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Loose Ends

I’ve finished Mary’s Christmas Sweater!!!! It’s in the box and ready to be mailed — I just need to find a card worthy of it!

Now I’m kind of floundering as I look for my next project… I LOVE this Kimono and have been imagining myself wearing it as I sit on the patio knitting or blogging or reading.  I even bought the pattern.  But, the recommended yarn is orphaned.  The company – Mission Falls – went out of business and not all the colors are available.  With all those colors to match, finding a new yarn is going to be a complicated (and probably expensive) project.  And I really just want to get started knitting.

I’ve been thinking about sweaters and really like the Oak Leaf sweater on the right.  And I’ve found a couple of other patterns I like too.

The online pattern store, Pattern Fish has a lot of patterns from the eighties when big-baggy sweaters were the rage. So I’m working my way through their collection and I’ll settle on something one of these days.

In the meantime, I think I’ll use some yarn from my stash to make a shawl.

Unless I change my mind.

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Sunday, Knitting up a Storm

Alpaca and Silk Saroyan

I’m still working on finishing my daughter’s sweater, my sister in law’s scarf (photo above) and the Knitting Guild’s, Basics, Basics, Basics class. And I’m starting to feel kind of panicked.  If I don’t get these UFOs (UnFinished Objects) — how am I ever going to get to all the other lovely scarves that are calling my name?

And what about my original knitting theory: that if I’m knitting, I’m not eating?

Why Diets Make You Fatter — And What to Do About It

In this experiment, a group of dieters and a group of nondieters were given the task of comparing ice cream flavors. Participants in each group were divided into three subgroups. Before getting the ice cream, the first subgroup was asked to drink two milkshakes, the second subgroup was asked to drink one milkshake, and the third subgroup wasn’t given any milkshakes. Next, the researchers offered the groups three flavors of ice cream and asked the participants to rate the flavors, eating as much ice cream as they desired.

The results revealed that the nondieters ate as you might expect: those who hadn’t consumed any milkshakes ate the most ice cream, those who’d consumed one milkshake ate less ice cream, and those who’d consumed two milkshakes ate the least. The dieters, by contrast, reacted in the opposite way. Those who were offered no milkshakes before the taste test ate small amounts of ice cream, those who drank one shake ate more ice cream, and those who’d consumed two milkshakes ate the most ice cream!

The dieters, however, reacted in the opposite way — the more milkshakes they consumed, the more ice cream they ate. Why did they lose the capacity to regulate their intake? According to the researchers, this “counterregulation” occurs because a milkshake preload disinhibits a dieter’s usually inhibited or restrained eating, almost like a switch: “I’ve blown it anyway, so I might as well keep eating before I go back on my diet.” This is an almost irresistible incentive to go on eating well past physical fullness.

That is supposed to be news? Come on — The part I don’t get is how they got a bunch of “dieters” to participate in an all-you-can-eat-ice cream experiment!

Here in Kansas City the news is all about the huge storm that’s coming. Thanks to Susie Madrak, I now know that it’s another mega-storm — Take a look at that graphic. OMG. Enough is enough. Isn’t it?

Ah, well. More time for knitting, I guess.

The Knitting Diaries: Of Needles and Pins

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Not that you can tell from the photos above, but I’ve spent most of this week working on the first sleeve of my sweater. The first couple of attempts failed because I just couldn’t stand the huge holes on either side of the extra stitches I cast on under the arm. Apparently, this is a common problem with sweaters and the Internet is filled with hints for fixing it after the sleeves are knit. Most recommend sewing the holes up which I didn’t want to do.

Read more of my adventures in knitting below: Continue reading

The Knitting Diary :: Counting on lifelines [Open Thread]

I’ve made some progress on my sweater and I’m binding off the body of the sweater (next step — the sleeves!) … But, it’s been a challenge. Well, the whole sweater has been a challenge. Now that I’m way too far into it to quit, I’m realizing that this isn’t a project for a beginner. And it might have been better if I’d started with something simpler.

Well, I didn’t — this is the project I’ve got and I’m kind of impressed that I’ve made it this far!  At least that’s what I told myself as I tore out the bottom trim 4 times over the weekend.

Has that happened to you?  It’s maddening.

Here’s my got-cha: The pattern for that trim isn’t a simple ribbing (Knit/Purl or K2/P2) it’s a pretty devious idea.  Row 1, Knit all stitches, Row 2, K1/P1.  It’s devious because with a simple ribbing pattern, you knit into knit stitches and purl into purl stitches and once you’ve got that first row set you just fill in the pattern.  But, with THIS pattern Row 2 (which I had to do 4 times) was a nightmare.

I’d start daydreaming while I knit and after a row or so I’d check my work and find that I’d gotten off about 3 stitches from the start!  One time (the first time) I messed up so much I couldn’t even tell what the pattern was supposed to look like.

I tore it all out so many times, I cut that bit of yarn off.  I think it was jinxed. Continue reading