Monday, January 7, 2008

An End is Just A New Beginning

Happy Belated New Year. I've been too busy knitting to post, but I finally made myself upload some pics and want to share my last FO's of 2007 with you.

I made a few pairs of arm/wristwarmers as gifts this year. I adore how they turned out.

Pattern: Arm/Wrist Warmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Blue Pair - RYC Cashsoft DK - almost a full skein
Raspberry Paor - Noro Cash Iroha - 1/2 skein
Needles: Clover Size 6 8" circulars, Clover size 6 Bamboo DPNs
Mods: Made the blue pair one repeat longer which is why it took almost a full skein

I'm made 5 pairs of these now and I REALLY need to make a pair for me. They are super fast and easy!

And the recipients loved them!

(The Hubster's sister got the blue pair)

(and my wonderful MIL got the raspberry pair!)

I also knitted up something for me, but then decided that I was indeed allergic to alpaca (at least in the adult state) and gifted this to my sister, Sara (the one that got the Plucky Cashmere Cowl) instead.

Pattern: Luxe Neckwarmer from Knit2Together
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky
Needles: Size 10.5 16" Clover Bamboo DPNs
Shout out: To Sarah for the idea to make this pattern after 2 failed attempts with this yarn

In other knitting news, failed attempts were rampant around here during the holidays...most disappointing was a pair of Purl Free Monkeys I was working on that were just a little to tight...but oh so pretty.

This was ripped out and is becoming a pair of Charades. The yarn is Yarn Pirate Rum Runner from the first Booty Club installment. I must admit, one sock is done and it was a really good decision to rip the Monkey and start fresh. My next pair will be some Monkeys though. :)

In other news, I have made a HUGE lifestyle change that began before the New Year actually. I have needed to go dairy-free for some time now for health reasons, so I finally bit the bullet, cleaned out the fridge and cupboards (you have no idea how much stuff has milk product in it!) and started beginning my new adventure eating differently. I have cut out dairy, eggs, caffeine and meat and am basically considered vegan now. In the last 2 weeks, I have seen tremendous improvements in my body. I've lost over 5 lbs, my skin is clearer, my severe, nasty, bleeding eczema is GONE and I have more energy than I've ever had. I feel great! I'm actually having a really awesome time meal planning, shopping and cooking too because I have a challenge. So far everything I've made has exceeded my expectations. Vegan living is swell!

I hope this extremely long post finds everyone well and happy and enjoying your fresh back with sock pics soon!

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Posted by Wannabe @ 2:49 PM

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I didn't know you were allergic to Alpaca. I love how the wristwarmers turned out, and the purl free monkeys are very cute. Maybe I will make that my next pair. :)

Posted by Blogger Running Knitter @ Monday, January 07, 2008 4:20:00 PM #

Beautiful projects, esp. the raspberry wristwarmers! Good luck going vegan. Going without dairy would be SO HARD for me -- but I would be much thinner. :-)

Posted by Blogger Jodi @ Monday, January 07, 2008 4:31:00 PM #

Love the wrist warmers! Isn't that cowl pattern spiffy?! Perfect stash buster.

Yay for feeling better and eating better....

: )

Posted by Blogger Sarah @ Monday, January 07, 2008 4:52:00 PM #

5lbs gone?!??! Good for you! Hmmm.... bring on the soy.

Posted by Blogger Sarah @ Monday, January 07, 2008 4:54:00 PM #

What's up Mrs Dicipline? Dang 5 lbs, nice moves! That would be super hard for me to do but while I have baby in belly I'll use that as an excuse to eat cheese still, I'll have a piece for you! heehee! ;) I love all the goodies, you're a knittin' fool, love the cowl too, so stinkin' cute! Happy New Year!

Posted by Blogger MaryMo @ Monday, January 07, 2008 5:57:00 PM #

Wow, you have been busy. Love the mitts, adore the cowl, and cheering you on for the new healthy eating plan and the 5 lbs. lost. Hurray!!

Posted by Blogger Karen @ Monday, January 07, 2008 7:56:00 PM #

I just made two pairs of those mitts and they were a huge hit! And I too need to make a pair for myself.

I'm so glad that your new eating is treating you so well! I suffered from bad eczema so I can truly sympathize at how great it feels to have it on the mend.

Posted by Blogger Macoco @ Tuesday, January 08, 2008 9:28:00 AM #

It is always amazing to see everything that other people have managed to complete. It inspires me to complete at least one project soon, hehehehe.

Happy Eating, so glad that it is working so well for you.

Posted by Blogger photogmichelle @ Wednesday, January 09, 2008 8:30:00 AM #
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