Louise Cardigan

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Theres something so satisfying about a wet sweater laying on a towel, pinned to the floor.

Whats even more satisfying is being able to wear said sweater, haha. I’m not quite there… yet. But I’m close! So close!

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Louise Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hodge

I blocked this about two weeks ago, after starting (and getting really close to finishing it!) during Spring Break I took it home with me with full intention to do the button bands and neck band. That didn’t happen. But, I had good intentions!

Its all ready to go. All I have to do is just knit maybe 40ish rows in total and sew on buttons. I even wove in all the ends already. But I have a feeling that I probably won’t work on this until after school is over(3ish weeks! WAT!?)… possibly. Who knows, I could totally be wrong! My knitting impulses have been kind of random lately, so it could happen. It might not.

If it does happen though, it’ll definitely be up on my Instagram! So, if you want to have more frequent updates about my knitting life, I suggest you follow me! I’m either posting stuff about yarn/knitting or adorable cat pictures my mom has sent me (which makes me miss our cats horribly… but I’m going home for Easter, so I’ll get to see them then ^_^) or my current tea and nom nom that I happen to have while I study, heehee.

I’ve also finished my Daybreak. I started the Perseverance, its going splendidly! I’ll take pictures soon, hopefully, and get those edited and posted. And I still need to block my Daybreak and get pictures of that…

and I have all the French homework to do, Astronomy homework, two big presentations, a huge final paper, and two cumulative finals to study for…

Despite all the crazy crazy school, I’ve made a point to knit at least a couple rows a day. Even if I’m no where near finishing my to-do list. Even if I technically don’t have the time… I make time. Knitting is my thing (or one of them, haha!) that keeps me calm. Sane. Okay (ish, haha!) with whats going on. Relaxed, even if its just for a couple minutes. If I cut that out completely… 1) that’ll be super sad. and 2) that won’t be good for me!

This makes any kind of progress extremely slow. But I’ll take what I can get! At this point, I don’t really care how long something takes me. I’m just happy to be able to knit whenever I can. And I enjoy every single row and every single stitch.

Now, I’m off to go throw that Daybreak in the sink and give it a little blocking love before watching the Blood Moon Eclipse (which gives away the fact that I wrote this a day before posted. But thats okay. Good intentions, right? Right d^_^b)

Knitting Plans… for when school is less hectic.

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I wish you guys could smell this yarn. (Yes, non-knitters… I do wish that. It is a thing knitters do.) For it smells heavenly.

This was one of the skeins that my mom picked up for me from Loop in London while she and my dad were there back in January.

I’ve been thinking about what exactly to do with it… and couldn’t quite figure it out. So, it stayed in its skein. Just sitting there.

I’d occasionally (okay, quite often) pick it up to smell it and 1) wish I knew what to do with it and 2) wish I had the time to do something with it, haha! (Why, school, why?!)

I brought it with me when I went home for Spring Break, thinking maybe inspiration would strike and I’d cast something on.

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Its now caked up, so I did end up thinking of something ^_^

I’ll be making another Perseverance Shawl by Lauren Weinhold (free pattern, woohoo!)

According to my Ravelry project page, I made my first one out of Noro Sekku back in 2010. Which is just crazy. It was that long ago? It still remains one of my most-worn/most-complimented items!
(Whats also crazy is that I had been blogging for awhile at that point.. Where has the time gone?!)

Handmaiden Casbah Sock (I think its Casbah Sock… I don’t have the ball band with me at the moment) has such amazing drape, its really soft, the colors will fit really well with the linen stitch, I think… It seemed like a perfect fit ^_^ I think this particular colorway name is Stormy Seas? Or something that has to do with stormy and water, haha!

Though the decision was made and all I have to do is cast on… I haven’t done that yet. Mainly because I’m trying to be good and finish some stuff before I cast on something new. I’m also in the process of preparing for two big tests next week, and just gearing up for finals (Which is in 4 WEEKS. 4 weeks, people. That is just mind blowing. And also extremely scary). So, knitting time = even more cut back.

