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.