Life, Death and Knit-Therapy

Well me dears it’s been dogs years since I’ve blogged, come in and sit please…My apologies for not getting back to crone dollmy routine after my return from England. There was a bit of drama you see…my Father died. Now I won’t profess to be some sort of ‘together’ hag…I wasn’t. I was devastated in fact…but we heal don’t we…it takes time and when the hurt isn’t so fresh happy, loving memories replace it.

I used knitting as a way to get through the days before and since my Father died…I couldn’t be with him. I live half a world away you see…my brother was with him, which offered him a great deal of comfort I’m certain.

Anyway, during my last conversation with my Father he’d asked me what I was knitting…so I thought it quite appropriate to use knitting and spinning to get myself through those long days of waiting for ‘the phone call’.

I have a bit to show you…so in honour of my Father so let’s get on with it.

 Off the Boil

Byrons Halloween SocksFirst things first….Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve knit up a pair of festive socks for Master Byron….I’ve used my skein of Yugen from Ethereal Fibers . I was quite pleased with these socks…they’re a simple vanilla top down with the afterthought heel which I simple adore…Byron is going to look SPOOK-TASTIC in these!

Next I finished up a simple hat and fingerless gloves the band has a twisted rib stitch and Fingerless Gloves and Hatthe fingerless gloves were quick – I knit these up with some Araucania Merino/Alpaca/Silk which was extremely lush to knit with…if you can find a skein of Aysen grab it quick!

I’ve also worked on some blocks for a lap quilt which I’m sure will take me ages to Quilt Squaresfinish…but I’ve had fun playing with different stitches and patterns in making them. Learning lots about the way I knit as well….

I’ve also done some sewing, I needed to start the project bags I’m sending to my sister for Christmas Project BagChristmas this year…so I ran a test – This bag is made out of some fat quarters I picked up whilst on holiday in England. I have plans to make a bag for myself as well as a bag to give away here, so stay tuned!

What’s New in the Cupboard?

A bit of stash enhancement to show – I won’t link to them….I’ll just drop the pictures in you can see what is what as the labels are still attached….each of these has already by earmarked for a project and it’s been duly noted…so I won’t forget.

Wendy Roam Fusion Mirasol Wachi pina cotton and silk King Cole Zig Zag Hot Socks Spectra Araucania Nuble

I’ll have more next week…when I’ll be kicking off the giveaway campaign for September, October, November and December….discussing my holiday and sharing photo’s…and book chit chatter…

Until then…keep well, safe and happy…Take care!

The Hag!

 

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Howling Winds, Razing Rows and Hat’s for Homeless

