My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Day Three

Hey, thanks for all your nice comments and suggestions with regard to eating clean! I’m pleased to see how many of you are on the same or similar regime.

Today was Day Three for me. Yesterday I ate 6 mini-meals and thought that surely I had gained weight from it — I was happy and satisfied foodwise all day. And the scale this morning told me that I had lost 1.5 pounds. What a pleasant surprise. Gotta love it.

(I do not habitually step on the scale every day — more like once a week. But it’s hard not to jump on every ten minutes!)

I had thought I would ease into this regime over the next month so I’d be committed to it fully by the first of the year. But I guess I’ve already done that. But that’s the way I am — I ted to jump into things all or nothing.

Reader Debbie in Minnesota commented about starting an Eat-Clean group in Ravelry. I think it’s a great idea. While there are Eat-Clean forums online, I like the idea of a group that is exclusively for Ravelers. It makes the group smaller and more manageable and more friendly somehow. I see it as a great place for exchanging ideas, sources, and recipes for good food that’s quick and easy for those of us with zero spare time. Also a place where we can encourage each other and cheer each other on.

The group is on Ravelry, here. If you are already into a plan like clean eating, please feel free to join, along with those of you who are perhaps interested in the concept or are thinking about starting.

I foresee a recipe contest . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back to Knitting

I’m working on my second sportweight sock.

And I took another photo of the first one.


Better, don’t you think?

In Other News

Spring Fling Sign-ups are open!

In Other Other News


Lucy is demonstrating her “hen on a nest” pose.


  1. Wow I think I am #1. I think the clean eating makes you feel better and also makes things just taste better all around. Co-ops are great places to find food grown organic and also locally. I haveto admit I do break down and have a taste of chocolate now and then. I do bye the best I can find!! Hope Lucy does not hatch any unwanted creatures.

  2. Just curious – How many of those 1/2 leg mannikins do you have? Great looking sock and congrats on the clean living.

  3. Congratulations on the clean eating! That’s awesome.

    We’ve been trying to do this in my family for a while. Some days it’s easier than others.

    And the sock looks lovely!
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  4. Congratulations on your Eat Clean Conversion! It’s going to be a great Ravelry group. Speaking of conversion, I am a very new convert to the sock on two circ. theory. I’ve been a dpn gal my whole life. My hands are too big for those itsy bitsy 9″ – 12″ circular needles. But I do have a question. I was having trouble at the toe getting the increases to stop loosening up so I went back to dpn for the toe before switching to circs. What do you use to do your toe? is it dpn or circ???

  5. I really like this sock pattern, and I do see that very cool lacy edge you made! Do you think you will be making the pattern available soon? (and where?)

    @ Anna L. : I’m sure Wendy has a better idea for you, but I always seem to pull the yarn tight as I’m going into the 2nd stitch on the new needle — works for me.

    Wendy, have you found out what color Lucy’s eggs are yet? lol ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= annalilly´s last blog .."Ribbit" =-.

  6. I started eating clean out of necessity when I moved to South Korea for a job. I’ve been here two years, and the first year I sought out any packaged western food I could find and gained about 10 pounds (I was already way overweight to begin with). January last year I decided that if it came from a box, I wasn’t eating it. My one exception is breakfast cereal, which I have now even weaned off of. Since January, I’ve dropped 50 pounds without making much of an effort to “diet”. I even started running again a few months ago. I’ve got about another 30 to lose, but I know it’ll come off now that I’m eating so much healthier! You’ll enjoy the new lifestyle! I know I’ve felt tons better since I switched last year.

  7. I call Lucy’s pose loaf cat. When my cat does it its usually cause he is cold and he is tucking his legs under him. ๐Ÿ™‚ Either way its cute.

    I’m very interested in eating clean. I’m going to research it and plan for it in the future. Thanks for the Ravelry group. I’ll check it out!

  8. Best of wishes on your committment to eat clean. I know it makes a huge difference in how good you can feel and how clear your mind will be. Do you still eat meats? Over the years I have eliminated more and more “unclean” foods from my diet mostly because I noticed various foods tended to leave me feeling somewhat crappy. Plus, if they make my body and energy level yukky, they are bound to make my mind foggy to some degree and I as a creative person I like to have my mind clear and available to me.

    I have to go, because Blu is shivering and staring at me. I think he wants to get up in my lap for a warm cuddle. Hello to sweet Lucy, and to you too. Enjoy the clean!

    Warmest regards,

  9. There is a very interesting book called “Food and Healing” by Anna Marie Colbin (I may have the name a little wrong). It talks about different ways of eating and how eating can affect how we feel and our health. If you ever stumble across it, you might enjoy reading it. My big problem is I know how I should eat (no refined sugar or white flour, for example) but keep backsliding!
    .-= Carol´s last blog ..Blog Tour/Book Review: Reversible Knitting by Lynne Barr =-.

  10. Cat loaf. Yup, loaf loaf.

    I’m not sure I could do clean food recipes. I am a sweet maven, but I figure that the time it takes me to make sweets is better than buying them. I will have to read up on this, because it would be nice to otherwise make my vegetarian diet healthier.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..sleep is a crutch for the weak =-.

  11. We call that pose “Kitty Loaf” at our house because they look like a loaf of bread ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. It’s not too surprising that you lost weight already. Eating several smaller meals often boosts your metabolism since your body is less inclined to think that it needs to hoard calories (as fat) to ward off starvation. I now need to go read up on clean eating and find out how realistic it might be for our family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Changing the subject… Looking at Lucy, I bet you have not turned the heat on yet. Of course the wimps in Houston have… we even had snow last Friday- that’s 2 years in a row !!! Knitting abounds with furnaces running full blast…. after all it’s 45 today.

  14. Good luck with your Eat Clean regimen. Please don’t let it take over your blog, though. I love your blog for all the knitting news and photos of your knitting projects.

  15. Just a note of thanks for “Socks from the Toe Up.” It was the first one I grabbed when I wanted a different heel for the toe ups I was working on–an easy to use basic reference.