Hi Everybody!! It's the last Monday before Estes! That means it's time to give my final Weight Loss Challenge report. My original goal was to lose 20 pounds. I have lost 2 pounds. Bleh. I'm still trying to have the right mindset but it takes self control, of which I apparently have little, and a degree of organization. About the only organized thing AROUND here is the Afghan Project. The Weight Loss is going to happen but when..... I'd like to know when it's going to click for me. Jeff is being very supportive - yep - he's lost... oh, at least 10 pounds since I started the WLC. Yay for you honey! Oh, I'm always just thrilled for him when he does the weight loss dance every morning for the past WEEK after getting off the scale. ha I usually groan and get back under the covers and wish I could lose weight in my sleep. Maybe that's the problem.... I'm not following Susie's advice - I'm not going to bed before midnight. Why can't I just do the water and get enough sleep? That would make a big difference right there. Maybe I need make a chart to be sure I've had all my water and set a timer that takes the knitting needles or spindle and wool out of my hands at midnight? Hmmmm......
On to the Daily Square Report!!
Counting the squares I received from the ladies at World Wide Knit In Public Day on Saturday (fun but I didn't get to stay long), we are adding 71 squares and 35 cloths to the count today! WooHoo!!! That brings the total received to 988 and still need 1252 to make 40 afghans! From the emails and notes in packages that I've received, I have a feeling we'll make that goal. I'm really excited to see the mail every day!! SO many people tuck a note into their package that says they're still knitting away and several have sent emails stating that they are knitting until August 1st and then sending one BIG package at that time! Wow - won't August be AMAZING!?
I'm practicing with the new camera so please bear with me if the pictures aren't up to the standard you're accustomed to. It took a lot of time getting to know my old camera before it took good pictures for me. Hopefully the learning curve will be shorter with this one.
Today's squares came from the following people:
Melissa - North Mankato, MN (this is her 2nd package because after sending her first package and seeing the daily updates and photos she couldn't resist making MORE! YAY!!)
Sherry - West Roxbury, MA (under the supervision of her 2 dogs and 3 cats!)
Debra - Kansas City, KS (2nd package!)
Cindy - Wauconda, IL
Gwen and Dawn - Wichita, KS (a few of my KIP ladies!)
Dana - Winona, MN (the one millionth package she's sent!)
Barbara - Jaffrey, NH
Kriss Goerts - Winona, MN (Love's Many Cloths)
Mlarie - Jacksonville, FL
Pat and Barbara - Houston, TX (sisters knitting together for Greensburg! YAY!)
Lisa - Middletown, RI
Maurine - Troy, MI (2nd package? going on memory with this one)
Ruth - El Dorado, KS
The babies and I visited 92yo Ruth here in town this morning to pick up a few squares and leave off a simple crochet block pattern made from the center out. She wanted something that works up with less holes than a Granny Square but she had to have a pattern but didn't want anything complicated - no color changes - needs to be in big print. I said okay, I'd bring a pattern by Monday morning, so I wrote it up yesterday, made the square last night, made SURE it was 8 inches, and took it over this morning.
I showed her the square and she said "well, I don't need a pattern for THAT!" heh Ohhhhhkay 92yo Ruth. She did have two bias garter knit squares finished already though! I'm sure I'll be back over there in a few days to pick up more squares. She loved visiting with the babies and they seemed to enjoy her more than the usual stranger, letting her hug and squeeze and smooch on them as if they knew her forever. After getting the royal treatment from Emeline and Lila Pearl I'm sure 92yo Ruth will find plenty of reasons for us to visit. :) We went to the church and picked up the afghan mail and Emeline was sure to tell Miss Chris that we had been to visit Ruth (Mrs. ____ to Emeline).
We had a nice evening and enjoyed a little walk before dinner. We were planning to make dinner when we got home but once our walk began Emeline decided there was a different plan for us. She directed us to walk all the way back to.... Susie's Chili Parlor where she had her birthday lunch! After walking back home we took the girls to get new summer sandals and then home again to tuck them in bed. It was a busy day!
Tomorrow I'll try to have pictures of my spinning for the Spun Stitches KAL. Oh I'm having a lot of fun with my spinning for this project. As I mentioned before, I'm blending a few fibers that people have gifted me. They'll come out in a stripey way when knit up. I also remembered that I have some exotic fibers that I received from my friend last fall when she gifted the stroller to us because she had won this fiber in a contest but she doesn't spin and... you know.... I do! Friends are so awesome! heh Anyway, I'm incorporating some of those exotic fibers into this shawl as well. Photos of all that tomorrow and I'll tell what shawl I'm hoping to knit as well. I think with this one I'll actually have to SWATCH! Can you imagine?
Have a great night and I'll probably be back with a late'ish post again tomorrow for a square update! :)