey and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Sean Grahame-Smith.

Finished Objects: Prairie Fire by KIS Designs in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in the Arctic colorway and Shibui Silk Cloud in the Fjord colorway.

Works in Progress: Surprise Stripes by Anna Johanna in sock yarn scraps, Marooned Socks by Hunter Hammersen in Vice Yarns Geraldo colorway, and Zinone by Andi Satterlund in Quice and Co. Sparrow in the Fundi color.

Sewing: Beatrix Skater Dress by Named patterns in black Ponte de Roma from Girl Charlee.

Spinning: I finished spinning the black Merino from WildThyme Fibers and will pair it with my Hobbledehoy spin in the Robin Shawl by Lee Meredith.

Thanks for watching and please leave comments if you enjoy the podcast!