Saturday, December 31, 2011

An Inventory of Finished Objects 2011

Knitting:
1. Noro Socks--Generic Sock pattern--Noro Kureyon Sock
2. Ribband bracelet--Ribband--Socks that Rock
3. Reflection Hat(Diva)--Reflection hat(Ravelry)--Lamb's Pride Worsted
4. Reflection Hat (Rage)--Reflection hat (Ravelry)--Lamb's Pride Worsted
5. Socks--New Beginnings Socks for the Family--Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock

Crochet:
1. Snake--Amigurumi Toy Box--scrap yarn c/o Cynthia
2. Little Kitten with Bed--Amigurumi Toy Box--Lion Brand Wool Ease

Reading:
1. Ghost Town(Caine)
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(Rowling)--reread
3. How to Knit a Love Song (Herron)
4. Blood Trinity (Kenyon/Love)
5. Friday Night Knitting Club (Jacobs)
6. Game of Thrones (Martin)
7. Any Man of Mine (Gibson)
8. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince(Rowling)--reread
9. Retribution (Kenyon)
10. Bite Club (Caine)
11. Just the Rules! (Reno)
12. Eternal Rider(Ione)
13. The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands (Schlessinger)

Stitching:
1. QS Swimming with Dolphins (HAED)--finished one page
2. Eternal Promise(Stewart-retired artist)(HAED)--finished one page

Sewing:
1. 4 zippered pouches--Free online--various novelty fabrics
2. Birdie Sling--Amy Butler--novelty fabric
3. 2 zippered pouches--free online--novelty fabric(teacher gifts 2011)
4. 3 pillow cases--Free from Snappy Quilts--quilting fabric
5. 5 pillow cases--Snappy Quilts pattern--quilting fabric(blues and hockey)

Writing:
1. Finished Nanowrimo for the fourth time! 50,000 words, baby!

Fitness:
1. Finished 20 weeks of Turbo Fire
2. Finished 17 weeks of Turbo Fire(pre knee injury)
3. Finished 5 Day Inferno Plan with Turbo Fire--twice
4. Finished 12 weeks of Chalean Extreme

Project Me:
1. Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Push--October, November
2. Chalene Johnson's Push Jump Start 11-11-11

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Year in Review 2011

Year in Review 2011

1. your best FO of the year:

My Birdie Sling--it was my first sewing piece since 8th grade and I love it!

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to:

I can't say that I remember anything offhand that really blew me away. Knitting blogs have kind of slowed down and stitching blogs seem to be revving up. I am looking forward to seeing some amazing things in 2012!

3. best yarn you tried:

Lion Brand Cotton Ease. I have always disliked cotton yarn but I love the way this feels, I used it for a baby blanket and I loved it.

4. best book/mag/pattern of 2011:

Book:
PUSH by Chalene Johnson--it isn't just a fitness book, it's a get your life together book. I love it!

Magazine:
HGTV magazine--LOVE it!
Country Living magazine

Pattern:
Cambridge

Website:
Pintrest
Chalene Johnson

5. best new technique or gadget you tried in 2011:
Pintrest--love it! I guess I would classify it as a gadget :)

6. top 5 inspirations--what five things inspired you the most over the past year?
1. Amigurumi--it got me to get my act together with crochet
2. The Royal Wedding--I love Kate's style, what an icon.
3. Fabric--I have taken tentative steps into sewing and I love all the inspiration out there.
4. Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Challenge--I did it in October, November, and December and it has been a life changer.
5. Heaven and Earth Designs--I did not do a lot of stitching this year but I lurked on the message board, the site, and the blogs and I am getting my stitching mojo back!

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

Amy Butler and Heaven and Earth designs

8. Challenges for 2012--what's next for you and your blog?
2012 will be the year of productivity for me. I am going to be working my way through what I have and hopefully I can keep new purchases to a minimum. Working through the Stash will be my motto in 2012.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2012 WIPocalypse

I have decided to get my stitching groove on in 2012 and in order to maintain motivation I joined the WIPocalypse.

The current WIP/UFO list:

1. Ink Circles The Bramble and the Rose
2. Ink Circles Blackstone Fantasy Garden
3. HAED QS Swimming with Dolphins
4. HAED I Love Thee
5. HAED Eternal Promise
6. HAED Storykeeper
7. HAED TTK
8. HAED Misty Weniera
9. HAED Mini Home is Where the Magic Is
10. HAED QS Lovers (BB SAL) **new start in 2012**

Since all of these are multiple page projects, I will be working on one piece until I finish a page and then moving on to another. The only exception to that will be HAED QS Lovers, it is the my HAED freebie SAL piece and in order to finish it by the end of the year I am going to try and put in at least 500 stitches per week. So most of my updates will consist of two pieces: HAED QS Lovers and whichever other piece I am currently plugging away on.

