Kinda had another binge-y day and spinning

I know I said I thought I was cookie-d out, but apparently I wasn’t :/

Yesterday started out good, I got up and had coffee and went for my 8 mile run. The run was great! It was snowing the entire time, and by the end I was almost soaked LOL Luckily it wasn’t too cold. I ran at a good clip too, 9:00 pace for the whole thing! That must have been too much, because I was wiped when I got home. I had some leftover pizza and a couple of cookies, and then took an hour nap. After that I had some candy that I didn’t really want to be having, and later on around dinner I ended up having multiple cookies, chocolate, ice cream, plus dinner. It was just too much, and I don’t even really know why I ate all of that. I still feel crappy this morning.

My solution will be to give away the stuff that I don’t really like. I don’t know why I kept it all in the first place. I would like to stop buying that stuff too, because most of the time it isn’t worth mindlessly eating a bunch anyway. I know I’m not going to keep overeating treats and gain a bunch of weight. But it doesn’t make me feel good, physically or mentally. So I’d like to stop doing that. And if there isn’t a bunch of that stuff hanging around, I won’t actually eat it LOL

In other stuff, I actually spun some fiber yesterday!

IMG_0031It has been sitting on the bobbin for who knows how long. I don’t have any sort of expectations for how it will turn out, but it will be nice if I get it done. I did some more tonight too. Hopefully if I work on it a little every day it will be done before I know it!

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March Goals, or February Goals repeated

My goals for March will seem like a bit of a repeat.  Oh well!  It is what I need to do right now.  I’m not moving mountains, but I am feeling really good about what I’m doing and have been able to accomplish, as well as what I have been able to avoid doing.  You have to get healthy to lose weight, and not drinking and eating a bunch of crap food has really helped!  I may only be down 7 pounds right now, but that is better than being up 7!

Here’s what I want to do in March:

  • Yes, lose another 5 pounds.  Actually I’d be happy to get to my second 5 pounds lost mark (3 pounds away).  But still aiming for 5.  I’m hoping my body is starting to get used to the changes and will start to let go of some weight again.
  • Exercise every day.  I mean every day.  I missed maybe 2 days last month, so I know I can do every single day.  Don’t worry, I’m not going all out every day, even walking counts.  I just want to do something every day.
  • Walk outside every day.  It probably won’t actually happen every day, but as long as I keep the thought in my mind it motivates me to do it most of the time.  It is good for my mind to get outside!!!
  • Knit every day on the afghan, or until it is done.  I have 6 skeins of yarn left and I may or may not use it all.  Surely if I focus I can knit up 6 skeins of yarn in a month.  I just want this thing to be done! 😆
  • Spin every day.  I finished up a bobbin and now I’m ready to move to a different color which is exciting!  I hope to at least get this color done and one more bobbin filled.
  • Keep up my weights 3 times a week, and add kettlebells in once a week.  I did the kettlebells a little the other day and it didn’t kill me (or hurt me) so I think I will be able to do this without issue.  I have regular pain in my left bicep, but it has actually started to go away with more weight lifting.  I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do the kettlebells but now I’m hopeful it will be fine.
  • Keep my spending down.  I spent the same amount in January and February and I’d like to do the same this month.  I’m doing really great here, just trying not to spend money on things I don’t need and sticking to my budget.  It feels good!
  • Actually do something on the damn curtains 😆  Sigh.

Do you have any goals for March?

February Goals Update

Well I didn’t do so hot on the goals for February.  Here’s where I’m at.
  • Lose 5 more pounds.  If I did it last month (with all of the extras/sweets I ate) I should be able to this month!
  • Keep working on the afghan I’m knitting.
  • Finish curtains for M’s room.  All I have to do is sew the back, make the sandwich, and add a border.
  • Spend as little money as possible :lol:  I actually did pretty well last month, I’d like to do it again.
  • Walk outside every day.
  • Keep exercising at least 5 days a week.
  • Keep up with the unprocessed and no booze challenge.
  • Work up to doing strength training 3 times a week.
  • Finish my current spinning project.

Epic fails on the curtains and spinning.  I didn’t not work on the curtains once!  I did do spinning here and there, and managed to finish the bobbin I was working on, but that’s about it.  The good news is that I finished last night feeling very motivated to start on the next one.  We’ll see.

I tried my best to lose 5 pounds, but that didn’t happen either.  I kind of slacked toward the end of January and started eating way too many sweets and ice cream.  Since I cut that out, I’ve been doing a lot better.  It isn’t a total loss though, I did lose 2.4 pounds, and get this – I lost over 6 inches!!!  I am measuring once a month, and this wasn’t even in a whole month.  More like 24 days.  In no way can I consider that a fail!

