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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It is always fun to learn something new so I can add some more “tools” to my creative toolbox. I recently joined a group on ravelry that makes dishcloths every month. It’s called “Dishcloth Weekly Knitalong” but they do some crochetalonging too. I really enjoy being a part of this group and even though they just make dish/wash cloths I’m always learning something new! I especially love that they offer a cloth pattern to crochet and one to knit so I can choose what I want to do. There are plenty of people to offer help when I get stuck also.
In December I made this really pretty “double diamond dishcloth” for a friend as a Christmas gift. That was very challenging for me but I learned some new things and it turned out great! Now they are working on Intarsia knitting or crochet. They even posted videos to help us get the idea. I’ve decided to do the knit cloth and then I already have a more difficult project to make next. The knit cloth isn’t anything exciting but if I can learn to make it than my world of patterns will become so much larger!
This video is one that they posted to help us see how intarsia is done.
She uses bobbins to keep things neat and I don’t have any for yarn. I decided to look online to see if I could find something as a free printable. I found these really cute bobbins and printed them on card stock. I decided to print mine on pale pink card stock and they look so cute. I wanted them to be stronger though so I used some Elmer’s spray adhesive and stuck them to the side of a cereal box. I think they will last quite a long time now!
Double Diamond Circular Facecloth
This was a learning experience for me. I taught myself to knit at least 5 years ago….hmmm maybe 7 but I never did anything challenging. This was a huge challenge for me. I ripped this out several times and my dog helped me rip it out once too. I had to learn to relax so I could knit 2 and 3 stitches together in one which can be tricky. I learned the provisional cast on which uses a scrap piece of yarn to hold stitches that can later be placed on a needle and knit in the other direction or you can kitchener two edges together (as above) and avoid leaving a seam. So, that is another thing I learned – how to kitchener, or weave stitches together so it blends in with the rest of the knitting. Mine is not perfect but is better than I thought I could do. I’m very happy with it. I made this face cloth for a Christmas gift and wrapped it up with some rose french milled soap.
The pattern is free on Ravelry.com
I just finished making this “dishcloth” but it is a mammoth of a dishcloth. It is really pretty but not very practical for washing dishes since it is about 10 inches in diameter. Could you imagine washing dishes with something as big as a large pie? Or a record? (if anyone knows what those are anymore) It is bulky too except for the center. I think I’ll use it for dusting and I won’t be making more of them. This thing took me parts of 3 days to make since my hands have been hurting so bad but they say it can be done in two hours. I really doubt it but it is an easy pattern. I am thinking it might me more practical as a washcloth for a little girl to use in a bath. I might just give it away for that purpose. I hate to waste it since I used so much of my cotton yarn in it. Kinda reminds me of the crochet oven mitt someone gave me that had lots of holes for your fingers to slip through. It was also made out of acrylic yarn so it would have melted if I actually used it. You have to use natural fibers for stuff like that. I use 100% cotton. When I make something I like it to be useful. I don’t like to make something that will just sit on the table and look pretty, which is probably why I haven’t made any doilies. I might actually make one out of tatted lace for my end table that people keep piling with junk. Then I’m going to get a piece of glass cut to the size of the table so it wont get dusty.
Anyway, today I decided to make another dishcloth I found on ravelry.com. It is a really cool knit star cloth. It was really easy and I really enjoyed making it. I really like this one and I will probably make a lot more of them. Isn’t it pretty? It is a more practical size for washing dishes too.
“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depths of some devine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.”
― Alfred Tennyson
Kerry Aultman Preston
Today would have been my cousin Kerry’s birthday. She would have been 44, only 3 years older than I am. She died this past September 1st on my anniversary. I was just getting to know her since I grew up so far away in Fairbanks, Alaska and she lived in Florida (where I was born). Facebook brought us together though and we began talking on the phone. She loved the things I was knitting and wanted me to make her a pink sweater like the one I was making (and never finished). Now I can’t knit without thinking about her. I am so sad thinking of how much time was lost before I got to know her as much as I did and sad about how much time was taken away.
- I am thankful for memories of loved ones that are no longer with us.
- I am thankful for the time I had with them.
- I am thankful for the memory of their voice so I can still hear them as if they were still here with me.
- I am thankful for angels.