Posting Progress on the full moon dates for 2012:
January 9
February 7
March 8
April 6
May 5
June 4
July 3
August 1
August 31
September 29
October 29
November 28
December 28

Monday, December 19, 2011

IHSW--December Edition--Before & After

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



It's a new start for me this weekend. I can't wait to fit in some stitching time!

After:

Homeiswherethemagicis(mini) 19dec11

Stats:

Name: HAED Home is Where the Magic is(mini)Spangler
Fabric: 28 count white evenweave
Stitched: 2 over 1, tent

I had more time to stitch than I thought. This is my first "mini" and there is a noticeable loss of detail which is interesting to me because the piece still has 90 colors. I am interested to see how this stitches up. I like that it is fewer pages but I think I'll miss the detail.

Happy Holidays, IHSW Stitchers!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Did it! The four-peat is complete!

It's the wee hours of Sunday morning and I am done! Phew! I love Nano!




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

IHSW--November Edition--Before & After

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



HAED Eternal Promise(Stewart--retired)

Before:



After:




I will be keeping this piece out unti I finish this page. I seem to have an amazing talent for choosing HAED charts that are chucked full of confetti--it is a good thing I enjoy a challenge.

I am also competing in National Novel Writing Month this month which takes up almost all of my free time, I am at 26,208 words of my 50,000. I am a little behind but I am quickly gaining ground. I hope to be done by next weekend.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chalean Extreme--Month 3--The End!

CLX--finished it today and jotted down my final thoughts.

Pros:
--I love the weight work in CLX. The three month program changes up each month to keep things fresh and keep results coming.
--The workout length is great. Each workout is between 30-45 minutes.
--The program is set up on a 5 day per week schedule (as opposed to 6 for most of the other BB programs I've done).
--I love the results I am getting. I definitely feel the drop in body fat and and I can really see a difference in my arms. All three times I went through P90X I noticed amazing strength gains but CLX has given more of the results I am looking for.
--Best nutrition plan--this program and Turbo Fire have had nutrition plans that really work for me. I love the food choices and most are not too labor intensive(I hate it when you need about 50 ingredients for one meal).
--The program comes with a motivational CD that I have been playing in the car and, though some people might not like it, it has been extremely helpful to me. It's helped keep me focused on what I want.

Cons:
--You need equipment--lots of dumbbells or resistance bands. I have 5,8,10,12, 15, 20,a nd 25 pound dumbbells and I will need 30s if I run though it again.
--Only two cardio days per week. I combated this by either adding a cardio on one of the weight days(just remember the phrase 'steps before reps' because if you don't do cardio first you'll be too burnt to give it your all afterward) OR using one of the off days for a cardio of my choice.

Other:
--I really feel that Chalene's programs are geared more towards a woman's body and they really mesh with my personal goals.
--Before I started the program I was given this advice: Go as heavy as you can every weighed workout. I did that and the results are coming faster than with anything else I have done.

So now I am going to take it easy this week, I have only scheduled workouts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Then I may do the 5 Day Inferno before Thanksgiving and then I will start the Turbo Fire Chalean Extreme hybrid in December.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Currently Stitching

I am going to be working on Eternal Promise(Stewart). It is a retired HAED artist piece, it is one of the first I started, and it drives me crazy because back in the day when I started this--it was my first HAED design--I started it 1 over 1 instead of my currently prefered 2 over 1. I do NOT like 1 over 1 I have decided BUT I need to finish this at some point before I die SO I am suffering through.

If anyone has any tips for starting threads 1 over 1 please share. Thanks :)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Stitching Mojo has returned!

I haven't had the urge to stitch in a long time but lately that has changed and my desire to stitch has come back with a vengeance. I am testing out a rotation in preparation for the WIPacolypse in January. I finished the second page of this piece last night. That ocean floor is riddled with confetti but then again most of this piece is--lots of detail=lots of different colors :)

QS swimming with dolphins 3Nov11 by KnitterinProgress

Pattern: Heaven and Earth Designs, QS Swimming with Dolphins (Tate)
Fabric: 28 count evenweave
Threads: 2 over 1, tent
Pages complete: 2

In other news, Nanowrimo 2011 is off to a slow start for me. 2600/50000 words complete. Looking forward to some writing time tonight.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It's About That Time. . .

Yeah, that's right, because I don't have enough to do---HA!---I am going to try and get through Nano again. For anyone keeping track this will be my fifth time and, God willing, fourth finish! I was a finisher in 2005, 2006, and 2007, I tried in 2008 but didn't finish(I wasn't feeling it with my story by mid month so I bagged it).