It is going to happen though. I have another Daybreak on the needles right now (pictures coming soon! I have them! They are edited! All I have to do is post them!) and all I have left now is the edge. So, I gotta finish that then I’ll cast on Perseverance d^_^b

P.S. – Three words… Tour. De. Fleece. I’M SO EXCITED FOR IT!!

Musical Monday!!

Whoa, what is this? Musical Monday? Didn’t this fade awhile ago? Is it alive again?

Haha, well, it is today. Its Monday. Usually Mondays aren’t really that fun… so thats why you listen to good music d^_^b

Enjoy!

Spinning and Knitting Goodness

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Happy spring break! Long time no see, huh? Yes, I realize my last post was more than a month ago, where I said I hoped I would be able to write more. Ha, that was super successful, wasn’t it.

In addition to not having a super amount of time to work on stuff, I also didn’t have my photo editing program on my computer. So, that made editing a pain and not very convenient at all, haha. But! I just downloaded it on my new computer, so I am set to go d^_^b

So, here I am… WITH PICTURES… (!!) to talk about that awesome thing called knitting. And spinning, that too.

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while at school, my spinning time is even less than my knitting time. Haha, probably because its not like I can pack up my wheel and carry it with me around campus. Needless to say, that’s what I’ve been doing mainly since getting home on Friday.

I first spun up some random braid I grabbed off my wall of yarny goodness. But this is something I’ve been saving since I got it… because its super special, and I have a fun idea for what I want to make with it when its done!

This is 8oz of “Baby, its cold outside” by Daybreak Dyeworks. I originally got this to be on the Daybreak Dyeworks Ravellenic Games team… buuuut, that didn’t really happen. School happened, haha.

Anyways! I’m spinning it now and loving every second of it. I’ve never gotten 8oz of any fiber before, so this is definitely a bigger project for me. It’ll be a fractal spun, 2-ply (haha… no surprise d^_^b) and I’m interested to see how much yardage I can get out of it. Usually when I spin this particular weight (or try to anyway, haha!) I usually get around 500ish out of 4oz.

Ultimately, I’d like to make the Quaker Yarn Stretcher by Susan Ashcroft with as much of my yarn as possible. True, the pattern is written for a worsted, but I can fiddle around with the gauge d^_^b

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I also finally cast this on. And you’re probably wondering, what in the world is this and why I use the word “finally”, haha. Things get so behind when theres no blogging happening, haha!

So, I got this yarn (Quince and Co Ospery) for my birthday! (Which was on Feb 15th. Hello, 21!) and I was going to cast it on then and it was going to be great. That didn’t happen, haha. If it did, I’m sure I’d be done with the sweater by now, haha.

I’ll be making Louise by Carrie Bostick Hoge and I am super excited about it, haha! So, the colors I’m going with is the coral for the bottom ribbing, neck band, and button bands. The grey for the main color of the body and sleeves. Then the navy (which is kind of hard to tell… its a beautiful navy!) for the cuffs. Still undecided on the buttons… but I have plenty of time for that d^_^b

What else am I excited about?

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These little stitch markers! And the adorable tin that they came in. They came from Slipped Stitch Studios and their Harry Potter club of the month deal. I don’t know if they have any left, I couldn’t find any on their website… But they always have super adorable stitch markers, bags, notions, all the things. Definitely check them out!

Also, if you’re in need of a super good book, I have a recommendation!

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Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith!

I’ve only read two books of Mr. McCall Smith’s (44 Scotland Street and Trains and Lovers) and I’m a huge fan.

If you enjoy people watching, you’ll love his books. What I like about the way he writes (or one of the many things, haha!) is that in addition to his own description of things (people, places, events, etc) he includes what characters think of the same things… but not really simple stuff, its more realistic opinions.

I got this book on… Monday and finished it on Tuesday. It was super super good. Also, don’t be discouraged by the Goodreads reviews about some of his books. If its an action/exciting story you’re looking for, this probably isn’t it. But if you want to enjoy the plodding along lives of multiple characters and their ins and outs… this is perfect. d^_^b

Also…

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Definitely loving all the cat time I’m getting. Definitely going to miss him when I head back on Saturday :-/

Yarn, School, and Tolkien

I bet everyone has a good idea as to why I’ve disappeared again. If you were thinking that school probably started back up again, you’d be right. That school, man. It really eats up time.

