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Two Hundred Something

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I couldn’t really figure out what people were talking about when they said they could see that I was losing weight just from my face. That is, I couldn’t figure it out until I found the picture of me from almost a year ago, right at the start of the first Knitting Olympics. Owing to the dark color of the clothes I’m wearing, and the fact that I’m trying my best to obscure my double chin with a very pretty Saxon Braid Cable, the details are a little fuzzy. But wow, what a difference! If I didn’t know any better, I would say that the girl in that picture has had a bad allergic reaction to shellfish or something and she’s swelling up like a balloon.

So now I can officially tell people that I weigh two hundred and something, instead of three hundred and something. It’s been at least two years since I’ve been under three hundred, and I’m tickled pink. I don’t think I’ll end up meeting my goal of losing 100 pounds this year, but I’ve been at a loss every week for the month of January and I feel like this is going to be a continuing trend. After I lost my first 10%, I kind of got cold feet and hovered around 315 for several months, but I’m back in ready to lose mode now!

My next big goal is 275. 275 is about five pounds less than what I weighed about 4 years ago, back when I was considerably more active. Believe it or not, somewhere in between quitting my fairly active job as a cashier and starting a "real" job where I live in a cubicle, I gained a purely alarming 70 pounds. Also, reaching 275 will put me less than a hundred pounds away from reaching my ultimate weight goal. Slowly but surely, I’m getting a new body!

To celebrate, I bought a real domain for the blog at http://www.knitonmycat.com. You’ll still be able to get here from the old Typepad address for now, but you might want to update your links in case I end up moving hosts in the future.

Okay, enough about my fat! Time for the good stuff!

Remember this?

Byopalsock_1 I started this sock last summer. The yarn was a souvenir from my vacation in Washington, and I lost steam on it after I turned the heel and decided I didn’t like the way the ribbing obscured the pattern. I never got started on it again because I decided that I’m way too much of a free spirit to be confined by self-striping yarn. (Well, that and I didn’t really feel like knitting a whole pair of socks in plain stockinette.)

Enter my first toe-up sock!

Toeup1 Okay, I know you can’t really tell it’s a sock yet, but take my work for it… that is a baby toe up sock in the making. I’m using the Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula from Knitty and teeny-tiny double O needles. So far, I really like it and I think it’s going to result in a much better fitting pair of socks for my tugboat size feet.

My other knitting of the moment consists of that damnable Strawberry Purse and my Orange Vest of Failure. I feel like the fun of making a short row tow got me out of my knitting funk. The next time I get into a knitting slump, I think I’ll just try knitting things backwards. Seems to do the trick!

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