Measure Once Knit twice

August 10, 2006

You have heard of the old saying, “Measure Twice, Cut Once,” yes? Tony is starting to do some wood working and I remind him of this. I learned that valuable lesson in quilting and sewing.

In knitting, it appears I measure and measure and measure, but have never knitted enough.
The funny thing and this is the real kicker…the pattern will say knit to 11 inches from beg. and I know that after that I will work on the neck decrease. So why do I measure when it is 8 inches and obviously too short to be at the neck? So I can say to myself, yep 3 inches left…keep knitting!

Don’t worry, it is a baby item I am talking about, knitty’s anouk. The Baby It’s Cold Outside pattern didn’t agree with me so I changed directions and am going to knit up this cute pinafore. I figured it would be a good way to use the Orangeade cotton-ease in my stash. It looks real pumpkin-y right now. I have to make 2 of these for baby gifts for a shower that has passed. She hasn’t had the babies yet, twins, so it is okay. I was sick when she had her shower so it kind of bought me time to work on these.

On a side note, I think I have delayed sleep phase syndrome. This has been a problem in my life for almost most of my life. It was especially bad in my 20’s and was probably due to my lifestyle. It is okay for me to be on this schedule when I am just a sahm, especially since my husband works swing shift and he is on this schedule, too. However, I am going to have an early morning class again, 7:40am and so I need to start changing my schedule now. I have a lot of anxiety about sleeping, not waking to my alarm, missing class, etc. I know I can do this I just need to not sabotage myself.

I have raised $130 for the heart walk so far and am happy about that. I need to get my legs moving to train for running it. That is my goal, but even if I only walk it I will still be proud of myself.

For the record Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style is really good. If you are looking for a ground beef substitute, try this. I made tacos with this last night and it was awesome. I fried it in a very small amount of grape seed oil. I tried to do it without the oil, but it is really sticky stuff so wasn’t frying real well. A small bit of oil helped and I could grind it up in the pain, just like ground beef. I added 1/2 a packet of low sodium taco seasoning. It looked like taco meat, which is good when you are trying to fool your mind. The bonus was when I started to eat it and really, really like it and so did Tony. I have fallen off the wagon a few times in the past few weeks with cooking, but the key is that I keep going back to what my body wants to eat and that is a lot of fruits, veggies and healthier foods. When Tony and I eat other things we both feel sluggish and not so good. We are learning.



  1. When we bought our house and installed shower doors, we needed to drill into the tiles. We measured nine times to cut once!

    Thanks for the bird compliments.

  2. Oh yeah! Gimmie Lean is great stuff! My advice to you would be to go without fave meats for a while before trying subs. For instance: I had not had chicken nuggets for months before I tried Morningstar chik nuggets. Since it has been a while, they tasted pretty good to me. It had been so long that they were close enough to what I thought it should feel/taste like.

  3. I always try to hold off measuring until the last minute so when I do measure hopefully I can say, only 1/2 inch to go!

  4. I always measure and count, constantly, because once I started a scarf that almost ended being a blanket, as it keept growing in size until I relaized the romboid figure it was making . LOL. Never again. I also have my personal blog at http://crochetandy.blogspot.com.

    Welcome to Crochet Depot!!!

  5. I always forget to not to the punctuation mark


  6. I know what you mean about changing sleep cycles. I’ve worked late shift for well ages now, and starting Aug 28th have an 8 am class…with a nice rush hour commute first with all the fools heading for NY and North Jersey. So, starting this weekend I will force myself to get up a bit earlier every day. And, I have to make sure to allow time to learn the best way at that hour, and then allow for a school bus after Labor Day!

  7. Glad you’re cooking healthy! I loved gimme lean too.

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