Friday, April 27, 2012

Souvenir Yarn

When I went to New York in 2008, I went to a flea market with my aunt and uncle. It was great fun we got on a bus from Jersey to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. We were not really sure what we would do but go sightseeing since it was a Sunday. So I had one of those what to do in New York booklet that our hotel left us so I figured let’s go to the flea market. So we walked down 8th towards central park, then we took a left on 57thbecause well we needed to eat and use the loo so I found a CVS. I really can’t remember what we ate just that we did because my uncle was getting cranky because he had not eaten. After we continued walking on Columbia until we got to Broadway and then finally merged on to Amsterdam Ave then to 72ndStreet. Am I crazy? Yes. However we had a wonderful time trying to decide what I wanted to get. I came across this wonderful vendor whom sold yup you guessed it yarn. I had already looked at some yarn that someone had hand spun and dyed but it did not interest me. However I had to have souvenir yarn so this second vendor had some light brown alpaca I bought for a scarf. When I got back to my side of the world I started to knit it up and boy did it feel good. When I finished the scarf was only about 26” long. This was no scarf at all. So what could I do…give it away. I gave it to my aunt who picked out the yarn and she loves it because it’s like a cowl she just pins it together and goes. I love knitting for my aunt because she uses everything I give her. Unlike other family members who put it away never to be seen again or wears it once or twice and then off to the thrift store.


One Month on Weight Watchers


So I joined Weight Watchers on March 30,2012.  I weighed in at 178. I know you will look at my picture and think you don’t look that bad but my body hides the fat in an even way so I don’t have a doughnut around my waist or bowling balls for a butt. 


 Since I have begun my weight watchers journey I have attended the meetings regularly.  I also have encouraged a hand full of my friends to come back to weight watchers with me.  I have to say it was my friend Maria who encouraged me to go back and she has helped me stay on track.  I also have been keeping up with my gym attendance.  Since October 2011 I have been going to the gym at least 3 times a week for an hour or hour and a half.  It is great that my friend Maria meets me at the gym at 4am.  Although we do not have to be joined at the hip it is nice that we both show up say hi and get to our own workout.  If we don’t see each other there one of us gets a text message saying “Where are you? I’m here”.  Which is good because sometimes we accidentally sleep in. 
 
So for my good news today I got my 5lb star sticker. 

 I am on my way to loosing my 5% which is 9lbs.  I have to say that losing those first 5lbs is great.  My fat jeans feel much looser already.  I say fat jeans because I swore I would not buy any jeans until I fit into my old sizes.  Well for work I have to play photographer sometimes so I got one pair to roll around in.  Also my asthma doesn’t bother me as much as it used to since I began running.  That is the main reason I needed to get back on track and be healthy.  As much as I would like to say I have body image issues because I am overweight thus the reason for losing weight but no I am to vain to think of myself as ugly.  Inside or out.  I am doing it for my health.  I hate not being able to breath.  I think if World War 3 were to happen tomorrow I would be dead within the month.  I would suffocate to death because I wouldn’t have access to medicine I need for my asthma.  I just pray that never happens and that I go quietly in my sleep.  So to celebrate my 5lb loss I might take a bike ride or head to the beach. 



Thursday, April 26, 2012

I am a knitter.

I am known as the queen bee of knitting amongst my friends.

I have to say I do dabble in the crochet arts when I feel like taking on a challenge. My friend put on a crocheting/knitting party back in 2008 and I have to say I did enjoy that gathering. I can remember I took some bread. Not just any bread but delicious friendship bread. I was cranking out bread like once a week and boy was it good. So I shared it with my friends, co-workers, and family. However I had to stop because it was beginning to control my life.

So going back to the party I chose to sit in with the crocheters. Yeah I know it was crazy of me but I wanted to do something to do than to sit and “learn” to knit. We were taught the One Skein Scarf. I have to say I really did enjoy making the scarf however I had limited yarn. I had to redo the scarf like 3 or 4 times to get it just right for my yarn. I think the last yarn party we had was in 2010 where we watched pride and prejudice. I however was ‘teaching’ so I didn’t get to indulge. So I think it is high time we have another yarn party.

Perfect Vision...someday


I went to the eye doctor today and picked out some new specs.  Being almost blind cost me so much money; I spent over $500 dollars.  You think it was because I got brand name glasses but no it is because of my lenses.  I not only have to get them made slimmer due to my astigmatism but also to reduce glare from driving at night.  I also had my eyes dilated today and man did it make it hard to see.  I was wearing sunglasses at work due to the sensitivity of my eye but even the screen was bothering me.  I should have taken the day off from work but I didn’t.  I just suffered there with a headache and cramps.  I hope my weigh-in goes well tomorrow.  I hope I have my car tomorrow.
 
