Thursday, December 17, 2009

4 more pounds!

I did have higher goals for this year as far as my weight loss goes. I have now realized that they were probably a bit too lofty with being a mother, wife, working from home and working part-time as well. However, with that said. I am now 4 pounds away from a weight loss of 40 pounds for 2009! I don't know how I did it but I lost 6 pounds over the last month and a half.

I don't have the feeling of pride very often but dammit I am so proud of myself. I still have 50 pounds to meet my weight goal. It has been so long since I have been this "thin". I am talking probably 3 years.

Ultimately at this point I would be happy fitting into my size 16 jeans that I have tucked away. What actually spurred this post is that I was looking for something to wear today and most of my pants are now too big so I was delving into my smaller pants and I can actually button some of them up! Granted I don't want to subject people to the uncomfortable spare tire hanging over but I can button them now!

So hopefully I can lose those 4 pounds in the next two weeks. My friend on the Wii says that 3 pounds every 2 weeks is healthy. Really it doesn't matter at this point. I am actually feeling better about my body every day which has not happened in a very very long time. Going to the gym is fun! How did that happen? Running on that treadmill watching cash cab and answering the questions out loud and possibly annoying the person next to me is my meditation for the day.

So I promise that on January 1, 2010 I will have Paul take a picture of me and I will find some old pictures for a little photo watch Sarah get smaller montage.

In knitting news, because that is how this blog actually got started, I did finish a slouchy hat, fingerless mitt combo out of Plymouth Tweed. I have been wearing them a lot in the cold weather we have been having in Seattle. I need to get photos of those too but we have been having a torrential downpour here the past few days. Plus by the time Paul or I get home it is dark out and I just hate taking pictures with indoor lighting. I am also trying to knit the kids socks before Christmas as presents. That can be done. I finished one sock for Jake in two nights of TV watching. I was working on the Braided Pullover out of Divine (the name does say it all). That could have been done by Christmas Eve mass but the kids ARE more important.

That is all for now. Wishing everyone a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Great Grandma's Obituary

I am glad I found the following online. I got a copy of this today and it is a pretty long one to type all out.

VIVIAN CAROLINE 'RILEY' BLAKE
September 28, 1907
December 2, 2009

A descendent of two of the early pioneer families of Clallam and Jefferson counties, Vivian "Riley" Blake, the eldest of six children born to Zora May Riley and Don Joseph Carlos Cramer, died at 102 of age-related causes.

She married at 16 to Gustave Stange of Pysht. They had two daughters, Mildred Theodora and Beverly June. The marriage later ended in divorce.

When Mildred, her first daughter, started school at Clallam Bay, Vivian looked into finishing her education, too.

In those days, it was hard to convince the School Board that a married woman should return to school. Hazel K. Murray, who was the principal at the time, thought differently, and made it happen.

Vivian graduated from Clallam Bay High School in 1933, and considered it one of her proudest accomplishments.

World War II found many leaving the farm and heading for work in Seattle shipyards. "Rosie the Riveters" were needed for the war effort, so Vivian entered a new aspect of her life, and became "Riley the Welder."

Later, she became the head of cashiers for Group Health Cooperative for 10 years, then office manager for the electricians' IBEW Union for another 10, and lastly worked as secretary at the Capitol for state Representatives Bob Perry of the 45th District and Paul Conner of Port Angeles.

In 1944, Riley married Aubrey "Red" Blake, and they had one daughter, Cheryl Lynn. They celebrated 54 years together before his passing in 1999.

Red and Riley didn't let the dust collect under their feet after retirement. They first retired to their home on Lake Loma in Marysville, Washington, then to Sheridan, Montana, to be near their daughter, Cheryl, and her family.

After Cheryl's passing, they moved back to Seattle.

Always the "snowbirds," they lived in Arizona and Southern California, traveled to Mexico, Hawaii and the Bahamas -- anywhere with warm winter weather.

The Blakes moved to Port Angeles in 1997 and resided at Park View Villa.

Riley says her finest memories are the great times she has shared with her family and many friends. She contributed her ­longevity to good genes and a full active life, taking the good with the bad.

"If you don't have good memories, you have nothing." she said.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Mildred and Larry McQueen of Oregon and daughter and son-in-law Beverly and Earl Hamilton of Port Angeles.

Also surviving her are eight grandchildren, Vivian Browne, John Hamilton, Debbie Alexander, Darby Ragghianti, Bertina Ody, Carol Hamilton, Blake Carey and Reece Carey.

She also has 12 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband Aubrey; daughter Cheryl Carey and great-granddaughter Haley Hamilton.

