Hi everybody! Let's get the Weight Loss Challenge out of the way first. I will tell you that I was VERY excited to post about the Weight Loss Challenge.... until I got on the scale this morning.
We might have to get a new scale because I'm about to throw this hunk of junk out the window if it doesn't stop telling me LIES. LIES I tell ya. LIES.
I had a super awesome diet week. Every day was better than the last. I was drinking water. I was eating well. I was busy with the babies and didn't officially exercise all week but the pounds were falling off and the scale confirmed it every morning. Yesterday morning I was down to 205.5! YESSSSS! I was doing the "I LOVE EVERYTHING" dance! heh Church was great yesterday - Jeff stayed home from work and did so much with the babies - I took a nap - it was a really nice Mothers Day. Last night we had tacos for dinner... one of our favorite family meals. Jeff and I joke with each other that we both always GAIN a crazy amount of weight the next morning on the scale after we have tacos for dinner. Maybe that's because we're taco pigs? I don't know. Both of us were conservative with the tacos last night. I had five. I think he might have had only three.
This morning I was really looking forward to visiting the scale. As I stepped on the scale Jeff poked his head out of the shower curtain to see my reaction. I stepped on. Stepped off. Kicked the button again. Stepped on. He was holding his breath. Stepped off. On. Off. On. Off. I looked at him. I looked at the scale. I gained four pounds in a day. In a DAY. WHAT. IN. THE. WORLD???????
I said "I'm going to have to lie on the blog." He tried to be encouraging. I said "I'm giving up." He said no I wasn't giving up. I said again "I'm just going to lie on the blog. They won't know." He poked his head back inside the shower. Ugh. I can't lie on the blog.
So this morning I took the girls to the park after breakfast. We had a nice walk, a nice time playing. I'm drinking water. I'm eating smart. I'm not giving up. But I am disappointed. I'm nearly half way to my goal DATE but not half way to my goal WEIGHT. So I'm still in it. Just having to tell myself that it's not a good idea to do something terrible like eat a bunch of cookie dough or some other terrible diet busting thing like that.
Weight Loss Challenge (April 16 - June 15, 2007)
Beginning Weight: 213.5
Today's Weight: 209.5 (no change from last week)
Total Pounds Lost: 4.0
Pounds to go in short term goal: 16
Days remaining for short term goal: 32
Other participants in the Weight Loss Challenge are:
Please visit their blogs and give 'em a WAY TO GO! :)
So how was everyone's Mothers Day? Mine, as I have said a few times, was very nice. Quiet. Pretty weather. We planted some flowers outside. Jeff got me some flowers (I won't mention the candy for obvious reasons). I got to take a nap. Did I already say that? heh It's worth mentioning again. It was a nice day. Our finches have a 2nd egg in the nest.
Last night Benny came down after I thought he was in bed and said he felt badly that he didn't have a Mothers Day gift for me so he wrote me this poem.
A LOVING MOTHER: Mother's Day Acrostic Poem
by Benny, age 15, May 13, 2007
Always there when times are hard
Loves me whether near or far.
Open mind and soothing eyes
Valued over any prize.
Involved in everything I do,
Never hateful in any way.
God's greatest creation I ever knew.
Making it fun to live each day.
Only wish I could begin
To know the position that she's in.
Helping me grow up to be a man, in
Every way she possibly can.
Remember Mom, I love you and always will.
A very nice way to end the day. Benny gets his poetry talent from his dad. I'm so proud of all the kids. As the school year winds down they all three have all A's and B's. I don't think there will be much of anything else that could damage their grades at this point - they all had a little bit of a struggle with a few C's over the past six weeks and they all worked hard to overcome that. I'm very proud of how they have made friends and adjusted so well to the major life change of moving here to be with us.
In the Rebuilding Greensburg - Block by Block news.... things are starting to quiet down in my email in-box. I have received many many private emails of support, asking questions, stating that squares are being knit and several knitting groups are making it a group project. I'll tell a little more about some of those groups as their squares come in.
