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Done. At Last.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Not, unfortunately, with losing weight. I've been wondering why I found it so difficult to keep up with SparkPeople, then realized that that was because dh has been working from home for most of this time. But now that he's retired, I'm baaaack.

No, what I'm done with, at last, is the head scarf I wrote about on February 6. Sheep Thrills will probably agree, but for those of you who do not knit, I would like to declare, officially, that there is *one* item best purchased in person and NOT, repeat NOT, online: knitting yarn. In my February 6 post, I made reference to "a wonderful peachy yarn," which, when it arrived on my doorstep, turned out to be -- are you ready for this? -- a *pink and orange blend.* Well, I hung onto it, and began the pattern I'd sent for, gritting my teeth the whole way...

Along about August, I finally realized that the problem was the pattern. Now, I am a very experienced knitter, so I know that by the time you are six inches into a pattern, your fingers should have the rhythm so that you can just clip along with only occasional references to the pattern to make sure you are on track. That wasn't happening with this thing. So I *ripped out the whole thing* and began from scratch. And last night, I finished it.

I think. I had decided to put a lace edge on it, so cribbed one from "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush, and having tried it on this morning -- I'm not all that impressed. It just looks too cutesy for a fat old broad like me. I'm thinking I should have gone with a simple picot lace edging.

Do I have the courage to rip out that whole edge? I dunno. The thing is, the "peach" color was definitely for summer, and three weeks ago, dh and I drove up to Center Harbor NH to Patternworks, where I picked up a burgundy/purple blend of the same yarn (something I would never in a million years have purchased from the catalog, BTW). I have begun knitting it in garter stitch, with an I-cord border, instructions out of Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Around." I figure, with the I-cord border and garter stitch, I can just mindlessly knit until I get to the end of my three balls of yarn, give the thing a twist, and graft the ends together into a fetching Moebius scarf, as I did with my lace number, and very fetching it looks, too, except for that excessively frilly lace border. And it stays on my head.

Well, I'll wear it to church tomorrow. Nobody's supposed to make fun of your clothes, anyway. Right?

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KAKIPOPUP 7/25/2010 5:21AM

    I'd love to learn more about your Moebius scarf - very intriguing -

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Back to the Salt Mines...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

...or, as the Russians say, "Back to our sheep." Comes from an old Soviet movie, about two guys who are arguing in court about a flock of sheep. They keep getting sidetracked into all kinds of derogatory comments on the government, and periodically the judge bangs his gavel and shouts, "Back to our sheep!" It's entered everyday language as a way of saying, "back to business."

I haven't done too much with SparkPeople this past week -- too much going on at work, and when my husband works from home, as he did this past week, I don't get access to the computer. Nevertheless, I have managed to drop two more pounds!! emoticon (We need an emoticon for "happy dancing"!)

Wanted to let my SparkPals know that the wool for my head scarf arrived yesterday, and I have already knitted two inches on it. I'm doing it in a Feather-and-Fan lace pattern, fingering-weight yarn on Size 5 needles -- unfortunately, the yarn isn't as peachy as it looked in the catalogue, more of an orange fading in and out of pink (ewww), but it's still wonderful to work with, and it should go with *most* of my clothes, anyway. I don't think I can add links to this blog, but if you look up Patternworks and then look for Melody yarns, you should see it in among the more staid colors.

OK, now tell me this. How is it that there are still people who think that if you're fat, you must overeat, but are also aware that you are a needleworker? Does it not occur to these boobs that, hel-LO, if your hands are busy with wool or embroidery floss, THEY CAN'T BE STUFFING YOUR FACE FOR YOU?!?!?! Myself, I think it has to do with a lack of exercise, which is another issue. But if you'd rather stitch than eat, how can you be overeating???

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HEALTHYASPIE 2/22/2009 7:03PM

    Excellent! Keep it up!

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FORSYTHIABUSH 2/22/2009 5:33PM

    YOWZAH! 2 lbs gone! You go, girl!!!!!!