1700 words per day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

IHSW--Aftermath

QS Swimmingwithdolphins 16oct2011 by KnitterinProgress

I did not get as much "hermit" time as I would have liked. It's fall, it was nice out, yard work took priority for most of the daylight hours this weekend. I was able to stitch yesterday evening. I am working my way through the confetti nightmare that is the coral :)

Chalean Extreme--Month 2

Yesterday, I finished the second month of Chalean Extreme--PUSH. The Push month is all about using the heaviest weight possible with slow reps and short sets. I really enjoyed concentrating on one muscle group at a time with the heavy weights. I never thought I'd say this but I think I will be investing in 30 pound dumbbells pretty soon--my 25s were getting pretty light by the end of the month when I was doing leg work.

I only lost one pound over the month but I feel a lot leaner and stronger(not P90X stronger but stronger). My eating has been cleaner this month than on any other program I have done. I still have my lapses but they are getting fewer and farther between. I am finding that, although it is boring, having a set menu to turn to is really helping.

I stuck with the two cardio workouts on the workout schedule plus I added an additional cardio on Tuesdays(just like I did in month 1).

I love the length of these workouts, they lend themselves easily to doubling up which I tend to do on weeks when I have a bunch of things going on.

Today I start the LEAN month which is the final month of the program. I previewed the Lean dvds yesterday and I am ready for them today. I am going to switch out my weekly cardio and abs with the extra dvd included in the set. I am really going to be mixing it up this month and I am looking forward to seeing my results.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Christmas Crafting

I found a tutorial for yarn wreaths and I think it would be a fun weekend project to do with the kiddos. In addition to continuing the tradition we started last year of making our own glass ball ornaments stuffed with shredded Christmas paper, glitter, and/or yarn/stitching scraps.

I also got this book, Holiday Boutique Knitting, and I LOVE the wreath patterns in it--I want to make them all.

Friday, October 14, 2011

IHSW

Love this:



I will be working on HAED QS Swimming with Dolphins.

2012 WIPocalypse

I am already looking ahead to 2012 and I have decided it is the year to "finish(or at least make a dent in) what I've started". With that in mind I joined the WIPocalypse.

We will be posting progress on every full moon in 2012:

Full moon dates for 2012:
January 9
February 7
March 8
April 6
May 5
June 4
July 3
August 1
August 31
September 29
October 29
November 28
December 28

Finding WIPs to finish will not a be a problem--I think I will need WAY more than 1 year to get through them all ;)

Are you a cross stitcher? Do you want to play along? If so, then sign up through the link above or just watch the madness unfold here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Riding the Crafting Wave

Still feeling the crafty mojo here and I love it! It feels so good to have the energy to work on my favorite things AND to be able to carve out the time. For the first time in well over a year I pulled out one of my HAED projects.

QS Swimming with Dolphins(Nadia Tate/Heaven and Earth Designs)
I put about 600 stitches in over the last week. You can see the before pic in this post from September.
QS Swimming with Dolphins 13Oct11

I am going to be working on this one until I finish the page I am on.

Knitting is also getting done--hopefully I will have some progress to show soon. I am working on 2 blankets, a pair of footie socks, cupcake themed fingerless mittens, and the Cambridge shawl.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Socktoberfest

socks for Rage 2011 by KnitterinProgress
socks for Rage 2011, a photo by KnitterinProgress on Flickr.

I finished a pair of socks for Rage last night during my hockey viewing time(LETS GO PENS!).

I actually started this pair of socks in April. I finished the first one quickly then it got back-burnered with spring and summer. When I wanted to start the second sock I had Rage try on the first. . .it didn't fit. Apparently my young man is getting very big feet SOOO I had to rip out the first finished sock and reknit the pair. He is now at a 60 stitch cast on(I usually use a 64 for me)--he's 8 almost 9.

Rage picked this color on our trip to Texas last year. It's Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Satsuma. Perfect October orange :) I can't even tell you how proud I was that he picked Lorna's Laces. He and his sister had their pick of the sock yarn(she chose Noro sock). Neither kiddo may want to knit but they sure can pick yarn ;)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cooler Days+Earlier Nights=Crafting Mojo

After months of feeling very blah about all my crafting activities, I feel my crafting mojo coming back with a vengeance. I have gone through the house and located all my stitching WIPs. And in the past week I have added four projects to my knitting WIPs.

My stitching WIPs are in the sidebar and, as I mentioned before I will be working on those in a rotation--switching up after I finish a page(since they are all multi-page pieces).

I have two knitting pieces that are deadline pieces: an afghan and a mitered baby blanket. I have two pieces that are my "travelling" knitting pieces(ie. they fit in my purse and are in the car with me all the time): Rage's socks and the Baktus scarf. Then there are the pieces I added because I like them: Cambridge and Cupcake Mittens. Oh, I also have a pair of socks I would like to start during Socktoberfest :) **All the links above are Ravelry links**

I don't want to leave out sewing either. I have a strip quilt and Amy Butler's Cosmo Bag(the cover bag on Style Stitches that are on the list too!

