Whats been happening?

So, its been awhile since I’ve written. Which I know I said I’d get this back up and running again, my last post and that was forever ago. Total fail on my part, I know. But… this time, I’m serious about getting things working again. I have some things up my sleeves that are pretty exciting!

Whats been happening in the mean time? SO MUCH. Its one of those things where you don’t realize how much has happened in a span of time until you sit back and think about what all has happened. But in this case… there are two huge ginormous wondrous things that overshadow everything else, haha.

  1. I finally graduated from Texas A&M University!! I have a BA in International Studies with a minor in Business and a minor in French (but no, my French isn’t incredible, haha). To everyone who’s stuck with my blog, patiently waiting while I worked on school and occasionally wrote posts, thank you thank you thank you. You are amazing.

    My family came to College Station to see me walk the stage, bright and early in the morning (it started at 9am, eek! Thank goodness for dads who are willing to do starbucks runs for everyone ;) We then headed back to Houston for even more exciting things which will make more sense after I talk about thing #2

  2. On July 10th, 2017, my boyfriend proposed! Which is such a fun story. I’ll be telling on the blog sometime in the near future, don’t worry!

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes ❤️

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    Theres so much I could say about this – I cannot wait to start the next chapter of my life with my best friend. I realize since I haven’t written in a long time, not everyone might have known I was even dating someone, haha! This was not the first time Sam and I had dated, interestingly enough, but thats another story!

    Our wedding date is January 14th, 2017 – just 149 days away! But who’s counting ;) We have a lot of big things already taken care of – mainly the venue, my dress (!!) and the photographer! With leads on almost everything else, so the planning is going very nicely!

Now I’m focused on wedding planning and not on class lecture notes, essays, and making sure I have enough scantrons for my classes! Which is a wonderful trade, I couldn’t be happier!!

I’m making a comeback! As a little idea of what I have in mind for my blogging and fibery future, it might include a podcast (whaaaat, yes a podcast!) and maybe some hand dyed yarn! But I’ll still post about my knitting projects, wedding plans, baking/cooking adventures and whatever else might pop up in my mind!

[color] [big things ahead]

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Hope everyone is doing well, thanks for sticking around! Keep your eyes peeled for new posts and exciting new things!

Out with the old, in with the new…

So, my last post was on October 20th? Which I feel like doesn’t even count because it was a Musical Monday. After.. another Musical Monday.

Crazy things have happened.. My first semester of junior year began and ended; passed all my classes, even French, despite my worries; everything that has happened with my younger brother, Joey. These past couple weeks have been a whirlwind, haha. So many good things happened this past semester as well.. too many to list, haha.

Christmas is over! 2015 is here! Did I get all my Christmas knitting done in time? No. Did I get any of my Christmas knitting done in time? No. Thats okay, haha. The events of the past couple of weeks have caused knitting to fall lower on the priority list, and thats fine. There were more important things to be done!

In the mean time, while I get back on track with FO posts and such, here are a couple pictures, in no particular order, that I took during the semester with full intention of blogging about them, but never got around to it. Silly school! ;-)

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It was a full year. It was a full semester. Its a full life! I have no clue what 2015 holds for me, but I know that its going to be good. Christmas of 2014 held some of the worst moments of my life.. but also some of the absolute best. I also received the best Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten. We had a Christmas miracle this year… God showered not only His mercy and blessings on us, but also His peace and strength.

I hope everyone had a marvelous Christmas and end of 2014, I know I did.

My Creative Inspirations

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Recently, I was asked by lovely Melody (Mandarine’s is her blog and it is absolutely stunning!) to participate in a fun blog hop and answer some questions about inspirations, creative processes, and why I do what I do!

I thought these questions were really interesting and I enjoyed answering them! They questions that are really intriguing to think about!

Question 1: What am I working on?

Sadly, I know I could go on for days talking about the things I have on the needles. But being in college and having my solid knitting time pretty much chopped in half (if not more! *sad face*) I’ve become more monogamous (though not 100%.. or even 80%, haha!) So, I mainly consider things I’m working on things that I’m always thinking about, and are in rotation of what I might bring with me to class or not (depending the size :-P) I’m working on the Bellows Cardigan as a KAL with my mom; the Monte Rosa hat pattern, and a Tunisian crochet blanket.

