Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hey, I'm famous!

Ok, not exactly famous...but Lee Meredith did link to my Betiko post on her blog! That's right, the designer of the pattern herself said my shawl was beautiful! Definitely feeling pretty cool right now. She also linked to a few other Betiko projects, so go check those out!

While basking in the glow of internet fame-dom, I remembered I had one other brief moment of awesome that I never mentioned here exactly. Last year I knit my husband a cozy for his bass guitar which ended up being featured on knithacker. Woo, 15 minutes of internet fame!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chocolate Covered


This past Christmas, one of David's aunts sent us a package from a specialty sweets shop in North Dakota (where she lives). Inside we discovered the wonder of chocolate covered potato chips. Sounds...strange, but sooo delicious. I definitely enjoy the sweet and salty combo (salted caramels are another favorite) so I decided to try my hand at making my own.


I chopped up some Hershey's nuggets we had on hand and combined that with some chocolate melting chips. I melted the chocolate in a (homemade) double boiler, dipped the chips (I chose ridged over plain), and laid them on some wax paper. I put them in the fridge for about an hour and then voila! Perfection!



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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stretch it Out

Last Saturday I went to my first ever yoga class. I remember doing some yoga in gym class my senior year of high school, and I've done some yoga dvds, but haven't ever really received proper instruction. As much as I love working out in the privacy and convenience of my living room, it did not seem effective to be craning my neck to see the TV while doing downward facing dog, and so I decided it was time to go to an actual yoga class.

A friend had mentioned being interested in checking out a specific studio a while ago (Yoga Oasis), so we and another friend made plans to check out their intro class. It was fantastic, and I'm planning on returning this weekend as well. I'm hoping to start going to a class consistently once or twice a week, and then hopefully learn (and remember) enough to practice at home as well (#7, here I come!).

About 3 years ago I was introduced to the Health at Every Size philosophy via random internet wanderings. HAES, in summary, is the idea that weight does not equate with health, that I as a 200lb woman am not inherently unhealthy, and that exercise and eating well are things that certainly can improve our health without weight loss being a direct result. The idea that exercise was something to do because it actually feels good and NOT purely as method of losing was weight was something I never thought would happen for myself.  Sure, I can see that some people enjoy torturing themselves through things like long distance running, but that wasn't me! I was more of a diet/exercise are really only good for changing the way my body looks, and since that's not something that seems to work real well, to hell with it all!

The more I read about HAES (and the fat acceptance movement in general) the more intrigued I became, and slowly began shifting my ideas around weight and health. I genuinely enjoy eating healthful foods, and cooking, so that piece was a little easier. I took ballet a few years ago and completely fell in love (another future list item is taking another class) but haven't really done a lot of other exercise that I really enjoy.  Although I've only taken one class so far, I love that yoga is very much about listening to your body, doing what's right for your body, and that the intro class is very much about just figuring that out.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Finished Betiko Shawl (#21 completed)

I had a little photo shoot with David this past weekend to capture some good shawl photos.  The pattern I used was Betiko by Lee Meredith of do stuff!.  The pattern is well written and easy to follow, and I loved to unique construction of the shawl. I have other projects in the works now that this one is finished, but I'm definitely considering making a customizable version of this down the road.

Betiko shawl

As you can see, the shawl I made is pretty sizeable! I was actually a little worried that it would be too warm for Tucson, but it has turned out to be just right! I used Knit Picks Merino Style for the main color, which is DK weight and light enough that the shawl isn't too heavy. The stripes are knit with Noro Silk Garden Sock.

Betiko Shawl
Betiko Shawl

The second photo is how I've been wearing it. Since the shawl blocks out into a u-shape, it's been very easy to wear and stays on without much fuss.

When I wrote my list, I had already knit myself a Swallowtail Shawl, which is triangular; when I wrote task #21 I was mainly thinking that I wanted to knit a non-triangular shawl, but forgot about the fact that there are indeed other shawl shapes besides triangular and rectangular. I'm considering that this might satisfy the spirit of the task, so to speak, if not the letter of the task exactly. I haven't officially crossed it off my list yet, but I'm definitely considering doing so. Opinions?