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Well, I blew it

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Not the way most people would consider that statement. I haven't had an all-out blowout, no-holds-barred gorgefest. What I *have* had is a cold, the kind with a runny nose that won't quit, even under the influence of OTC cold remedies. And feeling dragged out, like Who Gives A Youknowwhat. Spark People? Met a new friend, that was *very* nice. But tracking what I ate? Fuhgeddaboutit. Which means, I probably did not take in enough calories.

Isn't that ridiculous?! I mean, to lose weight, you take in fewer calories, right? Like my doctor says, Calories in = calories out, right? Apparently not, since the reason I gave up "sparking" a year ago was that in two weeks of tracking my food, I saw that the way I usually ate was pretty low-calorie, as in, 1200-1400 a day. Great, I thought. Keep it up and I'll lose.

Well, I didn't. And my sister, who has lost very successfully, sez that that's because you have to take in a certain amount of calories, otherwise your body thinks it's in starvation mode and starts hoarding calories as fat. Eh! Who knows! But I do know that since "sparking" more seriously, I *have* lost three pounds. (Now, if only I could figure out how to move my ticker.)

Meanwhile, I gave myself some Sheep thrills ;-) I bought some fingering-weight wool from Patternworks, an online yarn shop, and a lace pattern, to make myself a head scarf for church. Head scarves never stay put on my head, for some reason, and those lacy chapel caps look so "doily." So I plan to knit myself a lace scarf in this wonderful peachy-colored yarn, and then do a Moebius ring -- give the scarf a half-twist, and graft the two ends together, and that way, maybe the dratted thing will stay on my head!!!

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FORSYTHIABUSH 2/14/2009 9:45AM

    Hey, darlin - So sorry to hear you were hit with a nasty bug. People in my office have been dropping like flies the last week and a half. I was hit with it, too. Plech!

When changing my SparkPage around, I'd deleted a host of Sparkers who were no longer active. I mistakenly deleted you, keeping instead a guy who apparently is no longer posting on the site. Duh.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours! As you and I both know, the best valentine is one can knit up into something warm... emoticon

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OLGAMAY 2/12/2009 12:11PM

    I'm in the midst of my first cold of the season and it does indeed derail your efforts. No energy and the thought of walking in the rain and wind is not enticing. Spring is just ahead, and we will soon have the extra encouragement of Great Lent.

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ANTIOCHIA 2/7/2009 11:19PM

    Oh well -- this is life -- we have good days and bad days. We aren't a failure unless we quit trying. What was it the one monk said when asked what he did at the monastery all day? Something like "we fall and get up again, we fall and get up again." On another note, that scarf idea sounds wonderful! Can you post a picture when you finish it? I'd like to see it. My head covering keeps falling down too! God bless,

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CYBERPEANUT_19 2/7/2009 5:47PM

    your ticker moves automatically when you put your new weight in. you do that by accessing your start menu and selecting weigh in. Have fun, happy sparking!

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How Could I Possibly Resist...

Friday, February 06, 2009

...meeting someone with a username like "Sheepthrills"??? I hope this person doesn't mind that I added her to my Friends list, even though today was the first day I knew of her existence. But you know, when you knit, eventually you get out of the Virgin Acrylic groove and into the Big Leagues, aka Knitting With Wool, and from there it's just a gambol, so to speak, to the creatures that produce your favorite toy. Sheep are such nice animals, overall. Wacky, often stubborn, flaky definitely -- I've been reading a book by a shepherd who says that when he wants his sheep to move out of the barn into a field, and they don't want to go, the best way to get them to move is to leave the barn door open and hide. They then figure that the thing was left open accidentally and go trotting through, happy to have "gotten away with something"! I have to laugh at such "reasoning" -- how many of us would do the exact same thing?!

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FORSYTHIABUSH 2/6/2009 10:20AM

    I'm THRILLED to have been noticed by you, and have added you to my friend's list, as well!

What say we buddy up, deal with our weight issues together, and save some time for a topic most enjoyed by both of us: wool!!!!????!!!!


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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Apparently there's a difference between a blog entry and a journal entry. I haven't made many journal entries, either, but that's what I *thought* was my blog. I guess not. Sigh. One more thing to do. Darn. emoticon


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