She is a beginning crocheter so I wanted to surprise her with something crocheted… and something camo because that’s just how she rolls. *grins*
Monthly Archives: March 2013
So.. with Google Reader going away here shortly – I have a question to those who use a reader to subscribe to all their favorite feeds: What reader do you use or what reader will you be switching to?
I took a risk last week and ordered from Knit Picks – ya know, first order after the security issue with them putting customer info where it shouldn’t have been. I figure now is the best time to order – I bet they are really watching themselves. I bet they are more secure now than they ever have been.
Anywhoozles – I needed a yardage counter and of course, its nothing you can buy in town…. per norm.
So, I wanted to share my order with you all.
You can see the yardage counter so we won’t talk about that again.
I got two circular needles – US 2. One is the nickle plated kind and the other is that stripey wood/bamboo – what’s that called again?
I decided to try the two circular method of doing socks so I wanted to get nice circs that were different visually – I like the nickle a LOT.
Then, those items aside, I got 8 skeins of sock yarn – 6 of the skeins are Felici yarn and the last two are Stroll. They are really squishy! I can’t wait to make the socks. I think I’ll be making one pair for each person in the house. I’m really excited but put them aside for the zauberball.
I will keep you all updated on sock progress with the yarn from this order – but just know that right now, I’m spending a lot of time just squishing it and gazing at the pretty colors.
I had one completion this week which is a pair of vanilla socks. They are a gift so I’m hoping the person that receives them really enjoys them.
I continue to work on the Wingspan shawl and have cast on another pair of vanilla socks … for myself this time. I am a little worried that I don’t have enough yarn for them…. let me explain.
I purchased 1 ball of zauberball (*excited face*) and used my new yardage counter to split it in half… but then in the end, it wasn’t even – I’m not sure but I’m pretty sure that there is some sort of a magic trick to using the yardage counter although I just thought I had to snap the yarn inside on the spinner wheel thingee and drag it through…. obviously I was over-simplifying things. *laughs*
SO, now I have my zauberball cut in what was supposed to be half – and one ball is smaller than the other. I decided to take on the smaller ball. I really do think that if I have enough, it will barely be enough to make an ankle sock – which is irritating. If I don’t have enough to make the sock, I get the joy of frogging all that work and deciding to make smaller socks for the youngest OR making it into a small shawlette.
Percentage-wise, I had the one finish but added another pair of socks to the list – so I’m just kinda breaking even with the overall craft numbers. I can’t wait to finish the wingspan since its on the original project items list, which means I’d be at 50% …. it would be nice to be more than half done by the time the year was up. *laughs*
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)
– 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)
– 3 pair Vanilla Socks
– 2 plastic canvas door hanging pouches (for Valentine’s Day)
– 2 Ice Pack Pillowcases
– 13 Crochet Fortune Cookies
– Headband to Match Garter Slip Scarf (for me)
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Current Weight: 292
Weekly Loss/Total Loss: -3/-8
Squares Allowed: 8
Squares Completed: 0
In the last two weeks I have begun drinking a protein shake I get from the local organic market. It’s gluten free and heart friendly. The consistency is a little odd BUT its still good. I have been drinking it in the morning as a breakfast replacement, using almond milk instead of regular milk or juice. I’m really happy with the result so far.
It isn’t meant for weight loss, but cutting out the extra calories has been enough to push for a relatively steady weight loss since starting to drink it.
Now, I am at a point where I think it’ll be ok to make squares. There was something before where it felt like what I lost was a fluke…. that it would come back. I honestly held back making squares because I felt like it would all just come back (even though it was only a few pounds). Now I’m a wee bit more confident in making the squares.
I would like to get the pounds to come off faster. I know that slow and steady is best, but I would really like to lose at least 2 a week. In order to do that, I know I need to focus more on getting some sort of a workout regime here at the house.
So thank you for the suggestion to get a meal replacement shake. While the Spirutein is not meant to be a dieting shake – it really has been a blessing.
Things I want to do next week
Now that I have begun replacing out my breakfasts with a filling shake with great protein, now I need to work on getting a workout regime going at home.
Any suggestions? What are your favorite workout routines? Do you do DVDs?
No pictures this week as I haven’t hit a 10 pound milestone.
Whelp, here it is… we have moved into March (and definitely like a lion). It’s just crazy how fast this year has gone by. I know years ago my dad said that the older you get, the faster it goes. It was hard to grasp when I was a kid because it seemed like forever until my birthday came… and forever until summer break… forever until Christmas…. so on and so forth.
But now, here I am, in my 30s and feeling the sentiment of my dad’s words.
With that bit of randomness out of the way, here we are… Wednesday. I haven’t done a WIP Wednesday post in a few so I figured why not. I have a couple things actively going (not the Navajo.. DOH!) so I figured I would share my progress in the creative images taken by the Man….
It may be 9:31pm, but it’s still Wednesday!
First up is my wingspan. I am still not getting into knitting this. Its just kinda… dry. Ya know – drier than what knitting normally is *laughs* The Man chose to use the new LensBaby lens to take the photo so it may seem a bit blurry at the edges – well, its supposed to be that way. I do think he’s trying to figure out how to manually focus it, so yea….
I am on my 3rd triangle and like I said… its slow going.
I do like the yarn a lot although I admit, I’m a little worried that I won’t have enough to make it long enough to wrap around me – no, that’s not a dig because I’m overweight… I really am hoping to make it to the 8 triangles but in my mind am seriously doubting it. Even worse, I got the yarn on clearance at a yarn shop not very close to here. If I need more yarn, I’m going to have to go on an online hunt. I may have a post about that soon.. ya know – for all you expert yarn finders.
I basically put the wingspan on my bedside table… when I go to bed, I like to knit or crochet a bit before dozing off – it has become my bed project.
My daylight project has been socks. I told you I was bit by the sock bug… there is just something cool about making socks.
This is a standard pair of vanilla socks. There is no pattern on the foot but 10 rows after turning the heel, I started a 2,1 ribbing.
I really do like these socks a LOT. They are turning out very nicely and are super squishy.
As you can see by this photo, I’m pretty close to done. I have just the top of the second sock to finish off. I’d like to post this message and head over to the couch and do just that – finish them off.
I want to say I have around 18 rows left. Not too shabby.
Something you cannot tell with the picture above is that I *almost* got the stripes to line up. I really did want them to match up really nicely. While they are close, if you lay the sock down flat, as you can see with the sock that is still on the needles, there is an extra stripe around where the heel was turned. The other sock has the heel in pink with NO striping at the front side.
Oh well, I did try and it is pretty close.
I was going to keep it down to just a couple pictures but the Man really is trying to improve his photography skills. While this shot isn’t the best, I really like the affect from the LensBaby lens along with the perspective he chose for these socks.
Oh – and look – they are on the beast-ghan (which, in case you were wondering, is extremely warm and heavy.. its like sleeping under a big snuggley hug).
So there you have it. My WIP Wednesday.
If you like reading up on what others are working on OR would like to post your own WIP Wednesday update, head on over to Tami’s Amis and check out the Mr. Linky! There is also another Mr. Linky over at Frontier Dreams – if you update your crafting progress on any day of the week, post your progress there.