But I’ve been plugging away at my to do list, ended up with a little free time, and decided to catch up! I sadly don’t have any pictures with me… I have taken pictures. I have things I want to show you guys! So many things!

So, heres just a little blurb from me right now. Since my list of things to do was smashed and demolished (or almost. Go me!) for today, I’ll try and get some of those pictures edited and posts written when I get home.

Knitting wise, whats new??

SO MANY THINGS. These past couple days, I’ve been really struggling with startitis. I want to cast on ALL THE THINGS. And when I say “all the things”, theres a reason for the capitalization emphasis. I mean literally all the things. Yeah, its been bad, haha.

I’ve been good, though! I have a couple things that I have going that I know need to get done before I start anything. I think college is forcing me to become a more monogamous knitter, haha. I know if I cast on 10 things, none of them are going to get worked on. Especially if they’re all big things.

So, I’ve been mainly working on smaller things… hats, cowls, shawls, mitts… then I have two sweaters that are just plugging along.

Though, truth be told, these first 4 weeks, I haven’t had a ton of time to knit. Which is kind of a huge bummer (haha, the first two weeks, I felt like something was missing and didn’t know what.. then realized I had been too busy to knit. You know you’re a knitter when… hahaha!)

I’ve been able to squish it in though – a couple rows here… an inch or so there. I’ll take what I can get, haha.

The project I’ve been focusing most on the past couple of days is the Monster Cowl by Julia Allen in some handspun I did over the Christmas break (that I took pictures of… and then never wrote about it. Eh heh!)

Its super soft and squishy. I love love love. Plus, its going really quickly. I’ve knit about 20″ in about 4 daysish. And I think I need 45″ in total.. or however much I can get out of my handspun, haha! Like my other handspun, its a fractal 2-ply… and the colors are absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to show you pictures d^_^b

So, theres a thing called the Olympics coming up… might have heard about it, haha! And of course, I’ll be doing the Ravellenics (which I heard there was more drama surrounding that, and now I really don’t know what its called/whats going on, haha! So… to be safe, I’m setting goals for myself during the Olympics, haha. No name for it in particular ^_^)

Theres a Olympic party with my RUF friends here at A&M on the first day – you betcha I’m bringing something to cast on. Its going down, yo!

Tied to that, my parents recently got back from a 2 week long trip to Europe, London in particular. I was quite jealous, to say the least, haha! But my mom brought me back delicious yarns (among other things!) for me to enjoy. There are so many possibilities of the things I could make… its going to be so much fun! So what I end up doing for the Olympics, at least one of the things will probably end up being something from there :-P

Which ties in nicely to Diane of the Knitabulls Podcast’s Happy Heart KAL that is going on during the month of February. All thats required is you knit something with a skein of yarn that was gifted to you!

In regards to school, there is no denying, it is going to be hard (which I think I’ve said a ton, and I know I’ll keep on saying it… but oh well). French 4 (or 202 here, haha!) is no joke. One great thing about this semester is that I’m enjoying (for the most part, haha!) all my classes and my teachers are super amazing. Having that blessing is definitely a game changer when it comes to motivation and focus on the material, haha!

At the beginning of the semester, I came across this verse from 1st Corinthians 15:58 – “Be strong and unmovable. Work enthusiastically. Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless”

Its really easy to get bogged down in all the hard work that has to be done, school work, business related work, or personal stuff, and get stuck in the mindset that the work you’re doing really isn’t worth anything. Why do what you’re doing if its not going to be a success or appreciated? Or if its just a baby step to a seemingly unattainable goal, is that centimeter of progress really worth it?

Most of the time, when working on my French homework (especially listening comprehension, haha) I’m always like “Whyyy… am I doing this. This is too hard. I’m just putting myself through this for no particular reason, other than to do well in this class. Why.” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if all this life drama would just disappear? Just go away and not bother me anymore? It’d free so many things up…”

Thats not what God wants us to do. By obeying Him and doing the things He’s given us to accomplish and deal with… what we do is worth so much. We may not realize it, but the little things that are really hard or really small are bettering us (and possibly others around us!) in ways we can’t directly see. That is not to say that it won’t be hard or painful. It probably will be. But, in the end… our faith is strengthened and we are more equipped to face the next challenge.

