Friday, 28 February 2014

Bustin' My Balls: Part 6

A quick update on my health. I'm feeling much better than I was yesterday. Still not quite up to snuff, though. Did a couple loads of laundry...was completely out of clean undies and we all know how it icky it is to recycle those! Also washed my bedding to get rid of the sick germs and so it would feel nice and fresh tonight. I'm sleeping in the spare room for now so Grampa doesn't pick up this bug. Don't need him sick while we're travelling.

And now...on to my balls. The original pile:

And now:

To this point, I've made 70 squares for Knit-a-Square . I had originally guesstimated that I would get 75 but, as you can see, I was off by a bit. I figure there are about another 40 squares in there.

I won't get this all done up before we leave on Wednesday but I'm going to keep plugging along until then and finish it up when we get back.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Thankful Thursday

Went to the doc this morning and it turns out I have the flu. Not serious but enough to slow me down to less than a turtle crawl. I slept most of the afternoon and I've been on the couch since about 4:00. I'm far too weak to do any crocheting.

The wind picked up this afternoon, increasing the windchill. Overnight temp tonight is forecast to be -31C/-24F with a windchill of -43C/-45F.

So what do I have to be thankful for today?

Well, I'm glad I got in to see my doc today and that I'm not seriously ill. I'm also thankful that I'm sick now and not next week.

I'm very thankful that I have a warm house tonight.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Woo Hoo Wednesday

Weigh-in...I'm down 3 this week. Had a lot of ups and downs this month so my overall total is a loss of only 4 pounds for the month. But hey! It beats gaining, or even staying the same! Since the New Year, I'm down 14 pounds and 6.25 inches. Hoo-rah!!!

Managed to get 13 squares done this week.

In an effort to get all those balls busted, I've decided to not make any more with hearts. They take a bit longer to make and I spend too much time agonizing over colour combinations.

Not so Woo Hoo...I've picked up a bug of some sort. Woke up this morning with the beginnings of what felt like a cold but now I'm suspecting it might be bronchitis. I don't smoke but I'm wheezing like a 5-pack-a-day smoker. We're leaving next week for our holiday and I want to make sure I'm not sick with anything serious so I'm going to try to get in to see my doc tomorrow.

And on that note, I'm off to bed. 'Night, y'all.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Bustin' My Balls: Part 5

Well, it's been a whole month and the pile is diminishing.



So far I've made 58 squares.

I was really hoping to have this all worked up before we left for our holiday but I'm not sure it's going to happen. We leave in 11 days. I suppose if I didn't do anything else for 11 days I could get it done but good luck with that. Even with my kids grown and gone, life still has a way of getting in the way. All I can do is what I can do.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Woo Hoo Wednesday

It's been a crazy day. Almost didn't get to making this post.

Weigh-in...up a half pound but down a quarter inch. I'll take it. :-)

Here are this week's squares. Forgive the bad lighting. I only took it a few minutes ago and the lighting isn't as good as it is during the day.

Sixteen squares for Knit-a-Square for a total of 54 so far. The red yarn that I'm pairing with baby weight is interminable. It just keeps going and going and going. I figure I'll get 5 or 6 more squares out of what's left. I'll be so glad to be done with it.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Bustin' My Balls: Part 4

It's been 3 weeks and I'm making progress on the stash of balls.

Original pile.

The difference is really starting to show now.

So far, I've made 43 squares for Knit-a-Square. Grampa and I leave on our holiday in just under 3 weeks. Gonna have to hustle if I want to get these all busted before then.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for the lengthening days.

In December, it's pitch black outside by 4:30pm. Now it's not completely dark until almost 6:00. Grampa has a 45 minute commute, usually getting home just after 5, so it makes me happy that he's doing his travelling in the daylight now. Lessens his chance of a collision with a deer or moose.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Woo Hoo Wednesday

Weigh-in...I finally blasted through that 2 week plateau I hit. I'm down 3 pounds this week though I have no idea how. Our trip to the city didn't always include the best food choices and I didn't exercise, even though I had planned to. However, I'll take it!!

It was a slow week, craft-wise. I got this cap knitted but I still have to sew up the seam.

And I only got 8 squares done. There are monthly themes and this month it's hearts and red/pink/white. I have tons of red balls but the yarn is a bit thin so I've been pairing it with pink or white baby yarn. I was stumped on what to do with the less than inspiring colours and then it hit me. I can put hearts on them!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Bustin' My Balls: Part 3

On Thursday, Grampa had an appointment in the city 3 hours away so we left bright and early. Since we're redoing our bathrooms, we decided to stay overnight and do some Home Depot shopping. So No Thankful Thursday and I didn't get to posting about my ball bustin' yesterday. So, without further ado, here's how my balls are looking.

Original pile.

And here we are 2 weeks later. Last week there didn't seem to be much difference, but you can see it now.

Thirty squares made for Knit-a-Square 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Woo Hoo Wednesday

Weigh-in Day. I'm up 1.5 pounds but my total overall measurements stayed the same. So I guess it's a Woo without the I'm attributing the weight gain to the monthly weight gain many women have. I'm making small changes at a time and haven't been exercising, just tracking what I eat. I'm going to incorporate using the treadmill for 30 minutes, 3 times a week. Maybe more if I can rustle up the gumption.

I got the brown cap finished but haven't started another one yet. Also 2 more squares for the memory blanket.

And I've almost completed one sleeve on the go-over. The go-overs are rather boxy but they're meant to be quick and easy and roomy. These usually go over top of other clothes, so they need to have lots of room around the shoulders so they don't bind. Other KAS members manage to make some mighty pretty go-overs within the parameters of the pattern. I'm not so talented.

Got 15 more squares done this week. Here are the basic ones.

And here are 3 that I fancied up a bit.

The black and grey one is an adaptation of another square but it didn't quite work out. It's got a bit of a pucker but I'm going to send it anyways. KAS doesn't demand perfection. Their main request is that the squares are 8 X 8 inches and this one is.

The star applique...yeah, I don't know what I do wrong. It's off-centre. My flowers ended up doing the same thing. They start out in the middle but don't end up that way. It must be in how I'm holding them as I'm sewing. Oh well. The kids won't care.

I had just a small ball of Christmas yarn left so I used it up in the middle and then finished it with the red. I really like this pattern. It's a great way to use up small amounts. It's on the KAS website.

And that's that.

What Woo Hoo did yoo doo?