Firstly, I've actually finished something for me. It's the Cold Weather Corset from Knitty. I decided that I needed a vest/waistcoat type garment to keep me warm in this non-centrally heated house. So I looked for a pattern that was free and in my size. This matched my requirements perfectly. Then I used my Excel yarnlog spreadsheet (in which I am surely but slowly recording my stash) to great effect by filtering for SPI and picking a suitable yarn. Not only could I see that there was enough yarn but I had also logged the location of each yarn so it was pretty easy to find. The yarn I chose was Rowan Chunky Print in deep purple that I had bought half price in a John Lewis sale. The finished item is still being blocked - it's already had 24 hrs to dry, so now pictures of it being worn yet.
Despite the pattern stating that my size would take 450 yds and the fact that I had 660m, I still ran out of yarn, I had to replace the 7 row eyelet and garter stitch border on the armholes with two rows of garter stitch and had about a foot of yarn left, that was after undoing my swatch. I also seamed with a different and thinner yarn which I would have done anyway as I didn't fancy seaming with chunk weight yarn.
It also has I cord ties that are threaded through the eyelets. It needs at least 80 inches of I cord.
Now I don't have the patience to knit that much I-cord so it was just as well that I have this:
I cranked out all that I cord in a very short time using some leftover Felted Tweed from Rhianwen's wrap cardigan.
This was progressing well - the body is complete and I've started the hood. I put it aside to work on the vest but I plan to pick it up again soon.
I've turned the heel of the first sock and have started picking up stitches for the gusset. I still love knitting this project.
I'm finding this hard going as the pattern is boring and it's also hard to find appropriate time for it as it remains hidden from a certain member of the household. But I do need to get a shift on.
I've started a low-carb diet. This type of diet is particularly suited to me as I have PCOS which affects the way my body takes up insulin. I have also started taking a drug called Metformin which is an insulin sensitizer. The down side is that the Metformin has nasty GI side effects and at the full dosage gives me nausea and sensitivity to the smell and taste of many foods. I've had to drop the dosage down from three a day to two because the full three was making feel so rotten and worsening my depression. It also put me off most of the foods that I had to eat for the diet.
I'm in the introductory two week phase of the diet which is very strict and low in carbs - no fruit, no muesli, no bread of any kind. Lots of meat, eggs, spinach (which seems impossible to buy fresh locally so we have to make do with frozen) and salad veggies. The evening meals are fine but I find breakfast and lunch hard. I can't wait to eat (sugar-free) muesli again. I also miss being able to have fruit as a snack.
I am getting a lot of support from my Mum and Rob. All my meals are being cooked for me and that really makes a difference as I don't have to make any choices. Mum is quite happy to do this as the first two days I missed lunch because the thought of making the prescribed lunch made me feel sick.
I'm taking this one day at a time. I know that this diet will have to last for many months but try not to think about it too much. I have used a low carb diet before and lost about 21 pounds at the time so I know it can be successful.