Knitting life lessons and adventures…

the WEB’s facebook shared this the other day, and I thought it was so wonderful I wanted to share it with you guys…

Its from a blog called Wonder & Wool written by the lovely Rebecca, and the blog post is titled “6 Life Lessons I have Learned because of Knitting“. I thought 6 of these lessons are spot on! First glance, I was thinking “Oh yeah, thats totally true of knitting”. But then thinking about applying the same things to life, its also true!

All of them hit home, but more so on 1, 2, 3, and 6.

For me, #1 and #3 kind of go hand in hand a little bit… Putting yourself out there can be hard sometimes, especially when you don’t know the other person so well or at all! Not for everyone, of course, but it can be scary!


So while I was in Paris, France studying French at the University of Sorbonne (yes, my arms look kind of like chicken wings, haha) I made it a point to find a yarn store if I could, and if they had a knit night, I would go. Even though I didn’t know if there were any English speakers of any level or anything that would make it comfortable for me the first time.

Did some Googling, found both L’Oisive Thé and La Bien Aimée, and had gotten a comment on Instagram that L’Oisive Thé had a knit night and I should try it out!

So, thats already achieving #1 on the list… thanks to knitting! Going out in Paris trying to find a place I had googled and hardly knew anything about it… That was a challenge!



(La Bien Aimée had just opened up and were still in the process of getting the sign up.. but its super noticeable because of it’s bright yellow color!)

I visited it the first time before knit night, and met some incredible people (who were American!) and were so welcoming. Made me feel right at home! And that was just the first time visiting! Bam, theres #3.

I continued to go the 5 weeks I was there, and enjoyed myself immensely! L’Oisive Thé is also a tea room, so there was delicious food and tea and cake involved d^_^b And yarn!




The owners (they’re both run by the same people!) were so so sweet (also originally American, and spoke English) and I had so much fun. The knit nights resulted in a room full of fun people, multiple languages being spoken, good food and drink, and of course, yarn.


I love how yarn or knitting, or anything that involves fiber crafts, can so easily bring people together. I met people from all over the world in this one yarn shop! All of them had fascinating stories and I had so much fun listening to them!

Being a knitter in that kind of environment makes it really easy to make friends, I think. Which was wonderful, because I was in a foreign city where I didn’t speak the language very well… but there were English speakers and also some incredibly nice and understanding Parisians who helped me with my French, haha.

If you’re ever in Paris… I cannot recommend enough L’Oisive Thé and La Bien Aimée. You MUST go there… they’re within walking distance of each other, so you can easily visit both ;-)

What kinds of things have you learned from knitting? I could go on for awhile the things I’ve learned from it, but I want to hear from you guys!

Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Chip Banana Bread Advantures

The other day I spontaneously made some banana bread. Which is the baking I love the best, haha. When you know you have the ingredients, or know where you can get them easily, so you just decide to take a study break/procrastinate and make some yum yums!

I had 4 over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter that I didn’t want to go to waste. They were either going to be cut up and frozen for smoothies or they would be banana bread. The whole idea of bread with chocolate won ;-)

So, to Pinterest I went, in search of the best looking banana bread recipe. I was definitely not disappointed, haha. The one I found from a blog called Sweet Delish did the exact opposite of disappoint… I’ll be reusing that recipe again and again. You can find it and the blog here — it looks like there are so many fun things to try!


The batter was incredibly easy, I whipped it up in about 10-15 minutes. I did add some things though! Nothing of huge consequence, haha. But I think it made the bread better, and I will be doing it that way again, haha.

In addition to just the regular chocolate chips, I had about a 1/4th of a bag of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips left, so I decided to just throw the rest of those in there. And holy banana! (No pun intended, haha) that was incredible. I also added in cinnamon (I just estimated it, nothing precise!)  to the dry ingredients and added an extra banana because I had 4… and wanted to use all of them, haha.


It was the perfect bread to go with a huge cup of tea… Agh, writing this makes me want to make some right now!

Sweater To-Do List

So begins another school year! Here we go!

New schedules, new routines, new events… and new knitting projects (you probably could guess I was headed in that direction, haha)

Over the summer, I was constantly collecting and being inspired for things I wanted to make for the fall, whether it be sweaters, cowls, shawls, hats, mittens, socks… ALL THE THINGS.


I cannot wait till the colder weather gets here, then I can really go crazy and be able to snuggle up in my handknit-squishy-goodness.


I got into the the habit of taking pictures that would give the illusion (“its all an illusion, Michael”) of it being an autumnal season. It made me feel better for obsessing about fallish/wintery things.

Once I got back to the wonderful United States of America, I sat down with my mom and we planned out what we’d like to make, and put together lists of things that we wanted to make, including yarn ideas that we would either find in our stash or purchase.

So here are a couple of sweaters that I cannot stop thinking about making, haha. I want to cast them all on now and then I can wear them… in the nonexistent cold weather. My time will come! Eventually!