I walk a lot, but not outside every day.  This month has been too damn cold 😆  I should suck it up and just bundle up and do it, but some days I was really wiped out too.  I figured if I was really too tired then I just needed rest instead.  I still want to keep this up as a monthly goal.

I worked out as much as I could!!  I think I only missed a few days this month, so I definitely made this goal 😀

I did work up to lifting weights 3 times a week.  I thought it would be too hard, but it felt like I wasn’t doing enough with just two days.  So three it is.  I think the next goal will be to add kettlebells in once a week.

I knitted, quite a bit.  I am still working exclusively on the cabled afghan I started last year around this time.  I am determined to get the damn thing done!

So there is my update, not fabulous but I didn’t completely fail either.  I will get my March goals together and posted.

Did you have any goals for February?  How did you do?!

FO: Random Obscurity Scarf

M took the photo for this one, she did pretty good!  She also did the photos for my Margo
hat.  Not bad for a rookie, not that I’m any better – ha!

This one is from my handspun, a 50/50 merino/tencel blend from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The idea came from Spin-Off magazine.  The scarf was knit from energized singles, switching from stockinette and reverse stockinette to make the zig zag pattern.  It mellowed out quite a bit with blocking, not zig and zagging quite so much.  Still love it!  And it is very drapey and warm.

  • Pattern – Random Obscurity scarf from the Spring 2006 issue
  • Fiber used – 50/50 merino/tencel from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, 8 ounces
  • Time to spin and knit – 4 months
Apparently I did not keep very good notes.  I wish I had the time it took to spin, and I didn’t keep track of needle size either?  Oh well.  It’s really a miracle that I got the thing done and posted on the blog 😆

Slacker

I should at least show you the yarn I finished recently since I can't get it together to show you the 3 IMG_2634sweaters just hanging out, waiting.  So here it is.  This yarn took me what seems like forever to do, since I took a spinning hiatus for a couple of months.  It is some self-dyed oatmeal BFL that I made into a 2-ply yarn.  I like how it turned out even though the plying is not my best job ever.  It seemed balanced though, but since half of it sat on the bobbin for months I really don't know.  I think I want to knit it up right away but I don't have anything in mind for it, so it will probably go in the handspun pile to be admired for a while.  That's okay too 🙂
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Have a nice weekend! 

Sweater goal

I've decided to join the quarterly spin-a-long currently going on in the Spinner's Central group on Ravelry.  The goal is to spin yarn for a cabled sweater, I think aran weight, though mine is not quite going to be araIMG_2493n.  I've already spun up a small amount, 1 1/2 ounces in a true 3-ply, and done a swatch with it.  M
y stitch count is a little off but I'm going to go with it anyway.  The sweater I've chosen is Valpuri and I can only hope that mine turns out half as nice as Cheryl's!  It might not be totally practical but I'm going to blend my own fibers for about a 50/50 blend of Merino and Finn.  It is practical in the sense that I have a ton of the fiber and would like to use it up, and what better way than to spin for a sweater?!  I was kind of surprised at how well this swatch turned out.  I didn't do so great at blending the fibers so there were a lot of little neppy bits and the singles did not look pretty.  But I went ahead and plied and washed the yarn, trying to full it a bit while washing.  The end result was actually quite nice, and it is even soft-ish!  I'm pretty happy about it.  Now I know that this project may just take me a year or so to complete, but I'm going for it anyway.  Wish me luck!

IMG_2494In other news, I have started a new sweater.  It is the Rayne Wrap Cardigan.  I went out and used a birthday coupon at the LYS and got enough Noro Silk Garden to do it in and I'm already 2 skeins into it.  I'm making a few adjustments to the pattern because I'm afraid that it might have ended up too short in the back as written.  Hopefully it will all work out.  I love this yarn so much and I can't believe I've never used any of it until now!  I've been missing a lot!  Here's a peek at it, though I've done quite a bit more than what is shown here.

That's it for now, may the local peeps be safe today as it looks like a gigantic snowy mess out there!  I know it was last night on the freeway when it took me 3 times as long as it should have to get home from karate!

New Yarns

Is that what my last post was titled too?!  I guess that's all I've been doing lately with what little spare time I've been able to find these days.  I did finish knitting a Christmas stocking for The Kiddo's teacher but didn't take any pictures so you'll have to take me at my word 😉IMG_2362IMG_2343

The first is from some BFL that I dyed (
shown in the previous post).  I really like how it turned out even though the blue and pinks kind of got lost/turned into more purples.  I ended up with about 330 yards of a 2-ply  light worsted, I think.  It will make a great something, I just don't know what!  So it will probably go in a bag to be used sometime in the future.

