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Gaga taught me to crochet, Nana taught me to work with needle and thread, Singer sewing classes taught me to sew, and I taught myself to knit. Knitting relieves my stress and relaxes my mind.

When I started knitting, I was striving to achieve a healthier lifestyle for medical reasons. A co-worker asked me to teach her how to knit and our first knitting project, a simple shawl, sparked so much interest that we created a knitting group. We made shawls, scarfs, and blankets. People started coming from other floors in the building to join the group. It was great.

Shortly, after the group started, I began planning a move across country and had to pack my craft room. This included all my quilting and crafting supplies. I had to break down the table I made and put all the sewing machines into boxes. Everything was packed but a few knitting needles and 2-3 little projects. Knitting only requires yarn and two sticks! I started flying back and forth between the West coast and the Midwest and knitting was the perfect distraction while waiting in airports and flying in cramped airplanes.

Intially, I started with some simple supplies from Micahel's but have graduated to the local yarn shops (LYS) for greater yarn selection. You don't have to buy expensive yarn to enjoy knitting. It is the process of learning a new stitch, working with new colors, and figuring out what the pattern really means :-).

Knitting will keep your hands busy. I see so many tops, skirts, and dresses that I would love to make for myself, but the pattern sizes and design are meant for someone smaller than myself. One of my goals over the next 6 months is to make one of my dream sweaters for myself and wear it !

How about you? Have you ever seen a sweater in a book or magazine that you know would look good on you if you were just a couple of sizes smaller? Please let me know I am not the only one who wishes they could knit a beautiful little sweater or tank top for herself or himself?


Member Since: 2/6/2007

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I would like to be and feel healthier. I think losing 50 pounds would get me on the right track.

I recently signed up for a contest at my gym called "Be the Biggest Loser". I met with the trainer and she helped me create a strength training and cardio program. Also, I decided to give myself a jump start and purchased the 1200 meal plan from Seattle Sutton. I know I need to create a lifestyle change and just "dieting" alone is not enough. I signed up on SparkPeople to help me make that transition. This is a big step for me to reveal my weight and personal goals to the world. I hope it will motivate and inspire.


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Elliptical - 30 min 5 times a week

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300 x Crawl
300 x Breast
300 x Back
100 Elementary Back
200 Pulling w/ gloves - Crawl
200 Pulling w/gloves - Breast
100 Kicking Crawl
100 Kicking Breast



Strength Training - 2 times a week



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Noni Prism Bag
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R>Vogue Winter 2006/07 Ruffled Edge Wrap pg. 84
http://www.vogueknitting.com/magazin














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  • v LYNWYMER
    Thanks for your comment on my blog page. How are your socks coming along?! You are probably better off starting with something plain and simple - Falling Leaves pattern does look a bit complicated - it is still on my to-do list, but perhaps not just yet .... !
    3428 days ago
  • v CYNTHIAS50
    Thanks so much for the kind words of sympathy.
    Cindy
    3430 days ago
  • v DIETKRAZED
    Hi,

    Welcome to the TREADMILL, ETC. team....You are a winner already by joining this wonderful site....We are only losers when we get on the scale...Come join in on the posting and let us know how you are doing..I know you will be a winner to reach your goal one step and one lb. at a time.....Looking forward to meeting you...

    Have A GREAT SP DAY,
    Carole
    Team Leader


    3436 days ago
  • v VILLAGECRONE
    I love your Spark Page. I think I'll look up that Sea Lettuce Scarf. It will make a great gift for my daughter.

    I'm a beginner knitter with lofty ambitions. I have a lot of projects in the works in all kinds of craft media. My daughter was an art major in college and we have a whole room for our crafts and materials.

    I also have a dream of knitting a little cotton shell to wear in the summer. Maybe this year my goal weight will be reached and my knitting skills improved enough to make that dream come true.

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    3451 days ago
  • v LARAINE
    Thanks for adding me to your Friends List. Good Luck and Live Long!!
    3456 days ago
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