Knitting

I have the honor to knit a crib blanket in anticipation of my new cousins arrival this October.

I’m excited for my favorite cousin (who is more like a sister to me) and her new little bundle.  I’m just bummed I won’t be able to meet her right away.

We will have a lot going on around that same time, but hopefully early next year I’ll finally get to visit.  

For this blanket, I’m using Purl Soho’s free pattern.  It uses 100% Merino Wool and it is the softest yarn I’ve ever worked with.  Being a newbie knitter, I’m beginning to understand that the quality of yarn truly makes a difference. 

With my admission of being a newbie, you can imagine the head scratching I did when the yarn arrived as a “hank”.  (My learning process unfolded on instagram.)  Luckily a couple of youtube videos rescued me and I was able to successfully wind this center-pull ball of yarn with only one frustrating knot.  Hallelujah! 

The book I’m currently working on is titled, I Know How She Does It, by Laura Vanderkam. I checked this book out after listening to an amazing podcast by Elise Joy who interviewed Laura.  I highly recommend listening to the podcast if you have 20 mins to listen.  

Organize It

Well over a year ago, I was reading a post by Grace on Camp Patton, (which is sadly no longer in the blog world) and while giving a bathroom tour she mentioned how her husband mocked her for buying her spiffy necklace organizer because he could have made it for cheap.

He was right!  When I saw it, I knew I could replicate it in 30 minutes.  BUT I didn’t get around to going through with the idea until I sat on my bed one day, untangling my necklaces for the 100th time. 

Enough being enough, I sent Scout and Rori into the woods to find me the perfect stick.  Oncea stick was approved, Bubba cut the ends off, tied the leather string to the ends–per my instructions–and then twisted the hooks into place.  Badda bing, badda boom!  Now I am the proud owner of a spiffy necklace organizer.

 

 

Almost Finished

Wowza! It has been nearly six weeks since I’ve posted anything magical (insert eye roll) on this blog and the first time I’m going to pop back, I’m going to write about knitting (again) for Ginny’s yarn along link up. 

I’ve actually thought about closing this blog down, but I ultimately decided not to.  Once upon a time, during the blog boom, I had loftier ambitions for this space, but now I look at it as my trusty companion that holds a few memories or thoughts for myself that I would forget otherwise.

I also want to confess that I am utterly addicted right now to YouTube.  Seriously.  I can’t believe all the talent that is out there and how willing people are to go out of their way to show people the smallest things.  For example: there are videos on how to cut a watermelon.  Really! There is!  People are (so) willing to share (so) much (and) it’s great (and) sometimes I want to jump on that bandwagon.  So I’ve been thinking about making videos here and there.  I’m not the only one joining this new venture.  Charlotte has been dabbling in it as well.  We seem to run parallel sometimes in our interests!

Alright. 

This is supposed to be a post about knitting and reading so I think I need to save my rambles  for another day.

(Big Breath In…)  I’m ALMOST FINISHED with this blanket!!! Holy Moly, I thought I would never see the light at the end of this long yarn tunnel but it’s here.  I am technically on my last skein of yarn for this bad boy but I think I’m going to fly overboard and add one more skein.  More than likely a dark brown color.

As for my current choice in reading, I have dived into the world of art books.  This particular sketch book teaches the beginners stuff.  And oh boy am I a beginner.  I’ve always enjoyed the idea of being able to sketch or paint but I honestly don’t have a lick of talent.  But who cares, right??!!  It’s my hobby and I can do what I want.  So far I’ve illustrated a couple of things that I may share on here along with links to any tutorials I may have used.  We’ll see though.

But for right now, I’m going to bask in the thoughts of being (almost) finished with this knit project. 🙂

 

Scrap Blanket

I finally picked up the scrap throw blanket I started months ago.  Progress was fast at first, but eventually my other interests took hold and my needles took a backseat for months.  I decided to pick them back up last night to finish the yellow ball of yarn.  I only have one more ball of scrap yarn left and it won’t be enough to finish the blanket so I plan to head to my local craft store for new color.  Other than that, I hope to finish this bad boy soon!!  I have a goal peeps and dang-it, I WILL finish this blanket before fall.  (Luckily fall doesn’t hit until November here, ha!)

It wasn’t meant to be.

One day I looked down at Rori and saw a gaping hole staring back at me. I don’t know what happened, but out of all the hats I have knitted, the one that came out the best, has unthreaded.  This hat has been worn a lot over the past year and when Rori put it on one day, as she always does even if it is hot, I noticed it had come undone. 

Currently, the hat gathers dust sitting on my shelf, however, if anyone knows if this can be fixed and can link me to a tutorial of some sort, I would be very grateful!

