WIP Wednesday: Something New

I have something new to share today!  It’s small, just begun, but it’s new and I’m so happy about that.IMG_6924

This little guy is going to be a hat for my Grandpa.  This hat is currently my purse-knitting and the knitting that I work on while walking to and from my shifts at the cafe.  Easy peasy ribbing in the round on size US 10 needles.IMG_6926

What are you working on this week?

Healthy Habits | Drinking More Water

Part of my 2015 goal to take better care myself includes drinking more water.  I, like many folks, am pretty chronically dehydrated and the culprit is that I just don’t like the taste of water.

The subject of water-drinking came up at the cafe the other day and my coworkers and I had the usual conversion:

Those who like and drink water all the time: “How can you not like water?!”

Those who don’t: “I don’t know, it just tastes gross! I drink other things like tea and coffee, does that count?

Those who like and drink water all the time: “No, tea and coffee are diuretics! Those don’t count.”

Those who don’t:  a plethora of grumbles and excuses

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So that day one of my coworkers and I decided to be accountabilibuddies and help each other drink more water.  I did a bunch of online reading and research and we shared some links, turns out that tea and coffee do count toward water consumption, especially if you’re a regular consumer because your body develops a resistance to the diuretic properties of these drinks.

In my research I also came across a LOAD of articles that talked about the benefits of drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning and so I decided to try it out for myself.IMG_0492

I’ve definitely had to add a tiny bit of honey to the water because, as expected, lemon water by itself is pretty bitter and hard for me to drink straight.

I certainly like to add things to my water – cucumbers, lemon, ginger, fruit and other herbs.  I find that the extra flavor really helps me WANT to drink the stuff and it doesn’t hurt that it adds zero calories. I’m still only a few days into the experiment but I have noticed a few things:

  • I’m less hungry
  • I crave salt less (anyone who knows me knows that I love popcorn, crackers and all that salty, crunchy goodness so this is a big one)
  • I have more energy – mentally and physically
  • I don’t have to pee as much as I thought I would – “if I drank that much water I’d be in the bathroom all the time!” but nope, normal stuff here
  • It doesn’t seem like I have time to do anything BUT drink water, really!  Maybe that’s just a testament to how little I typically drink but still, it’s on my mind constantly!

Overall, I think it’s a good thing to focus on and I’m going to keep doing my best at it.

Are you a water drinker? Or a wish-I-could-be-a water drinker?

Looking Ahead to Spring – Some of My Faves (Part 1)

Even though it’s snowing outside today and we’re in the depths of January, the magazines are previewing their spring issues and I can’t help but look ahead!  Today we’ll just talk about one of them and why I find it especially appealing.

Interweave Knits Spring Issue looks like it’s going to be a good one.  Part of the fun for me, personally, looking through any of Interweave’s products (Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit.Purl, etc) is looking at the photos and trying to pick out where they were shot!  Living in the same state and having lived all over it (Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Loveland, Fort Collins, etc) means that I’ve been fortunate to visit a lot of different places.

(C) Interweave Knits

The story including the Timetable Pullover by Andrea Sanchez was shot in the newly-renovated Union Station in downtown Denver – a quick drive or lightrail ride from my house.  The setting and this sweater itself are beautiful.

© Interweave Knits

The story including Joan Forgione‘s Beech Leaf Shawl was shot in a pottery studio in Fort Collins called Smokestack Pottery.  This little space is so cute and fun to visit – I even have a few bowls made by the artists who work there in my collection!

© Interweave Knits

Seeing these gorgeous knits in settings that I myself have been in multiple times makes me smile.  They bring to mind happy memories with great folks.

That bowl in the background is from Smokestack, I find it makes a perfect yarn bowl!
That bowl in the background is from Smokestack, I find it makes a perfect yarn bowl!

Are you looking at spring patterns yet or do you prefer to remain in the current season?

Pints & Purls #38: DirtWolf Double IPA

This is the thirty-eighth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: DirtWolf Double IPA

Brewer: Victory

Malts: Imported two-row malts

Hops: Whole flower Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic

IBU:

ABV: 8.7%IMG_6746

Flavors: This is my kind of beer – floral and slightly sweet in that way only delicious IPA’s can be.  Full flavored with slightly assertive bits that pique your interest.

Knit Pairings:  Because this beer is full and ever-so-slightly assertive, I’d pair it with some knitting that is wholesome and comforting if slightly indulgent.

Notes:

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

WIP Wednesday: Slow but Steady Progress

I  haven’t had a lot of time to knit lately what with the new year, moving (again), catching a nasty cold and everything else life has thrown at me but I am trying to get a few dedicated minutes where I can.IMG_6638

I finished the first sleeve last week and immediately started the second.

My concern? Unless I packed away another skein of this Mrs. Crosby Plays in Squid Ink, I may run out of it and that would require some creative thinking about the neckline (and that’s assuming I have enough to finish the second sleeve in the first place).IMG_6644

What are you working on this week?  Feel free to share links in the comments!  I’ll try to get as many as I can 🙂

Squash for Happiness

Recently I was looking through some pictures I’d taken last year and the year before at around the same time of year and I noticed that in previous years, I’d done a lot more cooking and baking than I have this year.  This got me thinking – “Why wasn’t I doing that this year? What about the previous years facilitated so much more intensive food-making?”IMG_6625

Of course I came up with a bunch of quick excuse-answers – I had more time back then (fat chance, time is the same); I wasn’t as financially burdened (bullcrap, finances have next to nothing to do with it); I enjoy cooking for other people and lately I’ve been the only person around (a more reasonable answer but still can be fixed rather easily).IMG_6624

Cooking for other people is something that makes me happy, whipping up more than a simple, easy meal provides more satisfaction and, as I’ve mentioned here recently, this year I aim to take better care of myself and that includes my mental state.  If it makes me happy, I should do more of it.IMG_6628

The other week I bought a butternut squash, chopped it up, cooked it down, pureed the bits in my wonderful-totally-worth-every-penny food processor, and layered it up with some home-made sauces, easy bake noodles and delivered a lasagna to two very deserving people (three, including myself).  IMG_6632

What things do you find make you happy but are easy to neglect?