Thursday, December 31, 2009

An Inventory of Finished Objects 2009

Knitting:
(1) Rage's Hat--Cascade 220 Heathers--Knitters Handy Book of Patterns(Budd)
(2) Barn Raising Square--Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport--Knitalong
(3) Flying Trapeze Socks--Cascade 220--Interweave Holiday 08
(4) Clapotis--Mountain Colors Bearfoot--Knitty
(5) 2 Barn Raising Squares--Three Irish Girls--Knitalong
(6) Barn Raising Square--Mountain Colors Bearfoot--Knitalong
(7) Bella's Fingerless Gloves(Diva)--Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk--Stitch-n-Snitch
(8) Kai-Mei--Colinette Jitterbug--Sock Innovation
(9) Barn Raisning Square--STR Sherbet--Knitalong
(10) Mod on Mod square--cotton--Yarnplay
(11) Barn Raising Square--Opal Harry Potter(tonks)--Knitalong **for HBP Premier**
(12) Round Facecloth--Sugar 'n Cream Stripes--free pattern(Ravelry)
(13) Round Facecloth--Sugar 'n Cream Stripes--free pattern(Ravelry)
(14) Round Facecloth--Sugar 'n Cream--free pattern(Ravelry)
(15) Round Facecloth--Sugar 'n Cream--free pattern(Ravelry)
(16) Diva's Knitted Babe--mostly Knit Picks palette--Knitted Babes
(17) B. knits--pagewood farms--personal pattern
(18) B. knits--STR Sherbet--personal pattern
(19) B. knits--DiC Starry--personal pattern

Stitching:
(1) Provence Sampler--Told in a Garden

Reading:
(1) Bound by Shadow(Windsor)
(2) Bound by Flame(Windsor)-wow, loved this one.
(3) Bound by Light(Windsor)
(4) Dream Warrior(Kenyon)
(5) Kiss of a Demon King(Cole)
(6) Lover Avenged(Ward)
(7) The Darkest Night(Showalter)
(8) The Darkest Kiss(Showalter)
(9) The Darkest Pleasure(Showalter)
(10) Lord of Misrule(Caine)
(11) Bad Moon Rising(Kenyon)
(12) Half-Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir(Fulda)
(13) Skin Trade(Hamilton)
(14) The Darkest Whisper(Showalter)
(15) Casting Spells(Bretton)
(16) Covet(Ward)
(17) Born of Night(Kenyon)
(18) Born of Fire(Kenyon)
(19) Carpe Corpus(Caine)
(20) Born of Ice(Kenyon)
(21) Simple Swaps(The Biggest Loser)
(22) Divine Misdemeanors(Hamilton)
(23) HP and the Socerers Stone(Rowling)--reread with Diva

Fitness:
(1) Finished P90X Lean
(2) Finished Insanity

Happy New Year to Me. . .

My two favorite Pens in one commercial :)

Sid and Max--that just makes my day.

Have a Happy New Year and be safe.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year in Review 2009

1. your best FO of the year:
Clapotis--I have been wearing it a lot. I'm even contemplating making another.

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to:
**It's not just one, I love seeing what Sam is up too. She always has a great finish to share and in spring 2010 she'll have a really cute "finished object" to show off.

3. best yarn you tried:
Dream in Color Smooshy

4. best book/mag/pattern of 2009:

Book:
The re-release of Fair Isle Knitting by the author-who-must-not-be-named

Magazine:
Oxygen
Vogue Knitting(Interweave has been very lame the last couple of years)

Pattern:
Bramble and the Rose--Ink Circles

5. best new technique or gadget you tried in 2009:
**Insanity by Beachbody
**P90X by Beachbody

6. top 5 inspirations--what five things inspired you the most over the past year?
**Insanity
**P90X
**Ravelry
**Tosca Reno
**JR Ward

7. designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year:
Cookie A

8. Challenges for 2010--what's next for you and your blog?
I plan on continuing my Challenges idea from this year. I'm still mulling over what my first few Challenges will be although they will fit into the usual categories: knitting, stitching, reading, writing, and fitness.

Just a few thoughts off the top of my head:
**continue working on shrinking my Mii
**another round of P90X Lean
**some sort of Olympic crafting challenge(knitting or stitching--still thinking)
**possibly some sort of finishing WIPs challenge

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday :)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Challenges 2009--The Final Count

I'm beginning to reflect on my accomplishments this year and I decided to start with my Challenges for 2009:

(1) 3 months of the year where I post every day--January, March, July--Done July 31, 2009

(2) Finish a rotation of P90X Lean--Done March 29, 2009

(3) Finish Provence Sampler--Done April 12, 2009

(4) Finish a Rotation of Insanity--Done November 1, 2009

(5) Finish 6 weeks of Turbo Jam--completed 4 weeks before I got Insanity

(6) Get my Mii to look less like a softball--I'm still working on it; it's definitely a work in progress.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Socktober--Follow up

I finished two socks in October. One I posted about the other day and the second is right here:


I also started another sock(nothing like having three pairs going on at the same time). It is the Braided Gem sock from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn. I like the pattern but the yarn is another story. It's Mini Mochi from Crystal Palace. It's really soft and the color is stunning but it is a nightmare to work with. It splits, it has knots, and it is almost impossible to rip out.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Insanity--the big finish

5October09--I started my second month today with a fit test AND a workout, as scheduled, and good Lord I am already sore. That extra 20 minutes or so of cardio is killer. After the first cardio circuit was complete I was dying and by the third circuit I think I was experiencing another plane of being.