Vivian and Aubrey will be laid to rest side by side in Curlew Cemetery, Curlew, Washington. Father George Morbeck of Immaculate Conception Church, Republic, Washington, will officiate at the graveside services. The family will gather and exchange their warm and loving memories of both "Red" and "Riley."

The family wishes to express their thanks to their Mother's and Grandmother's extended family at Park View Villa, and her caregivers, Sandy and Kim.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Found a picture

I found a picture from my great grandmother's 100th birthday party two years ago. This is a picture of 5 generations of women all through the maternal line.

I did find more pictures from my wedding which was over 7 years ago but I was too exhausted to scan them last night. There is beautiful one of us together and I can't find that one either. Frustrating.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Goodbye Great Grandma

This week has been a little rough for me. Today my 102 year old great grandmother passed away. She was so healthy and till the moment of her death was as lucid as she was 20 years ago. Her body just finally quit and she could not longer eat and it took about half a week for her to finally pass.

I did get to call her and tell her how much I completely adored her and that I will miss her terribly. I don't know if I have mentioned this here but my daughter Riley is named after my great grandmother. Since my Riley's birth she has just been so honored to have a namesake.

I have so many fond memories of time spent with her growing up. What I will remember most is every time I saw her she would tell me how proud of me she was and what a beautiful girl I was (when I was younger) then to the woman I was becoming then to the woman I was. Even when I came home from college with an eyebrow ring or after I had gained 50 pounds after having Riley and didn't necessarily feel very beautiful. What mattered most is that it was completely sincere every time.

I feel very fortunate to be 31 and mourning the death of my great grandmother instead of possibly not knowing this amazing person at all. I went through some pictures and I will post a few later this week.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Weight Journey

From the first week of January of this year until now I have lost 30 pounds. 30 pounds! My ultimate goal is 60 more pounds however I have been so proud of myself for sticking to my weight loss and not gaining any of this weight back.

I was looking through pictures and found this picture from last Christmas.


Here is a picture that was taken the weekend before last.


What a difference!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

First Sweater Done!

Here is the long awaited sweater. This is knit a size smaller so it is a bit to tight for my comfort level but at the same time is an incredibly comfortable sweater.


Pull #456-T6-235 by Phildar Design Team found in the Tendances Fall 2006 Issue.
Ravelry project page here.


Last weekend we went to visit some good friends and while the men were hunting the women had a great time at the pumpkin patch.


Also, of course last night was Halloween. We hung out with another pair of good friends and their children and did our trick or treating. Riley was a very cute Hannah Montana and Jake was a S.W.A.T. team leader. A few funnies from last night. Have you ever seen E.T.? You know when he has the blond wig and is running around? Well from the back Riley reminded me of that part of the movie. It was very funny and cute. Then there was Jake. Jake will mosey. Everywhere. He had conversations with everyone he trick or treated from. Then he was trying to arrest people because he was S.W.A.T. Basically I told Paul to walk ahead with Riley and I would hang out with Jake.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Marriage

Last weekend my brother, my only sibling, got married. It was such a beautiful and fun event and I feel so blessed to have been asked to be a part of it. Now to share some pictures. :)


Believe it or not this picture was NOT posed. This was the first time that Jake saw Riley all dressed up and he just kept staring at her and telling her how pretty she looked. Then he put his arm around her. I am so glad we got this shot.



The dresses were very pretty and flattering to all figures. Mine fit really nicely and actually was just a bit too small the day of the wedding. I know I lost about 7 pounds in the few weeks before the wedding and more than that from the time I was fitted for the dress. It made me happy!

Lastly this was THE BEST wedding party gift ever! They had a photo booth and there was one strip to put in the guest book then you took a strip home. There was no limit on the amount of times you could enter the booth too. These lovely women were just there the whole reception putting up with all of us.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Delayed

Well I "finished" my pullover only to find it was much too short for my comfort level. I did make it a size smaller because I am still losing weight and plan to lose much more over the next year. Thus, why make larger knits and spend the time using beautiful yarn only to have them be too large in the end. The fit overall isn't too terribly horrible, other than being short, it is tighter than my comfort level in the stomach.

I need to remember that I have felt more comfortable in baggy clothes because I was hiding my larger self. Now that I am losing weight I need to remember that I actually look better in more figure flattering clothes. Not to say I need everything skin tight but there is a nice middle road. As I get back to the body I had 12 years ago I will get more used to this.

So sunday night I cut the bottom ribbing off to get to the stockinette section. If there is a way to cut just the cast on edge without having to go stitch by stitch and untie where the purl stitches meet the knit stitches please let me know. If you have done this I think you know what I am talking about and can see what I mean.

