Thursday, February 26, 2009

Quick Post...

Here's another pic of Daizzy after her graduation. I've been posting about her so much these days, I didn't want her to feel left out of this post. ;) This week she seemed confused that she didn't have "school" on Tuesday. She had this week off, and next week we start our 6 week Beginner Agility class.

Contest:
Head on over to Darcy's blog and check out her awesome contest.

SparkPeople Update: I'm currently finishing up my last week of Bootcamp. This is my 8th week of the New You Bootcamp Challenge. (I repeated the 4 week Challenge) I'm still enjoying the workouts. I feel so much stronger. I will post a recap soon. I haven't taken my measurements all month, I'm anxious to see if there were any changes. I'd like to continue with a challenge next month. I think I will change things up and try the Swimsuit Bootcamp instead.

Swap Updates:
1. Cocoa Swapin' 2
is complete, my downstream received her package, and I received an awesome package from my spoiler.
2. SP13 is almost complete. I am finalizing my downstreams' final package.

WIP: STILL trying to get my shawl finished. I haven't had much time to work on it. After knitting a bit last weekend, I only have a few rows left. Hopefully I'll be posting a FO in my next post!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Daizzy Graduated and Winter Goals Check-In

Daizzy graduated from her Beginner Obedience and Behavior class this week!
Take a look at THAT "sit and stay" while Dusty demonstrates his "down."

Here's her certificate to prove it ;)
I'm so proud of her! We have both learned so much in just 6 weeks! I am amazed at how quickly she has caught on. In one of the final classes the instructor asked the class if any of us were considering going into obedience or agility classes in the future. I asked the instructor if she thought that Daizzy would do well in agility. She said that she thought she would, that most dogs love it. She encouraged me to enter a 6 week class because it is just enough to get a taste of agility and see if it suits her or not. I have always wanted to do agility, and I think this is a good time to see what Daizzy thinks about it! Our first class is in two weeks.
"Mom, what's agility? When do I get to go to school again?"

I feel like I'm overdue for a Winter Knitting Goals Update:
1. Finish Feb. Lady Sweater.
2. Make progress on my
Forest Canopy Shawl. (Almost DONE!)
3. Attempt to knit jewelry. (
Bijouterie, Winter Knitty) (Materials purchased, not done yet)
4. Make something for Hot Cocoa Swap 2 downstream partner. DONE
Deadline: March 20th

I'm doing well, but I have a loooong way to go before my sweater is done. I haven't picked it up since I cast on for my shawl, so therefore I don't see it being completed by the deadline. However, I have discovered how addictive lace knitting is, and after setting my Winter Goals, I decided to finish my shawl first. I knit my partner a Marshmallow Woman to complete #4. I hope to also complete #2 and 3 before the deadline.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cocoa Swappin' 2 Package Arrived!

I received my Cocoa Swap package from Jenn. She did an awesome job! I got 7 flavors of her favorite Cocoa to try. I'm always looking to try people's favorites! Also, a yummy skein of Schaefer Heather Yarn and chocolate twizzlers from her local candy store. She sent me a yarn cutter knowing that I didn't have one yet, and it made a welcome addition to my notions bag! I also received a handmade awesome lavender sack, which I could smell through the box! (Lavender is one of my favorites!) Last but not least, she knit me a Sleepy! He is soo cute!
Shhhh, don't wake Sleepy! (You can also see the lavender Sack a bit better.)
Yummy Schaefer and twists!
Thanks Jenn! You sent me a lot of your favorites, including yarn, cocoa and twizzlers that I haven't tried before, I can't wait!