Who’s that knocking at my door????? Oh Hello! It’s you again….well please don’t stand crone dollthere in the sandstorm….come in out of that wind! That’s better…sit down…grab a cuppa, by now you have a favourite don’t you? It’s been a busy week here in the hovel…we hags do like to light a fire under our derrière’s now and again and oh man was mine hot this week! Where to start…hmmm…my cupboard is bare…but there were a few new needle quests begun and some brew’s Off the Boil… I’ve been busy this week loading the broom for our trip back to England. We’re taking lots of pressies home for the little ogre’s and hags and have a list of shops in England we’re visiting to get some pressies for ourselves. We also have some hats to send out to a member of the dancing geekDancing Geek Podcast Group. ‘wellwoman’ aka Isobel, who lives in Derbyshire, is collecting hats, mittens, gloves, scarves etc. for the homeless. So if you’re a knitter and on Ravelry please help her out….it’s a great cause and she’s an amazing person! If you’re not on Ravelry (shocked face!) please contact me here if you’d like to donate and I can put you in touch. It’s also been a wild and wooly week outside here in the desert! Wind kicking up so much sand that my balcony looks like a Cornwall beach! Well if you’re comfy now let’s move this palaver along! Podcast of the Week : What can I say about her….? She cracks me up! The dogs crack Tilly Troutme up. Anyone who can get their dog to sing on a podcast deserves a shout out, right?!?! You know who I’m on about….it’s the Great and Wonderful TILLY TROUT! (cheers from the crowd, pennants flying, confetti falling) Not only can she knit and crochet but she gardens too! She’s introduced me to tea’s and infusions I wouldn’t have tried…Twining’s Buttermint…it’s sinfully good. Anyway Tilly Trout…thank you so much for a touch of home when we’re so far away! Mr Hag and I love you lots! Needle Quests There was a bit of frustration this week…as I magicked myself back into the Lace Silk Shawl, Lace Knit Shawl Do overwhich I hadn’t knit on for a week. Now my mistake wasn’t that I’d forgotten where I was exactly, I’d merely neglected to include the purl row on the wrong side. So I’d knit 4 rows of lace before I said outloud…’Ummm that doesn’t look right…!’ Well pickle my horny toads…Bad Bad Hag…So I razed all of the shawl (no life line, that’ll teach me) and began again…but with a lace weight wool. I’ve decided that this one will be knitted up for my MIL to take on her Majorcan holiday in October. I made a bit of progress on my Prohibition Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman. In fact I Progress Prohibition Shawl Sneaky Dfinished up the third ball of the Alaska so just one to go before I have to decide to continue with the pattern or design and middle insert myself…I started where you see the square ‘SneakyDragon Podcast’ pin and finished up the last 10 row’s with the previous ball. I’m still working on that crochet square’s blanket! Ho Hum…here’s the updated picture! IceCream Quilt as of July 8 Off the Boil Hat for KAL and stuffWell as I’d mentioned earlier in our chat, I’ve been knitting ‘Hats for the Homeless’ see the thread in the Dancing Geek Podcast group. This was my first hat for this charity and I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it! I’m also using this as an opportunity to reduce my stash. It’s for a great cause and it’s a win win for everyone involved! You know what? I think everyone should knit for a charity now and again…it’s good for the recipients and it’s good for your knitters soul! I’ve started another one today…in blue!   Well my little Ogre, Byron, was very happy to see his winter set finally completed…he sped around his lounge shouting ‘Yayeee!’ that sums up the response one can expect from a 4 year old…This was fun, for a few reasons…Byrons Set

  1. It was a knit for someone I love very much
  2. I dyed the wool to his spec’s
  3. I knit it with more enthusiasm than I’ve had for anything lately
  4. I was able to learn a new technique

Bless him, he’s my little motivator!   Literature Well tonight is the night I’ve been waiting for! I’ve not been able to read much each night as I’ve been wheel of timequite tired. However last night, the group had met the Green Man and are headed into the Eye of the World – This has been as wild a ride the second time as it was the first! Rand, Perrin, Mat, Egwene, Nynaeve, Lan and Moraine have had a new friend join them. Loial the Ogier – he’s a Tree Song Singer and Book Nerd wrapped into one! The last few chapters have seen the crew hiding from Fades and Trollocs; not to mention being captured by the White Cloaks. All of this in parallel with Perrin struggling to accept his true second nature… The first of many crucial battle’s with Ba’Alzamon are to be fought in the next few pages. So tonight I’m looking forward to a nice cup of tea on my nightstand and my book in my hand. God rest your soul Robert Jordan and thank you…   Health News Well my brother in law has had a quadruple bypass this week. You probably imagined an overweight stout man in his 60’s ? Eeeeeeeehhhh wrong! Ron is in his early 40’s and thin as a rail. So what caused the hardening in his arteries you asked…well lifestyle and genetics…Heart Healthy Cardiovascular disease runs in his family and he smokes, which obviously doesn’t help. But in Ron’s case there is a family history of this, in fact his Father underwent the same surgery for the same problem a decade ago and HE DOESN’T smoke. Doctors today can actually use a method called the ‘Framingham Score’ to determine one’s risk and what category a person may lie in. There is a much more detailed article on the AHA (American Heart Association Website) please follow the link. High cholesterol is one of the primary causes of heart disease. The CDC offers the following definition: Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver or consumed in certain foods. It is needed by the body, and the liver makes enough for the body’s needs. When there is too much cholesterol in the body—because of diet and the rate at which the cholesterol is processed—it is deposited in arteries, including those of the heart. This can lead to narrowing of the arteries, heart disease, and other complications. I guess what I’m trying to say is this:

  • If there’s a family history of cardio vascular disease get yourself check out
  • Watch your diet; I know it’s nearly impossible these days to avoid bad cholesterol but be concious of what you’re putting in your mouth.
  • Exercise is important…even my chubby little hag bum exercises each day…you can fit it in if you try.
  • Encourage friends and family to avoid cigarettes and alcohol….a glass of wine now and again can’t hurt but drinking daily is no way to stay healthy.

