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Year of Projects 2: Update 18

Project Percentage Complete: 49%
Overall Percentage Complete: 69%
Number of Project Items: 98
Number of Added Items: 69
Total Items: 167

Total Completed Project Items: 48
Total Completed Items: 110


As promised, and thankfully so, I went back and recalculated all of my numbers. I actually forgot to add in the 50 ruffle scarves as part of the total completed items! The total percentage for my project items did not budge but because of 1 newly added item (that is also done) and the 50 scarves added to the total completed items, that bumped my overall percentage complete to a whopping 69%!

Insane, eh?

Granted, I still have quite a few items on my project list that are not done, but at least I’m making progress on the original list AND the added items.

I did decide that I’m going to try and push the Navajo’s completion in February. I think I’ve got to “just do it” – don’t start anything new…. just knock out that blanket.

But, since its not February, I was able to spend some time making a shawl for my daughter. As you all know, I had intended on crocheting the Magic Wrap for her and it ended up too big and then, when it came down to it – it just sucked. It was too stiff and too big and too… not me. So with all that, it still left my youngest without a wrap.

A few days ago I was cleaning out one of my large project bags and I found one of those “take one: free” flyers that you pick up in the yarn aisle. It was from Red Heart called “Have a Heart Shawl” – well, I really liked how that one draped. I figured if I used the recommended hook size, with my gauge as tight as it is, instead of getting the adult size, I would get a size just right for Squirt… and I was right.

Here is Squirt modeling it – I know you can’t see her face but there is a HUGE grin.

The flow of this fabric, since it is so open, is very fluid. I did end up adding a little tie to the front so she could tie it closed simply because she would be very frustrated with an open shawl.

I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color “Buff” – I remember finding several skeins for that on clearance at Walmart sometime last year. I bought several and used several. I had 2 skeins left and this shawl took exactly that, with just maybe 25 yards left over, if I’m lucky.

Because I was getting low on yarn, I didn’t go insane with the last row of the edging, and that’s ok – she’s a small girl and a small edge worked out fine.

She likes it enough she was willing to brave the frigid rainy weather this morning to wear it to church – we had to force her into her wool coat…. But that’s ok, she is ready to wear it in the Spring. Just ask her – she’ll be sure to tell you.

I do think that this shawl is a better fit for her than the magic wrap would have been – even if the magic wrap had come out in her size. I think she likes the color more and the general look and feel of it.

Other than that, I have spent my time knitting on Pimpelliese and finishing off my knit headband, which definitely has kept my ears warm this last week. I have a couple days off coming up, which is nice – I know I’ll spend them knitting or crocheting – and I’m ok with that!

Project List Items (not started/in progress)
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (gift)
– 17 squares for SIBOL  
– 9 crochet knockers for donation 

– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Room Shoes
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
– Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 1 crochet knockers for donation
Wrap (ended poorly – was supposed to be for Squirt but… didn’t work out)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Tongues of Fire (for me) 
– Headband to Match Garter Slip Scarf (for me) 
Pimpelliese (for me)

Striped Granny Bag
– Elite Syncopations
– Harry Potter Scarf 
– Blue or Purple Cowl (for a friend; after the holidays)

Added Items (done)
– Have a Heart Shawl (free Red Heart pattern)
– Magic Square Potholder
– Boot Toppers (Christmas present)
– 50 Ruffle Scarves
– Striped Scarf (Christmas Present)
– Crochet Clock (Christmas Present)
– House Slippers (Christmas Present)
Warm Hat with Bill (Christmas Present)
– Stocking Cap (Christmas present)
– 3 icord knit snakes
My Garter Slipped Scarf (for me)

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in My Projects

 

Ombre in Real Life

I am not sure how all of you are, but I can say that sometimes – the beauty of crochet and knitting and yarn seep into my every day life.

I wanted to share this photo with you (and pardon the grainy nature – it was taken on my crappeh cell phone).

