Thursday, February 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Err Thursday? #5

Another wonky week.  I took a vacation day on Monday and traveled to Cleveland for work on Wednesday and needless to say I have no idea what day it is.

Aside from not knowing what day it is, I am really sick of winter.  I try not to complain because I chose to bitch about the heat during the summer but spring better get here soon.  We have been getting tastes of nice weather but then it plunges back into the bitter cold and snow.  It's enough to cause anyone to go batty.

In other news, life has been pretty busy.  I have had several appointments with my trainer this month and am really starting to feel it.  Seriously, my legs were like jello after our session on Tuesday.  Plus, I just love the feeling after I leave the gym.  I feel like I can leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Seriously that's worth the effort and pain.

The awesome thing is that I have finished several project but have stalled on taking awesome pictures to memorialize the project.  Perhaps as spring approaches and the sun shines I will be able to get more pics.

Recovery Katahdin

Can't pronounce the name but love the project :)
While recovering from my Gastric Bypass Surgery, my work got me a get well gift of yarn instead of flowers.  How thoughtful is that?  Anyway, I need to get some things off my needles before I started a new project.  As soon as I finished my color affection, I decided to start this hat. 

The yarn is a beautiful brown and teal in Acadia from The Fibre Company.  This yarn is a lovely merino, alpaca and silk blend and has been a dream to work with.  As of now I am stripe set away from starting the decreases.

I had started this for a Ravellenic 2014 event but didn't finish in time.

High Tea during a Hurricane

Such a pretty purple
While I waited to start the Katahdin, I jumped into this hat as soon as the yarn came in the mail.  I had this project planned for awhile and was just waiting for the mini skeins to arrive in my Twisted Fiber Art post club order.

Super pretty!
I got a skein of Queen (Aran weight) in High Tea from the Fall Club.  The amount is just a smidge short to make a gorgeous hat so I bought 2 mini skeins to ensure I had enough yardage.  I like my hats to be big and slouchy.  Smaller hats ruin my hair and we can't have that now can we?

Anyway, I haven't started the pattern yet but the hat has a spiral in it so it swirls to the crown like a hurricane.  Can't wait to show my progress.

So that's all for this week.

For other WIPs check out Tami's Amis

<3 Heather

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! (Update 1)

I haven't updated this blog in a bit but life has been a bit hectic these past few weeks.  Needless to say, I hope to get back into the routine this week.

Image by Wade Kelly
What I have to share today was a bit of a shock to the system last night.  Since my surgery, I have a ton of mental wins when it comes to the success of the surgery.  I am wearing pants that haven't been out of my closet in at least a year.  I am pulling on dresses that weren't as flattering as they used to be.  In general, the scale and the measuring tape have been telling a good tale.

But I still see myself everyday and like most women I still see all of my flaws in the mirror.  It doesn't matter that the scale says I lost 56 lbs since my surgery.  It doesn't matter that since my first weigh in pre-surgery in September I have lost 83 lbs.  I still see the thick thighs, the flabby arms and the large stomach.

That is until last night.

In a effort to document my success and comprehend the changes that were happening to my body, I ask a friend to take pictures of me.  So far we have hit around the same time, first with a base line picture before the surgery and 2 more after.  Here are the results.

Seriously how awesome is this!

There are no words, for how I felt last night when I put this collage together.  The scale and measuring tape are telling the truth and changes are happening.  And it's wonderful!

I get it now.  I can over look the arms, thighs and belly because they won't be there after awhile.  The time, money, and pain were worth it because I am changing.  And I can't wait to see what next month brings.

<3 Heather

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Sick of Snow

I don't think I have ever been a person to bitch about the cold weather.  I am not a huge fan of the heat waves and humidity in the summer and I make that statement known.  So I tend to grin and bear whatever mother nature deals during the winter.  Alas, everyone has a breaking point and the snow is starting to get to me.  Over night we got 4 more inches of snow and ice and cleaning that off my car was not fun.

But even with the snow and foul weather, there is beauty in the world.  This past Christmas I finally remembered to buy an Amaryllis bulb.  I can't very well call this Amaryllis Musings and not have the actual plant.

Such a lovely splash of color on a grey day.

Rigging Up the Color Affection

Almost there...
I managed to finish my Sundry (I am super behind on FO posts) and went back to this project.  I may have mentioned this already but I did the majority of the second section while recovering from my surgery.  I got to the solid band of the third section and petered out.  This is the last slog that takes the longest time.  It's straight forward but the shear number of stitches on each pass is daunting.  I hope to get this done by the end of the weekend, the I can start on some new things to watch during the Olympics.

So that's all for this week.

For other WIPs check out Tami's Amis

<3 Heather