Well my pretty’s I must ask you to gather your knitting and leave me to my thoughts now. So until next week, keep well and happy! Yours in Wicked Stitches The Hag

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Hat’s, Hugs and The Long Walk…

Come in, come in! Welcome back to the Hag’s hovel…have a seat and take a load off….let’s have a quick natter…crone doll Let’s see…what do I have to share…hmmm…Well I can tell you about my Quests…and what I have taken Off the Boil.. There’s an old, new book to talk about and how hugging a hag or anyone else can help you tone up and drop a pound or two… It’s been a busy week here in the desert…visit’s to doctors, dentists and the British Embassy….packing and plans made for a trip to England too! So grab a cuppa and if you’re not too drowsy read on…

Podcast of the Week: Mister Hag turned me on to this podcast about a year ago now…it is by far THE best (non-knitting) podcast coming out of the enchanting land of SDCanada it’s the Sneaky Dragon Podcast! Ian Boothby and Dave Dedrick are wickedly whacky friends whose weekly conversations both endear and sometimes vex the listener! Ian Boothby is an accomplished stand up comedian and sketch writer for CBC radio and tv and Dave is a brilliant artist, who also happens to be an expert in everything Beatle’s…this is a MUST listen podcast! Check them out on iTunes, Twitter @sneakydragon, Facebook and YouTube

Off the Boil

It has been a busy week here in the hovel and I haven’t managed too muchAcorn by Dizzdemey with all of the non-hovel shenanigans but I have taken the acorn hat and a pair of mittens off the boil….I found the Acorn Hat by Dizzdemey a wickedly simple knit and the results are just as a 4 year old boy can expect from his old Cookie! (what my grandkids call me instead of Nanny or Grandma)

Continuing Needle Quests

My good intentions from last week have come to naught, no excuses but lots of reason’s…I have made some head way with two of my quests…

First there’s the Prohibition Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman. The shawl is lovely and warm and 33% complete….I’ve stalled as of two days ago as I am considering my options Prohibition Shawlfor the centre panel – I could go with a Celtic pattern and mattress stitch it in or I could continue with the pattern…I’ve given myself until Saturday to decide. The picture here on the right shows where I was last week, green marker at the top, and the bag is one of my own design, my messenger purple and teal fun!

I got busy in the waiting room at the dentist and doctors this week…There are six new Icecream Throwsquares to add to the Ice-Cream Afghan…these are quick and easy and give me a sense of accomplishment, when I really haven’t done a whole lot of work. I’m fussing over ways to put these together so if any of you have suggestions please speak up please.

Literature

I believe some of this man’s best work is written under the pen name Richard Bachman and if you’re a fan you’ll know I mean the infamous Stephen King. The book this week is ‘The Long Walk’, and it’s not for those of you with a weak stomach.  This book evokes the long walkfeeling’s of hatred, disgust and outright fear. One hundred boys sign up for a ‘voluntary walk’ and only one will finish. Once signed up there’s no backing out….the rules are simple you must keep walking. If you stop men start counting, three strikes and your…..well the consequences are, as you would expect from Bachman/King…brutal. I should add that The Long Walk was the first Bachman work which resulted in a few restless nights for me. However, the book is a gripping read… a real ‘edge of your seat’ page turner and the ending has such a twist it just might sprain your brain!

Healthy Hugs

Were you aware, on average, that the normal adult burns 10 calories a day hugging? It’s all true!two-friends-hugging-clipart-hug2 There are other benefit’s of hugging as well:

  • Muscle Toning – Arms, Shoulders, Chest and Back
  • Heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of the harmful stress hormone cortisol are reduced
  • Whether your hugged or are the hugger you feel less lonely and therefore happier!

So grab your kids, your spouse/partner, maybe even a total stranger and squeeze with all your might! They and you will feel all the better for it!

Right, I must get back to my hearth…some quests require more boiling time than others. So until next week, keep well and happy!

Yours in Wicked Stitches

The Hag

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Wonky Wednesday – BFL, Spin Me Right Round and Water Tracks

Welcome back to the hag’s hangout, come in come in…Pull up a stool…Grab a mug, readcrone doll the bits you like, and the snippets you don’t? Well sweep them under the rug there in the corner…

This week I (aka the Hag) have an eclectic mix of topics…Oh yes, yes….the knitting is there…we’ll have a peak in my little cupboard of matter to see the new wool, what needle quests I’ve begun in the past week and finally, what’s fully cooked and off the boil!?!?! Not a thing….but maybe next visit there will be something to gander at, eh?

