Thursday, January 22, 2009

Challenge Update

Well, we are officially 22 days into the Yarn Diet Challenge and still going strong. I'm happy to report that I have successfully avoided the yarn fumes. This past Saturday I met a couple of my girlfriends for coffee and knitting. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning. It was well worth getting out of my warm bed to venture out on one of the coldest days of the winter. We even stepped over to our LYS, In The Making. I'm so proud of myself for not buying anything. Yes, you read correctly, I was in a yarn store and didn't buy one thing. As a matter of a fact, this was my third trip to my LYS with nothing bought.

As for the real diet portion of the challenge, I have lost 8 pounds since January 5th. It hasn't been easy all of the time, but I know I have to stay diligent. I'm tired of having an entire closet full of clothes and have almost nothing that fits.

As for knitting. I finished The Better Bucket Hat by Amy Swenson this weekend. Actually I finished it twice. The first time I completed it only to discover that it was WAY too big. However, it fit Jessi perfectly, so now she is making one. So, I pulled it out and started over with it being an inch shorter than the pattern calls for. I knit it out of Punta del Estes Merisoft yarn. This yarn is certainly in the league with Malabrigo. It is almost as soft as Malabrigo and I think the variegated colors are prettier than Malabrigo. I'll try to get a picture posted this weekend.

I am also working on my Juliet. After seeing two of them completed at In the Making this weekend, I decided to pull mine back to the armholes and start my lace pattern there rather than doing the version with a longer garter stitch section. I think I'll be much happier with it this way. I'm about 7-8" into the lace section. I need to get this finished so I can wear it since I'm knitting it out of Bulky weight wool yarn. You never know what the weather is going to be around here. Lately it has been so cold that I've begun to question whether I really live in the South. I mean, it is not supposed to be this cold here. If it going to be this cold, could we at least have some snow so we could have some time off. Then maybe I could get some of my knitting done.

Stay Warm!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Challenge

Obviously the challenge for me is being able to keep this blog updated. I’m going to try to do a better job of it in 2009. My problem is that I don’t have a lot of time on the computer at home and I can’t blog with pictures when I post from email at the office. I really like to blog with pictures, but then that would require me taking pictures of my finished objects (more on that later).

Since we are both reaching SABLE (Stash Acquisition beyond Life Expectancy for non-knitters), my friend Darlene sent me an email back at the beginning of December with a Challenge. The Challenge is a yarn diet and since we have both been complaining that we need to lose weight, we added an incentive for doing well in our real diet. The challenge is for six months. Yes, you heard me correctly. No yarn purchases for six months (with very few exceptions). So without further ado, here are the rules:

1. NO yarn purchases for six months.

2. In the event that you need to gift knit and absolutely can't come up with something from your stash (and we will be on the honor system here)....then you can buy...but must give the reasons and explanations PRIOR to purchase (you know...that whole accountability thing).

3. There will be ONE Emergency yarn purchase pass per person during the six month duration....which means....in the event of extreme duress you may make ONE purchase (any yarn, any dollar amount...but only ONE purchase).

4. BUT......if you DO make an Emergency Yarn Purchase you must give up a skein of yarn from your stash to your yarn partner.

5. The person at the end of the six months that bought NO yarn will be awarded a yarny gift from your yarn partner (from her stash of course).

6. You may buy yarn to finish a project if you run out before the project is done.

7. For every 10 pounds you lose, you get the incentive of buying one skein of sock yarn (or enough yarn to make one pair of socks).

Yes, the two queens of stash enhancement are going to do without for six months. Wish us luck.

Needless to say, that with the impending diet coming, we did a little (in comparison to our total stash it was little) stash enhancement in December in preparation. So now I think we are ready. So far we are half way through January and doing good. I’m about 2-3 pounds away from my first 10 pounds.

Now to catch you up on what has been going on here. December was a bit of a blur. We had the Chicks with Sticks Cookie Swap which Cindy was gracious enough to host. It was a great time. The food was excellent, the cookies were good and the dirty Santa was a hoot! Actually we did a game where Cindy read a story and you passed the yarn whenever she said left or right. The funny part was that when the story was over, we all had our original gifts, so Cindy threw in an extra right to fix the problem.

I had originally sworn that I was not doing any Christmas knitting, but in the end I succumbed and decided at the last minute I was going to do some so then it was a race to get it all done. I would love to show you pictures of all of them, but being the airhead that I am sometimes, I gifted all of them without taking a picture of them. But here is the list of what I got done:

•A pair of socks for my Dad (technically not finished until after Christmas)
•A pair of Fuzzy Feet for my Mom
•A scarf for my sister
•Two lace neckerchief scarves for my two best girlfriends.

I also was working on a pair of socks for me in Yarntini’s Christmas Cheertini colorway. They did not get completed.

So far in 2009, I have finished the socks for my dad and the Chic Knits Felted Bucket Hat. I still need to felt the bucket hat this weekend.

As for projects that I’m working on, there are several pairs of socks, Amy Swenson’s A Better Bucket hat (I’m big on hats right now since it is so freakin’ cold outside), Juliet part two and the Circle Vest. Ok, really anyone who knows me know that there are more projects started, but that is all I’m fessing up to today.

I hope that everyone is having a great 2009 so far and that you are staying warm in this frigid weather.