Tuesday, September 30, 2008


So I was all excited and signed up for Nutrisystem. All geared up to drop the pounds. I ate the meals and I can't put another one in my mouth. I've found them to be appalling. I've seen several other sites where users gave it a similar review. I'm so disappointed by this because I really wanted it to help me drop the weight. 

I'm going to try Alli and eating healthy. Seems to be a better option for me. At least that way I can eat foods that I know I like--not packaged. Anyway...if you are look at options, I'd skip the Nutrisystem one. I know it has worked for several of my friends, so I'm more convinced than ever that my taste buds are wacky. I think it also have something to do with my abnormally strong sense of smell--no joke. Patrick calls me the super sniffer. I balance out our friend Wes who can't smell at all. He, however, has perfect pitch. Life is a balance...so I'm off to knit to make up for my less than great day. (Oh yeah, had a repair guy who tried to get lots of money out of us by trying to scare us. Some day...)

Monday, September 29, 2008

New Knitter Monday 9/29: Wood, Metal, Plastic Needles

I'm back........

Sorry for the very long delay. I know that I promised to post earlier, but you wouldn't believe the trip I went through. It has been a long recovery! But, that's for a later post...

One of the questions that I get from a lot of new knitters is, "Why are there so many different types of needles and which ones are the best?" Like most things, the answer is more complex than the question:

* Wood: Rosewood, bamboo, etc. needles come in all types of different wood. I find that most knitters like to use wood when they are looking for something to grab the yarn. For example, I have a lot of new knitters that use bamboo. This helps them not to drop stitches as much. Another good use for wood needles is when your yarn is slippery--for the same non-slip reason. The final reason that people like to use wood or bamboo is that they are "warmer" in the knitters hands and this helps some people who have arthritis or other pains in their hands and joints. Personally, I like to use my wood Harmony needles because they are wood (and warm), but they are treated to be nice and slick. I also really like my rosewood straight needles. 

* Plastic: I'm not really a fan of the plastic needles, but they do have their purpose. I dislike them for the same reason that beginners tend to like them--they bend a bit. Some beginners like this because it helps them to grab the yarn when pulling a stitch through. I do like my Denise needles that are plastic. They seem much more rigid and have a nice point on them. If you are looking for a good economical purchase in today's economy, these are the way to go. You get sizes 5-15 and different lengths of cables for $50-$60 dollars. Lovely gifts from Santa! (They also sell a breast cancer awareness version that donates $5 from every sale.)

* Metal: My favorite and, of course, the most expensive. I love my Addi turbo metal needles. When I first started knitting and discovered these I showed them to my mother-in-law. She had a full set of knitting needles and was visibly trying not to be tempted. It was too late. She loved them and added several to her collection. We agreed on that trip to St. Louis that they are like knitting with butter. Although they have a higher price point, they are really worth the enjoyment that you get from knitting with them. There are other types of metal needles (many from department craft stores) that are not as polished and smooth as these.

Of course, there are many other types of needles (such as Signature), but these are the ones I've tried out and this gives a good basic. I say, just like towels, you can never have too many needles! Buy and enjoy...then buy bags to store them in. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Blog Vacation

Many of you have noticed I haven't blogged in the last week. I will get back to it, after a brief interruption. New posts will begin again on 9/18. Happy Knitting until then!!!!