15October2009--I have finished my first week of the Max workouts. They have somewhere around 10ish more minutes of cardio and, let me tell you, you feel every second of those 10 minutes. It's not that the first month wasn't hard--it was. . .is--but adding that extra time was killer. I hurt my back during yesterday's workout--a pain located between my shoulder blade and spine on my right side--so I decided to take today off. The pain has subsided quite a bit and I'll gingerly get back into the program tomorrow. Hopefully this only puts me a day behind. I dread the thought of having to double up to get back on track :(

16October2009--My back has stopped hurting after my unplanned rest day and I did double up today. Max Interval Plyo and Max Cardio Recovery. Surprisingly it wasn't that hard--after the first 20 minutes you're only concentrating on breathing anyhow ;)

20October2009--I have less than two weeks left. I have been dying this week; I have hit a wall. I just feel like I have no energy at all; it makes these hard workouts even harder. I'm sure some, if not all, of it is diet related.

22October2009--I finished Max Recovery for the last time :) Hitting the homestretch now.

31October2009--This was my last day of workouts(only the final Fit Test left) and I missed it. In my defense, it's Halloween, a Saturday, and I have been shoveling snow for the last 4 days in addition to my workouts.

1November2009--Final Fit Test
Fit Tests:
Exercise/Day 1/Day 60
Switch Kicks/115/135
Power Jacks/58/65
Power Knees/90/120
Power Jumps/40/60
Globe Jumps/10/12
Suicide Jumps/15/18
Push-up Jacks/25/45
Low Plank Obliques/65/100

I am pleased with my progress and I would recommend Insanity to anyone who wants to improve their cardio. I love that there is no equipment and as long as you are somewhere you can play a DVD, you can take it with you.

Now I am trying to decide what to do next. I was going to go right into another round of Insanity tomorrow BUT I think I may take it easy this week. Maybe 5 workouts instead of 6 and Turbo Jam/P90X Yoga instead of something really challenging. I may start Insanity round 2 next week--I figure it will get me through the holidays without a huge weight gain.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


I carved Rage's "Boo" pumpkin and Diva freestyled her own(her first year carving, I might add. I'm so proud.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kitties!

13 years ago today my two Tonkinese cats were born.

Bailey and Kahlua--or as they are known today, BB and Cracky.

They were the only two kittens in their litter and even though I only wanted one kitten, I ended up coming home with two and I'm so glad I did. These kitties have been with me through my first real job, my marriage, three moves, and two kids. I love them both dearly.

BB is my lovable boy; he loves to sleep and cuddle. He gives kisses and "head bonks". He is the cat who made me realize that I will probably never get a female cat again.

Cracky is his sister--and the other reason I will never get a female cat again ;). To say she is high strung would be a gigantic understatement. EVERYTHING freaks this cat out. Folding laundry, throwing out paper, any sudden movements. She's a basket case. And do not even get me started on her "talking". She always has something to say and she will not leave you alone until she feels she has been heard. I don't know what my life would be like without her--quieter, I'm sure.

They could not be more different or more loved.

Happy Birthday, you wacky kitties.

Enjoy your Science Diet Minced Turkey and your new toys :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Socktober Progress


One down,one to go.

I love the way this sock looks but there are a ton of ends I had to weave in. At first I thought I could carry the colors but I thought the 5 and 8 row repeats were too long to float so I cut the yarn before each.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Totally Useless SAL--Month 3



Here is my October post for the TUSAL. Still more knitting than cross stitch in there.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Socktoberfest 2009


I'm working on finishing socks this year. I have two pairs on the needles: Fibonacci socks in my Pens colors and the Rick sock from Sock Innovation. We'll see how I do with these for the month.

I will hopefully have more time to knit this month since I will be spending a considerable amount of time in front of the TV watching hockey--thank goodness it's back!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Diva's Babe


I finished this the other day. Diva had been wanting one for a while and she is very happy with how this turned out. I still have a couple of items of clothing to finish up--a hoodie and another outfit--but this should keep her happy for a bit.

Off to enjoy our sunny but somewhat chilly day.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Insanity--Month 1





On September 1, I started the newest Beachbody workout series, Insanity.

What drew me to it?

