Sunday, January 29, 2012

Full circle

Here is my finished Starfish Blanket. 2012-01-29_13-15-19_849
I think there was little boy finger prints on the lens of the camera. 2012-01-29_13-44-15_355
This photo shows the size. My 6 year old holding the blanket is 3'8" with a red hat and white shoes. See him?

Casting off the blanket has left a big void.  I have a sock on the needles that I need to work on but I am going to be thinking about what I want to cast on next. It must be something for me.

As of tomorrow, I have been blogging for one year.  This past year has been a year of self awareness and self respect for me.  I have started putting more effort in those things that bring me joy and have cut out the things that add little value to my life.  It has been very cleansing. I still have more work to do (see My Dog is Fat post) but I am feeling good about life in general.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Baby won!

Little Miss Mermaid decided that her due date was not coming soon enough, so she came on the 19th. She is perfect.
Ullie 1-20-2012 closeup
Where is my blanket, Auntie Katie?

Her blanket is not yet done. Section 13 of 15 is almost finished. I hope to have it done before she is a week old. Can you see the starfish shape? 2012-01-21_09-56-55_845

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Plodding along

I don't have a lot of exciting news this week. I am working on the 9 (of 15) section of the Curlicue Coverlet which means more yellow and more blue sections then last time I photographed it. I am working out on the treadmill at lunch on days that don't start with T and happy to report that at a 10% incline I can do an 18 min mile.  My first goal will be to do a 15 minute mile with the next goal being 2 miles in 30 minutes. 

I did see a middle age man steal a pack of cigarettes from the grocery store this week.  The man had been completely rung up (including the cigarettes) and everything was bagged up (except the cigarettes which were on the little check writing counter) when a computer glitch knocked out all the checkout stations. The cashier and manager started un-bagging everything and scanning it all back into the checkout computer. I was two carts back. I saw his hand clench around the cigarettes.  I saw the hand slide back just slightly and then just a little more.  I was staring intently when another cashier invited me to check out in her lane.  When I had checked out, I saw him tucking the cigarettes in one of his bags all the while talking to the manager. He walked out as I did and looked cool as a cucumber.

Why didn't I turn him in? Maybe because it is only a $4 item. Maybe because he was buying beer and dog food (wet and dry food, he loves his dog) so I pictured him, a bachelor, drinking at home alone with his dog and felt bad for him.  Maybe I have seen Empire Records too many times. (Damn the man, save the Empire!)  Mostly, I think I wanted to see whether he would get away with it or not. He did and I got a little secret excitement from it in a boring week.

True Story (Mostly)

I met a brown mouse in front of Walgreens
He was reading the sign for flu vaccines
But no medicare B
Means no shot for he
Cause he left all his cash in his blue jeans

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ode to the Winchester Fosters Grill

Our knitting place has closed down.  We spent many a Wednesday eating, laughing, knitting and talking with the owner, Elizabeth.

We would laugh at the signs on the walls.
Cows banner
And our favorite:
We took many photos of our knitting. 
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Elizabeth, we love you. We all wish you well. Call me if you want knitting lessons or want to sell some of your signs.

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Dog is Fat

There is a bumper sticker out there that says, "When your dog is fat, you need more exercise." Well, that is the case in my house. My poor Corgi mix, Angel, and I both need to lose 20% of our weight to be healthy.

Angel in our freak October snowstorm. She is a tall corgi mix.

I think "lose" is going to be the theme of this year's resolutions. I now resolve to:
  1. Exercise 3-4 times a week to lose weight (Angel is going on a diet and going for more walks.)
  2. Trim down the clutter in my house by selling or donating a big bunch of it.
  3. Knit down my stash without buying a crap ton more. 
I have plans for all of it. I found a free gym that I can use on my lunch break at work. I have my husband on board with the clutter and plan to go room to room starting with the office, aka Katie's NEW yarn room (as soon as I clean out the junk.)

For my knitting resolution, I am going to knit up this basket this year.
Some of my oldest yarns will be knit up in 2012.  The average age is 3 years since purchase (that is pretty old since I started knitting in 2007.)  I am excited to get started.

After I finish my baby blanket that is. Here is my half finished baby blanket for a baby who better wait another 3 weeks before making her way to the world.  If for no other reason, then just so I can finish her starfish blanket. I just finished section 7 of 15 and she is not due for another 27 days, I think I can make it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

I Resolved

I worked hard on my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions. Here is what I did:
1. Get Baby’s colorwork stocking done before he turns 3
2. Try to find something to help me with my colorwork issues (related to #1)
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3. Knit an Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern with no cheat sheet
4. NO yarn purchases till I can fit my stash in my ONE rubbermaid container.
So, this didn't happen, but I KNIT UP MORE THEN I TOOK IN
 Amount purchased plus gifted is 7,623 yards (4.33 miles.)
I knit up 9,149 yards and gave away 1,516 yards of old stash.
That makes my total out 10,665 yards (6.06 miles.)
That is a net loss of  3,042 yards (1.73 miles)! 
(That is almost 11% of my stash that I have trimmed off.)

I am calling this 3.75 resolutions accomplished out of 4. I will post tonight or tomorrow about 2012 resolutions