I have a finished object! See – here I am wearing it. Isn’t it super? I love it! There’s a couple of things I’d do differently if I made it again: most importantly, I would probably use a size smaller needles to give the fabric a slightly denser texture, but all in all I’m really pleased with it. Don’t, though, go thinking you’re going to get some glamourous shots of me wearing the Lace Panel Sweater because you’re not. It isn’t the sweater, it’s me. I look hideous at the moment. I’ve let myself go over the past three months to the point where slinging on a little bit of makeup and calling myself done is not going to cut the mustard. I feel very close right now to my mother, a lady who enjoyed pointing out that the camera never lies and thus had a pathological dislike of having her own photo taken. In fact, viewing the photos I did take of myself wearing this jumper, I was reminded of my mum putting on her roll-on corset, mainly because I could do with just such a garment today!

I know what I have to do to pull myself back from the brink. First, it’s back to counting my calories and saying bye-bye to all the lovely treats I’ve been enjoying. More than that, though, I have to get myself moving more which is where I must turn to Kojak. Forget your Pelaton, half an hour of stepper exercise in front of Kojak a couple of times a day is my approved exercise regime. Yes, by now I know all the storylines and, indeed, the scripts off by heart; no, it doesn’t make any difference to my enjoyment because the minute Kojak turns his puppy-dog eyes to the camera, nothing else matters!

I’ll do a better post about the jumper on Wednesday. Now, though, let’s burn a few calories and crack open Siege of Terror. As well as the puppy-dog eyes, this first episode of Season One has Harvey Keitel in a leading role.

Oh, and don’t worry that I’m slipping into despair over my weight. It ain’t good, but it ain’t so very bad, and I can still manage to force a quizzical smile if I have to!

10 thoughts on “Come back, Kojak, all is forgiven

  1. Oh, Pam! You look beautiful. Really. I am not just saying that. And the sweater is wonderful! You certainly picked the perfect color. It brightens you face and picks up the color in your eyes. You know I have been attempting to lose the pounds I have put on since the fall. It is very difficult and when life gets a bit nutty for me, I tend to pour a second glass of wine. UGH! I love that you watch Kojak!

    1. Thank-you for such kind words. It’s my midrif where everything goes astray – my legs are fine and I’m good from bust up. But, oh, that horrid old-woman stomach has been the bane of my life the past fifteen years. I would happily never touch a drop of alcohol again, for me it’s all about the chocolate – just can’t resist it! Still, I’ve been good and got some exercise the past two days and I’m trying to get into the swing of counting my calories, so I should see some improvement. I love Kojak. Since I got back into it a couple of years ago, it has overtaken Blakes 7 as my all-time favourite TV show.

    2. My husband and his chocolate!!! OMG! I understand. I am tasked with keeping the office candy supply in my desk because I won’t eat it. (except for the peanut m & ms.!) My belly causes me grief. I am with you on that.

  2. Nice sweater! It must be satisfying to finish a knitting project and to wear the fruits of your labours.
    I also struggle (ie. give in) to chocolate. Always have.
    Whilst you are watching Kojak I have been happily binge-watching Peter Falk in Columbo. So far I have seen 40 out of 69 episodes including two early pilots.

    1. Ah, Columbo, another classic. How do you stand on The Rockford Files? I used to enjoy it, but it’s one of those series that I can’t imagine revisiting.
      One of my work colleagues once suggested that if they lifted the top off my keyboard they would find an entire chocolate keyboard underneath made of all the little crumbs I’d dropped. I think they were wrong – I’m sure I never let that much escape me.

    2. I watched the Rockford Files occasionally. It feels nostalgic thinking back to all those TV shows…such as Starsky & Hutch, Quincy MD, Magnum, Dempsey & Makepeace, Hawaii 5-0, and all the rest. I guess they would seem dated now. But I am enjoying the Columbo re-runs. I have long forgotten them from the first time around but must have sat watching them with my dad in our old sitting room.

    3. Dempsey & Makepeace! It’s the show that Glynis Barber went on to when Blakes 7 finished. She was dating Steven Pacey who’d she’d worked with on B7 and then fell for Michael Brandon on Dempsey & Makepeace and they’re still happily married.
      One thing I really like about the old shows is that you get to see tons of old-style office setups – perfect for stationery nerds! All those typewriters and Rolodexes.

    4. Oh yes. Every office desk in Columbo has those desk pen sets! We get used to change in gradual increments and then Columbo takes us back suddenly forty years!

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