Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday and Croissants

 How is everyone today? It is a very pretty Sunday. A bit chilly, but I prefer that. This week I finished my bag for the CAL I was working on with my favorite group on Ravelry, Everything Zen. Come on by and check us out. Here is the bag.
I love this bag. I gave it to my friend Heather. She runs the daycare/preschool where I work. She is going to use it to carry supplies in for her 6 month old daughter. I am lucky, I work in the nursery and get to take care of that sweet little baby. I have to admit that by Friday afternoon, I am ready for the weekend, but I love taking care of the little babies. My partner, Ashleigh, and I take care of eight people under the age of 18 months. We spend a lot of time laughing. Ashleigh is also 7 months pregnant and soon we will have her little boy in there too. Yeah!
 I have also been working on a KAL/CAL project. The crochet part is all done.
I have never worked with sock yarn before. The crochet hook is 2.75 mm. I conquered that no problem. The knitting is not as easy. I was trying to pick the stitches when I decided it was time for a break and thought I would write my blog post. I got so frustrated I ended up using the crochet hook to pull the yarn through and then put it on the knitting needle. Have I mentioned I am not that experienced of a knitter. I do ok with heavier yarn and bigger needles. It is fun though and I am learning a lot. The name of this pattern is the Amiga Cowl. The bottom is pentagons that are crocheted. Then you pick up stitches around the neck and put a ribbed cowl neck on it. The pentagons are supposed to all be connected and then use circular needles to add the knit part. My good friend, Lisa, suggested using straight needles and attaching the pentagons to each other at the end. I think she is using straight needles too. This should be entertaining though, to follow my progress. I have nobody here to help me in person. My fellow Ravelry buddies have been emailing me like crazy with advice.
 This morning was spent baking. My usual Sunday routine. I made chocolate chip cookies and then I made these little guys.
My favorite pastry in the whole world is a chocolate croissant. Even though we live less than 20 miles from two of Iowa's larger cities, and there are plenty of bakeries in both of these cities, I haven't been able to get my hands on one for months. The Panera Bread in Coralville, where I usually get one if I am down there shopping, hasn't had them for ages. So, I decided it was high time I figured these things out. I will admit that I cheated. I am NOT going to try to make puff pastry. I bought the frozen kind and cut it into small squares and filled them with dark chocolate.
Can you say Yum! They are only about 2 inches long and I ate two. Which brings me to my next subject.
 I had my knee replaced last summer, as you know if you read my blog regularly. I did really well all summer and didn't gain any weight at all. Then, boom, I don't know what the heck happened. I was a size 12 or 14 depending on the brand of clothing. Now I am up to a 16.  I am so ashamed of myself. I probably wouldn't be quite so bothered but I lost 140 lbs. a few years ago and lately have been freaking out. I don't want to get back up to anywhere near my previous wt. I was 340 lbs. at my heaviest. I follow Lucy, In The Sky and she has recently started a weight loss program. I love her and her blog. She got me motivated. The chocolate croissants were my send off to sweets. I never really wanted my blog to be about my weight, but maybe it will help me be accountable. So I started walking to work and now I need to cut out the sweets and snacks and start an exercise program. Hopefully I won't bore anyone with talk of my diet and exercise, but I have to do something. It kind of stinks that I know how to make just about anything I crave. Lol.
 Lastly, I am getting ready to start  a couple of new projects. I will post about them later this week, I will also show progress on my knitting. And wt. program. Happy Earth Day! Talk to all of you soon. :)