Well, I had completed one rotation of P90X and I loved it. P90X is definitely geared towards people who want to build muscle and, honestly, you need to already be at your goal weight to really see great results--not that I didn't get great results with P90X, the gains I got in strength were amazing and more than worth the price--but I really wanted something that would really challenge me AND help me burn off some fat.

I had purchased Turbo Jam which is a great beginner/intermediate type cardio workout--perfect for when I want to work up a good sweat but don't want to kill myself. For the month of August I pretty much did at least 2 Turbo Jam workouts per day--it was fun but not at all challenging.

One day I was reading through my bloglines feeds and came across this post by the Fitness Freak. As soon as I saw the words "cardio based" I was thrilled. So then I checked it out at Beachbody and DVR'd the informercial. That was all it took. I ordered it a few days later.

I LOVE insane workouts(I think this may be a family thing--my two younger siblings are multiple marathoners and one is also a triathlete--neither of which is my cup of tea--but the need for an insane challenge seems to be in the blood). In my mind if you aren't drenched in sweat and ready to keel over after a workout, then you haven't worked out. If I'm going to take time out of my day to exercise, I want a lot of bang for my buck so I decided to give Insanity my best shot.

Month 1--at a glance:

1September09--I got the DVDs last night and jumped right in today with the Fit Test AND Plyo Cardio Circuit. The fit test went much better than I thought. During my preview(always preview a workout before you do it) I pinpointed the things that would be hard(and easier) for me and I wasn't wrong. Plyo Cardio Circuit was TOUGH. I had to take a few breaks but I didn't quit. My favorite part was actually watching quite a few of the participants collapse on the floor--that's when you know it's going to be good; I mean if the people doing the video can't make it through then you don't feel as bad when you need a few breaks. ;)

6September09--I finished week 1 of Insanity and I am enjoying my rest day today. Some thoughts on week 1. Every workout is a CHALLENGE--every one. I'm still not able to get completely through each workout without taking a few breaks to catch my breath. I really have to psych myself up for each workout and then push my way through it--it's definitely not a workout you can do on "autopilot". Hopefully by the end I can push through at least a couple of the workouts without any breaks.

30Sept09--I'm in the middle of my recovery week right now and it is a welcome break although I have a more than healthy fear of the longer workouts in month two. The first month was hard, very hard and it doesn't let up--mostly because you are constantly pushing yourself harder. I have noticed changes: I don't have to take as many breaks, my fit test results improved, and my clothes feel looser. My only complaint is that I have gained 5 pounds but that is not the fault of the program it's my fault because I am not following the included eating plan, or any eating plan for that matter. My goal in month two is to clamp down a bit more on eating and continue to "dig deeper".


"Insanity is to cardio what P90X is to weight training."--I read this on a blog and it is the absolute truth.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Totally Useless SAL--month 2

A day late but here it is:



There was not a lot of stitching in the last month--none actually--but there was some knitting.

Hopefully I'll have more next month. If you want to play along, look here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Totally Useless SAL--Month 1

Month 1 for me anyway.

Not a lot going on in there so far. Stitching and knitting scraps. It will be kind of fun watching this grow.


Close up:



Want to play along? Go here and find out more.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Borrowed Meme-ness

1. What time did you get up this morning?
7:30am

2. How do you like your steak?
Well done, no pink but not burnt to a crisp.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

4. What is your favorite TV show?
True Blood, Real Time with Bill Maher

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would live in a large house, on a beach, near Diamond Head in Hawaii.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Some Monkey Bread and a banana

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Japanese

8. What foods do you dislike?
Ribs, anything with barbecue sauce, most fried stuff

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Genki Sushi, but since that's only in Hawaii I settle for whatever decent sushi place I can find.

10. Favorite dressing?
Hidden Valley Ranch Lite

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Ford Explorer

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Jeans and t-shirts

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Australia and New Zealand

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
1/2 Empty

15. Where would you want to retire?
If money were no object, Hawaii, but probably somewhere in the Southwest.

16. Favorite time of day?
After 9pm.

17. Where were you born?
Western New York

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
HOCKEY--are there other sports?

19. Bird watcher?
I like to see what kinds of birds are in my yard and general area but I don't go looking for them or anything.

20. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I can be either but I lean more towards night.

21. Do you have any pets?
2 Tonkinese cats, BB(aka. Bailey, Buh-zee, or B) and Cracky(aka. Kahlua or Crack)

22. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?
The kiddos are back in school.

23. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Going to visit my grandparents in Pittsburgh.