I’ve also read your fortune’s this week and I see water in your future….clear, flavoured you choose, I’ll guide!

Podcaster of the Week – (cue drum roll…) It absolutely has to be ‘The Dancing Geek Podcast‘…hear me now James is back and in perfect form! I’ve missed this man more than dancing geekI can say…and I’m so happy to have him back in my lounge/his garden multi-cam or not! So a massive virtual hug to James and a resounding ‘Welcome Back Me Dears!’

Cupboard Matter, Needle Quests and What’s Off the Boil –

Cupboard Matter is in abundance this week my pretty’s! Let’s crow first about what’s been recently acquired from the lovely Kellee over at Ethereal Fibers. Ethereal YugenIt’s my Halloween Surprise! Logofile Series in the Yūgen Colorway…isn’t this wickedly delightful…it simply screams Trick or Treat….and with my needles it’s headed on a fingerless glove quest around the first of September – Frightful fun it will be! AND I love this so much that I’ve asked Kellee for some DK weight to knit up a jumper for my little ogre (aka Byron Reed…Grandson and fiercest champion of the Hag).

Let me see, let me see what’s next…Oh yes…more streaky goodness…on an impulse (which is better than having no pulse at all) I ebay’ed it….and what dreadfully good deals did I snatch up you ask?!?

First from Hedgerowyarns.co.uk this very autumnal 4 ply 75% Wool 25% polyamide and 1% Thanksgiving socks goodness for the man in my life…(You won’t see him…he hidesStash Enhancement HedgeHog in his man cave and comes out for holiday’s and furniture removals only). This wool and its needles will begin their quest at the end of September early October’ish? We’ll see….

Here we have some Dandy Spellcaster 4 ply fingering weight from Easyknits.co.uk. It’s their 100% Superwash BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) It’s pretty sturdy stuff and I’m going to put it to the test, Easyknits Stash Enhancementknitting up some socks for my grandson’s Byron, Riley and Jackson…let’s see how it stands up eh? Those boys certainly know how to kick it up! I’ll report back as soon as they’ve had a month on the feet of those little ogres!

Eeee gads! There’s another…..Some brilliant woodsy green Stash Enhancement Artisan YarnsArtisan plant dyed – it’s 100 grams/400 metres of lovely heel, toe and stripe for the sock and fingerless gloves quests using the beguiling Hedgerow and Tricksy Treat Yūgen wool’s…

Needle Quests

Hold on to your hats kids….I’ve been a quest freak this week! I don’t know where to begin…(at the beginning silly hag!)…oh yes, yes…right then…

First….my take on the Prohibition Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Every hag needs a shawl right? (Or maybe two if you keep reading)…I started this shawl a week or two ago…I loved the pattern but not the size of the shawl…so for this one I’m knitting by Prohibition Shawl Alaskaball’s…(Mr. Hag thought this was an odd way to do things until I explained) I’ve got 12 balls of Alaska, in the denim colourway I’ve split the pattern into its three parts…therefore 4 balls per part…no if’s and’s or but’s about it! I’ve got just the perfect faux fur to use for the edging. So if I ever get out of the furnace that is Doha Qatar I’ll be using this in and out of my lodge during the cold wintry months!

Oh look! It’s another lovely shawl just for me (cue boos and hisses at my unabashed selfishness) Using my own hand-dyed silk titled Tea Rose, I’m knitting up the charming Silk Shawl Handdyed Lace Knit Shawl this is a free pattern from Bernat. It’s slow going kids but I’m holding to my promise of at least 10 rows a day – This shawl will be perfect for balmy night walks along the Arabian Sea with my handsome husband.

Now I first saw this pattern on the Canadian Knitter Podcast, hosted by the lovely Sarah who dwells in the land of Toronto…or thereabouts anyway, it’s the Pumpkin Ale pattern  by Ysolda Teague which was a favourite sweater at Rhinebeck a year or so back…pumpkinaleSarah and I are both using Cascade 220. She in burnt orange, like the embers in my fire…and I in the Green Heathers like my Pumpkin Ale Sweater Rhinebeck Book Cascade 220winter hedgerow…I’ll be curious to see how the colours compare out of the boil. I would like to say something, just one thing, about this pattern…it’s gives you a warm feeling…but I had to re-write the chart pattern row numbers in order to organise my knitting past row 7 of the back panel…Holy Horny Toads Batman! Three charts are confusing for a woman of my age and mental capacity. I must say though I am enjoying it and am equally as excited to finish and wear this.

