I was at home ALL WEEK this week! I did not pack a suitcase, or get on an airplane. Not once :)
Which means, there was a whole lotta knitting and crocheting going on around here. I finished 3 freelance jobs for yarn companies, partially completed a magazine job, and dabbled in some other little projects. I also have been crocheting feverishly to keep up with my Petals Wrap Cardigan CAL, of "Crochet So Fine". Next week's CAL post will post on Monday. My first shipment of Wrapture arrived this week, and it's gone already. I am figuring out how much and what to order as I type this :)
I'm working on a new book, too. It's super secret, but very exciting nonetheless. This is a knit book, the first knit book I've made since A Knitting Wrapsody, and it has a reference library as well as a pattern collection. This theme I began with Seamless Crochet and carried through in The Finer Edge. I really enjoy making both sections blend together in a book.
Stitches East in Hartford, CT, is next week already! I leave on Thursday and will be debuting a BRAND NEW kit and pattern in the Fiesta booth that night for Student Preview. Throughout the weekend, I'll be alternating between teaching 4 classes and spending time in booth#711 Fiesta Yarn, signing books and promoting my wrapture yarn kits with their La Boheme yarn. It is GORGEOUS. Please come by and check it out! This is my last airplane travel work trip for 2012.
However, if you are going to be in the Sarasota, Florida area, SAVE THE DATE of December 8, 2012 for the Wrapture launch party at A Good Yarn, Sarasota FL. It's going to be so much fun! If you can make it, please come!!
On a personal note:
Anyone who has been reading my blog knows I've been passionate about fitness for the last few years. I trained for and ran a marathon at 37, was injured for 8 months, and changed my game plan to weight lifting by 38 with the goal of competing in a bikini competition after I turn 40 (a 2 year goal). As the 30th came and went a couple of days ago, it was a stark reminder that I am one month closer to my 40th birthday (2 months away now). I took my regular bikini progress photos and compared them to the ones I took 12 months ago. I wasn't overly impressed, although the progress is really good. So, I decided it is TIME TO STEP UP my plan to reach my goals by Nov 30. I pledged to increase my weight training from 3x week to 5x week and added cardio 5-6x week, plus situps 2x day. I'm up to 1 pound of raw kale a day and eating lean turkey and chicken and protein shakes alternating with the kale, plus drinking over a gallon of water a day. Note: this is a temporary program to get extreme results. I will go back to my healthy yet simpler routine soon :))
How do I eat 1 pound of kale a day? Well, I think it turns out to be around 12 heaping handfuls (cups). I add 5 handfuls to my blender with a few cups of water, a whole apple and 1 tablespoon of molasses. I drink that in the morning and make a second one in the afternoon (second serving of 5 handfuls). The remaining 2 handfuls of kale I steam in the microwave for about a minute and serve my protein (chicken breast or turkey muffins) over the bed of steamed kale. I usually add a tablespoon of some kind of sauce or seasoning. I am in love with Franks's Sweet Chili Sauce right now.
Part of me just wants to see if I can do this. It is extreme, scary, and hard but I believe that's what separates the men from the boys: its perfectly normal to be scared, but how you handle it is all that matters. I'm afraid of failing, afraid of succeeding, and afraid of the process. But the butterflies in my belly are fueling me because I know better than to let the fear control me. I figure if I can escape an abusive marriage, travel 8000 miles, with a baby, no money, and just the shirt on my back, and a dream of survival, I figure that was probably the worst fear to overcome. The rest of this will be easy peasy :)
This is definitely NOT the first time I've felt the fear and continued on my course anyway! And I'm sure you've done the same! Feel the fear and do it anyways :) Please leave a comment below and tell me about a time you felt the fear and overcame anyway. I'll be choosing a random winner on Monday.
Happy Weekend, everyone!