Fond(ish) Farewell

About a week and a half ago, I was working on the NES.  I took a look at my yarn and how far I had to go.

Remaining Yarn NES

I looked again.  I weighed out the yarn.  I only had 6 repeats left.  Surely, I had enough yarn.  I finished a repeat, then weighed again.  I had used twice what I thought I was going to use.  The the bargaining began.  Like the yarn would last longer simply because I was in denial.  51 rows remaining and this occurred:

Ran Out

Really?!  Again?!  So I immediately got on line and ordered another hank.  Hoping against hope, yet again, that it would match.  It arrived last Friday.

New Yarn

My luck held out, and the new hank matched.  Yay!  I wound it into a ball and got started on those last 51 rows.  Late in the evening, I had this:

Finished

The Never Ending Shawl is finally finished!  Sort of.  Now I need to find a place to block it.  I really don’t have room in my little house to lay it out because it is so big.  I’ll just have to figure something out.

 

On to The Blerch

Well, after losing 3 pounds in 3 weeks, I gained one.  This was not a happy occasion for me.  I’m just going to have to work harder this week and make sure I don’t gain any more.  One of the steps I have taken to eating better is that I want to start growing some of my own herbs and vegetables.  I have taken the first step with this:

Garlic Week 1 Garlic Pic 2

That is my first attempt at growing garlic.  The first picture was taken one week after planting, the second a week and a half.  Garlic is pretty easy to grow, and it seems like a good plant to start with.

A major step in being healthy and eating right is to eat the “right” things and know where your food is coming from.  I will now always know where my garlic has come from.

Of Course You Realize, This Means War

On one front, things are going pretty well.  I’ve been a little slow when it came to the knitting lately, but it’s really picked up and now I’m almost finished with the Never Ending Shawl.

13 Repeats

At this point, this past Wednesday night, I had 13 repeats remaining on the border.  After working on it some more last night, I am down to 9.  9 repeats of 16 rows, a quick graft together of live stitches and that beast will be ready for blocking.  That’s less than 7 hours.  I can’t wait.  So, I’ll get some more repeats in tonight and hopefully, have it blocking by tomorrow evening.  Yay woo!

 

As for The Blerch

That battle was not going so well for me.  It is so easy to give in and not exercise, to snack (though knitting is definitely good at preventing snacking), things like that.  So I’m taking a note from good old Bugs:

Bugs

I am now waging a full on war.  Battles and skirmishes are one thing, but if I’m going to persevere, this conflict has got to be upgraded to war.  I will not lose.  This is truly a life and death situation.  It is for my health and if I don’t take it seriously, why should The Blerch?  The first step in this all out war, is to get my life organized and make sure I set aside time for all of the things I both need and want to do during the week.  That means getting up a little earlier in the morning, putting aside the *gasp* knitting, drawing, writing, and personal reading in the evenings to do what I have to so that I can beat this.  While I have lost 2 pounds in the last 2 weeks, I can and will do better.  Here’s to beating The Blerch.  I’m going to take that bitch down.