Falling leaves…the smell of cider and donuts….autumn isn’t as far away as you might think…(yes, yes I know it’s just been summer solstice but still time does fly when you’re acornhatbbq’ing and camping) and I’m gearing up for that and Christmas. What is that delightful Handdyed Aran Acorn Hatmess to the left you ask? Well that’s the aran I’ve dyed for the Famous Acorn Hat on Dizzdemey’s Blog right here on WordPress – The  teal/light blue and golden yellow are colours chosen by the 4 year old recipient. The acorn hat will be accompanied by mittens and perhaps a cowl, if there’s enough wool left. By golly I think there might be!

Now crochet isn’t this hags thing…I don’t do well with the hook don’t ya know…but I’ll give anything a go once…I HAD picked up some of the Ice Cream Yarn from Lion Brand with theSpumoni Crochet Quilt intent of KNITTING a hexagon throw for my sister…well let me tell you…it was a mess! Not the hexagon’s themselves but the construction…it wasn’t orderly and frankly I hated it beyond measure. So I looked through one of my books and thought to myself ‘Just crochet squares why don’t you, Haggy McHag’ and so the fruits of my initial efforts are as above…I’ll be showing these each week until you can’t stand it…or I can’t, one of us anyway!

Finally I dyed up some BFL Roving this week…I don’t normally like pinks, most Hags BFL Peppermint Stickdon’t you know…but I was curious. This was a gem right from the start (knocking on wood aka my head) it dyed and dried nicely and it’s spinning like a dream! Stay Tuned for quest assignment.

 

Literary Corner

Still reading Book One Eye of the World in the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, this is the best bedtime reading I’ve had in a long time.

But I’ve also been flipping back through a volume of The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. There’s, obviously no way to describe a single plot as this book is chocked full of Hemingway’s finest shorts. EH

So if you crave adventure, or just an out of the ordinary offbeat tale have a gander!

ISBN-13: 978-0-684-84332-2

 

Health –

I’ve been so busy with my knitting and reading and mundane tasks of hearth and home that I’ve forgotten my water this last week. It’s important, keeps your kidney’s healthy etc.. I’d also forgotten how many ways you can maintain your fluid intake without smacking your calorie count out of the park! (Red Sox fan in case anyone is interested)

In the last few days I’ve been a melon freak…Watermelon, Cantalope and Honey Dew. These are full of vitamins and the water content is monumental.

I’ve also been having a popsicle now and then…I know what you’re thinking…’Sugar’ ah well, it’s my choice and I like them….I don’t eat 100 just 1 and I don’t even eat them. I fill up a 16 ounce glass with water and drop it in…flavours the water and last’s a lot longer than it would off the stick

In the end…there are going to be lots of things I forget about, this Hag is of an age you Drinking Water 002 Blog June 24 2015know, but not water…not anymore. There’s an app on my phone now that reminds me to drink water…

Drinking Water Blog June 24 2015

Drinking Water by Chickpin gives users options for number of glasses, alarms and lots more! Find the Link’s Below!

Check it out:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=chickpin.water

iPhone: http://www.ollapp.com/app/drinking-water/iPhone

Well my pretty’s I’m out of warm drinks and out of time for this week….I thank you so much for stepping across my threshold and having a visit! Keep well, and happy until next time!

Yours in Wicked Stitches

The Hag

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The Hag’s Wednesday Word Up!

First post of many I hope…My plan is to start here and then add a podcast later on to coincide with my blog.

I will post a weekly ‘The Hags Favourite Podcast of the Week’ and this week it’s the ‘Bookish Stitcher Podcast’ this podcast is always warm, welcoming and knitfully inspiring! Give it a whirl why don’t you!?!?!

Now on to The Hag’s Knitting!

FO(s)

Only one this week I’m afraid….

Godric's Hallow HatThis is the Godric’s Hallow Hat designed by Rebecca Beam she and the pattern are on Ravelry.com. . I knit this hat up with some stashed ICE in the Dancing Colors colorway 30% Wool 70% Acrylic, easy care for my son Jacob. It’s being modelled here by my husband Ian.