As I drove into work the other day, I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the sky. Part of the sky was on fire. It was as if the horizon had been painted with the bright yellows and pinks from a childs paint kit. Everything was so bold.

I got out of my car and as I approached the building, I saw the sky in the windows and continued to admire the colors… and then it hit me – this is am amazing example of ombre in real life. I began to think of the colors and how they would translate to something like a scarf or hat…. and then I thought about some of the wonderful striped Noro scarves I had seen being made by the ladies in my yarn group, similar to these striped fingerless gloves.

I just thought I would share this moment of beauty and thoughts of yarn.

Have a great day and God bless!

 
 

Crocheting My Life Back: Update 2

The Statistics
Current Weight: 295
Weekly Loss/Total Loss: -2/-5

Squares Allowed: 5
Squares Completed: 0


Thoughts on my weekly change
This week went a bit better in the stair climbing department simply because I could walk all days of the week, even after one day when I climbed 32 flights of stairs. I did much better in not giving into the temptations of the lemonade mix we keep in the fridge.

Things I have changed in the last week
Honestly…. I didn’t change a whole lot this week. I was more cognizant of what I was drinking at night and tried to keep my portions and snacking in check – but I did not increase my exercise at home, which I was hoping to do.

I didn’t get the cards… had a whole week to do it but either 1) I didn’t remember or 2) the cards I saw were flippin’ expensive.

Things I want to do next week
Ok, next week I want to get some cards. I also want to do at least one run provided the weather lets up a little. It’s cold outside!

Picture Time
No pictures this week as I haven’t hit a 10 pound loss. That’s ok though – maybe next week.

Reflections and Responses to Last Week’s Comments
I want to welcome Colletta to the “program” although there really isn’t a program to follow. I created a Mr. Linky for any and all who are combining bettering their health with crafting so please, do feel free to leave a link to your blog update.

Sara brought up something about admission of something embarrassing – and that is pretty  much what I’m doing on this blog. I’m genuinely embarrassed by my weight and by admitting my issues here, I’m laying it on the line. Anyone who reads this blog series will see where I have succeeded and also failed…. Obviously, I don’t want to fail at this… why? Not because its embarrassing but because it is my life. If I continue to live my life at this weight, or bigger (since we all know that is what happens), it will kill me. It is already killing me emotionally and socially – the natural progression of things is killing me physically. I know it won’t be long until I hear the dreaded words “you have diabetes” …

I think what has gotten me the most is why haven’t I made any squares? I cast on a new project …. I had time for a square or two, but yet I chose something else. I don’t have an answer for that yet but it is definitely something to think about.

In addition to increasing my exercise at home, I plan on getting together a layout for my squares and to start making a couple of the squares I have earned.

So with that said, I wish you all a wonderful weekend full of healthy choices and plenty of moments to craft.

Are you using some form of crafting to get your life back on track? Share a link to your most recent update.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in My Projects

 

FO Friday

I did it, I finally have an FO Friday post to.. well… post.

YIPPIE!

As you all know from my earlier posts this week I finished the crochet wrap I was making for my youngest daughter … unfortunately, I HATE IT – it is so stiff.

Before I choose to admit that I made it, I am trying to kill the acrylic by hot washes and trips through the hot dryer. I’m really hoping that helps because if I can’t get it somewhat passable, that is a lot of yarn wasted. There is no way to reclaim it via frogging.

On top of that disappointment, I did finish the knit headband I was making in the same pattern as my scarf.

I think this superwash wool is going to work out really nicely with keeping my ears warm. I really wish I had a wee bit more yarn left over from the scarf because I would definitely make a hat. BUT this will do. If anything I can wear a looser hat on top of it and use the headband to keep my ears nice and toasty.

I’m wearing it right now and my ears are definitely toasty

*smiles*

I am pretty sure I won’t have an FO Friday for quite some time after this. Right now I have two projects I’d say that are active – and they are both going to take me a long time to finish: the Navajo Blanket and the Pimpelleise shawl.

