December Goals

I think it’s really important to set goals each month. So here are mine!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment and tell me yours!

Crafting Goals

  1. Finish these socks
  2. Purchase the yarn for my husband’s hat, I am thinking of making this one, though obviously in less girly colors.
  3. Post at least 5 updates here related to crafting specifically.
Medical School
  1. Get an 85% or higher on all 6 exams between December 9th and December 13th: ECR, Histology, Physiology, Anatomy, Embryology, Genetics
  2. Go to Anatomy labs prepared for the remainder of December
  3. Enjoy a few days medical school free of my winter break (before I have to begin prepping for the exams we have the week we return)

Fitness & Health Goals

  1. Workout 5 days a week starting today, December 5th
  2. Drink Shakeology 5 days a week
  3. Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night
  4. Reduce candy intake to no more than 720 calories a week (or roughly 120 calories a day, for 6 days)
  5. Post at least 21 updates to my health and fitness blog.
Other
  1. Read a particular book that I promised my husband I would read
  2. Set up another meeting with our schools counselor (ie – try to regain my sanity)
  3. Help my husband finish his last three PhD applications
  4. Smile a LOT!

What are your goals for December? Share them here or link me to your blog!

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Update on Knitting Two Socks at the Same Time

A long long time ago, I began some really awesome socks with some really pretty yarn.

I even posted a picture of the yarn and found a video about how to knit two socks at the same time.

But it took me quite a few tries to really figure out the technique and thus I had to keep restarting them. And then I found I got into med school, and there was finishing up my job, moving, traveling, etc and they got kind of lost for awhile. Not to mention I started that baby blanket for my nephew and that had to take priority in what little knitting time I did have.

So after months of no progress – I began again. I relearned the technique and got a serious start on the project. My socks are just over 1.5 inches, I have completed the cuffs, and officially done one row of the actual sock pattern (you will have to stay tuned for further updates to actual see the pattern of the body of the socks).

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What do you think? Have you ever knitted socks? What was your favorite pair?

If you are looking to learn, make sure to browse youtube, they have all kinds of helpful videos on how to knit. I would suggest you start with a scarf though, rather than socks. And feel free to ask me questions along the way if you get stuck!

Knitting 2 socks at the same time!

I am learning to knit two socks at the same time on 2 sets of circular needles size 1.

  • First, I have never knitted a sock on circular needles.
  • Second, I have never knitted two socks at the same time
  • Third, I have never knitted ANYTHING on size 1 needles – they are SO small
I am very excited about this project! Here is what they yarn looks like – I really love the colors. It is a mix of purples and blues and even a few streaks of white and maroon

As of right now – I have only one row knitted – it took me a big to get things correctly casted on so that everything lined up like it is in the video, but now I have it! I am really looking forward to trying more tonight. The end where my cast-ons were split (ie not the side with the yarn) are a little loose – I am hoping I can tighten it up in a row or two – or I might have to start over.

To learn this technique – I searched the internet/ for helpful videos. You know, everything I know about crochet I learned from the internet, and a huge bit of that I learned from youtube. As knitting is more popular than crochet, it surprises me how few useful videos there are on knitting. Or maybe it is because there are so many more videos of knitting you have to sort through a lot of crap. It took me a bit to find this video – so I definitely want to share it with people interested in learning this technique!
Wish me luck!~


Have you ever knitted socks? Which ones are your favorite? share your patterns, pictures, blog posts here!


Arts and Crafts for Donation

One of my good friends, Jess, is an absolute genius. – She has created a space for us to auction off arts and craft pieces, with all the proceeds going to charity.

Jess was inspired by an online bake sale for disaster relief in Japan where they raised over $3700 for this in just 2 days of bidding.

The idea here is that we can have a craft/homemade online sale. People donate their own crafted/homemade items and then we start a bidding for each item at a certain amount and let people bid on them and then all the proceeds go to a charity of our choosing (well probably a charity of Jess’s choosing since she it was her idea, but I promise she always supports good groups).

Anyways, although it wouldnt be till the fall you might have to start making things this summer and we just want a feel for how many people would participate. I know a lot of crafty type people stumble across this blog so I want to make sure to catch your attention!

You can paint, knit, draw, make pottery, sew whatever you want to contribute.

If you are interested in donating ITEMS – please do three things:

1. Like our facebook page – this is where the actual auction will take place. We will also post updates concerning times and charities.
2. Post on the facebook page how many items, and of what variety you would like to contribute. You will have to determine shipping costs and a starting bid, but that can come later.
3. Share the facebook page on your wall to get your friends and family involved!