As a designer I’d describe Rebecca as down to earth! Her patterns are easy to follow, because she takes the time to consider the knitters queries and thoughts. I would recommend to any new or even seasoned knitter to knit at least one of the free patterns in Rebecca’s ‘Cissy’s Knits’ publication.

W’sIP!

My woody socks Ethereal Fibre Jekyll and HydeAs anyone who knows me and my taste’s over the last few months will tell you, I’ve come to love Ethereal Fibers the quality of the fingering weight wool is second to none…and I do not say this lightly! (Pun intended). I love it so much I’ve recently made another purchase from EF and as always Kellee was amazing…Always happy to help and perpetually making me smile! Anyway on to the project, I’ve chosen EF’s Starlight Sock 75/20/5:Merino/Nylon/Stellina blend in the Logofile series the colorway is Hamartia.(see photo right) Knitting the Jekyll and Hyde socks by Sarah Wilson also known as the Sexy Knitter, again on Ravelry.com. I’m finding this pattern easy to knit, but hard to stick too. Maybe it’s me, mind wandering etc. but I cast these on 3 weeks ago and haven’t worked more than 16 rows…just not sure why. The pattern gives a lovely texture…I’ll think on it…perhaps next week I’ll have some progress to show!?!?!

Mittens for All

I’m casting on mittens this week for three of my grandsons. I’m modifying the basic Mittens for All pattern Red-Heart offers for free. I’ll be turning them into mittens with flaps as winter travel and outdoor play are two different things. Cars with heaters on require no mittens. Rather than fuss about taking mittens on and off 2,3 and 4 year old boys (or girls)…it’s simply less stressful for all involved to flip back the flap…and for outdoor play flip  it up again…and they’re off!

I haven’t decided on the wool so no pictures or information available to share yet, but I’ll post something next week.

Wheel of Time Eye of the WorldLiterature – Fantasy

I’ve started reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan for the second time. There are only three book series I can say I have read more than once and they are The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, The Gunslinger Series by Stephen King (3 times), and last but not least The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson (6 times).

Jordan (and later Brandon Sanderson who finished up the last two volumes with extensive notes from Jordan who sadly passed away) forces his readers into emotion’s ranging from fear to humour to outright anger and finally sadness/relief. These emotions are spread in good measure throughout the series. The books are so captivating that I found myself reading them during my conference calls, bad of me I know but none of my conference calls were nearly as interesting as the Two Rivers, the Ogiers, the Aiel Waste or the Aes Sedai.

The main character, Rand Al Thor, is no more than a teenager when he’s forced into the realisation that if he doesn’t save the world, there’s no hope for it. With folks to help and hinder along the way this small town boy visits new places…sleeps with different women, all of whom he loves and who all love him and each other in return (read it and you’ll understand). Without giving away anything, the plot thickens as new characters are introduced….this series climaxes with the ultimate battle in the last volume, in which we see the fates of the much loved character’s determined.

I give this entire series, each and every book, 5 stars…and recommend you start reading when there’s no one around…the weather is bad and you’ve nothing better to do than sit around in your pj’s with a cup of coffee!

body-weight-scale

Health News!

There is no real news this week…I’ve dropped another 2 pounds of what I refer to as my wedding weight.

What is wedding weight you ask? Well come sit by the fire and I’ll tell you….

Wedding weight are those pounds we gain during the first 7 or 8 years of marriage. Those ‘oh he/she loves me no matter what I weigh’ pounds, you know…

I’ve gain 55 of those lovely buggers since I married mine and even though, as sickly as it sounds, he still loves me…I DON’T LIKE THE WAY I FEEL….it’s not look, it’s feel. I feel, generally unwell.

So I’m doing something about it…if you have wedding weight drop it. Not him/her…just the weight!

blueberry apple tea

The Hag’s Weekly Cut Those Calories Tip: I make up a 2 litre pitcher of this Twinings Blueberry and Apple tea…(4 bags per 2 litres of water) and drink that instead of juices or even calorie free pop/soda which is full of sodium…

I add some Splenda now and then if I really crave sugar but only by the glassful never to the entire container.

It’s great…and Twinings has all sorts of Berry teas I haven’t tried yet…so if you have let me know please!

Right well that’s all from me for now…I hope if you’re reading this you’re healthy, happy and knitting up all the wool you can!

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