I haven’t been feeling well for a while. Mostly I’ve been really tired and have very low energy but I keep trying to make my goals for losing weight. I started using my stationary bike again and even though my goal is to make 10 minutes I sometimes don’t make it. I still do what I can and once or twice I made it to 15 minutes without too much pain. I have lost 6 lbs so far! Last year I was stuck at this one place and I am now past it! That right there makes me happy! I weigh less than I ever did last year. Not a lot less but any less is great!
I have to work really hard to watch my diet. I’ve found that cutting back on carbs really helps but I also use a little protein supplement to make sure I get enough. That is one thing I usually run low on. I’m keeping my calories at 1200 and taking vitamins. I’m using myfitnesspal.com along with the app for the iphone to track what I eat.
I also made a gift for a friend who is pregnant. She lost her first baby at birth and I can’t imagine going through that. My stomach was in knots just thinking about it.
Well in my dishcloth group we were learning about intarsia, which is a method of adding colors. There was a knit pattern and a crochet pattern. I did the knit cloth and I wanted to learn the technique for crochet as well. I wasn’t loving the pattern though. It just wasn’t something that I wanted for my kitchen so I thought I’d just have to make it for someone else. Well, after I looked at the pattern I saw something else in it and decided to change the pattern. The pattern was on graph paper so I changed the design by omitting some squares and embroidery designs and adding my own until it looked like a baby carriage. I also got a piece of graph paper and scribbled in squares until I had a decent angel. I made it a long rectangle with one design at each end and backed it with pre-shrunk flannel for a baby burp cloth. It is made out of materials that are easy to wash and dry. I was able to give it to my friend last night and she loved it.
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Did you ever see that show Dinosaurs? I don’t remember when it was on or what station… it was silly but cute! It was by Jim Henson and the voice of the baby was the same as Elmo. The baby was my favorite part. He was always causing trouble and then he would say, “I’m the baby, gotta love me!” You can skip through the video to the part with the egg…
Anyway, this is what I thought of yesterday when my adorable beagle Blue decided she needed my attention while I was knitting the ribbing for my sweater. I hate that part…. knit two, purl two, knit two, purl two…. I always get screwed up somewhere along the way especially when I’m not feeling well, like now. So I was almost finished with the 3 inches of ribbing I needed when she suddenly jumped in my lap and spun around. One of her nails hooked into my knitting and it spun around with her and the yarn wrapped around her too. THEN she rolled onto her belly in my lap and I sat there horrified as I looked at my knitting still stuck to her foot. The needle was just barely hanging on and several stitches were racing for the finished line. I unhooked it from her foot but just then she leapt over my back and down the arm of the couch to the floor where she again laid on her belly for belly rubs. So now the knitting is wrapped around her and me and I’m trying to hold onto the yarn that is tying us together to keep it from undoing any more. That’s when she looked at me with those big brown eyes and I knew I couldn’t be mad at her. She just wanted me to love her and she is soo lovable! It’s hard being a beagle in Alaska when it’s too cold to go out and play.
So now I have it all fixed. I got it all untangled (which was funny because I had a pencil in my hair and the yarn was hung on that LOL), used a crochet hook to fix all the dropped stitches and finished re-knitting until I got the required 3 inches. That’s when I noticed a few wrong stitches that I hadn’t noticed before. There were two purl stitches that should have been knit stitches just two rows down and then there was one purl that should have been a knit stitch that was 11 rows down! UGH! It was also a couple of inches from the end too so I had to be very careful to keep the needle on the left from sliding out while fixing the dropped stitch. So that’s what I’ve been doing today… fixing. I can’t make a sweater with mistakes and this is the front. I have to say too that I HATE HATE HATE these needles. They are long and slickery as snot! I kept dropping stitches because they slid off so easily, especially when switching between knit and purl stitches. I would have knit this using circular needles but I don’t have the size needed for the ribbing. I actually didn’t have the needle for the stockinette section either until last week. I can’t believe I did the entire back section with these long straight *slick as snot* needles but now I have a new set of size 9 circulars to switch to for the stockinette section that is next. I’m so glad! I really like bamboo but I am broke right now so I have to use what I’ve got and I had to buy the circulars that Walmart had (same brand blah!) because they were half the price of the nice bamboo needles as joanns. Plus, by buying them at Walmart my husband doesn’t freak out when he sees JoAnns on the credit card. At walmart it could be groceries LOL I’m a good girl, really I am.
Okay, so I was telling a friend of mine about my box collection and I thought I would share some pictures of my boxes. I really love anything that holds anything…. especially when I can find a treasure that *exactly* fits inside it. That just makes my heart jump and spin (kinda like Blue does). So I’m going to post about one box a day starting with one of my most treasured boxes. I got this one from my big sister after my mom died. The top of it looks like Angel wings and it has a little bit of sparkle here and there in the wings. On the sides it says “God sends his love and blessings…with wings of Angels”. Inside, on the bottom is a small feather that also sparkles. The bottom is the best part though. That is where my sister wrote me a note.
Okay, so I couldn’t hold out for very long. I couldn’t stop thinking about that new craft I hadn’t tried – hardanger. I found this website that teaches how to do it and today I bought the supplies for lesson 1. I can’t wait to try it but first I have to make something for my niece that is about to have a baby! I’m making a baby sack with a matching hat in blues. It’s a free pattern at Bernat.com but you may have to register for a free account to view the pattern.
I have to say something about this neat little app and website that came in really handy today when I was shopping. It’s called springpadit.com and the app is available for different smart phones. I have it on my iphone but I mainly use my laptop to add things. You can do a lot with this cool program! You can add notes and pictures as well as bookmark webpages and recipes. Not to mention make to-do and shopping lists. I had bookmarked lesson 1 on the hardanger website so when I was in Joann’s today I just opened up the app to easily see what supplies I needed for that lesson. Then when I was at the grocery store and remembered this recipe I saw on there that someone else added I popped it open to check what ingredients I needed to make it. Of course I had my shopping lists on there too. It’s really a useful tool to have!
Okay, so what have I been up too? I got back on Ravelry.com. I haven’t used that website in quite a while but when I saw this neat woven hot pad on naztazia.com that I wanted to make the pattern was on ravelry. I wanted to make one for my sister in the same colors they used (on naztazia). It was really easy to make and looks really neat. I whipped it right out! So here it is….
My woven hot pad
So now I need to finish this baby sack before the baby comes!
I have been working steadily on the baby blanket for my friend even though it’s slow going. I slept a lot today. It’s a cute pattern though. I got it from annie’s attic (anniesattic.com). It’s the Giraffe Afghan & Pillow Pattern Pack. It even has instructions to make a toy giraffe to go with it. Right now though, I’m just concentrating on the blanket. My colors at a little different too. The exact shades were not available where I was at so I have a darker green and the other colors are just the closest shades I could find. I couldn’t even find fun fur in green so I’m going to try something fuzzy…… we’ll see how it looks. If it doesn’t look right I’ll order some fun fur online. I’ll post a picture as I get a little more accomplished.