8.11.2015

Fit Bit Obsessed

Well, I read and looked at reviews, talked to people who had one, and finally purchased a Fit Bit. I decided on the one. I didn’t like the look of a rubber bracelet. Little did I know that this little device was going to launch me off of the sofa to crazily walk everywhere. I literally got hardly any exercise, my excuse was I’m always standing at work, and walking. And I do walk quite a bit of work, but seeing the numbers, for some reason really made it “click”.

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As David Sedaris  people either get a Fit Bit (or other activity monitor) wear it and when the charge runs out, put it in the drawer, or worry because they won’t be wearing it while it is charging. Well that was me. When to charge it? I’m loosing steps!

Maybe I am slightly obsessed, one morning I dropped by fit bit one while transferring it from my sleep band (for my wrist) to my clip, and dropped it! It landed just on the corner, and it wound not record steps! I gave an involuntary shriek, and my husband says “what's wrong? Are you OK?” I bought my Fit Bit at Best Buy and he took it that day and they replaced it with a new one! Whew!!

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I chose the Fit Bit One after much thought, I was going for the bottom of the line no frills Zip, but I liked the fact that I could have ‘Floors counted” one floor for every 10 feet in elevation gained, nice on outdoor walks, that big hill I walk up really is big, (14 floors). The Sleep mode helped me, I’m a light sleeper, and usually walk around the house quite a bit at night, go outside, look at the sky, read, etc.… When I saw it on my Fit bit weekly stats I really started paying attention to how little sleep I was getting and paid closer attention to “sleep hygiene” This eventually lead to me getting a better quality of sleep and feeling less tired. (I would advise you to put the setting on the Fit Bit to “normal” and not “sensitive” for sleep)

I found the One to be reliable in counting steps for me, I wear it attached to my bra strap. Easy, and no one knows I even have it on. If you are interested here is a link to the different trackers that Fit Bit has (https://www.fitbit.com/ca/compare and their differences.

Read this interesting essay from David Sedaris in the New Yorker (link here) It is so funny, I understand what he is experiencing, but I’m not this obsessed. David's blog here

It has sidetracked my knitting. Any spare time? I could be walking. Instead of relaxing, I could walk down the street. I know how many steps it is to just about anywhere that I usually go. If I could only knit while I walk…

Taking 10,000+ steps a day has health benefits, see article here, and I get to eat more. I don’t worry about that piece of cake, now I’m on the search for the most comfortable running shoes. And trying to avoid injuries, I started running=more steps faster, but decided I can walk as fast as a run. LOL

There is a FITBIT group on Ravelry, and numerous knitting groups on the Fit bit website.

Get off the couch and take some steps so you can live to knit longer!

This is a real review, Not sponsored, I choose and purchased my Fit Bit myself. Now there are many other lifestyle trackers. I would be interested in hearing your opinion on your favorite! I’ve had this one for over a year and it is still going strong. But when it dies I will be buying another one!

7.31.2015

Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns

I’m always on the look out of free knitting and crochet patterns.

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There are so many talented designers that publish online for free! I’ve started linking to these on my Facebook page, I’ve tried to I include some daily, but if not daily then 2-3 times per week.I may accidently link to a pattern that is not free, but that would be an oversight on my part.

If you are interested in checking these patterns out I’ll leave my Facebook page link, not selling anything or capturing any info on anyone, just trying to share great patterns from Indy designers, and big name also!

https://www.facebook.com/knittingdragonflies main page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitting-Patterns-and-Tutorial-Links/172573586122205

I actually am linking to patterns from both pages, different patterns, I was going to try to consolidate into one, but had people following both pages. Enjoy, and if you know of any great patterns, please share them with us!

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I also have a Pinterest page with free knitting patterns and one with free crochet patterns that I’m always adding to, feel free to take a look there, and please let me know of any great links!

https://www.pinterest.com/knitdragonflies/crochet-free-patterns/

https://www.pinterest.com/knitdragonflies/free-knitting-patterns/

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

7.25.2015

Sisal Mats

I like to knit with unexpected materials. I’ve knitted with wire before and made some fun birdhouses, which held up well and have had many generations of bird families in them. (See posts here)

I found some Sisal at my local Stuff Mart, and bought 4 balls. Ended up casting on with size 8 needle and about 20 stitches to test it out, and the result was two very nice mats to sit plants on in our sun porch. My original plan was to make a door mat, but I decided I would start small. In the meantime I’ve found some cheap trays and am making inserts for them to set plants etc.. on.

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The larger mat (above) is done on size US 13 needles and cast on 30 stitches and knit until it is long enough. The casting on it the hardest part of the process. Then I cast off and I did a row of single crochet all around to make it neater looking. I had though of crocheting an entire mat, but this proved to be too hard on my fingers.

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Before soaking above, all wavy & stiff                   Drying after the soak, outside in the sun, pull it even.

Oh Yeah, one of the most important parts of knitting with sisal! After you have the size you want. Fill the sink up with warm water, and soak your mat for about 20 min. Then put it out in the sun to dry flat. It will be ripple free and all nice and flat!

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These work out nice to set plants on, easy to wash and there is an air space between the pot and the surface. If it gets wet and moldy, no problem just scrub it out, and lay it out in the sun and your good as new.

Off to cast on with some jute now….and also knit a larger sisal door mat.