I have been giving a little thought to the size of this project and trying to decide where to go with it. Will we just let it be what it is? Yes, but now I think I want to set a goal. The project has grown to proportions I never imagined and hopefully is bigger than my greatest imagination. I have begun to wonder how many squares we will get - how many afghans will we make? Rather than leave it to fate, I want to set a goal for afghans. One afghan, if I make it 7x8 squares (56" x 64") will require 56 squares. Ten afghans will be 560 squares. Five hundred sixty. Is that a lot of squares? Yes. Is that more squares than I think will arrive? .... Knowing the power of the worldwide knitting community, No. Five hundred sixty is small compared to what I think is possible from knitters and crocheters out there. Setting a goal is supposed to be slightly uncomfortable. Supposed to stretch your limits. Make you wonder if you can reach it - am I right? So I decided to set a goal of 20 afghans. That is 1120 squares. I honestly hope that is a small number compared to what we will receive. I think the potential is much greater than 20 afghans. If the Red Scarf Project got 15,097 scarfs I honestly and truly believe that 1120 squares is a TINY number compared to what we can really do. Incidentally, 15,097 squares would make 269 afghans. Tell your Girl Scout troop. Tell your Sunday School class. Teach your kids to knit or crochet and have them make squares during summer break from school! Tell everyone you know that feels the smallest bit of compassion yet doesn't know how they can make a difference. This is a way to express in a tangible way to the people of Greensburg, Kansas that you care for them and send your best wishes for their successful recovery from this tragic event.
We have a few more FAQ's to add to the list so here they are. I will also add them to the original post about the afghan project so that new people clicking on that link will find the most current information available.
What if my square is not exactly eight inches - is that okay?
Don't worry - send it anyway! I have read many other afghan project organizers say that the squares they receive are all over the map in the size range. This looks like it will be a big project y'all!! That gives us the luxury to sort squares by size. If your square is 7" or 7.5" or 8.5" or whatever, it will be sorted with other squares the same size so that when it's time to seam we won't have to worry about stretching or pulling ones into submission to conform with a larger or smaller square next to it. Send what you have - we can use them all!
What needle size should I use?
Use a needle size that will give you a fairly dense fabric. With worsted weight yarn that will probably be US 6, 7, or 8. If your stitches are a little loose you could double the yarn or add something else as a carry-along to add a little bulk. Two strands of sock yarn = worsted weight in most cases. A sport or DK + one strand of sock yarn will work well too!
I don't knit but I do crochet. Will you accept 8" crochet squares?
How could I possibly say no?? Please yes - if you only crochet and would like to send a square we will LOVE to receive your square(s)! I have been contacted by several people who want to send crochet squares and it appears that we will probably have at least a few afghans made entirely of crochet squares!
Knit On!Crochet On!
Who will be seaming the squares into afghans?
Once we have received enough squares to sort into similar size categories I will begin seaming what we have and will also organize some of the ladies at our church to help with seaming as well. The Knitting in Public group in Wichita is full of awesome ladies who are enthusiastically supporting this project too!! Hooray! We plan to have a knit night for knitting squares some time in June and will have a seaming night (or two!) too for those that would like to help out.
How will you decide who gets the afghans when they're finished?
At this point I know that if the church plan works the way they hope, the family we adopt (as a church, not my husband and I adopting a Greensburg family!) will receive at least one afghan. Possibly a few small ones too if they have children. I also hope to give afghans to the famlies of those killed by the storms. I will learn more from the church and through the internet about agencies that are organizing support for the families of Greensburg and will contact those places to make arrangements for how the afghans will be distributed. One thing to remember is that we won't necessarily know who receives the afghans we make. The families in Greensburg deserve privacy and anonymity if they wish. Due to that fact we probably will not receive a list of family names, etc. Those lists will be organized and kept by official agencies like the Red Cross and United Way. The churches of Greensburg will also know what families will benefit the most from the things we can send. I will try to let you know more about these families as information is available but I don't expect to know too much about them myself.
How many afghans are you making?
Watch the sidebar on my blog to keep up with the number of squares received and what our goals are.
I finished my 3rd square and have started on number four. I'm also working diligently on the chemo cap that was to be Shedir but is now Odessa. Whew. I can't concentrate on the pattern well enough to make Shedir right now. I'm so glad I thought of Odessa because the pattern is looking very nice with this Silky Wool.
Tomorrow I'll be telling about some of the Greensburg storm survivors that you probably won't hear about on the news.
Have a FABULOUS week and send in a square for the Greensburg project if you can! I am excitedly anticipating a lot of squares! SOON! Yay!