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday – be sure to come back later today for my weight loss challenge check-in. I’m hoping for a bit of a loss this week.

If you have a finished object to show off or just like reading about what other’s have finished, then head over to Tami’s Amis blog and check out her Mr. Linky.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in My Projects

 

Year of Projects 2: Update 17

Project Percentage Complete: 49%
Overall Percentage Complete: 36%
Number of Project Items: 98
Number of Added Items: 68
Total Items: 166

Total Completed Project Items: 48
Total Completed Items: 60


First: my sincerest apologies for being so late with this post. I’m normally pretty good about getting them up on Sunday but apparently this week was not my week. I don’t know what happened other than I lost track of time with the holiday off.

Oh well, I do know its not the end of the world and since I’m getting it taken care of now – all is well in blog world.

*smiles*

I think next week I’ll go through each item and make sure my numbers are still very accurate. I have been adding items as I add them below but not recounting everything. Next update warrants a recount just to ensure I haven’t missed anything.

Good news is that if my numbers are right, I increased 1 percent in total project percentage complete. This is because I have finished the crochet wrap I was making for my youngest, Squirt. It ended up way too big for her AND for my oldest, Rabbit. I figured I’d take it on as my own, even though the colors aren’t exactly my personal pallet of choice; however, when I put it on, it was surprisingly stiff. When I was working on it, it seemed pretty fluid. When I put it on, it immediately showed me its impersonation of a 2 by 4. So right now, its resting in the washer getting ready for a nice warm trip through the dryer.

In other news, I did add one item to the added items list – a shawl: Pimpelliese. I posted a bit more about that in my WIP Wednesday post from earlier today.

All in all, progress is being made on the list even though I have added a few more items than I should have – but who can resist!
 

And mostly because I don’t like making blog posts without some type of personalized image – here is a picture o a local golf course.

The man is still practicing with his camera and when we woke up to a thick fog, he was off and running trying to get some decent shots.

I thought this one turned out nice although I know once he really gets a hang of adjusting for the various types of lighting, he’ll be able to take some absolutely stunning photos of the fog.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (gift)
– 17 squares for SIBOL  
– 9 crochet knockers for donation 

– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Room Shoes
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
– Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 1 crochet knockers for donation
Wrap (ended poorly – was supposed to be for Squirt but… didn’t work out)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Tongues of Fire (for me) 
– Headband to Match Garter Slip Scarf (for me) 
Pimpelliese (for me)

Striped Granny Bag
– Elite Syncopations
– Harry Potter Scarf 
– Blue or Purple Cowl (for a friend; after the holidays)

Added Items (done)
– Magic Square Potholder
– Boot Toppers (Christmas present)
– 50 Ruffle Scarves
– Striped Scarf (Christmas Present)
– Crochet Clock (Christmas Present)
– House Slippers (Christmas Present)
Warm Hat with Bill (Christmas Present)
– Stocking Cap (Christmas present)
– 3 icord knit snakes
My Garter Slipped Scarf (for me)

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in My Projects

 

WIP Wednesday

Its that time again – WIP Wednesday.

I did end up finishing the crochet wrap that was originally started for my youngest daughter, Squirt (which was too big for her AND Rabbit… making it default to yours truly). I’m not liking it. I don’t know if its the yarn choice or what, but the finished project is really stiff. Now – keep in mind that as I was working on it, the resulting fabric seemed to flow fairly nicely – it wasn’t until I put it on that I realized just how stiff it really was.

BUT this post isn’t about finished objects gone bad, its about my works in progress, or WIPs.

Aside from the Navajo, which I have made no progress on in the last week, my other WIPs are knit projects, which is somewhat surprising. Granted, with the Navajo on the hooks and just finishing up the wrap, it makes sense that I’m trying to escape the hook for a few days.

First up for bid (ok, not really) is the headband I’m making to match my scarf. I really like how its working up although the patch of grey seems to be never ending. Don’t get me wrong, the scarf has a patch of the grey and white too, but because the scarf is wider, it isn’t quite as long as it is here… and I’m no where near the next shade change.

