Friday, July 19, 2013

Unexpected Words of Wisdom

I'm starting my post a little different than usual today.  I've been on a healthy eating, weight loss journey for just about a year and a half.  Tuesday I needed to go for a weigh in and I was feeling a little concerned after being away for a few day over the July 4th holiday.  You know how it goes.....ate a few things I shouldn't have eaten, then a bit of a struggle to get back on track. 

Anyway....I was starting my day as usual, going through my emails, and found a new posting by Kate, aka Sparkle Tart.  I follow her blog and her post that day was called "Words of Wisdom - Comparison".  She is one of the art bloggers I follow and this post certainly hit a cord with me.

It was just what I needed to read (hear) to get myself back in perspective.  It made me stop being concerned about what the scales might reflect and look at all I have accomplished in this year and a half.

Her post is well worth reading if you have the time.  So often we short change ourselves on what we have accomplished and how far we have come on our personnel journey through life.

Just in case your wondering how that weigh in went.......I lost 2 lbs. That puts my total weight loss at 101 lbs....YAY!

Okay, on to what I've been creating this week.  My week has pretty much been filled with spinning for the Tour de Fleece with a little time carved out in my studio.

Tour de Fleece...... doesn't look like I've gotten much done this year.  You can just see my first skein in my basket, second is the brown alpaca/silk lace and last but not least, working on spinning 100% merino lace.  Hopefully I'll be able to get this merino done by the end of the tour.

Wow......I didn't have a clue how long it would take to spin lace.  It's going to be well worth the time and it was just what I wanted to try spinning this year.

I've been looking on Rav for a shawl pattern for my first multicolored skein.  I'm thinking of Hitchhicker, Vendanges or Dragonfly Wings.  Must admit, right now I'm leaning towards Vendanges.  Only time will tell which one I'll choose.  Not even thinking about what I'll make with the lace I've spun. 

I can't post any pics of my current art project....sigh.  It's going to be another present for my step daughters birthday in August.  Just remembered I haven't shared the first present I made for her earlier in the year....same reason!  I'll be sure to post pics after her birthday celebration.

That's it for me...hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  To everyone one out there who's participating in the Tour.....spin on, the finish line is almost in sight!

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!


  1. Thanks for sharing the reminder...I sure needed it. I started writing out when I accomplish something, then when I feel I am treading water I can read it.
    Love the colors of the lace, I can barely see the blues and greens in the basket.

    With All That I Am
    Carrie - The Handmade Homemaker

    Peeking at everyone on Fiber Arts Friday

    1. Better pics of that yarn are on my post from last Friday! It is a very colorful yarn.

  2. Gorgeous yarns! Yes, do the Verdanges, it looks very interesting.

  3. I am so in awe of what you have accomplished this last year. You are beautiful (always have been inside and out) and now you are at a healthy weight where you and Big Daddy can truly enjoy life. I love that you watch what you eat and you are sticking to your guns. You have come a long way, baby!

    My vote for the handspun is TGV

    My vote for your lace is...Dragonfly Wings.

  4. You've got loads done already! Especially you're doing lace weight, that takes ages! Agree with Andrea for Dragonfly Wings :0

  5. Sounds like you are doing an awesome job with the weight loss!
    Your spinning is so lovely. Of your three choices, I like the Dragonfly Wings. I think it would show off the laciness of your yarn best.

  6. It sounds like you have a lot to be proud of! Just remember how you would react to a similar situation in a friend's life...and be equally gentle and loving with yourself! XO-

  7. You are so right about taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. It's hard to see the progress when you're up close.

    Congratulations on 101 lbs. That is a testament to your determination and focus. I have a friend who is on a similar journey and right at the same milestone. It's been awesome to watch her journey and transformation. While she is not yet at her goal, she can not deny that she's an athlete now. I love that. :-)

    Look at all of that lace you've made... nearly 3 plied skeins... By comparison, I am maybe at one-half of one bobbin of one single of cotton... and it was started before the Tour started. ;-)