Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Good Girl Complex

Aw, you guys, I loved all of your comments you left on the last post. I really did. A world of passion and creativity.

So, the news this week over at my house...I have had a paunch since the day I was born, literally. This has been a lifelong love hate relationship. Girls with flat tummies, 6 packs I tell you, saying, oh, how, they would love to have just have a little bit of baby fat. No matter how many dreadful sit-ups I have ever done have ever gotten rid of this little bit around my tummy. Well, I found out this week,at 30 years and 9 months, gravity has finally taken hold, I swear the paunch has drooped. I started rummaging through my drawers looking for those jeans that have the longer inseam or a camisole that is a little bit tighter to hold it all in. The jiggle. Then, came the hankering for the cherry coffee cake my mom made when I was growing up. I don't know about other parts of the country, but in the Midwest, we take coffee cake pretty darn serious. Plus, I have a very serious sweet tooth. One that really doesn't take "No" very well. Dammit! I told myself this is the clearly the wrong time to want such a thing. Well, I went ahead and made it anyway. That cake came out of the oven, Adrienne was at work, and I went downhill fast (well, it depends how you look at it really, I could say I went uphill, I was pretty happy eating it). I digress. Here is the dent I made in the cake.

I have been binge knitting. The kind of knitting where I don't leave the house. Not even to replenish my favorite cereal. I remember last year at this time I was in a knitting frenzy. Summer has always been a very expansive, creative time for me. I love all of those hours of sunlight. Do you find that there are times of the year when you create more?This is Wicked by Zephyr Girls. I am really enjoying knitting it. The pattern is written extremely well. I love the way they phrase their instructions.

Here is the Kusha Kusha Scarf, a Habu Kit. One strand of yarn is silk stainless steel. Too cool. I have always wanted to try this yarn. It adds a sculptural quality to the piece. The other strand of yarn is merino. Once complete, I will felt it. I have another Habu kit waiting in the wings. A sweater!

And, the finale for today: the Hanami. This is the first lace piece I ever wanted to knit. And, now I am! I love the pattern and I love the yarn. And the color of the yarn. I wish I could sit home for hours and knit this. Its the type of piece that as a good Catholic girl I would have to go to confession over -- to confess all of the bills I have blown off, all of the errands left incomplete, the dishes left unwashed, the dog left unwalked, the girlfriend left unkissed -- all while the yarn transforms from a ball to a stitch to a row to a pattern. The yarn I am using is a new product that I am offering. I call it Wool Silk Light Fingering Yarn. 65% Wool / 35% Tussah Silk.

Also, as promised, I uploaded the stock of our new Organic! Cotton spinning fiber. You can find it here. I really want to spend some time offering tutorials on the products that I carry. Hopefully, in the next couple months that will start.


the Lady said...

I have one word for you and your tummy woes: PILATES.

And if it ain't workin, you ain't doin it right. (that and you're probably eating too much crap:-)

Seriously though, pilates, every day or every other day 5 minutes to 20 - do it for a month and you should start seeing tone and less belly fat.

Nice Hanami! I love that pattern too. And don't feel so bad about the coffee cake, it really looks mostly there.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me? I have seen you in person a few times and have never noticed a "paunch." Who gives a rat's nether region if you have a little tummy? You are a lovely, kind person and that overshadows anything else! Also, the feeling you expressed in your previous post exactly mirror my own feelings about our current president and the state of affairs...

Sonya said...

Oh our funny body loves and laments. I'm trying to eat less sweet so I hear you, but oh I would sit down and make an even larger dent in that luscious coffee cake. And I am glad to hear I am not the only person who knits to the point of despair of all those around.

Bekky said...

yummy cake! - please share the receipe.

I'd rather have a tummy and be happy - diets make me miserable, plus a little extra plumpness fills out my wrinkles!

Marisol said...

Gosh all of these WIPs are beautiful! Particularly that Hanami stole! I can see why you are enamored of it:)

I am going to have to order some of that yarn soon! Is that the Peche color?