If you are interested in bidding– please do two things:

1. Like our facebook page so that you can keep up with announcements and make sure to get your bids in

2. Share the facebook page on your wall to get your friends and family involved!

Knitting Washclothes Using Knitting for Color Techniques book


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If you recall, I am a member of the Forefront Stitchers at the University of Chicago. It is a group,composed entirely of hospital staff and faculty, that craft things for donation both in and out of the hospital. I made a few scarves for donation several months back. And now we are making wash clothes which will go to a women’s shelter in south chicago in may. So far I have made 3 wash clothes using my color techniques books and 1 washcloth using a pattern from ravelry. The book,  The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques (here at amazon), was a birthday gift from my aunt. Look at the cool things I’ve made!

I will write a separate post about the ravelry pattern, but here are my thoughts (and close ups) of the other three.

First, we have the “Waffle Check” technique, which creates little boxes (kinda triangular looking in person) of color throughout. This was by far the easiest of the three. It consists of knit and slip stitches only.

This next one is my favorite of the three. I just really like the way the ridges look. Don’t worry, it is super soft, so it still works as a great wash cloth. It reminds me of candy, and I love candy. The name of this color technique is “Twisted Ladder” and it is slightly more complicated than the “Waffle Check” because of the “twist.” The twist itself consists of knitting into the second stitch on the needle then back through the first stitch. Otherwise, this conists of knitting, purling, and slipping.

Finally, we have the “Dip Stitch Stripes” color technique. This one is both my husband and brothers favorite of the three, though it is probably my least favorite. Perhaps because it was kinda a pain. When I say this looks NOTHING like it does in the book, I mean it looks NOTHING like it does in the book. You really have to make the stiches that pull through a previous row VERY loose so as not to get clumps in your final piece. I still got clumps :/

Which one is your favorite?

My Birthday gift – a sewing class!

So of course, as my birthday was February 27th, this is long overdue. But as a gift from my parents, they enrolled me a local sewing class. Can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about it. At this point I am three weeks in. The first week was just a long discussion about what supplies we need and what each of the supplies are for (I had never heard of half of them) and then of course we learned about things like darts and yolks.

The final goal of the class is to successfully create a skirt. Here is a picture of my fabric hanging up to dry on our towel racks (yay for walmarts over the door towel racks)

The front colorful fabric is made of Rayon and will be the skirt. The back solid pink fabric will be the lining for the skirt. we didn’t have to do lining, but I figured that if I was gonna learn, I should take the time to learn everything.

As it turns out, I wasn’t supposed to use rayon. Our teacher gave us a list of acceptable fabrics, one of which was rayon linen, which is evidently a much stiffer fabric. Needless to say, pinning the pattern pieces to this fabric was a royal pain. But I never have made learning easy on myself. When I learned to crochet I started with a purse, and when I learned to knit, I started with a sock, so it stands to reason that my first sewing project should be with Rayon. More to come as class progresses!

Half way through the month – a review of my February Resolutions

On January 31st, I made a list of things I hoped to accomplish February. Now that the month is half way over, I’d like to revisit that list and see how I am doing.

Crafts
  1. Complete the baby blanket started for donation back in November before Valentine’s day – NOT DONE YET-GASP
  2. Finish at least 1 of the two bridesmaid scarves by January 12th, in hopes my friend Jen can teach me how to block it – nope 😦
  3. Make my make-up roll! – STARTED! WOOHOO

Writing

  1. Write in this blog (cleverknots.wordpress.com) every single day – no exceptions – I missed 1 day, the day was just suddenly over and I didn’t even realize I had missed a day till a few days later.
  2. Submit 1 ezine article per a week – two submitted – 1 published, 1 in process
  3. Write a minimum of 6 articles a week on homemadefit.com as follows: 1 exercise, 2 woman’s heath, 2 nutrition, 1 lifestyle – 6 articles were successfully published each of the first two weeks of february, though not necessary in these categories – I will have to keep these in mind for the last two weeks.
  4. Write and publish 2 patterns this month: 1 scarf, 1 other – Make up roll and the Winter Diamond Scarf – both in progress
  5. Write and distribute a newsletter every other week to all of the people I coach on beachbody! (sign up is free – just click here ) CHECK! 🙂
Health
  1. Continue to follow the Turbo Fire workout schedule explicitly – working out 6 days a week – I didn’t quite hit 6 days the second week because I was sick :/ – only got 4 days
  2. Goal: graduate from light to medium resistance bands for use in Turbo FireI use the medium for some things
  3. Reduce amount of candy consumption to five days a week or less – check!
  4. Cook dinner from scratch a minimum of 4 days a week – nope 😦
  5. Continue to eat at least 3 servings of vegetables a dayabsolutely!