I really did think I’d have it worked up by now. It really is a faster knit … I just haven’t dedicated all my time to it. That crochet wrap took away from it ….

The second item is new. I purchased the Paton’s lace yarn last week and have been eyeballing various shawl patterns. Well my friend, A-with (she knows who she is) is a shawl junkie. Seriously, readers – she LOVES her shawls (and no surprise – I love her shawls too!). She has tossed a few awesome patterns my way for some of the really nice freebies on Ravelry that would work good for the yarn I got. In the midst of all this, she also gave me 2 skeins of Knit Picks Stroll Multi yarn. She wasn’t a fan of the color but I thought it was rather striking.

So with the yarn in hand, I decided that before I tacked a lacy shawl with my lace weight yarn it may be a good idea to even try something somewhat lacy. The yarn A-with gave me would be perfect for a closed shawl – so I went for the pattern Pimpelliese. I’ll do more of a write-up on it later on.

So, I got started last night and realized I was sucked in by the safety of thinking every “k yo in ” ended in “front and back” … what I found out on my third repeat is a couple slid in that just said “k yo in back”… I was creating extra holes and extra increases in the rows. So… I tore it out and started again. This is what I have right now: 4 full repeats of the 12 row pattern.

Not too shabby if you ask me.

I will say the green in the yarn is a bit more prominent. I think it would have been nicer if the green was more one of the accent colors and either the blue or purple were the main.

So I know this is supposed to be my crochet blog, but right now my WIPs are all on the needles. Apparently, other than the Navajo, I’m giving my hooks a bit of a break. But then again, the hook on the Navajo is getting a break too – I needed to take a little vacation from that massive blanket.

So I’m curious – what do you have on your hooks and needles? I know I’ll be headed over to Tami’s Amis blog tomorrow to go through all the links posted there – please feel free to go there to post your own WIP Wednesday OR read through others who have also posted.

Enjoy your day!

 
 

Not my norm…

I think everyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I strongly encourage people to step out of their comfort zone – try something new. I personally like to try something at least daily (even little things count) – but when crafting, I think you should take this plunge every few months.

I admit – I’m inspired and awe-struck by much of the work that the ladies and gent of my knitting group produce. I have some some SERIOUSLY amazing pieces created from tiny little baby clothes to fantastic afghans – the lace work is no exception.

After yarn group this last week, I took a quick trip to Joann’s with one of the women from my group. She went straight back to yarn with me (as if there was ever a doubt that would happen) and began rummaging through her favorites. So many of her choices were nothing like my personal preferences – she went for bold colors – even crazier: she went for bold colors that were self-striping – like… bright red that turns to bright yellow and back to a neon green. And even crazier – I know that when she sits down to knit it up, its going to be stunning.

And then I’m left in the “oh, that’s pretty – I never would have thunk it – but wow, I’d love something like that” seat.

So while she was pawing through some seriously crazy colors, I saw Patons Lace sitting there… I have admired this yarn before and its not that I’m ever worried about working with such thin yarn – I can do it, I just tend to migrate away from it.

But all the lovely shawls my friends make… they were shoving inspiring me to buy this yarn.

I stood and started at it when I saw something even a little more insane for me – there was Patons Lace Sequin yarn! Yup, the same yarn only with a tiny sequin dotted throughout.

So – I thought Its time to try something new – and this time, its yarn choice. Granted, I didn’t go wild in the color department – but I think the sequin are wild enough right now.

Baby steps, right?

I grabbed 2 balls of it and have been looking for a pattern ever since. I want to show off the halo of the yarn and the tiny sequins so it must be delicate. I also want it to be something nice I can wear to work but not so over-the-top fancy that people begin to question my sanity of selecting work appropriate accessories.