So I have two balls left and I am going to add a ball of ribbing onto the front and the back and then it will be PERFECT!

Monday, September 14, 2009

RIP Patrick

I hope I am not a total sap for feeling like crying right now. I will have to see if Dirty Dancing or Roadhouse are playing on TV any time soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Finishing

5 years into my knitting and I am FINALLY finishing a garment for myself. I have worked many baby sweaters, hats, scarves, socks, items for Riley but never a garment for myself.

I am seaming up a beautiful pullover in Rowan Silk Wool DK. My Ravelry project page is here.

This yarn is so soft and gorgeous I can't wait to be done and share it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

First Day of First Grade



Riley had her first day of school on Wednesday. She loves her teacher and a few of her friends are in her new class. I think there are 4 first grade classes at her school! It seems like a lot then I think about how her class size is smaller and I am thankful. I don't think there are more than 30 children in the class if there are even that many.

On the first day we stood outside with her and walked with her to class with a few other parents. It was funny she was like "ok bye." I think we needed the walk MUCH more than she did.

I am a little smug about the people who chastised me for "coddling" her when she was a baby and nursing her for "too long" or for co-sleeping well into toddlerhood because she was going to be too clingy when she got older. To those people I say HA! She is one of the most independent children I know. :D

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Ad is up!

My first Ravelry ad is now up and running on a few discussion boards. It is running through the month of September. Here it is! It is showing up much smaller here but if you click on the banner you can see the full size.



I also scored a Notebook ad space on Ravelry for next month. From what I hear this as brings in a lot of revenue for people and is seen more. This is my notebook ad.



I do have knitting progress too. I plan on doing A TON of knitting over the holiday weekend. We normally head to the lake but the weather forecast does not look favorable for the weekend as you can see.



This looks like a good weekend to stay home, rent a lot of good movies, get stuff done around the house. I am sewing school clothes for Riley again and they are turning out incredibly cute so we will have to have a modeling session over the weekend for those too. Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Updating the ol shop!

I have been dying yarn like crazy the past few weeks. I have GREAT timing! I finished up yesterday and my HORRIBLE cold really hit today. Here are a few pictures. Everything can be found at my Etsy shop.

I do need to take more pictures of the batch that I finished up this week but I do not feel like getting off the couch for a photo shoot. I think that working on the rest of my stitch markers and finishing up my recent knitting project (Ravelry link) is a better idea.



Saturday, August 22, 2009

Flora Dress



This project sat on my table for a while. The knitting was done but I put off the finishing. I am so happy with the finished product. Riley loves it too. When it was time to go to bed today she was worried about where she would put her new outfit and just wanted to wear it to bed.



Project details are as follows: Ravelry Project Page

Flora Dress made in size 2 (the size 6 which I should have made for her was incredibly huge and would have fit a small adult). Because I bought enough yarn to make the size 6 I had more than enough yarn left over to make a matching shrug to cover Riley's arms if she gets cold. I actually still have almost 1 ball of each color still left over.
Yarn: Goby purchased at Little Knits. This used roughly 4 skeins for the dress and less than one each for the shrug.
I have never worked with this yarn before and it makes a luxurious fabric, however, due to the mix of fibers (cotton, rayon) it tended to fray and stick together a lot at the yarn ends. Normally I like to weave in my ends and then clip them after washing/blocking but I ended up doing this as I was working through the project. Regardless of this issue I would recommend this yarn. It is very pretty and feminine.

Adjustments: I did not knit the body as long as suggested. I thought that an empire waisted garment would look better. I also did not make this a dress. I liked the idea of it being a long top instead.

End result: One happy 6 year old.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blue Lace Socks

Look at me posting twice in one week! I am here to share a recent finished project.



Falling Leaves Socks
Rio de la Plata sock yarn purchased at Little Knits
Raveled Here


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Jacob!

My little boy turned 4 today. It has been a busy day I almost forgot his birthday post! I am squeezing it in with minutes to spare.
As usual I can't believe how this grows into this

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Happy 6th Birthday Riley

I know I go through this every year but I can't believe that my daughter, my firstborn, my baby is 6 years old today!

How does this


go to this so quickly?


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Monkey

Here is the finished Monkey blanket from Twist Collective made for a friends baby.



This was a very fun project and interestingly put together. I have never steeked a baby blanket before. I love finding a new technique with knitting.



I used Cascade 220 Superwash wool. I wanted this to be easy to wash because come on it is for a baby and sometimes they aren't the cleanest little people. The final product is quite thick for a summer baby but the size makes a good carseat cover. The winters tend to be cold where this baby will be so it should work out nicely for the winter.