I also spuIMG_2304
n up a big old crazy batt that I carded myself that was full of merino, miscellaneous fibers, dyed fleece bits, sari silk threads and recycled denim.  TherIMG_2363_1e's probably more in there but I forget what all I tossed in the mix.  I spun them thick and thin, bulky-ish, and I love how they turned out!!  They are each about 20 yards, so not much there but they will be great as a trim for something.  These ones are up in my shop, along a few other dyed fibers I put up today.  Go look!  And have a great weekend!  

New Yarn

I have been spinning again!  I made this yarn and I even remembered to take a picture of the fiber before it IMG_2360was all spun up.  This is some superwash merino that I dyed myself.  I did a 'true' 3 ply yarn and ended up with about 250 yards of a light worsted yarn.  I love how the white spots worked their IMG_2341way into the final yarn, I think I'm becoming quite the fan of white spots! 

 I started spinning up a new yarn too, some BFL that didn't quite make the cut for my shop as it kind of split apart a little too much.  I think it is coming along awesomely.  The colors are so IMG_2343wild, but as it spins it kind of blends together and mellows out a little bit, except for the green.  It will grow up to be a 2 ply and I can't wait.

I've also done another small update over at the Etsy shop, go on over and take a look!  There is a ton of great stuff there if I do say so myself ;) 

Trying to be productive, part 1

I've been (s)lacking in a lot of departments around my house lately, which I'll tell you about, but the main subject today is spinning.  I wanted to start spinning again.  The problem was that I had some very old stuff taking up space on some bobbins and spindles and I felt guilty, so I decided to get them out of the way before I started anything new.  I had other stuff lying around that just needed to be washed, so I did that too.  So to the yarn.

Handspun

On the top there is some slubby stuff from a batt I made at Camp Pluckyfluff, some granny stacks and coils, and then a lot of coils.  I love how the coiled yarn came out!  On the bottom is a money batt I also made in Seattle, and then some chain plied yarn made from Crazy Monkey Creations merino. 

We did a ton of stuff this weekend after two trips to Ikea, I'll show you the results of that later this week.  Enjoy your day!

Quick FOs, New Yarn, and WIPs

 Since I hardly post anymore I may as well squeeze as much as I can into one right?  And I apologize if I usually visit your blog and I haven't been in a while.  I swear I will be better!I'm so overtaken by all of the stuff going on in the horse race known as the Pres. election so I haven't been thinking about much else.  I voted already, but I'm on pins and needles to know what is going to happen!  Anyway, one little political plug and them I'm zipping it on that topic.  My newest must-read-several-times-a-day is fivethirtyeight.com.  The guys that run it write so incredibly well, and besides all of the numbers stuff there are plenty of inspirational and touching posts to read.  This is probably old news but if you haven't heard of it, go check it out!  If you type in the page, don't type the wrong thing because apparently it is pretty close to some porno site, heads up!!  And the comments get quite spirited, I enjoy them but some may not.  So fair warning.

I whipIMG_1962IMG_1963
ped out a couple of things for a niece and nephew, hopefully the moms don't mind seeing them before they actually get them!  My sister-in-law said she needed a pair of mittens for my nephew and they took about 1 1/2 hours.  Gotta love that!  It is just a basic pattern without thumbs, using double stranded sock yarn.  I think they are cute 🙂

My sister requested a hat for Bobita's favorite cousin that is her age ;)  So I also whipped one out yesterday.  I just hope it fits!  I hope I can get it mailed down there so that it gets there close to her birthday – I hope?!  Anyway.  It is also just a made-up pattern with earflaps and i-cord ties and a mediocre pom-pom.  Good thing kids aren't too picky.  Well most of the time.

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I finished making some new yarn.  I'm calling it Grinch.  It is a 2-ply superwash, self-dyed, about 200 yards or so.  It'll make a cute hat or something for some little one.

I started on something else too, Versatility from Knitty.  I picked up some IMG_1964
Araucania Chunky at Unravelled Sheep over the weekend and I think so far it is turning out great.  I'm doing slightly smaller bobbles than the pattern says to.  I just couldn't handle the big big ones.  It should still be pretty cute, and save on the yarn! 

I'm still working on the Dimorphous Mittens, I have one inner mitten done and then a good start on the cuff of the second.  I figure the outer shells won't take too long so they should be done just in time for when it gets really chilly around here.

That's all folks 🙂