  1. Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary — I’ve already started this one, actually… and its going incredibly quickly! Very easy construction.
  2. the Ingrid Pullover by Isabell Kraemer — Oh my goodness, I’m always a sucker for colorwork. Not too much, but slightly more spicy than a beginning colorwork sweater.
  3. Holly by ANKESTRiCK — These seems like the perfect comfy pullover with a couple little design elements thrown in there. This is probably what I’ll be doing next!
  4. Artichoke French by Laura Nelkin — I have the yarn for this sitting on my shelf! I think it’ll be cast on soon ;-)
  5. Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan — When this first came out, I wasn’t a huge fan of the shape of it, but when I saw it knit up when we were visiting Loop in London, I was sold. It is absolutely stunning! And also very in style for the fall, I think.
  6. Season’s Promise by Melissa Schaschwary —  Another one of Melissa’s patterns, haha. I love them so much! This looks like a cozy pullover with some fun texture to keep things interesting!
  7. Stay the Same by Veera Välimäki — Gotta have a fingering weight cardigan/pullover in there somewhere, haha. Though it has potential to take an incredible amount of time, it is SO cute and SO much fun.
  8. Old Romance by Joji Locatelli — It reminds me of the cardigan/lace version of Stay the Same, haha. Beautiful, playing with the colors would be fun. And interesting construction too.
  9. Jamestown by Amy Christoffers.— Cables. Slouchy. Free pattern. Beautiful.

Thats it for right now.. There are many others that I have saved in my queue, but these 9 are in the front of my knitting mind right now… Just waiting to be made. That being said, there are so many other things that are not sweaters that I can’t wait to make, haha. I’ll post about those later ;-)

Returning Home…

So, my blogging every week didn’t really work out that well… But I’m glad took the time that I was abroad and was able to submerge myself in the beautiful and magnificent historical monuments and pieces of art that was available to me.

Thats what pictures are for, right? ;)

Instead of bombarding you with ALL the pictures now, I’ll post a couple every so often. I’m also thinking about possibly putting them all online in a place where you can go see them easily. There were so many things that I was able to see and I was able to take so many pictures. Many times I wished my friends and family were with me to see all the incredible sights. But thats what pictures and story-telling are for :)

In other news! I’m starting my senior year this year, graduation is right around the corner (or a year away, haha). As you might have also noticed, there have been some changes around the blog!

Brand new… everything, haha. The About page hadn’t been updated in three years… so thats new and fresh, haha. The header and layout is brand new. Woohoo!

I have big knitting plans coming up – ideas, possibilities and inspirations. Hopefully they’ll all end up working out, but who knows. There are constantly new things being published… and all the knitters out there will know and sympathize with me, that its very easy to get distracted by all the new patterns and yarns being released :)

Being home has been wonderful. I’m so happy to be home – 10 weeks away from my bed, my friends, my family, and my cat was incredibly hard. But, of course, in the end, it was worth it. I’m definitely a better and wiser person because of my study abroad experience, and I wouldn’t change any of it.


Above is getting ready to  tearfully go through security on May 27th… and below is a tearful (but happy tearful, haha) reunion on August 8th.


Its amazing what being away for 10 weeks can do to a person <3

Première semaine à Grenoble!


Well, a full week in Grenoble, France as now been completed. Its crazy how fast its gone by!

Grenoble is such a beautiful place, its incredible to be surrounded by the mountains and trees.




I also get to take the trams to school, which means I get to see beautiful things on my way!


This is from walking around on campus…


Haha, I guess living in Houston, where there are practically no mountains… coming to a place like Grenoble, is mind-blowing, haha.

Classes are intense. As you would expect if you’re in class for 4 hours straight every day, haha. Which is really awesome! Even though I’ve only been here a week, with my classes, experiencing every day life in Grenoble, and living with my host family, my French has already gotten better! Who knows where my French will be at the end of my time here in Grenoble and then the 5 weeks in Paris.

When I first got here, my host mom and her two sons (so.. my host brothers?) took me to this amazing open market that is open only on Sundays here in Grenoble. We’d call it a farmer’s market in America, but this was different than any other farmers market I’d ever seen before, haha.

The quanitity and quality of the food and produce was absolutely stunning. There was so much and it was all so fresh. The colors were amazing, and just being completely engulfed in the Grenoblois culture.


As much as I do love it here… I miss home. I miss my cat, my family, my friends… My body is finally finishing up dealing with the affects of the wonderful jet lag, so this morning I accidentally slept through my alarms to go with my group on a bus ride to Chamonix (Which is about a 3 hour drive away). Which was a super big bummer because I really wanted to go, and I mean… a 3 hour bus ride, both ways? Thats 6 hours of knitting right there.

I texted my mom as soon as I realized what had happened, and began to express my feelings of how much I missed home, how I wanted to be home, and how all I really wanted right then was either a pizza or a huge cup of PG Tips (which.. is my favorite kind of tea. Seriously, nothing is better than a cup of it, haha)

Its really amazing how much words help. Also, technology. And also parents who are willing to wake up in the middle of the night for them, just so people (a.k.a. me, haha) are okay with life, haha. Then I went and talked to my host mom and me missing my alarms, and we laughed about how easy it is to do that.

