The winner of Book Giveaway #4 - The Digest Diet Cookbook, is:
Congratulations! Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your mailing info so I can give it to my contact. If I don't hear from you within a week, I'll have to choose another winner. The last giveaway will be on January 22nd - and it's not a book...
One of the men who works with Jeff is in the National Guard, and was recently called up to active duty in Afghanistan. Before Christmas, Jeff and his fellow work people donated things to send them. The boxes arrived a couple weeks ago and they sent this picture:
Now that's a lot of goodies! Pretty dang cool to see that much support.
My thoughts yesterday while reading my To Do list: Vacuum? No. Clean bathrooms? No. Wash sheets? No. Knit? OK. I ended up starting off with knitting, then took a break and got the rest of the list done. My priorities might be screwed up, but hey - I have some nice things to show for it, starting with my finished Honey Cowl:
I wasn't sure if I'd get much use out of the cowl, but I've actually worn it quite a bit already, and will definitely make another one, although I'll try a different pattern to change things up.
And my finished Scrappy Cap:
I just threw together this pattern in my head and it worked out. I liked using up my yarn scraps, but all of the yarn changes meant I had 18 ends to weave in - that took almost as long to do as it did to knit the cap!
Plus I have a few projects in the works. I started a Mystery Knit Along that my knitting guild is doing. I'll be honest - I wasn't going to do this one, because I figured it was a shawl (it is), and all the lacework intimidates me. But the lure of the yarn drew me in and somehow I ended up with yarn and needles - here's part one:
If you look closely, you can see the white dental floss - that's a lifeline, and it's recommended that you put them in on intricate projects, so if you make a mistake and have to undo your work, you know that it's good up to the lifeline.
Oh, and I crossed over to the dark side last Sunday when I was working on my sock:
I had to switch to double-pointed needles. YIKES. Talk about intimidating! But there was no other way to work this pattern. I will admit to some frustration with it - you are supposed to seam up part of the heel flap, and I must have tried at least 10 times to do that, but it just wasn't happening. I read ahead in the pattern and it said you could do that part later, so I moved on. Still, I'm not sure that this sock is going to have a mate...I love the yarn, but knitting a sock is not super enjoyable for me.
Also, when I look at any project that I've knitted, there's always some extras thrown in, in the way of dog fur. I wonder why?
I have NO idea why that happens, Mom.
Today is my rest day. No workouts - well, except for one measly plank, thanks to that January challenge I'm doing. Today is the day I let my body recharge and get ready for my 8 mile run tomorrow. Today is the day that I get to sit and drink coffee for a couple of hours without feeling like I need to hurry up so I can get a workout in. I love my rest day. My legs appreciate it, too.
Tomorrow we will do our 8 mile run in what should be great running weather - around 40 degrees! I'm really looking forward to it...I know - who am I???
Have a great weekend!