Jan 3, 2010

New year means resolutions, right?

     Well, it is now the new year and so far my resolution of writing on the blog has failed.  It's not the blog's fault, I just haven't been reading in the last few days.  Also, the car ride did not quite end Ringworld for me so I have about an hour? less? of the book to listen to.  I did hear a nice H. G. Wells horror short story but that was when we were driving around in Clearwater.  Tad lost his charger for his phone ::sigh:: so I have to remember to buy one today, which I won't. 

     Weather is cold finally, I mean, NYC is in the 20s but here it's currently 47F.  Why isn't the degree symbol on a number somewhere in the modern keyboard?  It's usable, especially when in the science areas.  Cold, cold, cold. 

     With winter finally setting in on Florida I make my resolutions: lose weight, organize the apartment, learn a new skill set, etc, etc.  Just all the basic ones.  OK, I do plan on losing some weight here, I have to get into better shape.  I saw something in one of Anna's Allure magazines (nothing else in the bathroom) about two women who were career women who lost 20ish pounds each.  I think it was definitely inspiring as they can do it I can too.  I just have to stop snacking at work and getting out more.  I might end up blogging more about that, we'll see.

     Lastly, but not leastly, I am knitting.  There's always been more patterns for knitting than crocheting but I had no one to show me.  Look in my links, there is now youtube.  Thank you youtube for being full of literally everything usefull and useless on the internet.  Cyberseams has a simple, non-vocal video on the basic garter stitch, which is what I'm making this scarf for Gara out of.  Then I will get fancy.  One step at a time. 

     Goal: knit a hat and socks for Tad that he doesn't hate. 
     Progress: Trial period for Gara's scarf, presently at the level seen below.


  1. yay scarf is coming along great! and btw it's only 12 degrees here in Rochester :P and we've got like 4 inches of snow today. Fun!!! I miss you sister!

  2. Excellent resolutions. Gara will have a beautiful scarf! I fear socks...I've knit for a decade, and have never really wanted to knit them, and now that I'm considering it, I'm boggled by them.

    In terms of a knitting primer, I would suggest Stitch 'n' Bitch by Debbie Stoller. It came out 5 years ago or so, and it's an excellent guide and really has everything you need. Her next book, Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation, has pattern cheats and teaches you how to alter patterns and even start out on your own with designing. In short, highly recommended (and it's a fun read, regardless.)

    I would also suggest setting up on Ravelry.com. I use it to keep track of my projects and track my progress. You can keep track of your stash, projects you're working on, search other people's patterns, ask for help--pretty much everything. It's great and I highly recommend it (and I'm AVC on there :)

  3. For knowledge, Amy I am only knitting because I saw your sweater. I've heard of Stitch 'n' Bitch before, I'll check it out.