However this makes me think about getting eye surgery.  If it costs up to $2,000 per eye is it a good investment.  I love wearing glasses but if my vision has stayed the same for 4 years maybe it is time to consider the possibility.  I know it wasn’t one years back because of my astigmatism but technology has improved.   

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blogger!!


Maybe I should take out my frustration on internet explorer.  I have not been able to access my blog for almost 4 weeks.  I thought this whole time the blogger update was killing my computer; it turns out no it is not.  To think I almost switched over to something like wordpress or tumblr.  So now I have this world being engulfed by a phoenix like object on my desktop.  I have to say so far it made my blogger work so I like it.  



Learning to knit on my own

I took up knitting again when I was working at Michaels. I would purchase yarn and knit up a scarf. I did this again and again and again. What do you learn from being an isolated knitter? Absolutely nothing. I did a knitted scarf time and time again. Sadly I never progressed to doing much. That is until I found Ravelry. I saw so much that could be done if only I would learn to purl. So I pulled up some youtube video’s and taught myself to purl. Well I found out that I was knitting differently. My stitches were coming out twisted. So I pulled up some video’s on knitting and got that down. So here is a quick mess of the knitted scarves. Oh yes and one I made on the loom because I didn’t know how to purl back then.









Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Twin Baby Socks

I finished up 2 sets of baby socks for the twins to come. There mama is Chinese so I think these will bring much delight. My blogger dashboard is currently broken so please excuse the formatting.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Point...

I have reached that point where I am going to try again.   In November 2008 I was down to 141.  A healthy weight for me however I felt that I needed to tone up.  Well that did not happen I started to cheat here and there and now I have gained back more than I would like to admit.  Okay almost 40 pounds.  I know that I don’t look at chunky as I did in the past because I have put on a lot of muscle so my body under my fat it fit.  However I need my clothes to fit again.  I am tired of having a drawer of jean that don’t fit me but did at one point.

At the beginning of the year I started doing a program by Jamie Easton.  I think I have gained a pound each week since then.  I finished the program and feel stronger but not fit enough to fit into my jeans.  I realize that I really have to focus on my eating.  I started tracking about a week ago using myFitness Pal.  However one of my really good friends is on weight watchers and she gained about 10 pounds and lost her lifetime status with them.  So she wanted to get back because that helped her to lose her weight in the first place. 
I was on weight watchers about 5 years ago and it really did help me get down to a healthy weight.  So my friend convinced me to give them another try.  So I will be attending WW meetings again for 2 months.  That’s what I gave my friend; two months to see change.  If I am able to lose 10 pounds then maybe I will continue to get the support from them.  I got all the new info and will be discussing it with my mom. 
I wish my mom would take care of herself as well but she is determined to be the same weight as she was in high school.  However she does not realize that even though she is the same weight her body composition has changed.  I don’t know what gives.  It could be that she was made fun of for being well endowed. Or it could be that she had a traumatic event occur while trying to get healthy by running.  I cannot say or speak for her or make her change but I don’t want her to have full on diabetes because she is now pre-diabetic.  My grandmother died of complications of diabetes or kidney something.  I don’t remember really I just know my grandmother made changes to extend her health Such as give up soda and cut back on sugary juices.
So wish me luck….well not really just give me support and I know I will do this. 

Oh I need to get another one of these again.  I gave my old one to my sister.  Who I am so proud of because she is trying to be healthy and fit too. 

The beginning of Yarn Crafts

In September of 2008 I fell ill. I was nearly dying, laying there awaiting my ultimate demise. My sickness nearly brought my precious life to an end. However it was so boring just lying in bed being my usual dramatic self. But really what could the world do without me. I think time would have stood still or a tremor in the force. So I thought to myself why not start on that blanket I promised to make for that baby. No not mine. I could not see myself contorting my body for the benefit of an It. So I had yarn brought to me from my house and my tools. Yes I was at my mother’s house…the best medicine is mothers liquor…I mean Love…Love.

So with tools in hand I spend the entire day making sure I could get this blanket done. I slaved away. Ahh yarn a purpose for life. So here is the finished product of my labor. Did this blanket go to the IT child no it did not. It was too wonderful of a blanket. I felt that another child deserved it better. You are right that child was me. I needed that blankie to feel all better. Now I have passed it on to a special little girl who I’m sure will never know me but she will be endowed with yarny goodness.

And yes this blanket it crocheted. My friends call me the Knitting Queen however I try to embrace all yarn crafts. However nowadays I pass on crochet projects to Mumm-Ra the crochet master.