24. Always wear your seat belt?
Yes, always/no exceptions.

25. Been in a car accident?
Yes, right after I got my license I slid on ice and hit a fence.

26. Any pet peeves?
Tons, but people who do not drive the speed limit especially in the left lane. Move it or lose it.

27. Favorite pizza toppings?
Cheese, mushrooms, banana peppers, green olives

28. Favorite Flower?
Hydrangeas

29. Favorite ice cream?
Ben and Jerry's Phish Food

30. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Qdoba

31. How many times did you fail your driver’s test?
None

32. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Barnes and Noble

33. Do anything spontaneous lately?
I went to the zoo.

34. Broccoli?
Yes, especially with cheese sauce or raw with ranch dressing

35. What was your favorite vacation?
Walt Disney World--hands down, I love it there.

36. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Diva and Rage

37. What are you listening to right now?
The dishwasher and Fairly Oddparents

38. What is your favorite color?
Black and blue based red

39. How many tattoos do you have?
None

40. Coffee Drinker?
Only if it doesn't taste like coffee(ie. Starbucks)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Under the Wire

1.9 is how many dishcloths I finished in the last twenty four hours. Hurray for me! (If I had time to go into everything else I did today, I would but I'm tired).

Night.

PS--this post lets me meet my personal challenge of blogging for 3 whole months in 2009 :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Coffee Talk

I'll give you a topic:

Is it possible to knit two facecloths in less than 24 hours and still get everything else done?

Discuss :)

**Anyone remember Coffee Talk? I loved that skit on SNL.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So close. . .

to finishing page 1. I was hoping to get it done by today but I ran out of time. I highly doubt it will be done next week because we are having company for the next week.

Before:
Photobucket

After:
ttk--29july09

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Snapshot

**got up
**fed kiddos and self
**went out shopping; got Wii Sports Resort for Diva and Rage--they played it at our neighbor's house yesterday and it was very cool and I thought it might give me time to get stuff done
**got Starbucks on the way home
**made lunch while simultaneously doing different household tasks to prepare for company later in the week
**continued household cleaning while stopping every 5 minutes to read instructions to the kiddos for the different games(if you get WSR you'll see what I mean).
**continued household cleaning while breaking up fights between Diva and Rage over the aforementioned game
**get phone call about Rage's swimming lessons
**PROBLEM--I thought his lessons started next week but it is THIS week. Diva has to meet with her teacher every Tuesday night. Swimming and teacher meeting are overlapping times.
**I curse about this for a while then Diva gets a phone call to go skating with a friend
**she leaves for two hours while I continue cleaning and listen to Rage curse at the game and then at me because he used up the charge on BOTH remotes. I decide NOT to put regular batteries in because, frankly, the boy was getting psychotic about the game and he was a sweaty mess.
**take Rage to swimming then change him ASAP to hopefully make the last half hour of Diva's teaching session. Successful there.
**listen to Rage complain as I drop off something for Stacey, hit the grocery store, and stop briefly to talk to neighbors.
**eat dinner(at 8:00pm)
**put in a final load of laundry
**watch Colbert
**post this
**go to bed

I'm sure I'm in for more of the same craziness tomorrow as I am STILL not done getting ready AND I have to take Rage to the pool to practice because the boy is hating swimming lessons in a big way and spends quite a bit of time crying and hanging off his instructor like monkey.

Monday, July 27, 2009

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Sorry for the lame post.

I'm getting ready for company.

It's getting late.

I'm getting tired.

Hopefully I can post earlier tomorrow.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Diva's Knitted Babe



Or DKB for short. I started this last weekend at Camp.

Some changes I've made:
**I knit the body in the round
**I'm knitting the arms/legs with i-cord

I'm using some Knit PIcks palette yarn in Tan.

These are A LOT smaller than I thought they would be. If you're looking for a bigger doll, make sure you use a heavier weight of yarn.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Totally Useless SAL

I have been seeing this on numerous stitching blogs over the past few months and I finally decided to go see what exactly the details were. I went here and it looks like fun so I'm in :)



Brief rules summary(quick reference for me):

1. Find a see-through container: i.e., mayonnaise jar, fish bowl, jelly/jam jar, something you'll enjoy. Containers may be changed at your pleasure.

2. Every time you are stitching throughout the coming year you agree to put all your "stitching throw aways" in this container. This may include:

**regular Orts (thread ends)
**little snips of fabric
**broken buttons
**a bead or two
**worn out needles
**the labels from used up floss skeins
**whatever you like, as long as it is, or rather, was going to be part of a stitching project currently underway

3. You may include orts from any type of stitching project: cross stitch, knitting, crochet, whatever, but please do not include other craft leftovers such as paper crafts, rubber stamping, etc.


I'm going to be on the lookout for a cool container but until then I have a jar that will do.

Friday, July 24, 2009

TT K

I only worked on this last weekend; it was a perfect project to work on while sitting on the balcony in Breckenridge.

Before:
ttk--16July09

After:
Photobucket

**clickable thumbnails**

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Reading

3 books I want to read before September:

1. Lord of Misrule(Caine)
2. Carpe Corpus(Caine)
3. Skin Trade(Hamilton)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Question

Can anyone recommend a book(s) or a website(s) that deal with specific journal topics? I would love to find something that is a wealth of journaling ideas.

I want to get back into my journaling routine and I would like additional options; I already do diary type entries and fiction writing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just What the Doctor Ordered

A weekend in the mountains.


