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.  

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. 

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.

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I finally started knitting Nathan’s hat for this winter.  He has been asking about it on a regular basis, which tells me that he anxiously waiting for me to finish.  I decided to go with the Big Easy pattern that Ginny used.  The pattern is exactly as the title describes it; easy.  It’s the type of pattern that I can work on while doing other things.  It doesn’t require as much concentration as some of the others I’ve knitted.  I can stop at anytime and be able to pick it up without questioning what stitch I am on. 
As the saying goes–So far, so good.
Currently I am reading Jefferson Bethke’s book, Jesus>Religion.  It is his first book that stems from his controversial video that made the news and spurred debates for weeks.  I’ve been a fan of his videos for over a year now, and if you’ve ever watched them, his book is written much of the same way.  He writes just as he speaks, making it a fast and understandable read.  He talks about homosexuality—since his mother is gay—and other debatable topics.  It has been a really good book, and if you’ve ever felt stuck on the hypocrisy within the American church, then you should pick up this book.  It has good insight, but many would still argue over its chosen topics. 
Then again, when has religion not spurred debates or cause a person to become defensive?  Any way, pick it up, even if you don’t have a belief. 😉

Linking up with the lovely Ginny, today for her weekly Yarn Along!

A Throw

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I started working on my throw and so far, I’ve only experienced one hitch.  It was the  cast on method.  I had never used the long tailed cast on before and it took a few tries to get it down.  Once I figured it out, it proved to be a very efficient method.  I’m actually a little further along than what is pictured, but, I had already taken this set of photos a week ago and decided I may as well use them!
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So you know when all the books you put on hold at the library come in at the same time?  Yeah.  That’s what happened to me. 
I’ve been reading a little bit in each book every day; although, despite my best efforts,  I’m sure I will be rechecking them out soon. : )  
The Case For Christ is really good.  This book was written by an atheist, of all people!  It was a famous journalist, Lee Strobels’, journey to prove Jesus didn’t exist, only to end his four year journey by becoming a believer.  This is a, the proof is in the pudding, sort of book.  It’s kind of a slow read because you want to memorize all the information for that ONE day that you run into someone who asks you challenging questions.  If you’re an atheist, this book will answer nearly all of those hard questions that want proof that the bible is a reliable source.
The other books I will comment on next time.  If I tried to explain each book today, this post would be a mile long!
Instead, I will leave you with a list, incase you’re interested in any of them.
Linking up with Ginny, today.
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Beginning With A Blanket

I’m in the beginning stages of knitting my very first blanket.  I’m sure this is the first post, of probably many, concerning this throw.  It seems easy enough, but the fact that I have never knitted such a large piece before, I have a feeling that I may become overwhelmed at times. 
Even so, I am really excited to get it started and to have something I can cuddle with this Fall season.
As for the hat; I finished it last night.  I thought I would finish it sooner than that, but life dealt a different set of cards for me this past week that didn’t involve knitting.  This hat if for my husband, but I had my son model it for you today, since Bubba was busy mowing the lawn.  He did a nice job playing my model, haha.  
It is sort of funny that the last hat I made, that was for a child, I was the model.  And this hat, made for an adult, my child modeled. HA!  Go figure. 
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So the hat came out the way it was supposed to be.  It only took 4 tries.  I still have a little trouble “sewing” the ends together, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it one day.  The pattern wasn’t my favorite.  If I redid it, (Lord help me!)  I would do the whole hat in the k3, p7 pattern.  Any way. It is finished.  That is all that matters to me at the moment.  By-the-way, if you’re wondering, the hat is a slouchy hat.  I purchased this book for the pattern.
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This is a crummy picture, but the yellow yarn is for the blanket and the blue yarn is for Nate’s hat.
Until next time,
Liz
PS~ I’m reading a book called, The Mailbox.  It is a christian book based on the real life mysterious mailbox that sits on a North Carolina Beach that has an anonymous guardian.  I’ll tell you more about it next time because today, I’m not feeling very well.  Boo. 
Linking up with the lovely, Ginny, today

