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On the sleeve

February 7, 2013

When I was layering up to do a run in the 12F/-11C windchill last week, I realized I didn’t have my mittens or neck gaiter with me.  Both were a must for those bitter cold conditions.  So, I took a sweatshirt from the rag pile, and made some quick homemade mitts.  Then I took a long sleeved tshirt from the same pile, and made a neck gaiter from the sleeve.  With about 15 minutes of cutting and sewing, I had what I needed to brave the elements for a 3.5-miler.

Neck Gaiter:

(And yes, those are my favorite sewing scissors, a gift from my grandma.  They will cut layers of denim, or a single layer of tricot with precision.)

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This is what the gaiter looked like after my run.  It didn’t stay up on its own.  I had to keep pulling it up over my nose.  But with that little bit of assistance, it did its job.

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Sleeve Mittens: 

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Turned inside out after sewing across the large open end to close it.

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The length compared to my hand and forearm.  It was about an inch too long, and left too much mitten at my fingertips.

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So, after my run I cut an inch off the end and re-sewed it shut.

The finished product.  The mittens worked great.

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With the mittens, I might experiment with adding a large buttonhole for the thumb to stick out.  That will allow me to more easily use my hands when needed, without having take the mittens off.

Janathon blogs:

http://cjhenderson79.blogspot.co.uk/  Impressive Janathon totals.  Hilarious mention of two girls at the gym wearing polo shirts under another top.  Haha!

http://jameskennell.com/  In his own words, “A blog on tourism, events, regeneration and economic development.”  Mention of the London Marathon.  Several blog entries on the London Olympics.  I wonder if I’m the only one who is still going through Olympics withdrawal.  They were the best Olympics ever.

http://benjiboyw.blogspot.co.uk/  Goal of Brighton Marathon in April.  Nice running diary with maps.  Very nice page banner image.

http://juliesthreads.blogspot.com/  A diary of crochet and exercise.  Very nice combination of passions.

http://fitfor365.wordpress.com/  Concise running diary entries with inspiring quotes.

http://runrencerun.blogspot.co.uk/  Someone else who has posted photos to illustrate the lack of color in the landscape.  It is a lovely collage.  Well, except for the muddy socks, haha!  Impressive running bling, too.

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