Showing posts with label Monthly Goals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Monthly Goals. Show all posts

Friday, July 31, 2009

09:10 Grey Miele Socks

Wow! End of July already! It seems that my blog routine has become one post per week. I would like to post more often, but there really is not enough time ... and sometimes I feel like knitting instead of blogging. Especially recently when I started the Magical Mosaic Blanket. The mosaic knitting method is pretty easy to grasp. I would think once I got familiar with the method, the knitting would become monotonous ... or even boring. Surprise! I haven't been able to stop and am now into the 4th square already:

Unlike the Great American Afghan, all the squares in this project are of the same number of stitches. So I chose to knit the blanket in stripes. I still have a long long way to go ... there are 63 squares. :D

The mysterious sock mojo has also been back. Not knowing how long it is going to stay, so just try to capitalize the opportunity. Kathy's Miele Sock pattern is fun to knit and is fast. I didn't make her very popular Jaywalker pattern because the chevron pattern is just not my favourite. But I really love this one:
However, it seems I should have used an even smaller needles so that the leg and heel would be more snug. But the socks actually fit ... comfortable too:

Details:
Pattern: Grey Miele Socks designed by Grumperina from knit.1 Spring/Summer 2009
Yarn: Furryarns MaineBearSOX 4 in Opal (65% SWT Wool & 35% Tussah Silk)
Needles: Grafton Fibers Darn Pretty dpn US0
Cast On: 07-14-2009
Cast Off: 07-24-2009

I have actually started another sock project immediately ... just forgot to take picture. Will show you later.

I guess it is also time for the monthly-goal accessement. Pretty simple this time.

July:
Knitting: finish the GAA DONE!

August:
Knitting:
  • finish the Unst Lace Stole (still remember this? hahaha ...)
  • finish one stripe (9 squares) for the Magical Mosaic Blanket
  • finish one pair of socks
Exercising:
I seemed to find a way to insert the strength training exercises from Keeping Fit in Your 50s twice into my weekly exercise routine. I aim at consolidating that so that I would be lifting some dumbbells 3 times a week.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Down the drain they went!

That would be my June goals! LOL! Due to the back injury and the new development in the GAA project, I didn't have anything in June. Besides, despite being my birthday month (I am officially 45 now ... woo hoo!), for me, June has always carried a melancholic mood with it since that tragic night 20 years ago. The death of Michael Jackson last month only added weight to such a mood. Therefore, I am just too happy to welcome July.

About the GAA project, I can finally report to you that the knitting of the last 5 squares was finished. Seen below are the 3 squares I chose from GAAA:
I have too many favourites from GAAA, but I finally decided on these 3 because they are beautiful and meaningful. While they are being blocked to measurements, I started working on the edging.

I definitely do not like the original idea in the pattern (using 2 working strands of yarn, knitting one row on one square and then using the other strand to bind off and so on). Experience from past afghan projects told me that a well-chosen edging would help a lot in evening out the size differences of the squares. So I browsed through Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge series and decided on this:
I did actually test knit many selections from the books, however, this simple 4-row pattern (sorry, the book was not around, so I couldn't tell you the name ... next time, okay?) trumped the others. The fact that it is a reversible pattern for both sides makes it ideal because it doesn't curl. And of course, it is beautiful.

I think, it's time to look at my monthly goals, right?

JUNE:
Knitting:
  • 1 pair of socks (I have started Vine Lace Socks from Socks, Socks, Socks) FAILED
  • finish the Great American Afghan (only 2 squares left ... I optimistically think it is doable) FAILED
  • continue working on the Unst Lace Stole edging FAILED
Sewing:
Really ... I should get those bookcovers done! FAILED ... AGAIN!

Exercising:
I think I have successfully integrated exercising into my daily life. So I'll just keep it going. DONE ... the only success in June despite the injury.

July:
Knitting: I decided to just have one and only one goal for this month ...
  • finish the GAA
Exercising: Ever since the recovery, I notice my back, though suffers no pain, would feel tight from time to time. This is not good. Tight muscles are prone to more future injuries. So, I plan to incorporate more serious stretching exercises into the routine. One great discovery in the local library is Keeping Fit in Your 50s. There is a whole section on stretching. I am going to do the whole routine once every week and some of the smaller exercises every day.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

May hasn't been a good month

May hasn't been a very good month for me. Nothing serious and certainly nothing tragic ... just little things here and there that made me pause and appreciate when things were good.

After serving me for almost 10 years, my Nike Air shoes fell apart into pieces. I hate wearing new shoes, especially sports shoes. But a nice salesman recommended a new pair to me that fit like gloves and didn't feel like new shoes at all. So, I am happily jogging on the treadmill again.

I have been feeling pretty good ever since I started working out. However, there were several days in May when I knew I was not in good shape ... not sick, just not well. So, I listened to my body and took things easy. :)

Then the knitting did go that smoothly. I am just happy that I got over the hurdle of the corner-turning dilemma. Now all I need is the perseverance with working the thousands of rows! The sock mojo has been come and gone at her own wish. After much search and try, I finally landed another lace pattern for my next pair.