I also have some pattern ideas in mind… I’m feeling the need to make some mittens, but with flaps for the thumbs and fingers. Because its impossible to text with mittens on! Which is sad, because if you have adorable handspun mittens you knit and you have text messages to answer, you have to constantly take them on and off! Which only results in cold hands, haha. I know there are patterns out there with these design elements. But none of them seemed to fit the gauge I wanted or the construction didn’t make sense! I’m really excited about this! I love the look of handspun mittens, and I definitely have more than enough handspun to make multiple pairs :-P

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Question 2: How does my work differ from others?

I wouldn’t say that my work is so much different than anyone else’s. Everyone crafts in their own way, unique to themselves. Same thing with writing, people write in a way that is special to them! One thing that may set me apart (though there are a lot of us out there) is my age and how that affects how I approach crafting and writing. Not a good or bad a thing, but something that definitely affects what I do!

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Question 3: Why do I write/create what I do?

To me, knitting, crocheting, spinning, any kind of crafting, is a form of art, its a form of expression (a wooly wonderful form of expression :-P) Knitting and writing are things that are familiar and comfortable to me. I go to them when I need Me Time or need to cool my jets. The idea of having something that I’ve made and can use when I’m done! Theres nothing quite as comforting has going to take a hard test or do something difficult with having a hand knit cowl or sweater (or both!) on. Knitting can have memories woven into each stitch. Good ones, bad ones… Both are encouraging! The good ones for obvious reasons, haha. But also the bad ones because you can look back and see what you’ve gone through, how you made out alive, despite the tremendous difficulty… reminding you that its not the end of the story! The project is finished… you survived! I wear some of my cowls and sweaters and am reminded that God is faithful, He brought me through my hard times.

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Question 4: How does my writing/creative process work?

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself to be inspired by more and more things… big and little! It could be anything like groups of colors together, something in nature, pictures of knitting, things people have made or more seemingly-random things like reactions of people I’ve observed, sounds or music, or things I’ve read! Another thing I do when I write, is I try and write in a way that is similar to the way I talk (minus the occasional grammatical errors :-P) I, personally, enjoy reading blogs that write in a conversational manner. So, I try and write in a way that seems more like a chat that might be happening at a yarn store during a knit group :-)

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Thanks again to Melody for inviting me to do the blog hop… even though I’m almost a week late (this past week was absolutely insane with school. So many things due and tests!!) This was a little glimpse into my creative process!

Being creative is such a joyful and happy thing. Its fun to see how everyone does it differently!

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(picture taken at Yarntopia! If you’re in the Katy, Texas area, check it out!!)

That knitting procrastination…

My Featherweight Cardigan is about 95% done!

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I’m soooo close to being done. I’ve even woven in all the ends. Its completely done. Except the collar. Which I still have around 2″ left to knit.

The cause of this procrastination is pretty obvious. There are a couple reasons… One of them being school, getting back into the swing of things. The other one being that I cast on Tea with Jam and Bread which hijacked my time (I mean, it went so quickly! It was knitter’s gratification heaven! You can’t blame me! Why knit an inch on something on US4 needles, when you can whip out half sweater on US8 in the same amount of time? Note: thats an exaggeration. But you get the idea.)

But after I finish Bolt, my bring-along-to-class/large group project, my Featherweight will take its place.

I’ve gotten a lot done on Bolt over the past couple of days. I’m on the home stretch now… all it is right now is decreasing a stitch every couple rows for a long time. I really like the shape of it… I think the whole boomerang shape will be really easy to wear and keep on.

Haha, it seems like no matter what I always encounter knitting procrastination of some sort on all my projects. Whether it has to do with weaving in ends, knitting the last little bit on a sleeve, seaming things together, blocking it, ooor knitting those last 2″ of the collar.

Its so easy to get distracted by new patterns and new yarns. Also old patterns with old yarn. Or whatever shows up, if its knitting related… its easy to get distracted by it :-P

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!!

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 :-/