I can't let all this crafting energy go to waste, because you know that you have to roll with the tide of the crafting mojo. So I have decided that I will work on my car pieces whenever I am out, my stitching during the day when I have extra time, and my other knitting pieces at night. A couple of the knitting pieces will move to the car as I finish the two there.

Later all, I have work to do. Updates to follow!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chalean Extreme--Month 1

Reflections on the last month:

Yesterday I finished month one of Chalean Extreme--Burn, they call it. I definitely feel like I have lost inches and I know I have lost weight. I enjoyed the 3 Burn workouts I did weekly in addition to the 2 cardio workouts. I felt that the program lacked enough cardio for me so instead of taking 2 rest days per week I added an additional cardio workout to one of those days. Looking back on the month I also feel that there was not enough core/ab work--I think that this month I will add a core workout after each weight workout day, so upping it to 3 per week.

I have been very pleased with my eating over the last month. I have really tightened things up and I am finding a balance between healthy choices and the occasional treat. I have been trying to cut down my diet Pepsi intake so I am down to one can per day with the intent of cutting it out all together at some point BUT that will be very hard--I just love my diet Pepsi.

Today I start month 2 of Chalean Extreme--Push. I have pulled my heavier dumbbells up from the basement and I am ready to tackle this next challenge!

Eating was a little more lax over the weekend so I am refocusing today and looking forward to a very "on track" week.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reflection Hat. . .part 2

I finished Rage's reflection hat a couple of days ago. Love the pattern, super easy and quick. Now both kiddos have hats for the winter :)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Rotation?

It seems that I am always on a quest to find more time to fit in all the things I would like to do. Crafting is a such a passion of mine but finding the time to fit it all in is challenging. I really want to make progress on my stitching works in progress so I have decided to try a rotation.

I will work on these three pieces--finishing one page before I move on to the next:

1. Ink Circles--The Bramble and the Rose(as of today)
br2Mar2010

2. HAED QS Swimming with Dolphins(as of today)
QS Swimming with Dolphins--17Sept08

3. HAED I Love Thee(as of today)
I Love Thee--1Oct08

I really want 2012 to be the year of "finishes" instead of "new starts" ;)

Monday, September 05, 2011

Starting Winter Knitting

Knitting content. . .woohoo!

There was a chill in the air this weekend and by chill I mean it was in the 80's instead of the 90's SO I decided to start some winter knitting.

This is the Reflection Hat--Ravelry link. I used Lamb's Pride Worsted in Limeade and Carribean Seas for this hat. It is for Diva.

Now I am onto Rage's hat(which will be orange, of course).

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chalean Extreme. . .a new workout adventure!

Thoughts on my first week of Chalean Extreme.

August 22, 2011:

BURN Phase Day 1

I did Burn 1 this morning and I added in an additional cardio workout. I used the nutrition guide provided with the program and chose one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and two snacks. My breakfast was ricotta cheese with cinnamon, berries, and slivered almonds. I was NOT loving it. It's going to be a tough one to choke down all week, I'll tell you that.

August 25, 2011:

BURN Phase Day 4

Today it was Burn Intervals and Ab Burner both of which are right up my alley. I loved Burn Intervals what a great mix of cardio and weights. I am pleasantly sore from my workouts earlier in the week and that just lets me know that I am working things in a new way.

I was thinking last night that October 2010 was the last time I did a weight workout. Turbo Fire uses resistance bands which I think are good for toning but it's not the same as hoisting good, old fashioned weights. I can't wait to try the CLX/TF hybrid when I finish CLX.

One of the things I learned from my 5 Day Inferno experiment last week was how to eat 5 small meals per day. I am eating about every three hours and every meal contains a fruit or vegetable as well as protein. I am definitely not as hungry and, hopefully, I am still dropping weight.

August 28, 2011:

Rest Day--BURN Phase Day 7

Finished my first week of Chalean Extreme. I added in a few more cardio workouts including one on the first rest day earlier in the week. I am going to enjoy a workout free day today--not work free though, I have to mow the lawn, do laundry, and grocery shop for the kiddos lunch boxes.

I will weigh in tomorrow morning. The tough thing with weighing myself when doing a weight routine is that I know if I am sore my weight may not change or may go up. Muscles soreness means small tears in the muscle which means that your body retains water and such to help heal it up. I took my waist measurement this morning and it is about 1/2 inch smaller than when I finished the 5 Day Inferno. I am trying to get my waist to 32 inches(at the most)--Dr. Oz says your waist should be your height in inches divided by 2 so that's my goal. Right now I am at 34 inches.

