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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

And more snow

We survived the blizzard, and as you can see here, I finally finished my Calligraphy cardigan.  I have not gone so far as to actually block it, but it's all done.  I love how nicely the buttons contrast with the violet/gray of the yarn.  I picked them up at Webs at the same time as the yarn, which I don't usually do because you really need to see the finished garment before deciding on buttons, but I had a really good feeling about these.  I have two extra buttons and I'm thinking about putting them on the sleeves.

The storm wasn't as bad as I expected and we never lost power.  I can't begin to say how thankful I am for that.  I've spend a few days snowed into my apartment without any heat, and although we survived just fine, it isn't as fun as romantic movies make it seem, lol.  I did manage to get quite a bit of knitting done, besides this completed sweater.  I knit through the 2nd clue for Follow Your Arrow, and yesterday I banged out the 3rd clue in one day! 

Forgive me for the over-exposed photo but I was working with my iPhone camera in less than ideal lighting.  There are tiny horizontal arrows on the lower rows.  My shawl so far is worked as clue 1B, 2B, and 3A.  I added a second color into the 3rd clue, following the suggestions that Ysolda included in the pattern notes.  I think it would have worked best if I was knitting 3B (and I sort of thought that I was) but It made an interesting pattern on 3A.  It does break up the smocking a bit, but I'm just going to press forward with it.  I'll be wearing it bunched up around my neck like a scarf anyway, so it won't be that much of an issue.  For clue 3A, I went with aqua Cascade Heritage.  I saw a pair of mittens knit with aqua and cherry red, and I loved the color contrast.  I'm deciding if I want to continue with a stripe or if I want to shift over to aqua for the rest of the clues.  We shall see.
In other news, I have a date set for surgery and it's fast approaching.  I'll have my knee repaired on Feb 13th, so I'll be spending my Valentines day hopped up on pain killers and totally immobilized.  I've already put out the call for all concerned friends and family members to send chocolate.  One bright spot in all this is that I'll be on break from school so I won't have to worry about trying to put together a coherent thought.  Oh, and Friends was added to Netflix in January so I'll have plenty of shows to watch. 

On a slightly related note, I've gained quite a bit of weight since my injury.  That happens when you go from being really really active to sitting all day.  Aaron recently got started as an Herbalife representative so I took advantage of his discount in exchange for being a Guinna pig.  I've been having protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, and then eating better at dinner.  So far, I've felt great.  I haven't been hungry.  I've been making shakes with real food that I would normally eat but don't always have time to eat on work days.  I also picked up the suggested supplements and I'm enjoying feeling alert and satisfied when I eat.  So far I've lost about one pound a week, and considering that the only exercise I get is what I can do at physical therapy, that's not too shabby.  I think it's really important to get off as much extra weight as I can, not for appearances sake (I carry my weight really well and most people don't know I'm over weight), but for health reasons.  And it'll definitely be easier on my surgically repaired knee if I'm carrying less weight around.  So, I'll let you all know how it goes.