More knitting and pictures to come later on other subjects. :D

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Blogging? What is blogging?

Wow because I obviously DO NOT know how to blog!

The weather here has been gorgeous so we have been spending a lot of time outside. Here is a fun video for you all.
video
The kids have been in the pool every day since I got it a few weeks ago. It has been a well used $20 investment thus far. I am not sure what is funnier about this video, Riley's dramatic story telling or Jake being himself in the background.

Paul is back to work full time again which is a blessing. Unfortunately people were laid off so he is working his job and another person's job. I hate feeling grateful when someone else had to suffer for our good fortune.

I have been knitting. I have a good friend who is having a baby in July and I finished the Monkey blanket from Twist and then made another surprise. I am going to post pictures after I give the gift in a few weeks.

Riley finishes Kindergarten next week! I can't believe it. The year did go by fast and I just can't believe that my oldest child is going to be 6 next month.

On the weight loss front I have lost just over 20 pounds since January 6th. There are some pants that I bought a few weeks ago that are already looser on me which is great! However, I can't keep buying new clothes all the time but then my big clothes just look weird on me. I am planning on losing 30 more pounds by October.

In other knitting news I have picked up Mariah again. This will be the third time I attempt getting this right. My gauge was HORRIBLY off the second time and now I have it right. It is amazing how much faster a garment goes when you aren't knitting a tent. I kept the sleeves because they were fine the whole time and I finished the back last night.

That is about it. More pictures to come.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Good Quote

If I could do everything then I would have no reason for hope. - Michael J. Fox

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Another Funny

We took the kids to Mc Donald's the other day for breakfast. Jake had to go to the bathroom. When Paul and Jake came back Paul said it was a false alarm. So I looked at Jake and said "You didn't have to go potty?" Jake's response was...

"No. Just two biiig farts! And they scared my peepee!"

I laughed so hard I cried.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Weekend at the Lake

We had a nice time at the lake this weekend for the opening of fishing season. I never get a license because I am either monitoring children or just knitting or reading. The kids and Paul love fishing.



We took the dock extension out for a while and Jake was very very tired as seen below.

video


Here is Jake shortly after the video and moving him into a safer chair where he wouldn't topple over into the lake in a sleepy haze.



I also learned a valuable lesson...
After having your almost 4 year old son on a floating dock for over an hour sleeping. DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT then feed him dinner after coming to shore then pack up and leave into a car trip around a winding road. He will get sick. I also learned that even though you don't have babies it is always a good idea to keep an extra towel, change of clothes and wet wipes always in the car for your children. Thankfully we had the extra clothes.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Funny Bumper Sticker

I saw this one today and it gave me a chuckle...

I am only speeding because I really have to poop!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Yarn Drapes



I started some dying yesterday for my Etsy shop. This is BFL 3ply superwash fingering yarn. I usually leave my yarn drying outside when it is nice out but the weather here is so hit and miss that it is drying inside and I don't know why I never thought to hang it in the kitchen. It usually finds random spots around our house, hence why I usually only dye in the summer.

I dyed up 6 hanks (two each of the same) and I am NOT happy with anything that turned out. I am scouring my design color books now for inspiration. So sad! I have big plans to get more dye today. We will see if that happens. In the meantime I am going to look at pretty yarn pictures.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Is That A Blanket...

Why yes it is a blanket. I bought the Sleepy Monkey blanket pattern today for a friend who is expecting a boy this summer.

Now at this point you are probably saying, "Sarah, are you sure that is a blanket? It looks more like a hat since you are knitting in the round." Well well well! That is part of the design! You knit the front and back panel color work in the round and then steek them. Ingenious yet I am nervous at the same time. There are instructions for knitting flat but I have done color work going from right to wrong side knitting and did not like it at all so I will gladly take the steeking.

I am changing the colors up too. This blanket will be blues, brown and cream. My friend and I LOVE brown and blue together. I am also subbing yarn. I got Cascade 220 superwash. I decided to just get yarn for the front and back panel then go back with the panels and then decide which colors to use for the edging.

I think it will definitely be a very fun very cute ride.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring Top For Riley



Well if Spring would ever actually make it to Seattle this would be a nice Spring top. I woke up to snow yet again this morning. It is March 15th for crying out loud... in Seattle!

I got this Katia Bamboo yarn from Little Knits. It took just 4 skeins (2 pink and not even 2 green). This pattern is Briar Rose from the 2007 Spring issue of Knitty. First I loathe seaming and there is a lot of seaming in this sweater. I followed the instructions for the arms and they came out pretty short. Which is ok they just look like they are supposed to be 3/4 length sleeves. The top is a bit short. I prefer longer tops on my daughter but it still turned out cute. I think I am going to re-do the collar though. It looks too large. When I initially did it per the instructions it was too tight so I picked up more stitches obviously too many.