Just looking at the pictures is relaxing, ahhhh.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Practice, Practice

Before I made the fobs I mentioned yesterday for the group, I did a couple of trial runs.



One is my black, white, and gold/yellow fob in honor of. . .you guessed it. My Stanley Cup Champion Pens! I love it!

The other is all sushi--which is by far my favorite food.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Crafty Goodies

Every year a few of the Knitting Crew get together for a trip to mountains for knitting, eating, and general merriment. This year we were all tasked to contribute something to the gift bags.

I decided to make scissor fobs. For those who are unfamiliar a scissor fob is hooked onto one of the scissor handles and its length helps you find your scissors in a cluttered bag. I suppose you could also use them as a zipper pull or general decoration as well.

Here's what I came up with:

I just used a jumble of different glass beads. Each fob has two cupcakes, a piece of sushi(not everyone in the Crew likes sushi but I do), a knitting element(yarn, sweater, or sock), and a drink. They all have a charm on the bottom that says "Love Much, Laugh Often".

I had fun making them and they were much easier than I thought. The tutorial can be found here.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I love quizzes :)




Your Power Element is Fire



Your power color: red



Your energy: hot



Your season: spring



Like a fire, you are full of power and light.

A born leader, you easily draw people toward you.

You are full of courage and usually up for anything dangerous.

You have a huge ego and love to be the center of attention.



I disagree with the last two things but I answered as honestly as I could.

Friday, July 17, 2009

You know it!




You Should Spend Your Summer at the Beach



You're a free spirit who is always thinking of new ways to have fun.

And you don't just love summer... you live for it.

So, you really should blow off your responsibilities and head to the beach!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stitching Progress


ttk--16July09

**clickable thumbnail**

I have been plugging along on my HAED "K". I should make a big dent in this page over the weekend.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harry Potter and HBP

I went to the midnight showing of Half Blood Prince last night. Currently I'm running on about 3.5 hours of sleep so I apologize for any spelling/grammar errors or rambling :)

I LOVED the movie--of course I knew I would. It was definitely worth the wait and price of admission. Excellent acting, lots of laughs, and lots of dark moments as well--exactly what I like to see in a movie.

Before the movie, Stacey and I worked on Barn Raising Blanket squares in the Opal Tonks colorway and watched the entertainment--the most notable of which was an epic wand battle which included a guest appearance by Luke Skywalker and his lightsaber--too funny! I got over half of a square done before the movie started.

I'll definitely be seeing it again in a week or so. The movies just keep getting better and better.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Top 5s

I love lists; especially top 5 lists. Short and sweet. I found this meme over here and decided to lift it :)

Five Things Found in Your Bag/Purse:

1. Wallet
2. Cell
3. Checkbook
4. Tissues
5. Pens

Five Favorite things in your room:

1. My overflowing bookshelf
2. Yarn
3. My bed frame
4. My husband(when he's here)
5. My fan(I hate being hot when I sleep)

Five Things you have always wanted to do:

1. Learn to ride English.
2. Live at the beach(which I already did).
3. Have a family reunion in Disney World.
4. Write a book.
5. Have a brilliant idea.

Five things you are currently into:

1. Weight Training
2. Clean Eating(at least learning about it--putting it into practice is difficult).
3. Self Improvement
4. Reading
5. Crafts

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lots to Do

Getting ready for the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince premier tomorrow at midnight--must try and get to bed early tonight.

Also getting ready to head up to the mountains with some friends later in the week--which is very labor intensive from here. Leaving DH home with the kiddos for any amount of time requires quite a bit of prep work. I'm not saying he can't handle it; I'm just saying I try to make it as easy as possible ;)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Happy 11th!

Today DH and I have been married for 11 years. There have been ups, downs, and challenges but we have persevered and grown together.

Today is actually THE day we got married. We got married on a Sunday at Turtle Bay in Kahuku, Hawaii. You know the movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall? We actually stayed in one of those beachfront cabanas after our wedding--the view was great and the room was HUGE.

This year we are looking into getting a Hawaiian quilt for our bed in our wedding colors--navy and white.

I love you, honey!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Must Resist

Urge to shop :)

I just keep repeating to myself, "I do not need another chart, I do not need another WIP, I can wait until the next sale, etc."

A Confabulation of Dragons

Darkling

Natures Embrace

The Tangle Fairy

In Cathedrals of the Forest

But I like them so much. . .

Maybe just one ;)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Routine

Cardio or weights? Group athletics or individual?

I think it is interesting how people gravitate towards different things. I have always been fond of cardio and weights and I embrace the thrill of pushing myself further and further with each workout. My DH is the opposite he enjoys group athletics and likes having a team to push him further.

I always wonder about where everyone falls on this scale.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Motivation

I don't know about anyone else but one of my biggest fitness/eating issues is motivation--mostly maintaining it. Eating I'm still working on but I have been using something over the last year that has helped me with my fitness motivation.