I originally thought it should be knit but I did find one crochet pattern that I think would look stunning. I just need to revisit the few patterns I have found and figure out which is the most feasible for me with my current skill set. Obviously, if I go with the crochet pattern I’m fine – if I go with a knit pattern, I increase my risk of getting stuck – but I’m willing to take that chance.

I need to figure out a pattern quick since I’m getting close to finishing the wrap for my daughter.

Any suggestions?

 

Crocheting My Life Back: Update 1

The Statistics
Current Weight: 297
Weekly Loss/Total Loss: -3/-3

Squares Allowed: 3
Squares Completed: 0


Thoughts on my weekly change
First, I have decided to ONLY look at the main poundage, no ounces. 300.4 is 300 and 297.8 is 297. I think this is a lot better than looking at the ounces because a girl could really drive herself insane with that sort of thing. Besides, 2 ounces is the difference of weighing with your underwear on or stepping up in your birthday suit.

I also want to note that my legs are SO SORE right now I can barely walk. Why, you ask? I work in a 6 story building that has at least 3 flights of stairs between each floor… some have more. And on Tuesday and Wednesday I went from the basement to the top floor… I did that again on Wednesday only adding going all the way down as a little cherry on top (compliments of my crazy helpful friend who cheered me along the whole way). On Thursday, since my legs were sore but still moving, we went up 3 stories (roughly 9 flights) and then took the elevator up to the top and walked all the way down…. down was definitely painful and this morning, dear readers, I can barely move. I’m taking the day off from stairs and will be walking around the city block instead… slowly…. with my friend.

Things I have changed in the last week
What did I do in the last week… well, technically 4 days since my first post.

The hard part with this is that I can’t cut out sweet drinks because I don’t drink them. I normally drink water and then in the morning I will drink a glass (literally 8 ounces measured) of milk. I couldn’t cut out “eating out at fast food restaurants” because we don’t do that. We have McDonald’s maybe twice a year – if that. We don’t eat fast food take out – if we go out, it is to sit down restaurants. BUT those aren’t so angelic either.

So what did I do – I definitely watched my portions a little better and I avoided fried foods. I cooked at home on Tuesday night which easily turns into an eat out kinda day. I also kicked myself in the arse and started doing the stairs at work simply because every little bit helps. When you are my size – getting your heart rate up for 5 minutes is a good thing. While it may only take me 2 or 3 minutes to get up the stairs, my heart rate is up for quite a bit after which to me is great cardio.

Things I want to do next
I think the biggest thing I want to do next is to begin introducing exercise into my home routine. I admit, I watch the Biggest Loser. It was a major motivating factor 3 years ago when I lost 70 pounds – it is good to hear their stories and to hear their breakthroughs. Now – I have to say that any logical person knows that there is no way to lose weight like that UNLESS you have the equipment available and the time. Those folks are working out 5-6 hours a day – working out becomes their real job… so you have to keep in mind that while their results will not be like yours, you can still use them as an inspirational point in your journey.

In last week’s episode, Bob had his team work out with a deck of cards. I want to do this.

So my plan this weekend is the following:
1. Get a deck of cards (surprise – as a computer nerd if I play solitaire, I play it on the computer LOL)
2. List out the types of exercises I want to do. Bob only used 4, but because I want to do this ongoing, I’d like to mix it up a bit so each time I workout with the cards, its not the same four.
3. Come up with a “drawing method” to assigning the exercise types to the card values
4. Do a workout.

I plan on doing 10 or 15 cards first week, then increasing the number of cards I use until I am up to all 52 cards. If you are interested in the workout, I’m sure you can  YouTube it OR just ask I can can explain what he did and how I am integrating that workout idea into my life.

I will update you next Friday on if this was done and if so, how successful I have been with it.

As far as my Life-ghan, I also want to chart out the squares and color placement this week. I have some graph paper and I hope to have a decent design laid out so I know just how many of each color square I need to make.

Picture Time

Ok, now its that portion of the blog where I own up to what I really look like.

This is me.

