The shawl is growing....I didn't think I was getting very far- I only did three repeats at Job #2 on Saturday, and another repeat last night - but then I compared the pictures, and it's quite a bit bigger. It's about 24 inches wide.
I think I'm going to knit to 30 inches, then look for another stitch pattern.
I only have one skein of this (400 yards) - so it is going to be a shawlette. But I made Travelling Woman in my Fluffy Cat with one extra repeat, and I still had a fair bit left, so it will be interesting to see just how big I can make this one.
In other news - I realized I hadn't yet blogged about my resolutions. That's not a huge deal, but my thinking was if I said them out loud to all of you - it my help me keep them. Yeah, it's a slim chance, but a girl can dream can't she?
1) Get healthier - yeah, I made this resolution last year and failed miserably. In fact, I got LESS healthy. But the fact that the scale is creeping up on 200 lbs, and none of my pants fit (and to get knew ones means I have to officially go shop in the Plus section) has lit a little fire under my butt.
Let's hope I can keep that flame going. I've got my bike, I'm walking on my lunch, and I went to the grocery store today and the only "junk" I brought home was a box of Lucky Charms. (I have grown up cereal too, but every so often I like a little bowl of "fun") In fact, the only other "junk" I have in the house is some microwave popcorn and the massive 2 ft Toblerone Dave gave me for Christmas - it's going to take a while to get through that one.
2) Eat better - this is obviously tied in with above, but this also encompasses all the "prepared" foods I eat. I really like the idea of clean eating, but I'm not crazy enough to try it - I know I'd never last. But I do want to reduce the amount of prepared, processed food I eat - less fish sticks, chicken fingers, meat pies etc. It means being proactive and taking stuff out of the freezer before I leave for work, but I want to try to get as much fresh food in my diet as possible.
3) Get my sorry butt out of debt - I want to make a serious effort to get myself out of debt. While I have a really good feeling about this year (I have a feeling something BIG is just around the corner) I also work in a volatile industry (newspapers) and, while here in Canada, we didn't get hit as hard by the recession as our American friends, I also feel that the worst is yet to come. I want to be ready when it does - and if I'm wrong, well then I've just made my life a little more comfortable and I can finally start saving.
4) Knit from the stash - This is a large part of above. My stash grew considerably over the last year - and it's where most of my expendable and not-so-expendable income went. I have three shipments of yarn coming - some Debbie Bliss Stella, some Debbie Bliss Cathay and some Angora/Alpaca, but other than that - I will not be adding to my stash unless I need it for a specific project (like Dave's fingerless gloves). I am however making a one day exception for Julie's tent sale in the summer - that's just too good an opportunity to miss!
So, in the spirit of keeping those resolutions, I'm going to go hope on my bike for 3o minutes, eat a healthy snack and getting knitting!