Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shifting Into Neutral

It's time for me to shift into panic mode again! The winter holidays approach no matter what I do to stop them, and so, I have begun the Holiday Knitting.

In our family, the "holiday" starts early with the Tiny Prince's birthday (November 16), followed quickly by The Birthday of His Dadadada (November 25). I try hard to make a Birthday Sweater for the Boy (and now his Son, the TP TM).

Fortunately, the Tiny Prince's Birthday Sweater was a fair entry, so it's done ::whew:: (Are you still here?)

I started the Older Kid's sweater a couple of days ago using the Cobblestone Pullover pattern (IK Fall 2007) by Jared Flood. I'm using Filatura Lanorota Puno (100% alpaca) in the camel heather colorway. Decided to knit the sleeves first, and I'm knitting them intermittently so that both will be finished at pretty much the same time and then I can cast on and knit the body, join the sleeves in and might actually finish in time (but don't hold your breath).

The other item in my bag basket of tricks is the Daughter-In-Law's Christmas sweater. This one's top down, a Knitting Pure and Simple cardigan (#263). I'm using Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50/50 alpaca/wool blend)in the mahogany mix colorway.

By way of yarn review: These two yarns are a pleasure to knit. Various websites assure me that alpaca is not prone to pilling (which is a relief). I have concerns about memory, though.

And on a whole different subject:

I have some plans to get healthy.

I can no longer stand the flab. I have a closet full of beautiful, serviceable clothing that will look and fit so much better with toned muscles.

So, I've started a tiny little lifting program.

Left to right: 1/2 pound ankle and wrist weights (I say, why bother?), 3 pound and 5 pound dumbbells.

I'm on the 3 pound ones now, working my way up. Will need to buy a heavier pair in a month or so.

My guide is this book that I got for 50 cents at a library book sale last spring. There's a website, too, that I discovered when I went looking for the book on-line so that I could link. Must check that out!

Anyway, this disclosure is by way of Keeping Me Honest. (You all know how that works, right?)

Keeping me honest Yarn Diet-wise: Take a look at the sidebar! (I'd be ashamed if I weren't so proud!)

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The sweaters will help lower that yarn stash! You'll get the sweaters finished and they will be much loved.
Ok, Ann. You confessed the yarn gain, but you didn't say *what* was added. Anything fun, interesting, etc? Spill it, girl!!!!!!! Inquiring minds want to know. Was it all the yarn for the holiday sweaters?
Hang on ... in the time since you started reducing your stash you've *gained* 20 miles?

Heh. I knew I liked you for a reason.
i caught onto that, too, lol. at least you're down from the last count though! (we're not discussing my stash, capice?)
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