I don’t look happy. I don’t look healthy. And I definitely don’t look like I want my picture on this blog.

Well, Cris – tough kitty paws.

Look at yourself.

I’m not what the majority of American society stereotypes a standard 300 pound woman to be. I don’t have fat rolls over my wrists and I am still relatively active. I’m 5’9″ tall and built like a large framed male. This is why I think losing 100 pounds is going to take me very close to my goal weight.

What I plan on doing is sharing a picture of me at different milestones – perhaps every 10 pounds lost? I will try to wear the same clothes in the picture for as long as I can. What I will also feature in the picture is my bag with yarn and squares so you can see the growth of my life-ghan. In the end, my last picture, will be me being wrapped in my life-ghan rather than this weight that is strangling the life from me that I desperately want to hold on to.

Reflections & Responses to Last Week’s Comments
First and foremost I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who posted a comment on my post earlier this week. The support and encouragement is seriously warming and appreciated. It is very hard for someone like me to “lay it on the line” – AND include numbers. It’s embarrassing that I have allowed myself to get this far and I know that if I don’t stop it, it will get worse. And by worse I mean eventually I will be housebound… I will be miserable… walking would be a chore which means I’d end up sitting further off in the distance while my children continued to grow up and move on.

Next, Colletta asked me what pattern I was going to use. I realized I had completely forgotten to include that information. The pattern I’m using for my Life-ghan is called “Shells Around” and was designed by Aurora Suominen. It is a free pattern on Ravelry.

A few folks expressed interest in joining me on this journey because they had some weight they wanted to lose too – well, to that I say “YAY!” – I would LOVE to have others join in on this effort to get healthy and create the visual reminder of what they have done. I know that a full afghan can be a bit tedious and intimidating and I say – well, yes, they are BUT if you only do them a little at a time, then there is no pressure on when you finish… since its a “Life-ghan” then I’d say its important you eventually finish. Of course, you can always pick a larger square if you have fewer pounds to lose or you could do something with rows – find a pattern than has roughly as many rows or squares or whatever as pounds you need to lose. Its just a matter of rewarding yourself with whatever measure you choose.

I already have a Ravelry group associated to this blog which is the iYarny group. Keep in mind the chat module is also open so we could have weekly get-togethers to discuss what we are doing and our progress. You can also post in the forum with links to your blog updates if you like. You do not have to share your current weight – how you set up your blog updates is your own business. I only shared my weight because it is shocking to me and I don’t want to hide behind it.. I don’t want to play it off like its not as bad as it really is – although truthfully, that’s how people I know are… they are stunned when they hear my real weight. If you are interested in the Rav group, its called iYarny.

Since I touched a little on blog updates, Colletta asked if she could use my button. I don’t mind at all. Be warned it is tagged as “Crochet With Cris” down in the shadow of the ball of yarn. If you don’t mind the watermark then I don’t mind you using the image.

As far as reflections on my weight loss and how I feel now, I feel pretty darn good. I remember how much it amazed me before that even 1 day of a good bit of exercise can really change how you feel. Getting your heart going again and really oxygenating your muscles makes your body feel better even with the first workout. And this time round is no different – while I have not lost oodles of weight and really I haven’t changed too terribly much, I feel better. I’m walking taller and I just feel better. When I get home I don’t just crash. I know that has to sound completely absurd to any person who is not obese or morbidly obese – but you have to believe me on this one.

To anyone who is reading this that is considering starting a weight loss journey of more than say… 50 pounds – its true. Get out – dig up any little tidbit of motivation that you can and drag yourself, even if you don’t want to go, somewhere and get some cardio in – you will feel like cold fire is ripping your throat out during the workout – but afterwards, when your heart rate begins to settle back into its norm, when the sweat starts to dry on your forehead – you will feel it. You will wonder why you don’t feel as tired as you normally do. You will wonder what in the world – why do my arms feel lighter and why am I walking taller…. its just what that 10 minutes of cardio can do for you. And the next day – when you go to do it again, it won’t be so miserable to find that motivation to do it and that cold fire won’t be as bad.

