Monday, September 26, 2016

Keeping Hydrated

I've been trying to get back in balance with my fitness habits lately. On Saturday I ran a 5K and came in 17th overall and 4th in my division (oh so close to that medal!). I've been trying to drink more water, too. I recently received a free sample of Nestle Splash flavored water in the Grape-Acai flavor to try. I'm not on this hipster wagon so I don't know what the heck Acai is but I do like the way the water tastes. It's a little artificial but it is a nice change from plain water all the time, and satisfies my flavored-beverage craving to keep me away from the SodaStream (which I also love).
I'm hoping to do another 5K soon... any other tips for helping me get back in shape? I'm always looking for good cross-training ideas for my non-running days.

(I received a sample of the Nestle Splash water for sampling purposes, but the opinions above are all my own.)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Shameless Self-Promotion Saturday

I'll be updating my etsy shop tonight at 8pm ET with some new goodies for the holidays and everyday. Here's a sneak peek:

Friday, October 25, 2013

FO Friday

It's FO Friday! I've had a busy few weeks here chez K8erpillar and I have three new FOs to share!

First, I finished another hat for the Podcaster Throwdown to benefit Halos of Hope. I had a lot of fun practicing my newly-acquired two-handed colorwork skills. As a bonus, I got to use some stash yarn that had been sitting unloved for over a year. The pattern is called Sheep & Wool Hat by Emily Spence.

Next, I finished another hat. This one is for me; the yarn was a birthday gift from my sister. It's made from one skein of a yarn called Bubbles by Knitting Fever, and the pattern is Expedition Hat by Maude L. Baril.

After all the mad hatting, I also managed to finish a pair of socks in honor of Socktober. These are made from Must Stash Yarn & Fiber Perfect Sock in the Tarts & Vicars colorway. I got this yarn in a shop update and I was so excited that it never even made it into my Ravelry stash - it went directly onto the needles!

I hope you had a great knitting week too. What's off your needles?

Friday, October 11, 2013

FO Friday!

It's my favorite day of the week: FO Friday!

I finished my first hat this week to go to the Halos of Hope Podcaster Throwdown! I plan to knit many more hats for this worthy cause over the next few months. What a great way to work through some stash and make a difference!

My other FO this week is a Halloween present for my mom. He's made from Jenna Krupar's Adopt a Blob Monster pattern. My dad has already dubbed him the "Triclops."

Here he is, hanging out with our other resident monsters!
What have you finished this week?

Friday, October 4, 2013

FO Friday!

I should sub-title this post "So Many FOs, So Little Time!"

It's been a while since I posted an FO Friday, so I have several things to share!

First, I have a pair of socks that I made for another Ravelry user as part of a swap. They are kid-sized to fit her young son, and made of Malabrigo Sock in a basic 2x2 rib pattern.

Next, I made a Bitty Bug Hat out of a lonely skein of Mochi Plus. I will say that I'm not the biggest fan of this pattern. It turns out nice, but I think it could be constructed in a more sensible way.

Last Monday I broke my foot at work, which obviously necessitated some knitted accessorizing. I used scraps leftover from previous projects, and a free pattern by Heather Jackson, and whipped up these:

And finally, I took a class last weekend on two-handed Fair Isle, and made this lovely hat:

All in all, I've been a very busy K8erpillar! What have you finished recently?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek of some of what's coming to my etsy shop in this week's update:

I'm hoping to have the update go live by noon Eastern on Tuesday 10/1 - stay tuned!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

FO Friday

Edit 8/31/13: I tried to post this last night but for some reason it didn't go through.

My Navona is finally finished! It is blocking as I type and I couldn't be happier. I was really relieved when I took it out of the water and found that it had relaxed a TON, just as the swatch did. I'm now totally confident that it will be the right size and fit comfortably without any aggressive stretching or pulling in the blocking.
It's still soaked, so I can't model for a photo, but here's a picture of it laid out to dry:
I am really looking forward to starting a new project. I think Color Affection is in my near future...