I have been following the Eowyn Challenge. Last year I finished my trek from Hobbiton to Rivendell and very soon I will finish my trek from Rivendell to Lothlorien--I'm on mile 400 right now. Very soon I'll begin my trek from Lothlorien to Rauros which is 389 miles. I basically count a mile as 20 minutes of moderate to hard exercise since I don't really run(I tried it; it didn't take).

The Eowyn Challenge site is really fascinating; I cannot believe how much effort went into figuring it all out. It's really inspiring. Of course, if Lord of the Rings isn't your thing, you could always figure out mileage to a favorite destination or a dream trip around the world.

I use Tickerfactory to chart my progress and it really feels fantastic when I make it to one of my destinations :)

If anyone has any tricks that get them to stick to an eating plan, please let me know because I could use all the help I can get in that department.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

HAED Stitching

Before:

TTK--24Apr09

After(a couple of days of stitching since the last pic):

ttk--8july09

**clickable thumbnails**

I have been trying to meet my goal of putting in 1000 stitches per week on one of my HAED pieces and already I am a little bit behind but nothing I can't catch up on.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Project Spectrum Red




You Are Crimson Red



Down to earth and warm-hearted, you instantly make everyone feel at ease around you.

And while you have an understated passion - you lack the uncontrolled passion of most other reds.

You prefer to sit back and enjoy every situation life has to offer. You put an optimistic spin on everything.

And even when things are going well, you don't get too amped up. You prefer to keep your emotions as steady as possible.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Weekend Knitting



I started(actually restarted for the fourth time)a pair of socks over the weekend. I had been wanting to try making a pair of socks using the Fibonacci stripe method and I thought doing a pair in Pens colors would be perfect. So my dilemma has been whether or not I need to cut the yarn between the bigger stripes--hence the multiple restarts. I finally ended up with cutting the yarn before each repeat of eight(I'm doing stripes in the following order: 2, 3, 5, 8, 1) and even spreading it out that much is going to leave a boatload of ends to weave in so this will probably be my first and last pair of Fibonacci striped socks ;)

I thought about doing jogless stripes and then decided I didn't feel like adding that into the mix. Now that I have a pattern down, it makes nice mindless knitting.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

July Challenges

I have two main goals for this month:

1. To exercise 4-6 times per week.

2. Put 1000 stitches per week into my TT "K".

I've been having exercise issues lately so I'm trying to get that routine locked down again--I didn't bust my butt(literally) to lose all the gains I've made. As for the stitching, I think if I don't actually block out time for it then it will not get done.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

Fitness Routine

It's taken me over a year to get a fitness routine that I can maintain on a consistent basis. I try to workout 5-6 days per week for at least 60 minutes each time.

Here's a typical breakdown:
**3 days weights
**2 days cardio
**1 day stretch/yoga

On some weight days I'll add an extra hour of cardio. I also try to include walks with the family and swimming with the kiddos--neither of which I consider exercise for me(too easy).

I use P90X for a majority of my weight work and Cathe for a majority of my cardio. It seems to be working for me and I'm loving the results.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Daily Routine

On weekdays during the summer we have a pretty predictable schedule here at Casa KiP. I learned a long time ago that when Diva and Rage don't have a schedule things tend to run amok so I set up a summer routine that keeps them on schedule which makes getting them back into school in the Fall a little easier.

Mornings:
**wake up
**eat breakfast
**watch shows(as Rage likes to say)
**Mommy cleans, wastes time online or on the phone with family, or a combination of those things.

Afternoons:
**lunch
**school: Diva and Rage work from the Summer Bridge Books and read or get read to for 30 minutes(this process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on their attitudes.
**errands and/or special trips(like the pool, the zoo, a playdate)
**no TV/Computer/or Wii for ANYONE between lunch and dinner--sometimes that's a blessing and a curse
**more cleaning, craft time, or a combo for me

Evenings:
**dinner
**still more cleaning--it never ends
**go for a walk(when our weather cooperates)
**watch shows/play Wii
**tubby/showers
**bed

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Routine

One of my Challenges this year was to blog every month for three months. I've already done January and March and I loved the theme for July, so I decided to jump in.



In the dictionary:

Main Entry: rou·tine
Pronunciation: \rü-ˈtēn\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from Middle French, from route traveled way
Date: 1676
1 a: a regular course of procedure
b: habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure
2: a reiterated speech or formula
3: a worked-out part that may be often repeated; especially : a theatrical number
4: a sequence of computer instructions for performing a particular task

Main Entry: rou·tine
Function: adjective
Date: 1817
1 : of a commonplace or repetitious character : ordinary
2 : of, relating to, or being in accordance with established procedure
— rou·tine·ly adverb

In the thesaurus:

Entry Word: routine
Function: noun
Text:
1 an established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity
Synonymsgroove, pattern, rote, rut, treadmill
Related Wordscustom, fashion, habit, practice (also practise), trick, wont; approach, manner, method, procedure, strategy, style, tack, way; design, plan, program, scheme; convention, policy, tradition

2 something done over and over in order to develop skill

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Playoff Knitting Continues. . .

now that the Playoffs and Finals are over. It was very difficult for me to knit during Pens games--I get more than a little distracted while I'm cheering on my boys.