MAY:
Knitting:
  • as usual, 1 pair of socks (but I haven't made up my mind yet this time) DONE (the VK Lace Socks)
  • finish the Unst Lace Stole NOT DONE (far from it actually)
  • 1 GAA square (there are 4 left) DONE
  • swatch and cast on for another sweater project (I really like the Akomeogi Tunic from the latest IK) HALF DONE (I did the swatch but not start the project)
Sewing:
still the same ... but since I have started the cutting, things should look better this month ... hahaha ... STILL NOT DONE (but I did get things going)

JUNE:
Knitting:
  • 1 pair of socks (I have started Vine Lace Socks from Socks, Socks, Socks)
  • finish the Great American Afghan (only 2 squares left ... I optimistically think it is doable)
  • continue working on the Unst Lace Stole edging
Sewing:
Really ... I should get those bookcovers done!

Exercising:
I think I have successfully integrated exercising into my daily life. So I'll just keep it going.

Oh, I also wish to be able to exercise better self control and not waste so much time playing Scramble on Facebook. But this little game is soooo highly addictive. :)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Already May?

April came and went ... so very quickly. Already we are past one-third of 2009. I should have written this post last week, but was so engrossed in finishing the Botanica Medallion Cardigan that I totally forgot it was time for new goals for the new month! Ooops ... so now you know. There'll be new FO coming ... hehehe ...

APRIL:
Knitting:
  • 1 pair of socks (Cookie A's Milo from her new book) DONE
  • finish the Unst Lace Stole (this means the second border plus the edging) HALF DONE (I finished the second border and just started the edging):
  • 1 GAA square DONE (Marge Hayes Square):
  • cast on for one summer garment project DONE (started the Botanica Medallion Cardigan and I have it finished now!)
  • I expect to receive my work on Lesson 1 plus materials for Lesson 2 from the instructor soon. This time, I would like to work faster on Lesson 2. FAILED (I haven't even started! But I decide that once I start, I would have it finished quick.)
Sewing:
  • the same as for March ... and I will start working on that tomorrow NOT DONE BUT NOT FAILED COMPLETELY EITHER (I started cutting the fabrics ... :D)
Exercising:
I hope to increase the days for exercising from 3 to 4 a week DONE (Actually, I am doing 30 minutes a day every weekday. I feel pretty awesome about this.)

MAY:
Knitting:
  • as usual, 1 pair of socks (but I haven't made up my mind yet this time)
  • finish the Unst Lace Stole
  • 1 GAA square (there are 4 left)
  • swatch and cast on for another sweater project (I really like the Akomeogi Tunic from the latest IK)
Sewing:
still the same ... but since I have started the cutting, things should look better this month ... hahaha ...

Exercising:
One thing I learned from my exercising regime this year is the value of patience. Another thing is the importance of listening to your own body. Without either of these, I may have pushed myself beyond my ability and given up long ago.
In May, I plan to add sections of Cindy Crawford's Shape Your Body workouts to my daily exercise. Cindy Crawford was the pretty face for this DVD, but the trainer Radu is the real deal. These are kick-you-in-the-butt workouts (you can read the reviews on the Amazon page). How do I know? I checked the VHS out from the local library a long time ago. Not knowing my own ability, I tried following the routine to a T and almost couldn't get out of the bed the next day.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

How did I do in March?

It's the beginning of a month again ... the time to examine my goals in March.

Knitting:
  • 1 pair of socks (for the moment I have chosen to make Cat Bordhi's Spring Thaw Socks) DONE
  • 2 GAA squares (I started the first one already) HALF-DONE (I could only manage to make one)
  • at least one border for the Unst Lace Stole DONE
  • 2 baby knits (Hooded Carrying Bag & Changing Mat Bag) for a friend HALF-DONE (but I finally decided that the Changing Mat Bag was not really a good idea)
  • cast on Autumn Rose Pullover FAILED (I think putting this to September would be better, since once started, I need to finish it ASAP ... the weather is just not right for any wool project now)
  • swatch for Seamless Hybrid FAILED (since this is also going be a wool project, so it would also be moved to a later time)
  • get the written part of lesson 1 done and have it mailed DONE
Sewing:
  • 2 Crazy Quilt Bookcovers (promised to make for 2 friends ages ago ... it's time to work on them!) COMPLETELY FAILED!
Non-Crafting related:
  • Get the taxes done! (this is always a headache!) DONE
Though I completely failed in my sweater goals, I still feel good because I know that the March goals were a bit aggressive. But I did feel bad about my sewing goal. So, I have decided to hide all my knitting stuff away tomorrow so that I would free myself for the sewing! LOL! Seriously!

For April, I'll keep things simple.

