Another Day

01Feb08

Hey there. It was nice to hear from some of you on how you’re doing and what’s been going on in your creative lives!

I’ve actually been pretty bummed out lately and I can’t figure out why. Knitting has become an escape for me recently. If I’m stressed, frustrated, angry or experiencing any emotion that causes me to be a little withdrawn or anti-social for the day, I turn to my knitting. But lately, even my knitting hasn’t been very satisfying. After finishing my central park hoodie, I trudged along through First Sweater!my second Koolhaas, just to have something to do when really, I hated every minute of the 50 bajillion and one cables that had to be worked and just wanted to be finished. In reality, I probably won’t wear any of the beanie hats I’ve made for myself. I have two Koolhaas hats, two lace hats and the republic hat, all of which I love but, I hardly wear hats unless they have a bill and I’m running to the grocery store or the post office without any makeup on with my hair in a messy bun. I don’t know if my knitting has become too much of an individual, release type thing for me.  I really don’t have any friends who knit or who I could meet up with at Starbucks and chat over some easy knitting. I’m in this stupid knitting rut….

I started this blog though for that reason – that I have no one to really talk to about knitting related things in my corner of the world. I have met some great people on Ravelry, though and I am very greatful for the conversations we have about our knitting as well as our everyday lives. You know who you are!

What I wanna know is what keeps all of you motivated when you get into a knitting rut or a down phase???

Not to mention the weight I’ve been trying to put off! For the last two weeks, I’ve been working out, on average, 5 days of the week. After hoarding a whole bag of reeses a month ago (140 calories a cup!!! *gasp*) and sitting on my butt all day, at work and at home, I gained about 5 pounds. I mean, last summer I was really really chubby. I won’t even mention how much I weighed then — I am 13 pounds lighter than what I was last summer, but I am also 10 pounds over what I should be at a healthy, non-anorexic state. I look like a pear, people! And for this reason, before I started my routine a couple of weeks ago, I went to Target, bought two packs of the two cup reeses, ate one package and left one on my coffee table to tempt me. Must. Learn. Self. Control. And guess what!? I haven’t eaten it yet! I also lost two pounds – slower than my normal rate because I’ve still been eating pretty crappy but hey, it’s somethin.

On a more positive note, Hubby and his brother recently got a wood carving machine and are making me some boxes for my knitting needles and accessories. I even designed one especially for my stitch holders, tapestry needles, stitch markers and all the works with custom measurements for all the gadgets us knitters have. Hopefully, we’ll be making that one tonight and I can post some pictures for you all! I’m really excited to organize my things a bit!

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4 Responses to “Another Day”

  1. Your Central Park Hoodie looks fabulous! Beautiful job!

    I have been in a knitting rut and when I was I started several different projects and wasn’t happy with anything. So I took a bit of a break and decided I wouldn’t knit something unless it was really calling to me….and now I can’t remember what it was! But I bounced out of. You will too.

    You don’t look like you need to loose any weight to me but I completely understand how you feel. When I was trying to loose baby weight with my last baby I did the Suzanne Sommer’s “diet”. It is really more of a different way to eat and you don’t starve yourself. It worked wonders for me. Just a suggestion! Her books are called Sommersize.

  2. You did a fabulous job on the CPH. Sorry to hear about the rut feeling, it could be the winter blues. To keep myself motivated, I’m constantly keeping myself busy, but at times I slow myself down with a good book. I feel you on the weight issues. I’ve managed to drop from a size 12 to an 8 and find myself slacking on working out, which requires I do at least 30min / 5 days a week, but I try not to be too hard on myself and make up for it the next week..lol.

  3. First, I must say that I am very happy that I have met you and that you are one of my Ravelry friends. I enjoy the messages back and forth, and feel like I really know you. Like you are one of my friends that lives down the block, as opposed to the other side of the country. It is really hard to explain how knitting creates these connections to people who don’t knit.

    When I am in a rut, I go through my stash, then look on Ravelry to see what I can make with what I have. That usually gives me some good ideas. Or sometimes, I will go through magazines that I have from the previous season to see if something jumps out at me.

    I definately know how hard it is to stay focused with the exercise regimen and diet. My first day of vacation, I ate a whole tub of Haagen Dazs ice cream, forgetting that I have to get into a costume within a week. You are seeing progress quickly, and that is a good thing. Keep it up. My trick… when I want sweets, I eat fruits. The ice cream incident will not happen again. LOL!!

  4. Your CPH is gorgeous! There’s something so classic about a lovely, winter-white sweater.


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