Thursday, August 25, 2011

Unbridled Enthusiasm

One of my favorite parts of knitting is the rush I get when I start a new project. The clack of needles as I cast on and the feel of new yarn rushing through my fingers.

My poor fiance is frequently subjected to my surge of excitement—usually in the form of me calling for him to come and look at my (sweater/ hat/shawl, etc). Invariably, this occurs just after I’ve completed one of the first few rows. Like a toddler with her crayon scribble family portrait, I’ll proudly direct him to look at my fledgling project. (“See the Hat? Can’t you tell it’s going to be an awesome hat?”) He’ll admire my mass of freshly created yarn loops—sometimes he’ll even muster up a nod or a somewhat befuddled noise of appreciation. We both know that I don’t actually expect him to see the hat (sweater/shawl/monster doll); it’s enough that I know what it will be, I just need to enthuse to someone outside of my head for a little bit. In a few days (weeks/months/three years later when I find it in the stash and finish it) Daniel will look at it again, and this time his nod will be grander, his noise less befuddled. (He is really fantastic about reacting to my projects.)

This exuberance has only increased now that I’ve started designing my own patterns. It’s no longer just yarn loops that I show off—no, sir. Now I have random letters and charts with strange symbols. He takes it in stride, being one of the best of men.

But today…today I’m going to give him a break.

Look! See the shirt! Doesn’t it look like it’s going to be a great shirt?!!!?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

That familiar feeling

It happens to me every August. Maybe it’s something to do with the sweltering heat or the fumes radiating off of new school supplies, but for some reason every August, I have the sudden, intense urge to overhaul my life. To sit back, take stock, and then rearrange my schedule and goals jigsaw style. Some people make New Year’s resolutions (and I’ve tried those, too, to mixed success), but for me Fall is the time for change.

Perhaps it’s a bit of hardwiring leftover from my all too recent student days. From kindergarten to college, Fall meant new beginnings: new teachers, new lessons, and, most importantly, new books. The calendar may start in January, but my year starts in August.

So it came as no surprise to me last week when I noticed the itch to set new goals, establish new habits, and resume forgotten campaigns. I restarted the blog, finally started a knitting project (pictures—and pattern!—hopefully up soon), and set up my list of goals.

First and foremost on the list, as it is nearly every time this mad urge to reconstruct myself occurs, is weight loss. Now, I have no intention of transforming this blog into a fitness blog. The internet has more than enough already, and (honestly) that’s a level of privacy that I’m not willing to give up yet. Mostly, though, I know that even if I tried, my posts would eventually lapse back into a yarny fervor. Today’s post will be an anomaly; it’s constructed out of one part distraction (I’ve been thinking about it all this week), two parts flim-flam (I know that I don’t have any patterns or pictures ready, but I wanted to post something), and several parts (more than I’d like to admit) the knowledge that by making some sort of public declaration will ultimately keep me from straying when the way gets hard.

Needless to say, I am quite overweight and I want to change this. Mostly for health reasons—I’m young and relatively unaffected at the moment, but I know that the hammer will eventually fall. I have myriad other reasons, but they are not really the stuff of public posts.

The only reason that this blog should concern itself with, of course, is knitting economy. Losing weight means smaller sized garments, less yarn consumption, and a shorter knitting process. I, frankly, cannot wait!

To these ends, I’m employing several strategies, with the hope that a few will actually stick. Daniel and I are training for a 5k—we’re set to race at the end of September. I’ve restarted my Kettleworx program. (Not to sound like a salesperson or anything, but if you’re interested in toning/weight lifting, this is a fantastic system. I did it for twelve weeks last year—another fall resolution—and friends told me I looked like I had lost twenty pounds. It’s a wee bit pricey, but I think it is well worth the cost, especially if you can get it on sale through sports authority, like we did!) I’ve also set up a list of rules for myself:

-I have to drink water with all meals. (I’m allowed exceptions when we go out.)

-I have to get up and move every 45 minutes.

-I have to walk for 15 minutes after every meal.

On that happy note, I think my 45 minutes are up. I’m off to pace around the apartment like a loony!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Coming Soon

I know that the first post after such an extended absence (almost two years, I'll be impressed if anyone even remembers that I have this blog!) should be something grand and thought provoking. It should dazzle the readers (ha. readers.) into forgetting that I had been negligent.

Failing that, it should at least have the decency to look the other way and pretend that it's unaware of my previous bloggy failings.

I prefer to face things head on, though. Or at least I'm telling myself that these days.

Yes, I've been horrendously bad about regular posting in the past. I'm not entirely sure that this will change in the future, but I'm going to do my best. Sorry.


Yes, this is really I'll I'm posting (for now). In the coming weeks there will hopefully be carefully crafted posts about different techniques, yarn reviews, and (cue the exciting, if trite, crescendo) Free Patterns! Yup, that's right. I'm a pattern designer, of sorts, now.

Until then. Hello! For those of you who added me to some sort of google reader or notification system SURPRISE! I'm Back. Bet you forgot you did that!