Friday, July 29, 2016

New Planner and New Goals

Supposedly the heat wave is over today, I will not believe it until I feel and witness it.  Call me Doubting Thomas!  My week has been overall a good one.  I've been reflecting most of the time of how I spend my time.  I want to be more purposeful in my days.

I love when August rolls around because it's a new school year showing up.  I am married to a professor so our years start in the fall in a way.  My daily planner does as well.  Later today, I'll be transferring dates and important events into my new one.

I remember my first day of high school and how I'd plan out my school days, making a color coded schedule, that is how I feel this week!  A new school year and I'm not a student, so no pressure studying for tests.  I love back to school themed store sales, insisting every one needs a new notebook, pencils, pens, and highlighters.

After knitting one pair of socks and having a second pair currently on the needles, I recovered from my "too many shawls" feeling.  I gleefully wound up some hedgehog fiber twisted sock yarn yesterday, I'm planning to knit another shawl.  Why not?

I've successfully completed yoga five days a week at the start of the day for more than a month.  The walking has been hit and miss due to the weather.  I can't walk in super hot humid weather because of my arthritis.  It makes me feel awful.

You can guess that food will be in my goal setting, it always is.  I want to create new meals and revisit some old ones that I once loved.  Out of all of my goals and intentions, this food goal is the first one I quit.  That has got to change :)

Time marches by quickly and I don't want to waste a single minute!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Currently on the Needles

My knitting has been the same this week.  I'm making steady progress on my Dandelion Daze Shawl, after ripping out four + rows over the weekend.  Silly me, I set the project down mid row and well, stitches fell off and I was unable to rescue and knit them back up.  Learned my lesson!! My socks are coming along.  I love that they are from Santa Barbara, so I think of my visit when we went there in May.  I am trying an afterthought heel instead of a heel flap.  Stay tuned for my review, I hope I like it!!

I finished my Hermione Socks as well.

I started The Dinner by Herman Koch last week and it's pleasantly entertaining.  Now I will warn you that the narrator has a sarcastic attitude which could be off putting to some.  However, my nephew insisted I would like this book and so far he is correct (I guess I ooze sarcasm...).  I love that there have been a few plot twists that I didn't expect.  I hate when I guess where the story is going!!

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hermione's Socks Complete

Have you knit Hermione's Everyday socks?  I think everyone has but me, well until now!!  I had a delightful time knitting these up.  I loved the simple texture pattern and the sense of accomplishment as I finished each step.

The heel flap is a new to me experience and I loved the slipped stitches along with the garter edge.  However, I like my own sock recipe better, the fit is perfection and these pair of socks are sort of loosey goosey around my skinny ankles and feet (I have skinny ankles and narrow feet, not the normal foot at all).  So I think it's me and not the pattern :)

I had a burning desire to do a contrast heel and toe.  I love the way the sock looks, I feel stylish!

Ravelry notes are here