Our responsibilities, no matter how small or hard, are always worth it. To God, they are not useless. They play an important role in our lives.

Haha, I wanted to end this with a quote from J.R.R Tolkien.. but when I searched for it, I found another one that is just as good. So, I end with both, haha.

The ever famous… “All who wander are not lost.”

“No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien.

FO!!: Lady Marple

Dear everyone, I have a finished object!

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This is the Lady Marple Cardigan by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne.

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I used Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter in the Snowbound colorway.

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No super big mods, just added an extra inch on the sleeves. Which happened totally on accident, haha! We went to see the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, to which I brought my sweater to work on. Starting with only an inch after the shoulder short rows (3″), I came out with an inch past what my goal was (18″). It was quite a triumphant moment, haha. Then next day I busted out the second sleeve in an evening… and a lot of football and Parks and Rec, haha.

I’m really happy with this accidental mod, haha. I love the fact that I can pull the sleeves down over my hands (which proved to be really handy while taking these pictures, because it was freeeeezing. But not really. For Houston/Texas, it was really cold outside.

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^ Gig’em d^_^b

Anyway, this sweater has been in my queue for forever… and I’m so happy I finally got around to making it ^_^

(*SIDENOTE*: I got cowboy boots for Christmas! Never had a pair before. I’m super duper excited! Every time I put them on, I really want to go dancing. Two-stepping, yo!)

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Started it on Christmas Day, while enjoying the wonderful family time. Then finished it on January 6th. Bam! The wonders of quick-knit sweaters on size US9 needles.

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It was such a fun and mindless pattern to knit. If you’re looking for a classic sweater, thats also easy an quick… This is perfect! Plus, its also cozy and will keep you warm, if needed. I think it’ll become my go-to cardigan ^_^

Shameless Enabling

You know you love it, haha. I know I do… though I know I should resist the urge and stay strong. No more new fiber or yarn till I use up some of my stash. Whenever I hear “Now I have some enabling” on a podcast or read it somewhere, I immediately perk up and am on the lookout for new goodies.

Saying to live by: You can never have too much yarn or fiber or crafty goodness.

That being said – read at your own risk. These online shops I’m about to inform you about have many EXTREMELY gorgeous things. Resisting them is definitely a challenge. With that, I wish you good luck!

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This was some of my loot from Christmas! My family knows me too well, haha.

On the left, we have “Tealberry” from Cloudlover. (Which when I found the link, I saw two other colors that are so gorgeous. Sugar Plum and North by Northwest really caught my eye). As of right now, I don’t have any set plans for this. When I start spinning, I’ll see what it wants to be and just go with it! I’ve never spun anything from Cloudlover, but I’ve only heard amazing things about it. I can’t wait! Its superwash BFL, and it looks like she has some Tealberry left! Definitely go check it out!

In the middle, is one Three Waters Farm. No surprise there, right? I’m quite addicted to their fiber. The colors… I want them all, haha! They are a bit more pricey, but still a really amazing deal for the quality you’re getting! Haha, every time I look at the shop page, the fiber nut in me goes a little crazy. So many possibilities! The two colors that I got are Summer Rooftops (which is a BFL wool roving) and Gold Tonal (which is Polwarth and silk).

As of right now, I don’t have any plans for Summer Rooftops, but the Gold Tonal, I have an idea. I’d like to try spinning just a single (which I haven’t done before) and then possibly making something like CatReading’s Curtain Cowl. I still need to do some research on spinning a single. I’ve heard theres a semi-complicated bath process to help calm down and re-energize the fibers. But I look forward to the challenge ^_^

Then on the right, is Daybreak Dyeworks! I love Dawn, she’s so incredibly sweet and her products are just amazing. Its been fun to see her business grow! The color I got is called Desert Sky and its superwash merino. I actually started spinning this last night, and its turning up beautifully! Its going to be a fractal 2-ply, and so I’m really interested to see how the fractal ends up! I’m hoping for maybe a worsted, but we’ll see d^_^b There are so many fun colors in her shop right now! “Baby, its cold outside”, “Lollipop”, and “Hipster” look super fun! Definitely check out her shop!