I've turned the heel on this Rick sock(from Sock Innovation by Cookie A) and I'm surprised and pleased with how this colorway is knitting up. I really wasn't sure how the colors in this yarn would work with this pattern considering that most of the time variegation tends to eat up any pattern but so far so good. I really like the pattern too; honestly, I like just about all the patterns in that book(even with all the errata). It may be the only knitting book where I actually knit every pattern in it.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Unfinished Business

THEY DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE PENS WON THE CUP!

A very bright spot in an otherwise crappy day. I was actually out with the Knitting Crew at the time but it didn't stop me from celebrating even though I was in the middle of a restaurant(they had the game on at the bar and I kept checking updates on my cell). I got home, watched the game, and follow up celebratory stuff--thank you DVR--and, of course, ordered my T-shirt.

And the Detroit fans were such good sports--booing and all. Ah, victory is sweet. Isn't that right, my knitting friend/Wings fan who left this lovely comment a while back:

1) yes, I certainly hope it is a rematch of last years championship. I liked the end result. GO WINGS!

LETS GO PENS!

And thanks to everyone in the Lets Go Pens! group on Ravelry--sharing all this with you made the win even better! Enjoy the off season(I KNOW I will!) :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Project Spectrum: Yellow

Every year I dread the yellow part of Project Spectrum. I am not a yellow person--too bright, too sunny. So as I searched through my photo archives I came across this:

Some lovely yellow roses I got a while back.

I actually do have a knitting project I want to do that uses yellow yarn but I can't start it until after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Let's GO PENS!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

P90X Classic--The Madness Continues

On April 20, 2009 I started a rotation of P90X Classic. The biggest difference between this rotation and the Lean rotation is that there are more weight lifting days than cardio days.

Now I was "supposed" to finish Phase 1 on May 17, but I actually only ended up doing about two weeks of Phase 1--one of which being the Recovery week. Life really got in the way. I decided to soldier on with this rotation and I started Phase 2 on May 25--I will tack Phase 1 onto the end of the program. So I suppose this isn't a "pure" Classic rotation but it's the way I'm going to do it.

I just love the challenge and I have aspirations of doing the Doubles rotation this Fall.

I will only be posting about this at the end of each Phase. It is summer break and the kiddos and I will be too busy for computer time :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Miscellania

1. Congratulations to my Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the Eastern Conference Championship. Now it's time to take care of the Red Wings! It's a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup final and it's going to be something to watch.

2. Diva "graduated" from 3rd grade yesterday and wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I had never been there before and, oh boy, was it good. She also got a Build a Bear Lab.

3. They are now both off for the summer and I have no idea how I'm going to keep them busy over the next 2.5 months while still allowing myself some "mommy" time.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Milestones

Today was a big day here at Casa KiP. Rage graduated from Kindergarten. His school makes a very big production out of graduation. Each child gets a diploma and gets to tell the world what they want to be when they grow up.

A few years ago when Diva graduated she said she wanted to be a "hair cutter"--she apparently couldn't remember the word "stylist" under pressure.

Here's how Rage's went:

Teacher: Congratulations Rage. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Rage(without any hesitation): I want to be a Star Wars Wii Fighter.

This was met with cheers and laughs from the audience.

He was the first to choose such an interesting profession but by no means the last. His choice opened the door to many other unique professions like: a building(not a build-er but the actual structure), lots of Power Rangers, Transformers, and even a few Legos.

Congrats on your Graduation Rage, May the Force Be With You!

**Honestly, I was thrilled with his choice. I fully expected him to say "I don't know" when it was his turn.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Playoff Knitting Version 2.0

Since I finished my Kai-Mei socks, I need something else to keep my fingers busy during my Pens games.

I started another pair of socks from the Sock Innovation book. Originally I was going to use Mini Mochi yarn BUT it was not working out at all. The yarn is too fuzzy and loosely spun to work for socks like these.

So I pulled out some Red Rocks Fiberworks yarn and now I'm in business.

I wasn't sure about the pattern showing up with this yarn but I like the way it's knitting up.

Stats:
Pattern: Rick, Sock Innovation
Needles: size 2 dpns
Yarn: Red Rocks Fiberworks

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kai-Mei Playoff Knitting Finish

I finished some socks that I've been working on during the hockey playoffs. They are from Cookie A's book and I love the way they turned out.

Stats:
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug(Blue Parrot)
Needles: size 2 dpns
Pattern: Kai-Mei(Cookie A)

I made the leg 5.5 inches long which is about an inch shorter than the pattern required and I'm glad I did or I would have run out of yarn. I loved the way the pattern worked; it was fun to try something different.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Answers to the Book Meme

Here are the answers to the meme in this post.

