Friday, September 17, 2004

Bite me, John Cainer:
Welcome to a special time. A very special, very significant, very magical time. Please don't assume, from this, that everything will work out as you want. It may do. Or it may not. That doesn't matter. Truly it doesn't. What matters is that you are learning something now about how you really feel - and who you truly are.

For once, I'd like to learn from someone else's experience. Who I truly am, my ass.

Any guesses if I'm sleeping any better yet?

Three points if you guessed NO! (What can you do with those points? I'll tell you what you can do with those points...)

Blushy Girl
Excuse me. Okay, positivity. That's the goal to get through today, then I can spend all day tomorrow knitting and spinning whatever my little heart desires with Aslan snuggled up to me, and Trevor at my feet.

I gotta give props to the new WW "Core" plan. I think because it doesn't include counting, I felt like I did badly. I felt like I was eating all the time, albeit it tons of fruits and veggies. I also had lots of salmon (I LOOOOOOOVE seafood) and ground turkey, which I actually like better than ground beef anyway, I just live with men, so turkey is wimpy food. But this was a good excuse to buy some, and I enjoyed it. And couscous out the wazzoozoo (Hey, I'm striving for positivity, you gotta let a little perky sneak in with it.) I really ate so much that I felt like I'd gained four pounds, which is actually not in my diet plan.
Grape 2SushiSaladEggsTomato
In fact, I lost a pound!

So since my first goal is to lose an average of at least a pound a week before January 1, I am right on track!
Thank You

In knitting, I decided I wasn't quite thrilled with some minor mistakes I'd made in the afghan, so I frogged it to start again. Yes, this is the third start. The first start was a decision to change the color order and to double strand, so that was fairly significant. And this time I took the beginning afghan to my knitting guild, and that means I was distracted, which means I missed a few increases. The afghan is a gift for a precious couple, so I decided it was worth going back and doing it right. I might have left it if it was for me, but for these folks, I gotta give 'em my best.

So I very neatly frogged the red section, and balled it carefully.
Then I frogged the pink section, and balled it carefully.
Then I frogged the orange section, and balled it carefully.
Then I frogged the peach section, and if you think I'm going to say I balled it carefully, you're reading the wrong blog. In fact, if you're impressed I managed to ball three colors without losing my mind from impatience, chances are you know me.

I foolishly thought that there was little enough peach that I could just leave the yarn folded neatly and knit from the pile without problem.

I don't know why I thought this.

Nothing in my past has ever led me to believe this is the case.

In fact, everything from my past would tend to scream that this is very much not the case.

All I can say is that I really haven't slept much this week, and perhaps I'm woozy and delirious.

I managed to frog the cream center - great, now the afghan sounds like a cupcake....

I reknit that, changing the pattern ever so slightly, and I like it better now. Then I got to the peach.

You know, the peach that I'd left neatly folded next to me, where it would simply slide off the pile like liquid and knit right into the afghan and be beautiful.
Yeah, sorry.

I neglected to mention that Aslan was helping. Which means mostly that he's sitting next to me kneading the yarn ... yeah. Kneading. You know, moving his feet up and down, purring away, and shuffling the neat pile.

So I got six rows into the peach, which frankly fooled me into thinking my plan had worked, and that I was now the evil mastermind of knitting.
After that sixth row, I hit the tangle. It's best described as a small square of beautifully knit afghan, happily sitting on my double-points, and instead of a strand of yarn leading to the ball of yarn, I have a birds nest.

I spent a little time untangling that this morning. I'll go back to it this evening. If I can't figure it out by tomorrow morning, I'll cut it.

But I won't be happy about it.


Blogger Fiber said...

Congrats on losing a pound!! Keep it going!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Bess said...

Ditto on the dropped pound along with the big delicious meals! Yippee.

Notice how carefully I avoid mentioning the tangled yarn?

much hugs

4:12 PM  
Blogger Kim in Oregon said...

Congrats from me on the successful weight in! Reading your blog convinced me to have a glass of water rather than a cookie!

6:14 PM  
Blogger A said...

I'm right with you on the afghan fiasco, I had one of my own just tonight. What a mess.

That pound lost must have made it's way right to my plus column, oh well, maybe I'll join you in losing and ditch it next week.

As far as the spinning books go, I really like Spin It by Lee Raven. It has lots of pictures and I am absolutely a visual learner. Carol Kroll's The Whole Craft of Spinning is my newer book. It has more in it, but drawings instead of photos. I have gotten as far into it as I have the other but it has many things that are around spinning that are good to know, like how to make a wire coat hanger into a good place to stretch yarn to help set the twist. Basically, I like em both.


9:16 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Hi Amie! Great news about your WW work. Good for you! Your experience reminds me of how I need to get into something...

Sorry about the afghan fiasco? I hope that it works out okay without having to cut it!

See you at KNIT OUT! I will keep my eye out for you! :)

11:18 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Congrats on the pound! Slowly but surely, you will succeed!

I left a comment on your blog awhile back about the that I see the information about it, I'm taking my name out of the running. I'm a Mac user, so it wouldn't be compatible. Someone who can actually use it should get it! :) Thanks for the offer, though!

Take care!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Mommio said...

Congrats on the pound--you can do it! :)

I'd like to be included in the camera drawing too! Thanks!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Renee said...


I tried core for a few days, and backfired HORRIBLY. I am such a food addict. I ended up feeling deprived and ate 4 molasses cookies in a sitting.

However, it did make me more mindful of my eating choices and I have really incorporated a lot of core into my flex.


1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm starting the CORE program this week. I did Atkins last year and managed to do very well with out sweets (even though I love them SO much). I managed to lose a pound this weekend between watching what I ate and walking alot so maybe I can stick with it. Way to go on losing a pound last week! I keep telling myself, baby steps...


9:50 AM  
Blogger Shea said...

Great news about your weight loss. I'm trying to post more recipes over at bleating-good so if you have any requests let me know and I'll work on it :)

10:59 AM  

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