I’ll Be Seeing You :: Free Throw Blanket Pattern

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Before I begin rambling about my knitting, I want to express a few things about this book I finished called, I’ll Be Seeing You.  Girls…this book…it is good.  It breathed new life into my book reading funk.  This book romanced me, made me cry, made me feel nostalgic, and it certainly makes me miss the lost art of writing and receiving letters.  I hope you will check it out.  I found mine at the local library. 
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Now onto the knitting.  This hat for my husband has finally picked up speed.  I’m not sure why, but I just wasn’t in the mood to sit down and knit for awhile.  But now I am halfway finished, and could probably finish it within the next two days.  This is the same pattern that I tried and miserably failed, not once, not twice, but three times.  I wasn’t going to give up though.  Everything is going great with it, so I guess I can say that the fourth time is the charm! 
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After I finish this, I will be starting on this blanket, in hopes that I will have a nice throw for the Fall season.  I figure this color, might be nice for it.  I’ll let you know when I start it.  I will also be working on a new hat for Nate.  I suppose that is it this time around!
By-the-way, this throw blanket is a FREE download, and it looks nice. 
Linking up with, Ginny.
Always,
Liz

Finally Finished My Knitting Project…Successfully

This knitted hat that I am wearing is actually for my daughter, who is one.  Although it fits my head neatly, it’s actually a slouchy hat.  I wanted to take pictures of the hat on her, but when I finally dragged out my camera and its tripod, she had already fallen asleep.  So, it’s my head that you get to see as the model.  Ha!  Although, I think it looks much cuter on, Rori. 
And just to say this, it is much harder to take photos of yourself than I imagined.  I give major kudos to all the bloggers and models who make it look easy!

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After the horrible experience from the first hat I tried to knit, it was a relief to have finished this one, and have it look decent.  As for the hat that had a terrible beginning and ending, I’m trying that same pattern again, hence the above photo of the gray yarn.  I’ve procrastinated with this one so far.  Hopefully my creative juices will start flowing again, giving me the umpf I’m needing to start my clicking my needles together.
The book I decided to read, The House On Oyster Creek, was a book I was excited about reading.  So much so, I talked about it frequently to my husband, who politely smiled and nodded at my enthusiasm.  He doesn’t understand my excitement for new books. 
Sadly, the book has been very disappointing.  The tone just doesn’t set well with me, and the descriptions seem to drone on and on.  I’m going to push through another couple of chapters to see if it picks up before I decide to take it back to the library.
So, if you want to see waaaaay better knits, then head over to see Ginny, at Small Things.
Anyway, do any of you knit?  Want to knit?  I would love to see your projects, just leave me your link in the comments below!

I Tried To Wing It

Oh boy, this revitalized knitting journey is just not going my way.  I was confused about one of the symbols so I researched it, only to find myself not understanding the explanation of the symbols meaning.  So I did what I normally would and just winged it. When you decide to “wing it” you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right.  My chances just happened to land on the wrong side.  
What I’m saying is, I messed the pattern up again.  This also means I am short on my yarn, also meaning that now I have to cut a few rounds out.  If you are lost, then you can read my first post here.  Whenever I stopped knitting two years ago, I was still at the beginner level, so it really is no surprise.
But I’m determined to finish this thing, even it looks revolting. 
As far as what I personally think…
I’m really enjoying being back in the swing of things.
The yarn is really ugly!!  It looked okay when it was wrapped up in a ball at the store, but after seeing it in a knitted pattern…I just can’t dig it.
Despite failing with this hat, even on my third try (isn’t third time supposed to be the charm?) I am looking at the bright side of it.  It means I’m learning…albeit the hard way…but learning none the less. 
The two books I am reading are on opposite sides of the spectrum.  One is an older teen fiction titled, A Temptation of Angels, and the other is an adult women’s fiction titled, Nights in Roadanthe.  Right now I’ve focused mainly on the first book.  It is highly addicting to read and full of mystery.  If you can put aside the teeny-bopper romance, then I would suggest anyone who enjoys a little wonderment and mystery to read this book.  The other one is slow, dramatic, and romantic, which is Nicholas Sparks signature style.
Any how, I plan on finishing up this hat by the end of the week and then I will be looking for a new hat pattern for a teen.
Any pattern suggestions would be appreciated!! (as long as it is an “easy” level, lol)