Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Autumn Woo hoo!

I like fall. It's very pretty here in Western Michigan and although it sometimes feels like we are living in the center of a crumbling piece of our country, we keep on truckin'. There are houses for sale on every corner and people without work everywhere you go. I'm not talking about people who are trying to stay out of work. I honestly mean people who have never been without a job before in their adult lives. Even though we are nowhere near the Detroit automotive part of Michigan, it's been a sad thing to watch and be part of.


There's been knitting.

Last year I knitted up a hat for the boy (you know, when he lost one AGAIN), but I still had a pretty big chunk of the handspun camo from it. I pulled it out of my stash to find a use for it and ended up making some gauntlets for him! Perfect.

Just look at those meathooks! I'm tall, therefore long fingers, reasonably big hands for a woman (don't conjure up pictures of Jerry Seinfeld's manhands episode. They are still distinctly female) and his hands are only a tiny bit smaller than mine. He's only 11!

Also, I've been asked for modeled pics of Vivian. I can't take photos of myself and actually it's only basted shut for the zipper. When I showed him, he put it on immediately. I didn't ask!
Oh man it was very funny. Although it did make me think he needs a cardigan. It looked pretty good actually

Sooooooo since Viv is almost a wrap, i started a new sweater with my Tour De Fleece Handspun (knit from tomato red Shetland blended with Jacob lamb to get it all lovely and tweedy). I'm working on the incredible custom-fit raglan. It's one of those formula type patterns instead of straight instructions. I seem to like those an awful lot. I am modifying the pattern to be a nice turtleneck with a 3x2 rib. I will definitely be doing waist shaping and hopefully the ribbing will help with shaping. The yarn and pattern should be kind of a snuggly, rustickish look and I hope will be nice with jeans . .

Which brings me to my last point of the day. I was noticing yesterday that my shoulders are less flabby than they were. I know that's weird, but I was feeling the bones and muscles as i reached to scratch it. I decided to try on some jeans I haven't been able to wear since I was dating my husband about five years ago and THEY FIT. I wore them comfortably the rest of the afternoon and evening! I really still have a very long way to go and the weight loss has not been fast, but it felt like a victory. Wish me luck on the last 74 days of the program I'm working!


  1. Isn't it irritating when you realize your kids are soon going to be as big as you are? I swear, Bug grows an inch a day, and Squeak is now able to reach things I thought were safe from little fingers. Like, oh, that ball of silky wool attached to my cardigan...
    That red handspun is completely delicious. I've been feeling the urge to spin, but it will require cleaning (and possibly washing of fleece) and therefore the wheel sits untouched and cries piteously.

  2. Continued good luck on the weight loss. That red yarn is GORGEOUS!!!

  3. I am so proud of you! Congratulations and keep up the good work!

    Love the sweater and that boy is an adorable model. Don't tell him that, though. I'm sure he won't think it's a compliment.

  4. Vivian is lovely and so are the gauntlets. Wish my 11 year old would be so gracious about my knitting.

    Well done on the weight loss.

  5. WTG on fitting into the jeans!! And I LOVE that tomato red yarn!!


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