Monday, January 4, 2010

2010's FO #1

Not only do I have a finished object before week 1 of 2010 is over, but I learned some new skills in the process. I learned how to knit in the round, decrease, and use DPNs. I feel like I've achieved a gold medal in the knitting Olympics.

(Its my own personal Olympics, no competitors and no standards, so this is clearly why I won the gold).

Heddy, the mannequin basking in the morning sun.

Granted, my decreases were a smidge off, making the pattern get all funky on top (nothing a giant pom pom can't cover) and using the DPNs was not particularly pleasant.

I'm generally a clumsy person and have mostly learned to become one with my clumsy nature, but the DPNs made me feel clumsier than usual. I guess its just a matter of practice, practice, practice. I'm hoping DPNs will fare better than my flute with this theory.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this hat at first, since it was made strictly to practice. The millisecond I'd finished weaving in the last strand, Pi ran down the steps, grabbed the hat and tried it on. When she saw it was a perfect fit, she declared that none of her hats fit right, so she needed to keep this one. Problem solved.
In other news, I've also won the Overeating During the Holidays gold medal. The difference with this Olympics is that there were other competitors and I beat them all by a mile!
We've been cooking (and eating) and baking (and eating) like mad people since my birthday. I tried to get into my jeans last week and when they got stuck around my hips, I put them away and found comfort in a pair of yoga pants. All week, I should add. I wore them and washed them, over and over and over.
I'm going to publicly own up to this now, sucky as it is. Remember how I lost 21 pounds in early 2009? I weighed myself and have gained back 18 of those 21 pounds! Ten of those pounds have been since November.
So, I'm going to start the new year off correctly. I'm going to try to eat smaller portions and avoid baking for awhile. Pi also got the EA Sports fitness game for the Wii, so we're going to try that as a family.
My goal is a simple one: look and feel better on my 30th birthday than I did on my 29th. Lets hope I can do it!


kado! said...

beautiful job in the hat!!!!

...and those lbs have a way of sneaking back during the holidays...dang them! I love the Wii...except my favorite is bowling...i can get pretty competitive though!!!

Andrea Moberly said...

That hat looks great - you're getting so good at knitting! I'm proud of you for using DPNs... I'm definitely more of a cable needle gal. DPNs are way too slippery! I know what you mean about the holiday pounds. i've gained 6 in a month. My goal is to take them off in the next month! Good luck with your goal :)

Kristina P. said...

I think I could give you a run for your money on the weight gain. :)

Cute hat!

Ghost said...

Love the view from the top.

Cami said...

Wow that was fast. Congrats on your first finished project. I love the hat. I know what you mean about working with DPN's. They can be tricky and really awkward. But are they not just the funnest!

Bridget said...

I like the hat. I've been trying to teach myself how to use DPNs and have found it very frustrating. Did you use a book or anything to learn so fast?

Anonymous said...

Can you share the hat pattern?

Bezzie said...

Nice job on the hat! Much better decreasing than what I had on my first ribbed hat. Oh man that was awful.
Yeah, DPNs get easier as time goes on.

Caroline said...

The hat looks great! Dpn's do get easier! I'm watching what I eat too! I enjoyed(i.e ate) way too much during the last 2 weeks!

Laura said...

Wow, you always amaze me at how quickly you pick things up! Short rows, and now double-pointed needles?! I just got some more knitting needles for my birthday, includig some DPN's, but I haven't attempted a hat yet.

Laura said...

P.S. Don't beat yourself up about the weight gain - I wish I only needed to lose 21 pounds! : )

Beth Niquette said...

Of course you can do it! (grin) Lovely blog, by the way!

Mimi said...

You did very well on the hat, congrats!