Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Couch to 5K

I have never been an overly active person.  My job alone is very sedentary.  I however was always thin and never worried about weight.  And then in March, I hit 40.  My metabolism hit a brick wall and was pronounced DOA.  I am eating less and gaining weight.

I started walking but walking on your lunch break at work is not as much of a calorie burner.  You really do not want to head back to your desk all sweaty and yucky.  Especially in my office where the AC can blow all morning and never again for the rest of the afternoon.

So yesterday I decided that I was going to start the Couch to 5K program.  Not because I have ANY overwhelming urge to run a 5K race but for my own health.  My parents are a disaster of health concerns that I wish to try to ward off like the Black Death.

I downloaded the program.  Grabbed an online partner in one of my assistant Girl Scout leaders and set off.

Got up this morning at 6am and did Day 1!!!  WOOOT!

Only 8 more weeks and 2 days more to go!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sock Knitting

I have ADD. I know this. I have even been medicated in the past. One arena that my ADD shines through is with my crafting projects. I am currently working on one sweater, a matching pair of the socks and a crochet afghan.
So, moving on to the pair of socks, I finished the first one yesterday. First ever sock finished. I love it! I have already started its mate. I want more sock yarn. I want to knit MORE socks. Socks, socks, socks. I love socks. I love novelty socks but they are hard to find. So I am trying to knit more own cool looking socks.

I even modeled my sock yesterday for my family and got rave reviews. The only downside to modeling my newborn sock to my daughter was that she immediately asked for me to make her a pair!

Now, she is getting a sweater knitted with my KAL through the Ravelry Group for Trappings and Trinkets. I do need to order two hanks of the yarn for her sweater and I know I will have enough left over to surprise her with a pair of socks.

But the thought of knitting a pair of socks where the child may outgrow before I can finish knitting is a bit daunting, I must say…..

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My First KAL

My First KAL(Knit-A-Long)

I am going to participate in my first ever KAL starting May 1! I am very excited. I already printed out the pattern. I just need to order the yarn but I am being good and waiting until I finish the sweater that I am currently working on at the moment.

I am working on the Zoe Cardi again that I had started last spring but put aside for the summer. I restarted it in March when Craig got me a set of Knit Pick Interchangeable Needles. I went with a Knit Pick DK weight in Peapod which is a gorgeous springy green color. This yarn is showing the lace work so much nicer than the more slippery bamboo/silk yarn. That bamboo/silk yarn shall be reworked into a shawl. 

I am making Trappings and Trinkets Tiny Dancer Jr for Tessa. I made the Tiny Dancer for myself and LOVE the sweater. Tessa has picked a berry color from Knit Picks called Dolly. Hopefully I will be able to avoid making the mistakes on her sweater that I made on mine. I had issues with the wrap and turns of the short rows leaving holes where the rest of the sleeves were attached.