Monday, October 30, 2006


That's right kiddies! I finished the Marine Corps Marathon! Not at a great time, not at a time that I wanted to have finished, but, I.FINISHED!

I am so happy that I have met this goal in my life, and to go back to running for fun again. It has been a while now since I have gone for a run just for fun, and not because I have to meet a certain number of miles required. Yay for me and the other 20,000 people that finished. Yay US!

I also finished something else... Gatsby Girl! I wore it to work to celebrate my marathon ending. My co-workers are pretty impressed with it, and in fact, so am I. I have to admit that as much as I brag, I still feel a little self-conscious wearing hand knitted items outside the privace of my own house, either because it is not finished right, or it is too big, or whatever the reason. But GG is a gem! It is form fitting without being too tight, and the color is really pretty, and I even did fairly well on the finishing, so in some parts you cannot even tell that it is hand made.

The only modifications I made were taking out the cables, and making it two inches longer before shaping for the waist. I like my tops to be a little longer in order to elongate my figure, and distract people from the fact that I got a big caboose.

Pattern: Gatsby Girl from from Interweaves Fall 2006
Yarn: KFI Cashmerino (55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere) (mostly gifted by ms. pea)
Needles: Sixe 3 addis, size 2 Susan bates.

As promised, here are some pictures (now stop bugging me! - you know who you are!):wait wait... one more:


Blogger Jan said...

Hooray for you!! Congrats on finishing both projects successfully. Your GG is sweet - what a fabulous color! And hey, it's okay to have a little junk in the trunk (thankfully).

12:45 PM  
Blogger ms. pea said...

Oh my god, girl, you are incredible! First congratulations on the marathon - what an accomplishment. Now on to the drooling part... drool, drool... GG is so pretty. You are so talented! I didn't realize you were using the cashmerino. The color looks fabulous on you. Nice work!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Olgajazzy said...

I heard that! And buzzing you with it was really worth it! Look at those beauties!
My Congratulations, I love your GG and it looks just great!
The MCM is such an accomplishment, you kick ass girl!

1:41 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

congratulations on the marathon! i can barely run a mile much less over 20! with bad knees and hips, i'm relegated to the elliptical machine for life :)

GG looks so great! i love the idea of taking out the cables. it's almost an entirely different sweater.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Zarah said...

Two thumbs up on the marathon and the gorgeous sweater!!! That colors looks very pretty on you, and I love the idea of lengthening it for a more flattering fit.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

sweeeet! on both counts!!
the sweater is gorgeous and a marathon....damn!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Wendie said...

Gatsby Girl is STUNNING! And it looks even more fabulous with that snazzy medal! Yay you! My BIL said his time was about an hour slower than his last marathon, but he's still happy.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Vik said...

OMG Paloma!!! Look at this!!! I LOVE how the GG turned out!!! It´s so delicate, and perfectly knitted! Really beautiful!!!! You must be very proud of it!!!
Congratulations on the marathon too, of course! ;)

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

COngratulations on both achievements Paloma!!!!!!
I can't decide which I like best - the medal or the sweater...
The GG looks lovely on you!! and the colour really suits you!
Yay for Paloma!

4:38 PM  
Blogger yarnmaniac said...

Bravo gf! You rock! Wearing the GG was a good way to celebrate completing the marathon. Congrats on both! The GG definitely doesn't look handmade at all.

6:58 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

How fantastic!! As if the marathon wasn't enough (great job btw, you should feel suitably proud). But all that ribbing on 2's?!?!? I bow down to you - it was clearly worth it, it's gorgeous.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Yay for running the marathon! I knew you can - and will - do it, and you can be so proud of yourself now! Actually not only for the marathon, but also for finishing the gorgeous "Gatsby Girl"! What an amazing job you did with it, and you look absolutely stunning in it! Fantastic job - congratulations to you!

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Oh WOW. That is incredibly gorgeous. I never would have thought to take out the cables, but now I am (thinking about it). I am definitely, definitely making this ASAP. (I'm also tempted to make it the same color as yours -- so lovely!)

Thanks so much for posting! It was totally worth the wait.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Congratulations on finishing the marathon! Of course I read your post while eating a huge piece of I'm feeling like an even bigger slacker.

GG looks fabulous. The color definitely suits you. The sweater looks very delicate and feminine - and very figure flattering. Don't worry about the big caboose, I've got one too. I'm trying to come to terms with the big ole can. ;)

Seriously great job on both things - you really do rock.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Hey Paloma!! I've been thinking of you and did so as well on Sunday as I knew you were running in the marathon. I saw and talked with Mariana on Friday and commented it with her as well (our 20 year high school reunion was this weekend!). I'm so happy for you! I tried finding you in the crowd but I just couldn't pick you out!

Your GG sweater is gorgeous! You are so talented and I'm very impressed! Where can I get the order forms?

11:37 AM  
Blogger nessagr said...

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS I love this sweater and totally want to knit it now (you're such an enabler :) A huge applause for the marathon, too. I am very, very impressed. Now you can indulge in Halloween candy sans guilt.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

verry prroud of you!!chinkui!

1:27 PM  
Blogger alejandra said...

Muy bien Paloma!!!!!!!!!! Felicitaciones por ambos logros, el suéter es lo más!!!!!!!

6:20 PM  
Blogger knitannie said...

wow that is gorgeous. You did so well, with the running and the sweater. Very impressed.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Gorgeous! It looks so good on you, and I love the color choice! Now I want to knit it. :)

11:24 AM  
Blogger BookishKnitster said...

Congratulations!!! on the marathon and the amazingly gorgeous sweater!!! Love it!

12:54 AM  
Blogger kate said...

woah! love everything about your GG! that color is gorge and your stitches look perfect. perfect fit, too. you look so happy with your medal...congrats to you!

7:49 AM  
Anonymous ellie said...

Your sweater looks fabulous! And congrats on the marathon!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Ava said...

sorry I missed you Saturday too! we'll all go the next time there's a yarn festival, but before that we definitely need to meet to make duct tape dress forms. (Ask Olga!) Your Gatsby girl is beautiful!

3:03 PM  
Blogger Gaby said...

Felicitaciones por la Marathon y el sweater! :) El GG te quedó divino, perfecto! Me encanta!! Está en mi lista de proyectos :) cuanta lana te llevó?

1:57 PM  
Blogger jodi said...

How beautiful! Yours is the first finished Gatsby Girl I've seen, and it looks awesome. Did you do something different with the neck as well, like cast off and let it roll? That looks pretty, whatever you did.

And congrats on your marathon, as well; I'm in awe of anyone who can do that.

6:59 PM  

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