I have been knitting and hopefully will have progress pictures soon. I am also trying to workout a schedule that will accommodate my fitness goals, family obligations, day-to-day stuff, knitting, reading, AND stitching. I am feeling the need to make progress in all areas of my life. :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Turbo Fire--5 Day Inferno Plan

On Sunday, August 15, I started the 5 Day Inferno plan that was included in my Turbo Fire package. Basically it is supposed to clean up your eating and help you drop a few pounds.

Instead of using each day's food plan, I went through and chose 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, and 2 snacks. I just shopped for those things. So I have been eating the same thing every day but, in all honesty, I usually eat close to the same thing everyday anyhow. I also noticed that the days calories in this 5 Day plan actually matches up to the minimum I am supposed to be eating on Weight Watchers(I never eat just the minimum but I am this week).

I did the workouts as scheduled with two changes, I subbed Fire 60 for Fire 55ez on Day 1 and Day 5.

I did it mostly to try and get my eating cleaned up a little more but I was hoping for around a 5 pound loss. The hardest part, by far, was that I was only allowed water or plain coffee or tea. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE diet Pepsi and I did not have one drop for the last 5 days. The second hardest part was no sweets--I do miss those but maybe after this it will be easier for me to limit those? We shall see.

What I liked:

1. It is only 5 days.

2. After the first couple of days of initial hunger, I got used to the daily portions and really enjoyed the meals I chose, they were filling and tasted good(especially the loaded baked potato I got to have for lunch--yum!).

3. I liked my variation of choosing one item from each meal in the booklet. I typed them up and printed it, so that I could create a grocery list and then I posted it in my kitchen so I could see at a glance what I should be including in each meal.

4. Time will tell but I think that I made some positive changes eating wise. I really liked that it helped me understand how to do the 5 smaller meals per day instead of 3 big ones. It lays out the servings so you can really see what you should be eating every 2-3 hours.

5. I think this 5 Day program lives up to its billing as being able to get your ready for something in 5 days.

What I disliked:

1. Having to do Fire 55ez for three days--that's why I subbed in Fire 60 for two days. I am not a fan of the music in Fire 55ez--it's okay but there are other DVDs with better. Way too much "Push It" in that one.

2. I don't know what this says about me but I was dreaming about diet Pepsi and desserts; these were so vivid that I would wake up and get upset with myself for not sticking with the program. So sad.

3. I am not sure how permanent the weight loss I acheived will be. It seems to me that dropping that much weight in such a short period of time is not really sustainable even though it is technically in the minimum range of what my WW points are daily.

The end result:

Pounds lost in 5 days: 5 pounds!! I met my goal :)

Inches lost in my waist(the only measurement I take): 1 inch

I am taking the weekend off to recover a bit and get ready to start Chalean Extreme on Monday. Maybe I can fit in some knitting and stitching this weekend--after I clean my house, it's a disaster in here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Project Spectrum 5--Blue & Sewing

I have been bitten by the sewing bug again. Over the last two days I made five pillowcases. Two are going to my parents and three are going to my hockey player nephews.

Here they all are:



Here is a closeup of one of the blue ones and I didn't think about it when I decided to make them but they fit in perfectly with Project Spectrum's theme for July. I love the fabric in these(I am almost tempted to keep them):



Here is a closeup of one of the hockey pillow cases. I love the fabric and I am hoping the boys will too:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Where has summer gone?

I cannot believe that it is mid way through July already!

For the past couple of summers my kiddos and I make a list of goals we want to accomplish over the break; in addition, I have them work out of the Summer Bridge workbooks and read during the weekdays over the summer. I think all of this gives them some structure and keeps the wheels turning in their brains(and mine) when school is out.

My goal list has not progressed as fast as I would like.

I have been super focused on working out since last August--I had been working out 6 days a week without fail. Notice the operative word "had". On June 16 I started feeling a sharp pain on the outside of my right knee--it was sharp enough that I thought, "Kim, you need to take a break and rest that leg." So that's what I did. For about a month I did not workout and I iced my knee quite a bit in the first couple of weeks. I also think I could buy stock in Advil at this point. I felt like I could feel myself getting fatter and a lot of my old habits came back with a vengeance. I started attempting to workout again on July 10. I went back to my Turbo Fire/Turbo Jam workouts mixing cardio and strength with a 2 day on/1 day off schedule. I am also making sure that I am not jumping(which stinks because I LOVE plyo jumps). My knee, however, is not healed. One thing was consistent during my time off from exercise--my knee hurt whenever I walked upstairs and guess what? It still does. SO I think it is time I bite the bullet and get this knee checked out.

On the crafting front, I have accomplished a few things(as evidenced in posts here) but not nearly as much as I wanted to. A side effect of the no workout thing is that I have zero energy but that is coming back now. I am hoping to finish my first quilt top(a strip quilt for me), Rage's second sock, and the Bramble and the Rose cross stitch.

On the home front, I want to go through every closet and attempt to get rid of clutter; then I want to tackle our basement!

