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Whole 30 Week 1: What I learned in the First Week of Whole 30

January 31, 2017
Whole 30, Week 1: What I Learned

Whole 30 Week 1 was exhausing, educational and completely different from how I imagined it. The Hubs and I had been talking about trying Whole 30 for a while, but we didn’t want to start until after we were married and settled in our new place. We both felt a little blah after the holidays, so we were looking for an alternative to all the junk food we had been eating. The Hubs was hoping that Whole 30 would help with his migraines and chronic chest pain. I was looking for my sleep to improve and my belt to fit a little looser

Due to some straggling holiday parties, we started Whole 30 on the second Monday of January. We planned our meals for the week and cooked ahead and were ready to start on this exciting new adventure.

I spent my first night of Whole 30 puking my brains out.

I blame the soup. We had made a soup recipe given to us by The Hub’s boss, Sparkle. Sparkle’s soup was a vegan take on a zuppa toscana that involved potatoes, kale and coconut milk. Something about it did not agree with me. Also, throwing up kale sucks.

Now, I am not a great puker. A holdover from my old college anxiety days is that I tend to faint any time I puke or dry heave hard enough. It makes for a fun time. That first night, I spent the night alternating between hugging the toilet and lying unconscious on the floor. While all of this was going on The Hubs was ABSOLUTELY NO HELP AT ALL. He didn’t even hear me. At one point, I heard him get up and thought, “finally, he is coming to help me!” Then he just came in and asked me to move over so that he could pee. I taught him the error of his ways after I had recovered. He has made amends since then (It was nice. There were flowers.).

Day 2 I was dead to the world. It doesn’t even count. To my credit, I did  not break Whole 30. All I ate that day was apples. I use the term “ate” loosely here.  I held them in my stomach for a while. Not sure that I ate them.

The Struggle:

The struggle with Whole 30 is that when you get sick, you can’t have any of your usual remedies. Under Whole 30, 50% of the BRAT diet is not compliant, and bananas are disgusting, so I was down to apples. All I really wanted was some parmesan goldfish crackers. The Hubs, as part of his penance, found me some Whole 30 complaint applesauce at Trader Joe’s and that was mostly my diet for the first 3 days of Whole 30.

Whole 30 Week 1 Tip: "Precook your food wisely. Just because you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes today, doesn't mean that you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes tomorrow. Do yourself a favor and save seasoning for the day of."

I learned several important lessons in my first week of Whole 30. First, I learned that I am so done with coconut. Coconut milk, coconut oil, I’m over it. This may have been due to the fact that coconut milk was in the soup, but I just can’t handle it. Second, I learned to precook your food wisely. Just because you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes today, doesn’t mean that you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes tomorrow. Do yourself a favor and save seasoning for the day of.

Whole 30 Week 1Best Recipe:

“Cheesy” Vegan Roasted Cauliflower

Whole 30 Week 1 Worst Recipe:

Sparkle’s Soup

Whole 30 Week 1 Tips and Tricks:

-The best time to go to Central Market it 9:00 PM on a Friday Night

– Trader Joes makes a Whole 30 compliant applesauce

-Coconut milk makes fat float of the top of your tea (ew!)

-Central Market Traditional flavored Rotisserie Chicken is compliant if you need a quick meal

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Wayfarer Scarf by Brooklyn Tweed: Finished Knit

January 31, 2017
The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road.

Who says I never finish a knitting project for my husband? (Spoiler alert: It’s The Hubs.) But this time I really did! It’s the Wayfarer Scarf by Jared Flood!

I started this project before we were married on a trip to Nashville. Being the good man that he is, The Hubs understood that if I was to accompany him to all the guitar stores that we say in Nashville, he had better deliver in the yarn store department. The Hubs (or should I say The Almost Hubs?) did not disappoint and we stopped at Haus of Yarn within hours of entering Nashville. He watched as I circled the yarn store once, then twice, then maybe about 5 times. “So this is what it’s like when I take you to yarn stores?” He asked. Pretty much, babe.

To make up for dragging him around the yarn store, I told him to help me pick some yarn and I’d make him something. Okay, maybe I picked the yarn and just let him think he was having a say in things. Within minutes of leaving the store and getting into the car the Wayfarer Scarf pattern was bought and downloaded. I think I waited a full day to cast on, so great was my self control. And that is the story of how his Wayfarer Scarf was conceived.

After we got home from Nashville, I admit that this project languished, but what can I say? I was busy doing important stuff like getting married. It is funny to think that this project took so long, since it is the product one of my favorite yarns and one of my favorite designers. This is also one of the few times that I have knit the pattern in the actual suggested yarn. I’m getting better at that, I promise.

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road.The Pattern: Wayfarer Scarf by Jared Flood

The Yarn: Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road. It’s an excellent unisex scarf pattern with just enough of a stitch pattern to stay interesting, but not so much that it needs constant focus. In short, it’s great road trip knitting. You can easily modify the Wayfarer Scarf to add more length if that is what you prefer, but I knit it according to the pattern.

The Wayfarer Scarf pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, which I love. The colors of Shelter are amazing, thanks to their dyed in the wool nature. You can find little bits of the other colors in the Shelter line in each skein. The color has incredible depth. Since the Wayfarer Scarf was for The Hubs; he helped me choose the color (after a small fit of “Please don’t make me knit in black. I don’t care if it’s manly. I won’t be able to see the stitches.”). On the surface, its a nice neutral brown. Once you start looking closely, you can see different bits of grays and blues that take the color to another level.

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road.The yarn is light for a worsted, but very lofty. It’s pretty good for stitch definition but not as good as say, Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor. I will note that this yarn is sheepy. As in, it will smell like wool when you knit it. It will really smell like wool when you block it. I like it, but if sheep smell isn’t something you’re into, I would skip this yarn.

There’s also occasional bits of hay and grass in the yarn every once a while. They don’t really cause any problems, but they’re pretty easy to pick out if that’s what you prefer. The only complaint that I have about this yarn is that it can break pretty easily. Like, usually when I am trying to weave in ends (This has happened to me on two separate projects now.). I just spit spliced the yarn back together (I know. Ew. But what are you gonna do?) and continued working.

As for finishing, the Wayfarer Scarf would benefit from some blocking wires after completion. The slipped stitches cause a bit of pulling and rippling, especially in the middle section where there are a lot of changes in the number of slipped stitches. Blocking wires would help with evening out the edges quite a bit. That said, I don’t own blocking wires (note to self: get on that) and it still turned out just fine.

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road.

Also can we talk about how hot The Hubs looks while wearing it. I mean, I know I’m not supposed to tell other people to check out my husband but damn! Like I said, it works up into a great scarf for men or women. The Hubs is happy with it. He said it was warm and didn’t itch like he thought it would (Thanks, honey!). He wore it all day, even while cleaning out the entry closet and vacuuming, so I think it’s safe to say that he likes it. Major wife points for me!