Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Saga already begins

As you can tell from my previous post, I cast on several projects post-Christmas knitting.

Both of the lace projects are on pause mid-row because I've made some kind of mistake, and I"ll have to spend a little time with them to sort it out.

I've also begun the Windowpane Coat (Jacket? I kept calling it a jacket...) and.. well it's a saga already.

I frogged the ribbing of the first back panel because I knit it on the wrong size needles. After I'd finished the first back panel (I've been calling them butt flaps.. because.. well. they are ;-]) I realized that I made the WS of the ribbing the RS and so the column of seed stitch was in the middle of the purls instead of the knits and I deemed it an interpretation of the pattern because I didn't feel like frogging.

Then, on the 30th, I can't tell you how many times I 'fixed' stitches with a crochet hook (made the knits purls and the purls knits) thinking that I did it wrong, only to find out that I fixed it incorrectly and then needed to correct my corrections. I did this until I was so confused about what was happening I had to just frog it a few inches.

So I'm on track at the moment, and more than half way to the arm hole shaping. This is going to be a quick sweater and I'm really excited to finish it. The lace scarves may be on hold, even though they were something I was really looking forward to casting on.

They are turning out lovely. I think I'm a converted lace knitter. Even though I dress like a college student in jeans and t-shirts, and I don't have a lot of room for lace in my wardrobe, I'm just drawn to lace. It's so pretty...




Anyhow, I'm not going to make any New Year's resolutions. Every year since I was a teenager I've resolved to lose weight, and as you can probably tell, that has yet to happen. I am fed up with my weight, though. I lost weight in the summer and I've gained it all back. I gained 10 lbs over the Holiday season. I'm ready to diet, and exercise, and stop feeling so sluggish. I love sweets, I have the biggest sweet tooth imaginable, but I feel so crappy after indulging. And when the indulging happens every day (sometimes more than once) it just leaves me feeling yucky.

Both the BF and I are ready for a healthy diet and a good dose of exercise. I need to get a new school ID since I lost mine so I can head back to the gym. Hopefully I can stay motivated longer than a few weeks. See, what usually happens is I get motivated and do really well for about 2-4 weeks and then I hit a road bump, a super busy week at school, a really bad day that causes me to go "I want to eat somthing bad for me", and then I don't stop indulging, or I just get tired of exercising so I stop.

Hopefully I can maintain steam. I'm just tired of being over-weight.


I also don't really have any knitting goals. I started in April '08 and I've already done cables, lace, socks, a sweater, intarsia, fair-isle, DPNs, all things that new knitters struggle with. I'm already working on 2 more complicated lace patterns and a sweater for myself. I have Little Birds lined up, I purchased some Knit Picks Palette for it and plan on using the purple yarn I dyed the other day for the birds. I also purchased Harmony needles to knit it on. I've wanted Harmony needles since I first started knitting. I think they're gorgeous. They should be arriving in a day or two. I'm excited about using them. I also grabbed a couple of straights. The lace I'm working on will be going on those straights once they arrive.

I suppose if I had to make one New Year's resolution, it would simply be to better myself.



Happy New Year, everyone.

3 comments:

Emily said...

Holy Cow! You just started knitting and you've done ALL THAT??? Woman, I need your skillz!

RunningGuitar said...

You can totally lose the weight! I'm back on Weight Watchers myself because I lost 20 pounds on that a few years ago and gained it all back. It's a lifestyle change and they teach you to not do a "diet" but change the habits and it really works! Just wanted to put in my two cents!

P.S. I so admire your knitting cabilities! We started knitting at the same time and I can't believe you've done so much!

kv said...

i'm really looking forward to seeing your windowpane coat. i've got the yarn for mine, and will be starting it in a few months. looks like it will take some concentration to begin with, but glad to hear that it knits up ast once you figure it out.

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