I also want Rage to learn how to ride a bike(which was also put on hold because I cannot run next to one to help him), so we can all ride bikes together.

The kiddos start school in about 3 weeks so we shall see how much we get done.

Happy summer everyone! Get out there in the heat and enjoy :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

More sewing. . .

Diva, Rage, and I went on a shopping trip yesterday in order to find material for a Father's Day gift for their father and, of course, we left with enough for a gift for Rage and I too.

We made pillowcases; using a pattern I got at Snappy Quilts(along with the fabric). The top one pictured is for their Dad, the second is Rage's(he loves all things orange), and the bottom one is for me. Diva made one in a class on Monday, so don't think she was left out ;)



Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Little Kitten

My second finish from Amigurumi Toy Box. The little kitten is done and nestled in her bed.

I am getting really good at the single crochet ;)



I will be offline for a bit working on cross stitch and attempting my first quilt. I will be back when I have more to report.

Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Project Spectrum 5--Going Green

It's June and Project Spectrum has moved on to Green. I am not a big fan of green as far as crafting goes but here are some things I am working on:

This scarf will be my June focus piece for PS5:


This little snake is my first real foray into crochet. My gauge is a little loose but he turned out sort of cute:

It is from the book Amigurumi Toy Box.

After finishing snakey and realizing that it did, in fact, look something like a snake I decided to try something else. This is part of the Little Kitten pattern and it's a cat bed, done in PS5 Green:

I am moving on to the kitten itself.

I also intend to keep going with my May PS5 projects--updating all as the PS5 journey progresses :)

Also, when I tried to post these pictures from Flickr today it told me it couldn't find my blog?!?! Anyone else ever have that problem? Any solutions? I already sent an email to the Flickr folks.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Project Spectrum 5--More Reds and Oranges

I have been working on all things red this month. I finished Ribband(Ravelry link) in one day. The worst part was stringing the nearly 500 beads onto the yarn--after that it was a breeze. I also think this project would look great with a neutral yarn to really highlight the beads.

I also continued my quest to improve my sewing skills by learning zippers (thanks Stacey!) Of course, I had to find some red fabric for at least one pouch.






I made three more pouches but Diva commandeered one, so I only have these two left to show:

I know that they don't go with the PS5 theme but the skully fabric actually has the red toile fabric on the inside. I love toile fabric and red and white toile is just yummy. And I love all things skully and it must say something about me that I love them both together.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Project Spectrum 5--Reds & Oranges

Project Spectrum 5 begins today! I have participated in a few and watched the creativity through all of them. It is such a beautiful project to follow and you can find more here, here, and on Ravelry.

This year the lineup is as follows:
May: Red/Orange
June: Green
July: Blue/Indigo
August: Pink/Purple
September: Yellow/Metallics
October: Cyan/Aqua
November: Black/White/Grey

One month is not really enough time to start and complete a project so I have chosen to start off trying to make progress on two current projects.

The Bramble and The Rose by Ink Circles/Floss DMC 115:


Rage's socks/Lornas Laces Shepherd sock in Satsuma:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sew. . .

IMAG0066.jpg by KnitterinProgress
IMAG0066.jpg, a photo by KnitterinProgress on Flickr.

For the first time since 8th grade, I sat down behind a sewing machine and made something. It's the Birdie Sling by Amy Butler and I love it! Love the fabric, love the pattern, love the bag :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

tiny baby bunnies by KnitterinProgress
tiny baby bunnies, a photo by KnitterinProgress on Flickr.

Have a Happy Easter and a happy day!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Introducing. . .

Naps2apr2011 by KnitterinProgress
Naps2apr2011, a photo by KnitterinProgress on Flickr.



On March 24, Casa KiP added two more to our ranks. Meet Molly(left) and Max(right)--Molly named for Molly Weasley and Max for one of my favorite hockey players. They are Abyssinian kittens, they are sister and brother, and they are 4 months old. This is the first time I was able to catch them asleep together where one, the other, or both didn't pop up at the slightest sound.

I have not had kittens in 14 years and the last time it was only me teaching them the rules of the house. Now they have to fit in with DH, Diva, Rage, and a very disgruntled/confused Bailey(our 14 year old Tonkinese). These two are very smart, probably too smart for their own good. Max is a lot bigger and a giant bundle of love and playfulness. Molly is half Max's size and I believe she is working her tiny cuteness so that she can get her own way not only with the humans in the house but also the other cats. She seems to have a bit of "bully" in her as well; this little pint size ball of fur does not hesitate to hiss/growl/confront her brother or Bailey.

I do have evidence of a tentative truce between the three. On Thursday I was able to snap this picture of the three of them sharing the big sunspot in our family room. Apparently all differences can be forgotten when a warm spot is involved :)

Group sun 30Mar2011 by KnitterinProgress
Group sun 30Mar2011, a photo by KnitterinProgress on Flickr.