Knitting:
  • 1 pair of socks (Cookie A's Milo from her new book)
  • finish the Unst Lace Stole (this means the second border plus the edging)
  • 1 GAA square (I am getting really close to finishing all the squares ... have to pace up)
  • cast on for one summer garment project (I'm still looking around ... but the 17th century Undershirt from Piecework March/April 2009 is strangely attractive to me)
  • I expect to receive my work on Lesson 1 plus materials for Lesson 2 from the instructor soon. This time, I would like to work faster on Lesson 2.
Sewing:
  • the same as for March ... and I will start working on that tomorrow
Exercising:
  • I hope to increase the days for exercising from 3 to 4 a week

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Plan for March

Before talking about March, maybe I should evaluate my February goals:

  • 1 pair of socks (just cast on but the yarn may not work out with the pattern, so may have to start over again!) DONE! (Dublin Bay Socks)
  • 1 square for GAA DONE! (Celeste Pinheiro Square)
  • make at least 3 repeats for the Unst Stole (I already have 5 done, so the goal would be to have a total of 8 complete, leaving 2 remaining for March) DONE! (Actually I managed to finish the remaining 5 repeats!)
  • make a swatch for Autumn Rose Pullover DONE! (I made 3!)
  • work on the TKGA Basics, Basics, Basics Lesson 1 (there are 5 swatches plus questions for each to be submitted) PARTLY DONE (the knitting was finished but the written part not!)
Conclusion: Not too bad indeed! :D

For March, I have plans in different areas:

Knitting:
  • 1 pair of socks (for the moment I have chosen to make Cat Bordhi's Spring Thaw Socks)
  • 2 GAA squares (I started the first one already)
  • at least one border for the Unst Lace Stole
  • 2 baby knits (Hooded Carrying Bag & Changing Mat Bag) for a friend
  • cast on Autumn Rose Pullover
  • swatch for Seamless Hybrid
  • get the written part of lesson 1 done and have it mailed

Sewing:
  • 2 Crazy Quilt Bookcovers (promised to make for 2 friends ages ago ... it's time to work on them!)

Non-Crafting related:
  • Get the taxes done! (this is always a headache!)
About the Autumn Rose Pullover, yes, I made 3 swatches for it (Husband said I was obsessed!). Decision has already been made, but just out of curiosity ... which one do you like most?

Swatch #1

Swatch #2

Swatch #3



Results of the Poll:
Swatch #1 50%
Swatch #2 33%
Swatch #3 17%
Total Votes: 18

Thank you very much for your input. :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Progressing

Since I have set goals for February, I am making progress gradually. I feel pretty good about accomplishing all the goals except the fair isle swatch.

Right now, I am trying to figure out how to make this chain with one 40" i-cord:
Actually, I have a good idea how to make it ... just that I didn't expect to have to run the i-cord from the right side into the wrong side and back up again. The unexpected makes me pause and hesitate. Any alternative idea?

More Eye Candy for Friday:
Malabrigo Sock Yarns in Eggplant and Chocolate Amargo. I just caved in to a 20% off sale ... now I'm telling myself these are for my being good with the exercise regiment for 4 weeks! LOL!

Wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

February Goals

Wow! Thank you all very much for the nice comments on my Tangled Yoke Cardigan. My comment section hasn't been this crowded and spirited for a long time ... LOL! As a long time Blogger user, I am still in the process of changing the habit of not responding to comments. Halo Scan allows me to do that, but if I am short of time when I receive the comments, I am usually not able to reply ... and then eventually forget to. I am really sorry about that ... changing a habit takes time. :)

I am still in the typical chaotic period after finishing a major project ... you know, pulling all the books out, yarns and half-done swatches here and there, needles of various sizes spreading around while nothing seems to get done! Things do seem to clear out gradually. I did swatches on a new cardigan (Espresso ... love the name!) Most probably I will have it started this month.

Also, remember my plan to make the Palette Fair Isle Cardigan in 2009? Well, there will be a change of plan. After working on Tangle Yoke Cardigan, I am inevitably impressed by Eunny's pattern. Honestly, Autumn Rose Pullover would be a much more beautiful project, so I have been doing some work on choosing the colours:
Those would be my home-made Palette colour-cards. They are actually very easy to make (some punching and cutting) and a great help in the colour choosing process. I would like the main colour of my pullover to be green. A swatch will be done to see if the colours work well together.

One thing that impressed me deeply in 2008 is Dawn's monthly goal-setting. It seems that the practice helps her to achieve quite a lot. So, I am trying to do the same. It's already one week into February, which is a shorter month, so I am trying to be realistic in my February goals:

  • 1 pair of socks (just cast on but the yarn may not work out with the pattern, so may have to start over again!)
  • 1 square for GAA
  • make at least 3 repeats for the Unst Stole (I already have 5 done, so the goal would be to have a total of 8 complete, leaving 2 remaining for March)
  • make a swatch for Autumn Rose Pullover
  • work on the TKGA Basics, Basics, Basics Lesson 1 (there are 5 swatches plus questions for each to be submitted)