Heehee, so thats my shameless enabling for now. But I have a little bit more enabling for later ;-P But you should go check out these online shops, they have so much awesomeness to offer!

Also, I wrote this post with the help of the Frozen soundtrack (Does anyone want to build a snowman??) and a warm cat laying on top of me. I love not having any school to worry about ^_^

Up to my ears in Christmas knitting

Hello, again! I’m back! The month long hiatus was definitely not planned, it just kinda happened, haha. But while I was taking more pictures for this post (and future posts) and editing them I remembered how much I love doing this.

I have two weeks (ish) left of break before I head back to school. This coming semester is going to be crazy. So, I can’t make any promises in regards to blogging during the semester (curse you, school! Why must you take up so much time?!) But.. I’m still on break. And I want to get back into the swing of things!

Lots of stuff to show you… WIPs, FOs, lots of enabling (cause Christmas can do that to you ;-P) Heres just a little bit right now, because I don’t want to overload everything and everyone. That might be a bit much, haha.

Where to begin?! How about Christmas presents! (Though, sad day, I only have pictures of three of the 6ish I made. But I have more to make that didn’t have to be ready for Christmas. Definitely going to try and get pictures of those!)

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This hat was for my younger brother! It’s Eno by Jared Flood out of Drops Alpaca in the… grey mix colorway, I believe.

Super fun knit! Went pretty quickly… and I think my brother will enjoy wearing it on campus to keep out the cold (it gets cooold! Walking across campus in the wind and wet and cold. Yay for knitwear d^_^b) This was my first finished Christmas present of the season, haha. Got it done back in November, I believe. Ohh yeah.

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Note: This was finished late late on Christmas Eve. *cue victorious music* It was finished. Haha!

This was for my dad, it is the Antler Hat by tincanknits (which is a free pattern, btw! Yay!!) out of Drops Nepal in dark grey.

Hats as quick gifts… you really can’t go wrong there. (Unless the recipient doesn’t wear hats, but you still have millions of options, haha!) If I just worked on this, I’m sure I would have had it done in 2 days, 3 at the most. Or less, who knows. Its an amazing pattern, the cable pattern was really really easy to memorize and keep track of! Which I always have problems with when doing cables, haha. I didn’t need to carry around the pattern after one 6-row repeat.

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Now this one… sadly, did not get finished in time. But this was for my mom (who is also an avid knitter!) So, she completely understood when she saw my project bag with a name tag taped on it, haha. Yay for gifting WIPs still on the needles in the project bag, haha.

This one is a little bit more special because its knit with some handspun!

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I got the fiber and spun it up super duper quick, worried I wasn’t going to even get it spun up it time (once again, school. Why do you get in the way of so many things??) But I got that done! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my step-by-step progress, haha! I got the fiber from Three Waters Farm. Its a mixture of Merino, Silk, and Bamboo. In other words… insanely soft, haha! The colorway name is Frost.

I’m making the September Circle cowl by Melissa LaBarre, which from the ones I saw on ravelry, it looks amazing in handspun. Definitely a pattern I’ll be going back to! Plus, it goes pretty quickly.

I have plans to get pictures of various gifts on the various recipients, we’ll see if that works out :-P

In addition to those gifts, I made the Angles Shawl by Rose Jordan for my sister, Boyfriend by Lucinda Campbell for my brother-in-law, and my second Big Snowy Owl from the Purl Bee for my brother and sister-in-law. Then other things on my list that haven’t gotten started yet that are for non-related people. Phew!

Anyway, so thats it for now. I still have lots more pictures, and I’m sure I’ll have to take more tomorrow ;-P More stuff to come! Thanks to everyone who’s been waiting patiently for me to climb back out of my little hidey-hole. I know I don’t like it when my favorite bloggers disappear for no reason!