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--JK Rowling
2. So Many Books, So Little Time--Sara Nelson
3. Casts Off--Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
4. Blue Moon--Laurell K. Hamilton
5. Dance with the Devil--Sherrilyn Kenyon
6. Lover Avenged--JR Ward
7. Lover Awakened--JR Ward
8. The Dream-Hunter--Sherrilyn Kenyon
9. The Gentle Art of Domesticity--Jane Brocket
10. No Plot? No Problem--Chris Baty

Friday, May 08, 2009

A Book Meme

I haven't done a meme in a while and I came across this one(here), so here we go.

First Lines Meme
The rules:
1. Pick 10 of your favorite books
2. Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!)
3. Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books!

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**Let me preface this by saying these are favorites in no particular order and, in all honesty, my favorite books change a lot--so I guess this would be more of "my 10 favorites as I write this" kind of thing ;)

1. "Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways."

2. "Call me Insomniac." It's three A.M. and as usual, I'm awake, wandering around my New York apartment."

3. "Even if you don't care to travel, if you're a knitter, you're on a journey to an amazing land."

4. "I was dreaming of cool flesh and sheets the color of fresh blood."

5. "Zarek leaned back in his seat as the helicopter took off."

6. "The King must die. Four single-syllable words."

7. "Goddamn it, Zsadist! Don't jump--"

8. "Completely motionless, Megeara Saatsakis stood on the edge of a cliff looking out on waters so perfectly blue they were almost too painful to behold."

9. "There is a world of difference between domesticity and domestication."

10. "The era, in retrospect, was very kind to dumb ideas."
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I'll post the answers on Monday. Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Stitching Weekly

At least for as long as I can find the time(which probably means until the kids get out of school for the summer).

My "K" is coming along nicely.

Before:
TTK--17Apr09

After:
TTK--24Apr09

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Three Down, One to Go

I have been working on a pair of socks while I have been watching the Pittsburgh Penguins play in the NHL playoffs. The Pens are ahead in their series 3-1 and they only need to win one more game to make it through the first round(they have 3 games left to do that) and I have finished one sock and have one to go as well :)


I really love how this sock doesn't start the lace pattern until after you turn the heel.

I think the whole design of it is inspired although I will admit that it required me to let go of my traditional sock knitting tendencies and just follow the pattern. It gets very interesting after you turn the heel.

Oh, it's the Kai-Mei sock from Cookie A's new book.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Oh Errata How I Despise Thee

So, I have been working on the Kai-Mei socks from Cookie A's new book, Sock Innovation, and I just happened to come across the errata page for this book. All 9 pages of it. There are only 15 patterns in the book. Now I understand that mistakes can be, and are, made during the publishing process but how is it that a book gets released and at about the same time pages of errata are released. Are you rushing to get the book into print, mistakes be damned? How can you ask people to spend money on your product when it is riddled with errors? In all honesty I'd rather have a book take longer to get published if it meant that patterns where checked and rechecked. I'm just curious how their editing process works over at Interweave. It's not like they don't have people over there who knit. It is frustrating, that's all I'm saying.

In case you were wondering, it hasn't messed up my sock because all the errata for that specific pattern are for the left sock and I'm currently working on the right.

Friday, April 17, 2009

HAED Accountability

I joined a SAL to help me continue making progress on my HAED pieces. The HAED BB wasn't doing a yearly SAL Challenge like they usually do, at least not that I saw, so when I saw this SAL it was perfect(and if your interested you should go check out the above link--I think the SAL is full but looking at everyone's WIPs is really inspiring).

They do a SAL every Thursday and I'm jumping in this week by focusing on my TT "K".

Before:
TTK--27May08
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After:
TTK--17Apr09

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Playoff Socks

The hockey playoffs are upon us and I need something do keep my hands busy while I'm watching my Pens play so I started this:

Kai-Mei sock from Cookie A's new book. I love the construction of this and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Pens won last night and it was my favorite kind of win--they took the lead and kept it the whole time.

Lets Go Pens!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Coming Along. . .

The mystery project is coming along nicely and now it should be a little more obvious what it is:

It's a Funky Monkey from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dream in Color

My knitting crew gave me a gift certificate to Colorful Yarns for my birthday in February and I used it towards this:

10 skeins of Dream in Color Classy in Black Parade destined to become Cassidy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Provence est fini :)

Happy Dance time :)

I finished Provence Sampler yesterday. It will be a while before I get it framed and I'm very nervous about how it will wash up.

Stats:
Fabric: 18 count cream wool
Stitched: 1 over 2
Thread: Caron Watercolours in Flame
Pattern: Provence Sampler--Told in a Garden

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Knitted in March

1. Diva's Fingerless gloves

2. 2.5 Barn Raising squares(pictured one in my leftover Clapotis yarn and one in my Three Irish Girls yarn which also doubles as a project towards Project Spectrum 4).