More Experiments In Colour

Since we spoke last week, I’ve been up to or rather, getting ready to get up to some more experiments in colour.  I had to totally frog my cousin’s blanket.  I made a mistake somewhere on the second repeat and in fixing that I found the yarn had looped in some crazy way in the 1st repeat.  That’s what I get for trying to work on it at midnight.  At some point I fixed the mistake but couldn’t work out what the heck happened to cause the looping.  So I frogged it all together and am going to restart it this week.  This time around, I’m going to stop when I feel tired instead of powering through because of some insane, self inflicted goal of finishing the project in a month.

I also fell off schedule with the Duotone Cowl.  I planned to finish the peach dominant repeats on Sunday but I went to brunch with my cousins and I’m okay with saying that I had such an amazing time I was too “noshed” to knit when I got home.  That’s what I get for having drinks on an empty stomach.  But not to worry, I didn’t do anything crazy … just felt super sleepy when I got home.  😀    I’ll be finishing those repeats this week and moving on to the magenta dominant ones.

In the meantime though, I’ve been working on the mini skeins below.  This Instagram posted pic had to be one of the most popular and most commented pics on my feed.  So many questions about what I’m going to do with them and comments about how patient I must be to actually wind all of these.  When I get phone calls about them from my non-knitting friends, I know I better say something.  😀

104 Minis

I’m not a patient woman, I’m really not, but I had to do these (they were fun to make; I blast through 55 one day).  These minis will be used to experiment more in colour.  That’s the literal truth.  I was gifted some acid dyes recently and I want to see how far I can go with my dyeing skill.  I don’t what’s going to come of it, but my consolation is that even if nothing does come of it I would have added another skill to my crafty repertoire and some awesome skeins to my stash.   Will keep you updated as I fall further down this rabbit hole.

For My Health

I’ve also been trying to experiment in colour with regards to my food.  Did you know that nutrition experts recommend that we experiment in colour so we can get the best of what real, unprocessed, nutritious foods have to offer?  For the past three days, I’ve been having my dinner earlier then making my last meal a juiced one based on color.   What’s shown is a juiced snack of lettuce, cucumber, celery and ginger.  My sleep patterns have improved so far and I’ve been falling asleep without having to drink a chamomile based tea.   Tonight I think I’m going to try carrots, red pepper and some ginger.  Wonder what colour the red and orange would come to?

Dress Shop of Dreams

A short social media break over Easter had me reading two books in five days and I realised how much I missed reading.  It’s great to be connected but I needed to cut back on the number of hours I was online and focus on other things I enjoy or need to be more productive at.  After reading the other books: Longbourn and Age of Innocence, I picked The Dress Shop of Dreams.  Can I be honest and say that I picked it because I love the colours and design of the cover?  Someone tell me I’m not the only one who does this?  I know I’m not?  😀

What have you been up to?  Have you been influenced by colour lately?  Share with me in your comments, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.

FFF: Fit, Fine, & Fabulous

When I started blogging, I actually had a blog with the same name as the title of this post.  I had just gotten the news that I was pre-diabetic.  I was more than 200lbs (although it didn’t show so much) and needed to lose weight.  Somewhere along the line, things got better health wise, I learned to knit, then my primary focus on health and fitness waned and moved to crafting.

But now my interest in blogging about health is back.  I’m just going to add those posts as part of the life tagline, but crafting  (not just yarn purchasing) will still be happening here.  😀

Last Sunday, I was awakened early in the morning (around 2 am) with the feeling like my scalp was on fire!  I tried to soothe it with tea tree oil but that just made it worse.  When I checked in my mirror, I realised I was having a psoriasis attack.  I haven’t had one of these in forever.  I’ve had minor outbreaks over the years, but the last time I really struggled with this was when I had thyroid cancer (2005).  I’m trusting that I’m fine now, but the experience reminded me that health is precious although sometimes precarious and it’s in my best interest to do what I can while I can.

I’d started reading this book Opal sent me a few weeks ago, this one I bought at a book fair a few years ago and also this one my mom gave me when I was going through that cancer situation.  The second book has a recipe for those suffering from psoriasis; my symptoms were so bad, I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.  I kid you not, as my body absorbed the juices, my scalp burning stopped — and did so for the rest of the week.  I had mild itching, but that ridiculous burning was no more.  I juiced the recipe a few more times during the week and by the end of the week, even the itching had subsided significantly.

There are times when conventional treatment is what we need, but I’m a firm believer in alternative treatment.  So with that, I begin my new fit, fine and fabulous journey.  The FFF posts will contain juicing and other recipes, fitness tips, budget fashion tips (cause we deserve to be fabulous no matter our size, health or income), health tips and DIY recipes related to body care and wellness.  At some point, I’ll post my before and after pics, but I will not be weighing myself.  I’m more interested in losing inches, counting nutrients over calories, losing body fat while building muscle over obsessing about the scale.

So to jump-start this effort, here’s something for you:

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I’d love to hear what you think about this new series on the blog so feel free to let me know in the comments.

Cheers to healthy living for all of us!   Let me know if you’re working on your own personal journey; there’s strength in numbers so we can all be each others’ cheerleaders. <3.