Monday, January 25, 2016

New Year Update - Fingerless Gloves and Redecorating

I'm finally finished with school - forever!! Well, maybe not forever, but I at least have my B.A. now. I'm considering going to graduate school but at the moment I'm going to enjoy the time off from school.

Over the holidays I had grand plans to knit and sew and do all things crafty. Unfortunately I had to work more than I expected so I only got a few things done.

New Year's Eve
On NYE my husband and I had some friends over. Of course I had to clean up and redecorate our downstairs before they arrived! About a year ago I bought a chest from an estate sale and my husband wanted to stain it. He promised he'd have it finished before NYE and he delivered! We also got a new couch (for free, booyah!) and I went to good ole Ikea to get a rug. I really love how it turned out. I also decorated the table for our dinner.

Baby Boy
The dinner party was so much fun and one of the couples announced they are having a baby boy, due in June! Of course that means lots of knitting so the baby has some hand made accessories. I started, but haven't quite finished, a cute beanie from one of my knitting books "Hip Knit Hats" by Cathy Carron. I adapted the pattern to be baby sized. So far it looks adorable, I just need to finish the drawstring and poms for the ends.

Fingerless Gloves
One of my other projects was a set of fingerless gloves. I had an inquiry on Etsy to knit them, but the person never followed through on the purchase so I'm keeping them for me! I knit them with 100% cotton and used ombre buttons. I really like how they turned out.

Progress pictures. I binge watched Jessica Jones while knitting these gloves. Great show!

And now the final gloves. The cotton makes them really soft and warm at the same time. I use them at work - in the mornings the office is pretty chilly to me and the gloves help without hindering my typing.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Learning to Sew

Over a year ago I found a brand new sewing machine at an estate sale. I was thinking about seriously learning how to sew and the price was too good to pass up. I've had little walmart sewing machines and could make pillow cases but I'd never tried anything else.

For a while I've been seeing beautiful, lightweight scarves and thought, I can make those! So I went to Joann's and picked out some fabric and decided this weekend I was going to try making some scarfs.

The first scarf I made I measured completely wrong. It turned out ok but it's too short to double up. I think I'll be able to use a brooch to pin it so it lays right. I might try making a new one at the right length next weekend.

The second scarf I made is for Halloween. I totally sewed it the wrong way but I think it looks ok. The skulls stand out and I like the rough edges around them.

The third scarf is on the new rack my hubby made me today. It's blue chevrons and is for my sister for xmas.

I had a lot of fun sewing these over the weekend. I learned quite a bit as well, like how hard it is to work with lightweight material! I still need to learn how to cut straight when there aren't obvious markers. But I think each scarf I made got progressively better than the last one. Progress!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Passport to Dry Creek 2015

This year my husband and I were treated to a weekend in Dry Creek for Passport to Dry Creek! My mother in law (MIL) invited us and we each took turns being the designated driver. The event took place on April 25 and 26 in the Dry Creek Valley of California.

On Saturday we started our journey at Quivira where we picked up our passports and had our first tasting.

Our second stop was A. Rafanelli which had a large spread of food and wine. During the weekend I tried my first lamb, rabbit, and duck meat. All were delicious and not anything like I had imagined. 

Outside the winery was a baby goat, who was absolutely adorable! I was surprised the entire weekend by how many wineries had dogs who were out and about, mingling with guests.

We visited several more wineries on Saturday capping it off with Fritz, the underground winery. The cave was spectacular.

As was the view from the outdoor area.

All of the wineries had gorgeous views of their vineyards. Some of the wineries we visited had views of the surrounding area. We had a perfect weekend with perfect weather, perfect company, and great wine and food. I definitely recommend this excursion. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Pattern - Easy Peasy Knit Cowl - Extra Long

Finally! I started this cowl about three weeks ago and with the two winter classes I've been taking, plus working 40 hours+ each week, I hadn't had a whole lot of time to knit. When I started this cowl I was set on having a super long, cozy, and soft cowl that I can wear a variety of ways. I think I succeeded! It's about 39 inches in circumference and if I don't wrap it, it falls nearly to my knees. I can wear it wrapped twice if it's not super cold or windy, or three wraps for closer and thicker coverage. But, it's not so close that it's suffocating, three wraps is actually just right for me

I have it posted on Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry. If you love it, please pin it! And I need some new buddies on Pinterest :( I had to restart my account since my old one got hacked and now I have no friends!

What do you think?

The new semester starts on Monday. The end is in sight! I have 7 classes left and then I am officially finished with my degree. Waaahooo!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Long Overdue Update and a Knitting Pattern!

What a semester it's been!

To catch everyone up, I ended up injuring my knee on day 22 of 30 of my running challenge and ended up having to take 8 weeks off. Since then I've still had pain in my knee so my running is limited to one day per week and only one mile at a time for now until I build up strength and stop having pain. I miss running and it's been hard to find other activities to do that don't put stress on my knee and that I enjoy. I hate biking so that is out. To be fair, I tried it for a couple of weeks and found zero enjoyment out of it.

The school semester started in August and kept me pretty busy. Working full time and going to school took up just about all of my time and this spring semester is shaping up to be even more time consuming. But, the finish line is in sight! If all goes according to plan and I get all the classes I need in Spring and Fall, I should be graduating in Fall!

The holidays snuck up on me and I didn't have time to knit anyone anything. I was planning on knitting my dad another beanie. I started and finished it this week since I am off of work. It turned out pretty good, I think he'll like it. I also got some nice Malabrigo Twist yarn that I made into a beanie. I am in love with this yarn. It was great to knit with, soft and didn't separate when I had to froggy it a couple of times. The beanie I made is so comfy. The pattern is up on my Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy stores.

I have one more skein of this yarn and am not sure what to make with it. Obviously something I can wear all the time since the yarn is so soft and comfortable. Maybe some fingerless gloves? Ideas are welcome :)

Did you have a nice holiday? Any plans for New Year's Eve?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Days 18, 19, and 20 of 30 Day Running Challenge

I slacked off this weekend and didn't post my updates for my running challenge. Saturday was a great run. My hubby ran with me and left the dogs at home and ran a fast mile. I didn't document it with my normal selfie though.

Sunday I took a break since it was our 1 year wedding anniversary. We had a great day eating and celebrating so I figured I could have one day off.

Today I did my 20th day (sort of). It was really really hot outside. Hershey and I only ran a mile but with the heat it felt like 10 miles. We ran it pretty fast too, I was surprised when I had finished to see that it was 9ish minutes. Really felt a lot longer.

Hershey clearly enjoyed the run. She's pretty adorable and I love that she enjoys running with me.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here. Day 15 is hereDay 16 is here. Day 17 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

WIP - Eyelet Scarf with Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Superkid Yarn


I love this yarn. LOVE it. It's soft and gorgeous and really easy to work with. It's Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Superkid in color 7713 Berry Patch. I got the idea for this pattern from the Eyelet Cowl that I created a while back that you can find the WIP post here and the FO and free pattern post here.

knitting pattern

So far I love how the scarf is turning out. The colors are fantastic and the pattern looks great. I haven't had much time to work on it with the busy schedule I've had recently but I'm hoping to have it finished very soon so I can share the pattern with the world!

knitting pattern

What do you think so far?