knitting, keto and life during the pandemic

Well I finally made it back here to say hello and catch you up.  I know that sounds like I have news, but I really don’t.  This post is more of a confession really.  I just haven’t felt much like posting lately.  Just a bit unmotivated.  I won’t blame it all on the COVID pandemic, although that has played a part.  I still feel dumbfounded that we are where we all are in the world right now.  My usual reaction to stress if one of two things:  becoming like a deer in headlights and do nothing, or stick my head into the sand and still do nothing.  

I have still been knitting, and doing Keto since I was here last.  I made another slip stitch baby blanket. Here’s a photo.  Isn’t it pretty?  Same pattern as last time. (not my pattern) The slip stitch pattern can be found here on Ravelry.

And I do have yet another baby blanket on the needles.  I haven’t snapped any pics of it yet.  I promise I will get to that soon and make a post about it.

Now about Keto…

Keto is still a thing for me.  Although I have had a tough month from October to November. I lost and gained the same 5 lbs a couple times.  I’ve just now made it back to my “low” that I originally made it to around October 9th.  

I am very committed to keto these days.  In 2018 I lost about 50 lbs and I wish I could say I had kept it off.  But at least this go around I’ve learned that it has to be a complete change of my way of eating for life, and I’m committed to it.  So I’m down 27 lbs since June 1st and though that’s not where I’d like to be but I’m happy that I’ve stayed true to the Keto journey and still doing this day by day toward my goals.  

So that’s where I’m at for now.  Swirling around in my brain is a new sock pattern to come soon and also wondering what the heck the holidays are going to look like for me and my family.  I honestly still just don’t know. 

I hope you are all doing well as can be during these crazy times.

Brainstorm – a new sock pattern

Here it is, my latest labor of love.  And I am in love with these little socks!

It has a strong heel and round toes, knit with a set of dpns size 0-2.

Since it’s a shorty sock it takes very little yarn!  Less than 50 grams of sock yarn per pair!

I’ve loved knitting and developing this free sock pattern.  I’m slowly learning that I should write the pattern down as I go along, instead of waiting to the end.  Tiny details escape me, even though as simple as this sock pattern appears, I found that I had forgotten a few tidbits here and there.

There is definitely a learning curve transitioning from knitting other people’s patterns to developing and writing your own.  This will be my second go around.  Please know that you won’t hurt my feelings if you feel like making suggestions or letting me know how well the pattern works for you. I’d love the feedback!

Download Link: Brainstorm Socks v 1 .1