Sunday, October 20, 2013

giving up sugar ... and other decisions ;)

Hmm, this week seems to be my week of decision-making!  Yes, I have decided to quit sugar ... eeep!

Anita's mum was telling us about how she was quitting sugar following recipes from I Quit Sugar - when we were looking at it, we decided that we'd give it a go too!  The questions they ask you in the book to check whether you are addicted to sugar are:
  • Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon?
  • Do you need something sweet after meals?
  • Does your stomach get bloated after eating?
  • Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away?
  • Are you 'podgy' around the middle, perhaps even slim everywhere else?
  • Do you often feel unclear?  That you're not always sharp and on-form?
Most people who consider themselves as having 'healthy' diets are actually consuming around 25-30 teaspoons of sugar per day without realising it (check labels of everyday foods such as cereals, sauces, etc.), whereas we are really supposed to be having 9-10 teaspoons.

Strangely, we have not been finding Week 1 as difficult as we thought it would be.  Our diets utilise a lot of unprocessed foods as it is, there have just been a few tweaks ... for example, we do go out to dinner once per week - but for the next couple of months no pizza or pasta (hidden sugar!), instead choosing fish & chips.  Yoghurt is now only natural yoghurt, unfortunately not even honey can be added for the first couple of months, or fruit.  The first 8 weeks is completely fructose-free, then the healthy sugars can be slowly added back in after that.

We're going to Robe for a few days in November, so there may be a bit of a blow-out - but we'll do the best we can!  Anyway, if you're intrigued there are plenty of recipes on the I Quit Sugar blog ;)

And this is what else I've been working on ... I have given myself the task of weaving samples of my 5 main patterns in as many different colours as I can so I can create a listing for my Etsy and Storenvy shops - customers can then choose their pattern, choose the colour, and choose the length so I can weave to order.  I will also have 'ready to ship' items on the sites too.

Last week I finished a couple of 'Peacock' samples:

And this weekend I started the 'Baroque' design:

My 'to do list':

A few small needlepoint kits to make up on the bottom of my blackboard too ... and on that note, I've decided not to make my cross stitch designs available as full kits once they have sold.  It's too expensive, there is not much profit, and the Australian Tapestry Workshop have changed the structure of their wool - great for tapestry, but not as easy to cross stitch with.  I really think that my handwoven infinity scarves are the way forward with my business - I will still have my cross stitch designs available as PDF patterns though ;)

Phew, that's it for my round-up of my decision-making week!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

vintage knitting pattern: 'candy stripes in the news'

'Nothing so gay, says Paris, nothing quite so refreshingly young!'

This is from my favourite knitting book - The Lux Book 1939', found for a dollar or two in an antique shop many many years ago ;)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

old pics

I've been looking through some old pics and posting them on my Instagram ... but I thought I'd also share them here ;)

I don't have many old pictures, since I haven't seen my parents for years, and didn't used to take pics before the digital camera age (I was quite clever at disappearing as soon as a camera came out!).  So the few I have are quite precious ;)

Unknown age - but it must be the 70s, look at that outfit!

High school, around the late 80s - I was a highly unpopular kid, obsessed with art and old movies (so not *that* much different from now!), and spent my high school years running away from bullies - literally!  I used to sleep with rollers in to get these waves - looked great with red lipstick!

And finally, aged about 17 years old - just finished high school, about to start art school.  That was a great year ;)

I loved my safety pin vest, ha!!