I can now show my top secret knitting for my downsteam partner now that she's received it! During the swap I found out that she loved marshmallows, so it seemed appropriate (thanks to our swap hostess for sharing such an adorable pattern!) to knit her a Marshmallow Woman.
Marshmallow Woman
Pattern: Marshmallow (wo)man by Michelle Malach
Weapons: Size 10 1/2 Bamboo DPN's (yarn called for 10, but I surprisingly didn't have 10 DPN's, they worked out just fine.)
Yarn: Peruvia by Berrocco
Size: O/S Started/Finished: Feb. 7-9, 2009. (Could be completed in one sitting, but I didn't have stuffing) Recipient: Downstream Cocoa Swap 2 Partner
Comments: I followed her pattern for the body and improvised a bit on the limbs. Next time I'd make the legs longer. It was hard to judge how long they "should" be, it's not like I've ever seen a marshmallow with legs before! Sewed on buttons for eyes and strung some beads for a mouth. Made mouth not firmly attached so that it’s expression can change dependent on how it sits. Overall a great pattern, and a super quick knit! I could have finished in one sitting if I had the "stuffing" on hand.
Future Options: It may be helpful to put some rice or "weight" into the bottom of the body.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Second Package From SP13!

She's done it again... I've been spoiled!
The package was bursting! First off, 2 skeins of Cherry Tree Hill in "River Run." The colors are definitely something I would have picked for myself. They're beautiful! One skein of Wildfoote sock yarn. It feels so soft! The Everything Knitting book which is a welcome addition to my library! Inside a cute heart tote bag I found beautiful flower note cards, a butterfly notepad, "A" notepad, and pens with my name on them. I can't wait for spring to use the note cards and notepad. I love the butterflies! I typically can't find anything with my name, I don't know how she found them! I also got some pouches of hot cocoa, an adorable dog mug, a tin of cookies, and some boxes of Sweethearts (my favorite candy this time of year!)

Here's a closer look of the CTH...and the squooshy sock yarn.Here's a close-up of the mug. It somehow missed the "group" shot!Thanks go out to my SP13 spoiler again for such an awesome package!
I can't wait to find out who you are!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Work Hard, Play Hard!


"Grrrrrr...Yum!"
"Whaaat? I'm working!"
"See if you tilt your head like this you break off more chewy stuff faster!"

This week, we had a moderate storm, and the bulk of it was during Daizzy's Obedience class time on Tuesday evening. I called the school, but never reached anyone, so I was not even sure if it was being held. I was set to go anyway, until I saw a three car pile-up next to my driveway. I decided to take that as a sign and stay home. Daizzy and I have been doing our homework, and as a reward she got another insert for her Everlasting Treat Ball. Originally I was hesitant to buy this toy for her, because she can typically destroy a toy labeled to be for aggressive chewers. Luckily, we've had this one for almost a year and it is barely showing wear! Also, the treat inserts last a really long time. She's quite an aggressive chewer and gets hours of gnawing and chewing out of each insert.
WIP: Almost done with my Forest Canopy Shawl. Once I completed the patterns recommended amount of repeats I still had more than a ball of yarn left, so I kept going. I've completed 2.5 more repeats and I'm starting to worry if I have enough to finish. I think I will move on to the edging now. For a while I kept thinking it would be too small, but now my shawl is growing exponentially!
Also, I am almost done with my Cocoa Swap Buddy Buster. I'll post details once my partner gets her package!
SparkPeople New You Bootcamp Challenge COMPLETED! The challenge ran the month of January. I enjoyed it so much I have decided to participate with some other motivated Sparkers in another round for the month of February. This program has helped to get me moving every day. I've now become accustomed to doing one 10 minute video each day, 5 days (minimum) of cardio, and typically I participate in the day's challenge video as well. My goal for next month is to get more cardio in. Overall, I feel more fit and my clothes fit better. I didn't have any huge losses, but any loss for me is a loss. In total I lost 3 lbs. The change in my measurements is more surprising, between my chest waist and hips I lost 3 inches! I gained 1 inch of muscle between my thighs and arms, from all of the lunges and weight training no doubt!
(*graphic was borrowed from SparkPeople.com and saved to my browser)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Feast of Brigid Blogosphere Poetry Slam

Today is The Fourth Annual Brigid in the Blogosphere Poetry Slam

"Hope" is the thing with feathers

"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

Emily Dickinson

If anyone else wants to participate, post any poem you'd like on your blog. Comment here so others can enjoy it too!