Not sure why I stopped doing my week in reviews, except maybe a ramped up travel schedule took things out of perspective.
Anyway, if you want to read about my August whirlwind of traveling, take a look at the last 3 blog posts. Here are the links:
So, back to THIS WEEK's week in review! I have a few new patterns published in my Craftsy store since the last time I blogged, so I'll just give you a link to the store. There are several jewelry patterns for only $0.99 and several new shawl patterns, some knit and some crochet, for only $3.99. As always, the patterns are PDF files and INSTANT downloads! Marilyn on Sunset Knit Shawl, Dressed to the Nines Knit or Crochet Wrap, Vermeil Crochet Wire Earrings, Tunisian Crochet Wire Bracelet, and many more!
I have also ramped up my YouTube Channel with TONS of new videos. You can watch any of them following the link below, or subscribe to my YouTube Channel while you are there so you always know when I have a new video uploaded.
I'm working on several projects, including step outs for going to Cleveland, OH next week and taping the next season of Knitting Daily TV. I'm almost finished with the step outs, which means it's time to prepare 13 outfits for 3 days of taping.
New magazine and yarn company free lance jobs are in the works, too. I have a few proposals sketched, swatched and emailed. And a few big boxes of yarn arrived for some projects that are further along the line. I finished a cute project for I Love Yarn Day. It's a pillow case, which means I need to drive to the store to buy an appropriately sized pillow form. Wish I had a stash of everything I ever needed for a project here in my office. Ya, right.
Speaking of stashes, I'm also working on some fun campaigns for when Wrapture begins shipping in the next week or so! I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this! I hired my first part-time employee this month, my sister Trina. She went through my entire stash of yarn and compiled 5 RUBBERMAID TUBS worth of yarn to give away in contests!! Over the years, if there was 1 or more balls or skeins remaining after a job, I kept them. My sister and I went through many, many bins to figure out what needed to be thrown out, donated and put aside for giveways. The contests will begin later in the month, and each winner will receive a padded envelope of yarn with a sample of Wrapture. I'm so excited to share this yarn with people.
Can't do a week in review without adding my old favorite sub-chapters of the other things I'm up to besides knitting and crochet. Here we go:
On the menu:
I have been on a serious healthy kick lately but you've still got to make it tasty, so here are some of the things I came up with this week:
Prime Rib (ok a girl's gotta have her red meat fix once in a while) marinated in garlic & onion and cooked at 350 for 16 min per pound for a pink medium center; roasted sweet potatoes; Israeli Greek Salad (chopped tomato & cucumber with shredded feta); corn on the cob; chocolate chip cookies (cuz not everyone I cook for is on as serious a diet as I am!)
Roasted chicken breast (skinless on the bone) dry rubbed in middle eastern spices (cumin, coriander, cinnamon, salt, garlic, onion) then cooked in the oven at 400 for an hour and brushed with bbq sauce at the end; steamed broccoli; left over sweet potatoes; sliced peaches.
Left over roasted chicken breast sliced over baby kale salad (baby kale is new in my grocery stores and ROCKS!!!) with homemade dressing: lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper & pinch of nonfat greek yogurt.
Eggwhite frittata with nonfat cottage cheese, collard greens, broccoli, buffalo wing sauce (25 calories per TBSP) and laughing cow LIGHT swiss cheese (35 calories per wedge).
Turkey Muffins with shredded carrot, onion, oatmeal, egg whites sweet chili sauce (35 calories per TBSP) salt & pepper. Fill muffin tin and cook at 350 for an hour. These are AMAZING. I eat them over salad, as a meat at dinner or an anytime snack. LOVE them. Must give credit to the owner of my gym for the suggestion!
"Keep your grind right and it will keep your mind right." ~ Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom on twitter)
"Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm." ~ Publilius Syrus
"Always do what you're afraid to do." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Our life is what our thoughts make it." ~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
"No one makes you feel anything. It is how you react and respond that determines your emotions." ~ Brian Tracy
"Gratitude is the memory of the heart." ~ French Proverb
Weekly Workout Inspiration:
A good friend asked me if I knew what freestyle music was this week. I had no clue so I googled it, of course! Only to find out I LOVE freestyle music! It was the genre of music I LOVED growing up and had often wondered about it as an adult but didn't know how to describe it or find it again. Needless to say, I've been listening to it all week. Here is a link to listen to a free internet radio station of Freestyle music out of NYC: http://www.live365.com/genres/freestyle
I still go to the gym to lift weights 3x a week and I believe I am making progress :) Every now and then I see a new muscle emerging and it thrills me. I have realized that I could probably speed up the process if I lost a little more fat, so I have upped my cardio this week.
I am doing sprint intervals with walking in my neighborhood. I described it to a non-sprinting friend the other day as follows: "I run like someone is chasing me with a knife for 30 seconds, then walk briskly for 1 minute. Then I repeat both 10 times or more." LOL My neighbors MUST think I'm nuts. Good thing I don't care ;)
My trainer suggested that due to the fact my job is pretty sedentary, I should think of ways to raise my metabolism throughout the day. So we came up with an idea that every hour on the hour I will walk outside my door, run up and down my stairs 3 times, then go back to work. It takes no more than 3 minutes, but elevates my heart. I will keep you posted if I think this helps. Reminds me that I STILL want to come up with exercises to do while we are knitting and crocheting. LOL It's on that very long list of crazy ideas of mine ;) Please notice my plants in this photo: a Vanda Orchid at the top of the landing, a gardenia and vining jasmine at the base of the stairs. Thanks :) I'm quite proud of them.
Please leave a comment below and I will randomly choose winners on Monday. Are there any things you do that could make your neighbors think you're nuts? Shoot, just the fact we knit and crochet in our yards might even suffice! LOL If you think of something, share it in your comment! The prize winners will be announced on Monday. It could be patterns, books, yarn, Wrapture, who knows! But you've got to leave a comment to find out ;)