Align mitts

Focusing on something other than itching, burning, and general discomfort is great pain therapy!

The Align Mitts are finished and on their way.

This was a fun pattern and used less than a ball of Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight yarn.  This Duchess Heather is a rich, royal heathery purple.  I probably used a bit more than half.  (I so need a scale!)

The finished mitts look rather nondescript until on the hand.  The ribbing adds a nice vertical detail. 

Since both mitts are the same (no difference between the left and right ones), it’s quite easy to get into the rhythm and finish them quickly.

The kindness of friends

I finished the Kindness shawl for my BFF and she should have it in her possession by now.

Before blocking…

During blocking…

Only three yards of yarn left after an extra repeat of the Horseshoe lace…

Final views…

Details on my Ravelry page.

Walking it off

My Fitbit* Flex is a few years old and was a great motivator to get up and walk. (This model is no longer available.)

After I retired (and had a change in some medication – meaning I had to change to a not-so-great insurance plan), I gained 20 pounds.  Happy?  Not in the least.

Anyway, I’ve been doing these “Workweek Hustle” events with some other Fitbit users.

These have really helped me get out of my favorite knitting chair and move.  I only know one of the people in this group but that really didn’t matter.  What did matter was that I was motivated again to do something about the extra pounds.

And last week I won! 

Big time won!  Personal best week!!

I just need to keep walking to reach my goal of losing ten pounds by July 4th.  The only downside to this fabulousness is not much knitting.  I haven’t figured out how to walk and knit at the same time without doing any damage to the knitting or myself.

*Not a paid product review.  Just my story and my own personally purchased Fitbit.

 

Another Kindness

My BFF picked out this Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Confetti colorway for a Kindness Shawl that I offered to knit for her.

The yarn arrived last week so I immediately wound it into a ball (no small feat as it soon became a huge tangled mess!) and cast on.

This is how the colors are progressing at Row 40.

I’ll switch to circular needles once the stitch count grows and won’t fit comfortably on the straight ones.

PS  The top-down-circular-yoke sweater is still in progress.  Finished the main body and picked up the sleeve stitches.  I never said I was a monogamous knitter.