Happy Friday Everyone!!! It's a very good day. :)
Today is Friday, May 4th. You can now officially put your winter coats away. When I was a little girl growing up in Michigan my best friend was Patty Cena. Today is Patty's birthday! Yay! If I'm not mistaken, dear Patty is 40 years old today! The last I knew - about seven years ago when we had our 15yr class reunion - Patty was a math instructor at Michigan State University. If anybody out there knows Patty, please tell her Happy Birthday from Laura! :)
Patty's mother always told Patty that she had to wear her winter coat until her birthday. Yes there were plenty of times that Patty had to carry that coat because it was WAY too warm to wear it. But it's the mark I have still used to this day - even though I left Michigan for warmer climes twenty-two years ago - I have always remembered Patty's birthday and her mother's house rule that her children took their winter coats to school until May 4th. Or wait... was it the 5th? Maybe it was the 5th. Don't tell Patty Happy Birthday until tomorrow, okay? Ohh, today is Carrie Trosper's birthday!! CARRIE is 40 today! Happy Birthday out there Carrie, where ever you are! (how could I forget... maid of honor at my wedding... bff in high school - but her parents didn't have the coat rule) Surely these girls don't mind me using their maiden names, right? I know they are using different last names now.
Before I get to the real meat of this post, let's talk about my diet. I've done badly this week y'all. I've gained 3 pounds since Monday. We won't do the math - it's bad. So I'm taking my own advice and regrouping. I have identified what I was doing wrong and I'm taking control again today. Yes it's the middle of the week, and no I don't have to confess my dieting sins to y'all but I'm doing it anyway. My trouble spots have been these:
- I was not following my menu. Yeah, the one I couldn't wait to get.
- I was not drinking 64oz of water per day.
- I was not getting to bed by or before midnight, thus not getting enough sleep.
Today is a new day. I'll let you know how it's going on Monday.
THE REAL MEAT!! Yay! I've made six more squares for the Larger Than Life Tote! Please ignore the elephant in the corner - I'm neglecting my knitting and the guilt is looming large. But I'm making squares. Making squares. Making squares! I'm teaching a lace knitting class tonight and YES, I have one student. Every great adventure begins somewhere and this one begins with probably just one student. I have to finish putting my class materials together today so there probably won't be any knitting or crochet until I get back tonight at 9pm or so.
The Larger Than Life craze has struck EVERYWHERE! The pattern designer, Cecily Keim, has created a Larger Than Life Crochet-Along blog and I wrote her this morning to join up. I also asked her a few questions. I'm making sure there aren't any legal issues with making a kit of yarn for the tote. I thought about selling yarn kits and including the fabric and zipper and notions needed to complete the tote but before I go to the selling point.... I'm giving away a kit. With the lining already sewn by me. The yarn will mostly match the bag I'm making right now and will have a matching lining to this bag. I'll probably pick up the fabric this weekend. SO... I should just come right out and say it....
I'M HAVING A CONTEST!!
I'm rapidly approaching the blogging milestone of 3000 comments!! But I don't want to give away too many hints about when that will happen!! SO - Starting today - Every person who leaves a comment will be entered into a prize drawing! The contest lasts until next Friday morning, May 11. When I get up and print names of the commenters, the contest is officially over and we'll have a fun little name drawing session from the silver mixing bowl with the babies!
There will be at least two prize winners. Maybe more if I feel very industrious.
- The person who leaves comment #3000 will get a Larger Than Life Tote yarn kit with a zippered lining premade by me! eta: The kit will include all the yarn needed for the bag, crochet hook, zippered lining made by me and a copy of the Interweave Crochet magazine this pattern is in.
- At least one other prize will be awarded to a commenter selected through the "Emeline pulls a slip of paper from the silver mixing bowl" drawing method.
- I guess it's only fair to offer two drawing prizes so that Lila Pearl can pull a slip of paper from the silver mixing bowl too because if she doesn't get to do something Emeline is doing I'll have a big problem on my hands.
The only rules are that you can comment as often as you like - you don't know how far we are from 3000! But each person is only eligible for one name drawing per DAY. That makes seven chances between now and next Friday.
Photos later in the week of what the other prizes are! YAY!
The center of these blocks makes me think of the SUN! We haven't seen much sun at all in SEVERAL days, so this has been a nice thing to think about as I make squares.
Everybody have a wonderful weekend! We're headed to the Y this morning. :)