Are you using some form of crafting to get your life back on track? Share a link to your most recent update.

 

Cooking on Pinterest

I admit, I like to delve into Pinterest a little. I don’t spend 500 hours a week looking and searching and pinning – but I do end up looking at pins near the end and sometimes, I pin items I really like looking at or may enjoy.

Honestly, up until this last week, I hadn’t really entertained the idea of actually going back and making things.

I don’t know what did it, but for some reason, I was making chicken noodle soup and it was going to take a little longer… and I thought “oh, why not?” and went straight to my food board.

The above image is a ham and cheese sandwich made on hawaiian rolls with a dijon sauce. It was truly delicious! Everyone in the family really enjoyed these.

So, with that being a big hit – I took it up one more notch. On Tuesday night I made a crushed red potato and a bacon wrapped chicken dish. My youngest daughter made a fruit salad and we had an absolutely deliciously healthy dinner.

These two were a big hit at the table too although I have to say my daughter loved the chicken and thought the potatoes were ok while my son thought the potatoes were awesome and the chicken was ok. Either way – they both ate and I really enjoyed the meal too.

So – I have to say that if you do head to Pinterest and see things you would like to try, give it a whirl!

Is there any particular recipe you got from Pinterest you really enjoyed and wouldn’t mind sharing? Post it in the comments! I’d love to add some more recipes to the mix.

 
 

WIP Wednesday: Juggling Projects

Oh what a wonderful day – its WIP Wednesday!

It really feels like I haven’t made tons of progress on any of my projects and honestly, I’ve had a hankerin’ to cast on some socks.

What is wrong with me?

Regardless of what is wrong with me, I’ve really been juggling some projects as of late – some of them I think I should have finished weeks ago and others surprise me on just how much progress I’ve really made.

First up is the Navajo Blanket. I’ve been working on that bad boy for a while now and really thought I would have been done with it by now – I don’t see it being done in the next month! I still pull it out as frequently as I can and add a row or two, but let’s face it – it takes 1 hour to do one row and single crochet is not the most exciting of stitches, even if you do throw in the occasional dropped double crochet.

My “work lunch” project is a wrap for my youngest daughter – although I must admit, this thing is getting kinda big so I’m wondering just how feasible it is for an 11 year old. It may default itself to the oldest, that’s 25 and has a birthday in a couple weeks.

I don’t know. Its not like I’m making serious progress on it either. I tend to only work on it during my lunch hour… but even then, I don’t get a lunch every day soooooo time on this is limited. I’m using Sensations Rainbow Classic yarn, which is 100% acrylic yarn, in the pink/purple colorway.

Ok… this is my next piece. It was actually  my “at work” project until .. well, I don’t know. *laughs*

I am knitting this in the same pattern and yarn that I made my scarf. I really like it a lot – its just as squishy. I plan on doing a good length of the pattern then join it in a circle. Easy ear warmer, eh?

I would say that I’m about half way done, maybe a little less. I do know that if I took a good hour or two, it would be done.

Now, as if I needed more, I decided to make door hanger baskets for the kids’ doors for Valentine’s Day – I am thinking I would drop a couple little goodies in them and a note telling them all the mushy mushy mommy stuff I like saying to them.

I’ll show you a picture of the one that isn’t done yet. I have finished one but I think I’ll save them for an FO Friday after they are both done – so most likely not in 2 days, but the following Friday.

I am not using any pattern – I just kinda … cut and go.

I’m the worst plastic canvas person ever. *laughs*

So that’s pretty much what I have actively going on. I have other projects that are half done, but let’s be real – if its not active, is it really a “work IN progress”? *smiles*

Thanks for reading! If you like reading this type of post from us yarnies OR if you have your own WIP Wednesday post you’d like to share, do head over to Tami’s Amis blog and post in her Mr. Linky!.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in My Projects