Then I got one of my wishes, haha. A big cup of PG Tips, thanks to both my moms (host, and real, haha). Perfectly strong and sweet.

IMG_9675 Needless to say, that made me feel a lot better.


Also knitting. Though the action of knitting a single stitch is really small, its really cool how just a couple of them can really make one feel better. If you’re into knitting, that is ;-)


Its the little things.

All that being said, I’m really happy to be here. Being away for so long will only make being at home, and in America sweeter than it was before I left.

Begin: Study Abroad of Summer 2015


On May 27th, I hopped on a plane and flew across the Atlantic to begin an adventure that will be the adventure of a lifetime.

Having never flown internationally by myself (seeing as, before this trip, I’ve only done it one other time, haha), it was kind of like “WHOA WHOA WHOA, I’m… by myself. What in the world am I doing. What do I do if something bad happens. I don’t know anyone. I’m… wat…”

That being said, I had nothing to worry about. It was super easy, just like flying within the country, just with a couple (or a lot, haha) of hours added on to the flight time. It was nice that I had done it once before, so in the vague memories I had of getting off of the airplane in 2011 at Heathrow were definitely helpful.

IMG_9405 IMG_9403 So since then, I’ve gotten to meet and spend a lot of time sightseeing with my fellow AIFS classmates! Which has been incredible and a wonderful experience. Even though I’ve seen things like Big Ben and the London Eye before… I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing them and things similar, haha.

Also, during all this sightseeing that we’ve done within the past day and a half, as you can imagine…


I’ve been knitting, haha. Is anyone surprised by that? Coming from the girl who loves museums partly because she loves to walk around and knit at the same time, this should be absolutely no surprise, haha.


Yesterday evening (…which was Thursday, the 28th. I’m so messed up, the days are so confusing now! #timechanges #jetlag) we did the Hop On – Hop Off bus tour around London, just to get an idea of things we might have wanted to do today (…which is Friday, the 29th. So, we just got on, and rode the entire thing through. Which is probably one of my favorite tourist things to do in London, or cities like London.

Its so great, you can just sit there looking around and listening to people tell you about all the things that you’re going by! The weather was a wee bit chilly, but I did have my FRESHLY FINISHED COLOR AFFECTION


(*cue applause and cheers*) (yes, I did manage to finish it before leaving, and I’m so glad I did. I may or may not have cheated a wee bit on the boarder, but who cares… it turned out exactly how I wanted it, and I love it sooo much)

Anyways, so I continued to knit during said bus ride, and also today…

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IMG_9444 True, they’re a bit out of order, seeing as they start off with the brim of the hat (which I’m about to tell you about!) being a lot longer than it is at the end, at St. Pauls, haha.

I just started (in the Heathrow airport, haha) the Barnraiser hat by Julia Trice (which every single time I either write it out or type it out, I always said “Bairnraiser”… which I guess works?.. but a little different, haha)

I’m also using super super old stash… I don’t even remember when I got it, its that old! But its been in my stash forever (perfect for Stash Dash 2015! I signed up to do 10k.. I think I can do it, haha), its Rowan Felted Tweed DK. In some dark purple colorway, haha. I’m really excited about this hat, love me some cables, haha. I’m not sure what color of pompom to do though! Either go super drastic, and do something really contrasting. Or, maybe stick with a white or light grey… Who knows!

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I’m so glad I had my Color Affection (there will be an FO post soon, I promise! Joey kindly took pictures for me literally right before I left, haha.


So, this is the last bit of the Roman wall that is still alive and well. Seeing this awaked the Scholite in me, and reminded me of reading and learning about everything Roman and Greek. Knowing all that stuff made seeing the wall that more special.

This is literally just the beginning of my 10 week long summer adventure, and its already been so incredible! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer holds… besides school, of course :-)


This is such a beautiful city, and I’m sad we have to leave tomorrow. But I know I’ll be back in August!

We’re flying to Lyon, France tomorrow, then off to Grenoble for 4 weeks! School is about to start! The summer is going to fly by…


I’ll be back soon!

“little by little, one travels far”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Color Affection II


Back in March, during Spring Break, we took a trip to Austin for a couple days… and of course, we went to the Hill Country Weavers. Who, happen to have Brooklyn Tweed yarns in their store ^_^

I went in that time with plans of getting yarn for the Guernsey Wrap  but was too distracted with another idea that popped into my head when we walked in the door.

Plans were changed, and I decided to get the yarn to make another Color Affection by Veera Valimaki  with Brooklyn Tweed LOFT in the Snowbound, Cast Iron, and Soot colorways!


Then when I went to take pictures, Jeeves was very interested in helping me…


He was very keen on the idea of rolling around on the shawl and cleaning himself…


And have a nice stretch… oh, Jeeves, what a silly.