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.


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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