Friday, March 20, 2009

A shoutout to myself

Hey you!
The chubby one sitting at the desk.
What are you drinking? ANOTHER White chocolate mocha?
Aren't you supposed to be doing this whole diet thing
Yep, you are.
And I saw the weight on the scale this morning, its MORE than it was this time last year, when you *JUST* had a baby.
You keep saying you are tired of being fat, yet you never do anything about it.

No, don't give me that lip service that you are doing Weight Watchers Online. Sure you are paying for it, but when was the last time you actually TRACKED your FRIGGING points?
Had to think about it rihgt?
Sure, you start out the week tracking points, track your breakfast on Monday morning at least. But you usually give up and eat CRAP by LUNCH on Monday! Not even one day before you give up.

But I'm going to make a deal with you. You got it?
Fiber Fest is coming up in one month. 5 weeks from today. If you can manage to stay on track for that long, I will let you spend $50 at the fest. Sound good? That includes eating, tracking, working out (and not hitting the off button on your alarm at 5) EVERY DAY!
Yes I mean every day.
For every week you do it, there is $10 to spend at fiber fest.

Want to sweeten the deal a little? How about a little fibery goodness as a reward for weight loss?
Got your attention, right?
How about $5 for every pound you lose between now and then?
You weiged 215 this morning.
If you weigh 210 the morning of fiber fest, thats $25 from weight loss money. Sound good?
If you can get back to 205, thats $50 in fibery money.

Can I bribe you to work out that long?

Signed- The thin person who has been trying to dig her way out for the last 5 years.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Baby's Got Back.

Last week as I worked endlessly on the Parker Cardigan, it felt like it was taking forever to get to the proper armhole depth. I'd knit, measure, see that I only needed two inches, so maybe 2 1/2 pattern repeats more, knit that, measure, and still need over an inch. All week it felt like I was knitting onto something that defied logic on how far I was knitting. But finally, on Friday, I reached it, the end of the back.
Knitting 003
The true-color of this is a little less yellowish, but still, one of my favorite non-lime shades of green. The pattern on this is interesting enough after working on many things of just plan stocking net stitch, yet easy enough that I had the patterns memorized on day one. I think if I could stay focused on this, I could have the whole cardigan finished by the end of the month.

But, I'm weak and gave into temptation. I've cast on for Aeolian after all. I did decide to stick with stash yarn, and used the Valley Yarns Alpaca Silk in Mulberry that Steve gave me for Christmas a few years ago. Friday afternoon I braved our torrential downpour and went shopping for beads. I found some 10/1 beads that I think look great with the yarn.
Knitting 005
I love the look of beaded lace. In the last few years, I have started so many beaded lace projects, Swan Lake, Moroccan Days, MS4. Yep, I started them all. And got less than 1/4 of the way through before I decided I hated everything about beaded lace, epically getting the beads on the lace. Its a royal pain in the ass.
Last night, on my 3rd repeat of the Yucca chart, I got to that point again, broke the yarn, put it in my 'trash cup' I'd been using for beads that refused to be knit, and re-cast on without beads.
I didn't get past the set-up chart before I realized that the beads were a part of this shawl, weather I liked it or not. So, I dug the previously knit part out of 'time out', to see if was savable. It was, and is back on the needles.
Knitting 007

Thursday, March 12, 2009

You think you have your life all planned

Well, at least your knitting life, and not the whole knitting life, but at least for the next few months.

You have two sweaters on the needles that you are switching between, the Parker Cardigan, and another Cardi you found on Rav, plus you know you have the yarn for a few things like the Whisper Cardigan, February Lady Sweater, Fountain Pen Shawl, and you are pretty sure you signed up for Mystic Rose.

Then life (or at least Knitty) comes and throws a huge wrench in your plan.

I'm in complete and total love with the shawls in this Knitty. I must knit Aeolian, as soon as is humanly possible. Sure I haven't completed a shawl since the Ravelry Knitting Olympic event in August, but this is different. This is lust.

I would love to be able to buy some DIC baby or Malbrigio Lace for this, but I'll be a good girl and knit from my huge lace stash (most of which has been knit and frogged at one point).

But I am tempted.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Once again, call me a bad blogger

Both as a knit blogger, and as a diet blogger.

I have fallen at one and succeeded at the other in real life.

The failure: The diet so far. I was doing killer until the last week of November, I was down to 205, the lowest weight I had been in almost 3 years. Then the holidays hit, and being deprived the previous holiday season, I ate.
And ate.
And ate.
The holidays were over and I was still eating
Back up to 216 lbs :(

But I think I'm back on track.

I started ChaLean Extream with the husband. Got through the first week, loving every moment of it, the burn after I was done, the sore muscles, everything.
Then I got a UTI, and missed a week.
But I'm back, and planning on doing more in less than an hour.

Knitting, I have been doing non-stop.

I've completed so much that I haven't had time, energy, or really desire to blog about, but after going through the blog before I was pregnant, there was a lot that I had to say, and I was a half way decent blogger.

I'm currently working on The Parker Cardigan from the Spring Interweave Knits, in Knit Picks Shine Sport, and it is pretty, and soft. I hope the weather clears up so I can get photos this weekend.

And the blog, I'm debating changing the name back to "I Knit, Therefore I Frog" even though there is a lot less frogging going on.

If anyone still reads this, do you have an opinion?