We are all very happy(well I wouldn't say BB is "very happy") and are enjoying getting to know these two.

Friday, April 01, 2011

April Challenges

1. Read two books.

2. Finish Rage's socks.

3. Stitch on Bramble and Rose.

4. Lose 5 pounds.

5. Make better eating choices.

6. Complete 26 Turbo Fire workouts(this will be the easiest goal)

**My life would be fantastic if I could figure out how to knit, read, stitch, workout, AND do all my mother/wife duties at the same time**

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Knitting Content(Go figure)


Diva's Noro socks
Generic sock pattern

This is the second time I have used Noro Sock yarn and I still do not like it but Diva picked it out so I soldiered through. If Noro would dye yarn using the base that Socks That Rock uses THEN I would be loving it.


Gift blanket
Part one of 5
This is the Cables and Tweed pattern from a Patons Canadiana afghan book. I am hoping to give this as a Christmas gift which is why I am starting it now :)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March Challenges--edited 3/31/11

1. Find a new magazine to subscribe to since I kicked Interweave Knits to the curb after 8 years as a subscriber.
Done 3/16/11
Country Living and I am toying with the idea of Vogue Knitting

2. Finish my slow book and then read Kresley Cole's newest book, Dreams of a Dark Warrior.
Finished Blood Trinity 3/15/11

3. Finish Diva's socks and start Rage's.
Finished Diva's 3/12/11

4. Finish two pages of Bramble and the Rose.
Still no stitching in March :(

5. Post pictures of above mentioned projects here and on Ravelry(at least the knitting on Ravelry).
Done 3/16/11

6. Lose 5 pounds.
I lost 4 pounds this month :)

7. Make healthier eating choices on a more consistent basis.
--ongoing challenge--

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Turbo Fire--Month 5

I have finished the 20 week Turbo Fire schedule.

I really enjoyed this last month because of all the long cardio and HIIT workouts.

Overall, I loved the program and would recommend it to anyone who likes cardio and good music. Since doing Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire, my oblique muscles have never looked better. I have definitely gone down in my body fat percentage during this 20 weeks and I have lost around 10 pounds. Even better than all that, I went for my annual doctor's visit and my blood pressure is normal, all my blood work is normal, and I feel great :)

I guess all this working out 6 days a week really makes a difference. I am hoping in the next 20 weeks I see even better results :) I will continue with the program as written as well as adding some additional works on occasion(ie--when I have the energy).

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Turbo Fire--Month 4

I have finished 16 weeks of Turbo Fire and I am getting ready to start the final month. I have noticed more progress in the last month than any other month so far. My obliques are in the best shape ever and I have dropped 5 pounds over the last month which I attribute to this workout as well as getting stricter with my eating.

I am very happy that I purchased the advanced workouts(I bought just the DVDs as I do not take supplements and I already have a bunch of resistance bands). I like the longer cardio workouts and I think the toning workouts are a little better than the ones that come with the main program although I still think P90X is better for weight work.

I really look forward to my workout time every day and that is saying something because even though I workout 6 days a week I don't always feel energized to do it.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

February Challenges

In February I will:

1. Finish a book.
**Nope but in my defense I am reading a book that is progressing very slowly and not keeping my attention--I'm about halfway.

2. Finish Diva's socks.
**I finished one--one to go :)

3. Finish at least two pages of The Bramble and the Rose.
**I did not get any stitching done this month.

4. Lose 5 pounds.
**I lost 3 and I am happy with that :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happiest Place on Earth 2011



About a week ago Casa KiP got back from 6 days in Walt Disney World. And for those of you who knew about our last trip, yes, we did in fact take Rage.

I, personally, was not really interested in going to Florida in January BUT we had to go then because my sisters and one of my brothers-in-law were participating in the Goofy Challenge. The Goofy Challenge for the uninitiated is running the 1/2 marathon and the full marathon during Mickey's Marathon Weekend. Why would one do this you ask? Well, because you get three medals--a Donald, a Mickey, and a Goofy. They also got three very sweet shirts. I will admit that during the excitement of the weekend I wondered why I didn't decide to do it too but then I remembered I HATE running. I have never once gotten a "runner's high" mostly I just curse every step I am taking and then I curse those steps for days afterwards because my shins and my feet hurt so much that I can't walk so running 39.3 miles in two days was not on the menu for me. PLUS, you have to be at the starting line for both races at 5:30AM--no thank you.

Besides the adult marathon festivities we also signed up all the kiddos(7 in total) for Mickey's Kids Races. Rage did the 400m with 3 of his cousins and Diva did the Mickey Mile with one of her cousins; her race was timed and she ran a mile in 7:40 and I am so proud of her. We had been practicing all last fall and her best time up until the race was just a touch under 10 minutes. Our youngest nephew had to race alone in something less than 400m; I can't remember what, as I said running isn't my thing.