Hold up.  I’m not finished yet…

Guess what else?  A mere two weeks later, Rori managed to break into my bedroom and grab the throw blanket I had been working on.  Normally I would have been upset at the sight of nearly half of the hard work I had completed undone, knotted, and sitting in a heaping pile on the floor.  Not this time though.  This time I shrugged my shoulders and knew deep down I had been avoiding the nasty truth anyway: It just wasn’t meant to be.  I have had a love hate relationship with that throw since the day I started it and if I’m completely honest, I’m just glad someone helped push the inevitable into place.  I’m ready to move on!

As always with my knits, I’m linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along.

Whoops! I almost forgot to mention what book I’m reading! I just checked out the much buzzed about book, The Fault In Our Stars.  It’s on sale right now, too!

R.I.P. Throw Blanket. 

Yarn Along || The Unfinished Hat

First of all, can you believe we are still receiving snow?  That groundhog wasn’t messing around! 

This is the hat I started for myself this winter but have yet to finish.  I have knitted so many hats this season that I’m a little burnt out on them making the allure of new project that more tempting.  I have been mulling on the idea of knitting pillow covers for the couch.  Like these.  Maybe one day I can make something like this for the kids room.  What do you think?  Any other suggestions?  I’m looking for something simple and not time consuming. 

I don’t have a book to read at the moment and I’m open for suggestions on this as well.  Have you read any good books lately?  What were they?

A Throw In Hibernation


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I recently brought my throw out of hibernation and have slowly, day by day, been knitting on it.  My hopes to have it completed by Fall were squashed due to so much other “busy work”.  Nevertheless, it is coming along, little by little.  I’ve messed up on a few stitches, but hopefully by the time the whole blanket is finished, an untrained eye won’t be able to tell.

My book of choice has been on my library waiting list for over a month, so when I received the email notice of its arrival for pickup, I jumped in the car and hightailed it to the library.  It’s called, Orange is the New Black.  If you haven’t at least heard of the show, then I think you may have been living underneath a rock for the last year or so. 

Right now, I’m only a few chapters in, but I have to say, I’m addicted to the story. 

I think that is all I have to say for today!  As usual, I’m linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along. ; )

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Dresser Re-Do

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Okay.  I re-did this dresser during the summer and I must say that I am quite pleased with how it turned out.  Obviously, we had to replace a couple pieces of wood, but for the most part, it was an easy DIY project.  It took me about two days. 

As for the knobs, I ordered the nautical themed knobs from Amazon and the top two were original to the dresser.  I just wrapped them in twine that I purchased from Michaels craft store. 

I tried my best to take good pictures of it for you guys, but the lighting just wasn’t filtering into the kids room.  They have one tiny window to let in light and I rearranged this dresser all over their room to capture the best lighting I could.  That’s life as an amateur photographer who tries to work with natural lighting!

Alright, I’m off to the kitchen to start prepping for dinner tonight.  The kids will be waking up from their nap any minute.  —Scratch that.  I hear their little footsteps prancing around upstairs.  They’re up!

Buh bye!

Reads & Knits

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I was caught in that situation again, where I place a hold on all of the books I want to read at the library, and then they all arrive at the same time.  I always feel rushed to read them when this happens.  One book is mine and I recently finished it.  Bubba is now reading it and finds it as enjoyable as I did.

 

Here is the list of the books:

The Dirty Life

French Kids Eat Everything

Jesus>ReligionFinished/great book to read

The White Queen 

I am almost finished with, The Dirty Life; I just started the, French Kids Eat Everything; I’m about a quarter of the way in on, The White Queen.

 

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As for my knits, I finally finished with The Big Easy.  I should have finished it a long time ago, however, I must live in the craftiest state in the U.S., because every time I trudged to the stores to find the needle sizes, they were always sold out.  It drove me nuts.  I finally ordered them online, and once they were in, I finished it that same day.  Easy peasy.  If you’re looking for a simple knit, I highly suggest this one.  My only complaint is that my son’s head is obviously much larger than an adult female because it sits much tighter on his head than mine.  I really thought it would be kind of slouchy on his head.  Oh well, he loves it and has worn it everyday since I finished it.  That’s all that really matters!

 

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Linking up with Ginny at Small Things.

shadows simply mean there is light shining somewhere…

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I dusted my camera off the other day and set out to capture a few shadow themed pictures before the sun had completely set.  I really want to begin branching out and become more creative with my photography.  I also want to use subjects other than my children.  It will take time though, mainly because at the moment, I have to drag them everywhere I go. 

Plus, taking photos of squirmy toddlers isn’t easy.  Most of them come out blurry.  Like one of the pictures above.  Still, it was fun to mess around the shadows that the natural light created, and adding effects in Photoshop made them bolder.  That is really all I have to say about this post! If you have any questions, let me know. 
Here’s to great weekend!
Do you have any “photo themes” that can challenge a stuck in the rut amateur?
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