Tour Ups and Downs

Sad news about Liquigas rider Manuel Beltran (formerly of US Postal); I’ve heard conflicting reports about the lab that processed his results. If it’s the same one that handled Floyd Landis’s lab work I have serious doubts. But for the moment, I don’t know enough to make any sort of judgment. I’m also sad about the riders who have had […]

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Tour de France Music Video

I originally wanted to post this video, but was not allowed to — so instead, I give you this: In other news, progress is being made on my Simple Knitted Bodice; I’ve joined to knit in the round a little higher than called for in the pattern and am now knitting plain stockinette for another couple of inches before beginning […]

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The Tour is HOT

Oui, hot is one word I can use to describe the weather around these parts. Other appropriate words might be miserable, smoky, unhealthy, and Please, God, let it cool off again soon! So basically the best thing I can do with my time is stay inside watching the Tour on Versus and knitting — hmm, sounds like I’ve got very […]

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And we’re off!

Yes, of course the Tour kicked off today, and even without the traditional Prologue, Stage 1 had plenty of excitement. As is usual this early in the race, nerves were high and there were a number of crashes. Luckily none of them appeared early on to be very serious — with the exception of one which took young Cofidis rider […]

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Rockin’ the socks

Well, I think I finally was bitten by the sock bug — I’m having a blast cranking out socks! Several months ago when I was on my yarn-buying spree I bought a few different brands of sock yarn on eBay, but I lacked the confidence to actually use it. I’ve got some beautiful Opal Handpainted and four different colors of […]

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The day before the day . . .

Tomorrow is the Big Day −− Stage I of the Tour. Since I’m on the West Coast of the US, if I want to see the race live I’ll have to get up at 5:30 a.m.; otherwise I can watch the replays at various times throughout the day on Versus. My plan is to videotape the live broadcast, because that’s the way I’ve gotten used to doing it in years past. On the weekends it’s no big deal, but during the week when the Big Guy is working he likes to come home in the evening and watch the stage sans commercials. We also enjoy hearing the commentary of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin; in fact, for me it just wouldn’t be Le Tour without the sound of Phil Liggett’s voice. Of course I’ll also be casting on my Simple Knitted Bodice. I’m going to be using a Size 6 Susan Bates circular needle, since my Size 6 Options circ is broken and I haven’t gotten round to trying to replace it. I did have the brilliant idea today of driving over to Babetta’s (my LYS) in the hopes of finding the right size Addi Turbo needle −− but of course they were closed today . . . and if I’d had the sense to phone ahead I would have known that! It’s not a disaster to have to use the Susan Bates needle, but I’m still going to try […]

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