Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: The Waiting Edition

The topic for this week is 10 Things To Do In A Waiting Room

1) Knit
2) Read
3) Take a nap
4) Make up the life stories of the others in the room (this is my favorite)
5) Play on your phone or tablet
6) Listen to the radio or podcasts on your phone or tablet
7) If someone is with you talk to them
8) Work on your to do list

That’s all I can come up with. Until next time ….

Sunday, August 03, 2014

July Fitness Check In

July was the month I decided to reboot my fitness efforts for the year. I managed to do pretty well. Unfortunately the scale did not show it. I did maintain for the month which is better than a gain but still not ideal.

Fitness: the goal for the month was 690 fitness minutes and I managed to complete 695. I have been riding the stationary bike in the morning. Next month I want to add some spot training to start toning up a bit.

Food: this is my biggest struggle. I have started using My Fitness Pal to track my food. While I am not eating a ton of junk I am still eating to much.

As always this is a long journey but it all begins with one step at a time. I need to remember that when I want to give up. Until next time ....

Friday, August 01, 2014

Books Read: July 2014

I think this is the latest in the year that I have been on track to complete 52 in 52. In July I read:

1) Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie - a series of short stories featuring our favorite Belgian detective

2) The Death of Pie: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery by Tamar Myers - in the newest installment Magdalena Yoder is investigating the death at the local pie contest of a writer who wrote a scathing book about her town.

3) Killer Physique: A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett - Savannah is back with her new husband investigating the mysterious death Hollywood's newest hunk movie star.

4) How to Knit a Love Song: A Cypress Hollow Yarn by Rachael Herron - in the first book of the series Abigail has inherited a cottage from her knitting mentor and must deal with the nephew who is upset by this turn of events.

5) Born in Shame: Book Three of the Born In Trilogy by Nora Roberts - Shannon Bodine travels to Ireland to meet the 2 older sisters she never knew she had.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: The Lets Do It Again Edition

The topic for the week is 10 Patterns You Could Knit Again ... and Again and Again.

1) Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth
2) DW Dishcloth
3) Hitchhiker - I am thinking about casting on another one soon
4) Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater - my go to for the baby's in my life
5) My vanilla sock pattern - 2x2 rib for the cuff and 3x1 rib for the leg
6) Barley hat
7) Ballband dishcloth

That's all I can come up with. Until next time ....

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FO: Gaia Shawl

In my ongoing fight against knitting ennui I went on the search for a simple shawl pattern to knit. I found this pattern that I had queued quite awhile ago that fit the bill. Here is my Gaia Shawl.

Pattern: Gaia Shoulder Hug

Needles: size 4 metal  

Yarn: Fibernymph Dyeworks Bounce in Let the Sun Shine Through  

Modifications: the original pattern was written for a yarn that has longer color repeats. In the pattern the instructions state to switch between the different sections when the color changes in the yarn. Since my color repeats were pretty short I decided to do 5 rows of each section.

Comments: The yarn is very nice and bouncy like the name implies. I enjoyed knitting with it and the color did not bleed at all when I soaked it. When I was blocking this I noticed 2 dropped stitches. I put them on a safety pin and once it was dried I laddered them back up. tied them off and wove in the ends. I cannot tell where they were and I hope my fix holds. I love the shawl and have worn it several times at work since our office temperature is set at arctic blast. Until next time ....

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FO: Scrappy Happy Dishcloth

In my quest to rid myself of my knitting ennui I decided that I needed a quick and easy project. I found some scraps of dishcloth cotton in my stash and decided to knit myself a dishcloth.

Pattern: Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth
Yarn: different Sugar 'n Cream scraps
Needles: Clover bamboo size 6
Modifications: I did a KFB increase instead of the traditional YO. I copied this idea from Ross of the Smells Like Yarn podcast.
Comments: A quick and easy project. I have yet to see if this has cured the ennui.

Until next time ....

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: The On the Side Edition

Our topic for this week is 10 Favorite Summer Side Dishes. The food ones are always easy for me.

1) Potato salad
2) Macaroni salad
3) Corn on the cob
4) Grilled onions
5) Fruit salad
6) Good ole romaine with red onions and grated carrots
7) Grilled flatbread
8) Coleslaw – the soupier the better
9) Grilled pineapple
10) Roasted chickpeas

Until next time ….