I guess what matters most is that the recipient loves her top and is wearing it right now.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

I Won!!!

I can't believe it! I won this month's competition for our little Biggest Loser game. I lost the most percentage this month out of all 9 of us. BoYA! $90 for me!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

255.5

YAY! I have lost 5 pounds so far in the past month. Slowly but surely. I have gone down a size too. I can definitely feel my muscles building up underneath everything else. WIth my progress I have no doubt that I can loose 50 more pounds by my brother's wedding in October. Now for knitting. I finished a few small projects for little children I know. Not mine but mine are the models. :)
I did another Selbu Modern for my cousin's daughter. I love this hat and pattern. It looks much more complicated than it is and it knits up so fast!


I also knit up two London Beanies. The one shown above and the other is blue with black stripes for my cousin's boys. I did alter the decreases on the top adding a knit row in between the decrease rows. I also used the jogless jog technique which I love.

Ok off to watch my Thursday night TV.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lent 2009

Being a Catholic I try to give up something every year. This year I have decided I will give up something to make me a better person and things to make me look better. I have also decided that when it comes to myself the word try will no longer be in my vocabulary. I will either do it or don't.

For this year to make myself a better person I am giving up swearing. Yes people I have a potty mouth. A BIG one. I have decided that not "swearing" includes anything that I would not want my 5 and 3 year old to say. Which I know extends beyond the normal swear words.

To make myself look better I have decided on the following (I can't claim this as my idea by the way, thanks Dan). I am going to work out every day throughout Lent. Even if I don't get to the gym I am going to get my heart rate up for 30 minutes every day. I am also not going to drink soda even though we only drink diet in our house. I am also giving up fast food entirely.

I know this may sound like a lot but I am no longer trying I am doing. Since my last weight post I have not been very good with my eating habits at all and I have lost one pound since then (257!!!!). I know a pound is good but I let myself down by not keeping at the routine I was on.

I have to also remember that I am gaining a lot of muscle. You should all see the guns I have! In other good news I cut a minute off of my mile time so I am now doing a 15 minute mile and today I put on some jeans that are a size smaller and they fit! Comfortably!

I am now off to drink a glass of water.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Hat New Hair New Glasses

Paul and I had a bit of fun yesterday taking pictures. Here is my new hat Selbu Modern along with my new hair color and somewhat new cut.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Did anyone see this train wreck?



I have to say watching this made my physically uncomfortable. Joaquin Phoenix is maybe was??? one of my favorite actors. I think he is incredibly talented and actually last night's performance which I am hoping it was one might have solidified what a great actor he really is. I am really praying he isn't addicted to some sort of substance.

If he keeps up this look though I can tell you he is not physically attractive to me ANY MORE!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

258

All I can say is YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Knitting is going to be frantic for a few days. My very good friend had her baby 6 weeks early and because I am super procrastinator I had not started his gift yet. Got the yarn today. Phildar Lambswool from Little Knits.

I.LOVE.THIS.YARN! Seriously I do. I am making the second Selbu Modern with it and it knits up so smoothly and works well for color work. I can't wait to share the sweaters. I don't know how much personal info is ok to give away with someone else's baby but HE is very healthy, over 6 pounds and was only in the NICU for a day and nursing like a champ! YAY!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Something Done

I have been finishing some knit projects in addition to the Twilight Series! I have mixed feelings on the ending but it was done how I figured the author would have written it. Corey we will discuss when you are done *wink*. I do have the Sookie Stackhouse boxed set here, which I hear is very good. I have to say the True Blood series on HBO is a guilty pleasure of mine. I just LOVE it. Not for kids at all and I get to watch it by myself after everyone is in bed as Paul hates it. As much as I love the show and have heard good things about I the books I think I need to take a vampire break for just a bit. I started Hattie Big Sky yesterday and it seemes like a cute quick read. Since I started reading the Twilight books last month it had been quite a while since I read consistently, I think since last summer actually. I love reading I always have and I am glad we found each other again.

Here are my Conwy socks. These were finished a little bit ago I just haven't taken the time to take pictures and post.



I also finished Selbu Modern which I will post in a day or so. I have a laundry list of things I have started to knit. I can't seem to just sit and work on a project for some reason. Here is what I have going...
February Lady Sweater
Panda Cotton Socks for Riley my own design
Gentlemen's Plain Winter Socks
Another Selbu Modern for my cousin
Briar Rose

These are just what I have started recently. These don't include the basket full of things I have started and put aside! More later...