Here they are after the races posing in front of the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex where the races were held:


The exciting thing for me was the planning phase which had been going on since last March when we signed the kiddos up for their races. It kicked into high gear in August when we were able to make our hotel reservations and get our travel packages. Instead of planning for my usual party of 4 I got to set up reservations for our giant party of 15 (8 adults, 7 kiddos). This classified us as a Disney Grand Gathering and we were eligible for a special Grand Gathering event. The only one that fit into our schedule was the Safari Celebration Dinner in Animal Kingdom. We got to go on a private safari through the park and then have a buffet dinner with entertainment. We also got to meet Timon and Rafiki.

I also got us dinner reservations at Chef Mickey's--I highly recommend that dinner for anyone going with kiddos. It's a well rounded buffet and you get to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto. They come right to your table for pictures so you don't have to hunt them down in Parks.

We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside in the Alligator Bayou. We had never stayed there before our family usually stays at Port Orleans French Quarter BUT Riverside has some rooms that sleep 5 so we had to go over there(as my one sister has a family of 5). I love the Port Orleans resorts because you can take a boat to and from Downtown Disney (my preferred shopping place so that we don't have to go into every gift shop in the Parks). The kiddos went swimming almost every night while we adults bundled up on the lounge chairs--it was COLD at night, not Colorado cold but cold none the less; the kiddos seemed unfazed by this. My only complaint was that we had a LONG, LONG walk to the main building where the food was; we looked at it as giving us time to work up an appetite ;)

Our extended family arrived and departed at different times. On our family's last day, the four of us went to the California Grill for dinner to celebrate my husband's Birthday which was the following day(the day we left). The California Grill is on top of the Contemporary (the hotel with the monorail running through it) and we got to watch the fireworks over Cinderella's Castle from our dinner table. It was a fantastic meal and my favorite Disney experience EVER.

I'm sure some of you may be wondering how Rage did. He did much better than last time. Only a couple of mini meltdowns. Maybe having all his cousins there and the option of not doing all the rides helped? I would by no means say he loved or even like the Parks but it was better than last time.

On a personal note, I got to see the hotel and the parks decorated for the holidays--I never thought I'd see that and it was great!

A closeup of the tree in front of Animal Kingdom:

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Turbo Fire--Month 2 & 3

November 14:
This was a good week--all cardio, no HIIT this week or for the next few weeks.

I did try using the weighted gloves three times this week; it felt harder unfortunately I did not wear my heart rate monitor to get a gauge as far as calories burned.

I am debating on whether to continue using the two tone and sculpt videos--they are really easy--I may sub in P90X Shoulders & Arms and Chest & Back. I am also toying with the idea of adding in an extra cardio three days a week during this cardio only phase.

November 21:
I added the weighted gloves for all the cardio this week and I love the added challenge--it's just enough.

I used a higher resistance band for the toning workouts--it didn't really add that much of a challenge. I will be interested to see if the advanced dvds offer more of a toning challenge.

I am also adding in four days a week of running; I'm helping my kiddos train for a race in January so I end up running with them.

November 28-December 18:
It is a very busy time of year but I have still managed to get all my workouts in. Between holiday shopping, holiday obligations, and children's illnesses I have had to double up on workouts more often than I would like to. I feel great though :) My only complaint is that I do not really enjoy the toning and sculpting workouts--they are not very hard at all and I think that next time I run through this program I will sub in P90X weighted work instead.

I got the advanced DVDs a week or so ago and I look forward to using them when they show up in my rotation in January.

December 25:
Merry Christmas! And, yes, I did workout today. Fire 55EZ. This has been a crazy week forcing me to juggle workouts. I am skipping my rest day on Monday so that I can get back on track. I feel like I have hit a wall this week--I don't know if it's my schedule or my diet or a combination of both. I am going to try and focus more on my eating in the next week and see if it makes a difference.

January 1:
This week was a recovery week with not one but two rest days and they came in handy with everything I had to do. I still need to get my workout in today and tomorrow I begin months 3 and 4--I am looking forward to the advanced dvds :)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

11 in 11

I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2011.

One of the higher priorities on my list is to finish some of my works-in-progress--it seems that I add to my works-in-progress, then start to feel overwhelmed by everything on the needles, then start something else to take my mind off it. I am going to change that this year. So 11 in 11 is born.

The rules are simple:

**I will finish 11 things before the end of this year(and if I finish more bonus).

**A finish in knitting = finishing a piece

**A finish in regular cross stitch = finishing a piece

**A finish in HAED stitching = finishing a page(trust me each page of these projects is more than the equivalent of another type of project).

What types of crafty endeavors do you all have planned for the next year?