Thursday, August 27, 2015

County Fairs and Craft Shows

So we're still waiting on loan stuff to process so that we can start looking at houses to buy. James got a promotions, so we've been trying to plan things accordingly. Otherwise, everything is just day to day, moving slowly along, as life tends to go when you're waiting for things. So I've been trying to stay busy. Friends of ours send me a huge box of seashells from Florida, so I made this.
I also made another Pikachu, but much smaller this time. (Probably about two inches tall.) He was an adorable commission.
Then I did this scarf for my local knitting group. Our next knit-along starts September 10th, and is a cabled scarf.



I finished my socks!!! My first ever successful pair, after a few failed attempts. They're a little saggy around the Achilles tendon, but I think I know how to fix that for my next pair. Otherwise they're warm and snuggly and I love them.

In other news, a local yarn store here is going out of business so I bought a 50% off baby sweater kit. It was just too cute, I couldn't help myself. I bought it Friday morning, cast on Friday evening, and today I've just finished the button bands. I'm now doing the applied i-cord collar and edges.





I'll even have leftovers for a hat or booties that match. In other news, I entered that shawl into my local county fair. I got second, which is exciting. Next year, I'm aiming for first.
I also got my business cards printed out. So I'm all ready for my very first craft show on the fifth.
I have two tiny turtles and a mask to finish after I finish this baby sweater, and then I was commissioned for some Christmas stuff for a coworker. So I've got commissions closed until I'm all caught up. I should probably actually work on my WIP basket too but it's mostly big stuff right now. There'll be tons of knitting pictures after my craft show, for sure. Until then, I'll try to post more regular updates.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WIPs and Big News!

Well let's start with the big news :) James proposed on the 17th and we should be be getting our apartment by the beginning of September. I'm so excited :)

In yarn news, I am crocheting my new fiancé (eek!) a packers blanket because he's a fan. (Yarn is red heart team spirit, pattern is just a granny square.)
I've also started the third skein in our blanket, and it's about a foot long, maybe 14 inches now.
A few years ago, I was knitting a shawl I had called Cope. I ended up tearing it out because lace with size sixes and Caron simply soft doesn't work. I'm now working it with twos and an unnamed lace-weight that was gifted to me.
In sock news, I have a sock and an almost-half sock! I'm about two inches from the heel turn.
I found fox printed fleece at Walmart for cheap, so I got two yards and a matching yarn to crochet or knit a border onto it. On that note if anyone has a favorite border they use, let me know!
I also have spun a teeny tiny bit but I haven't really had the drive to do it much lately. I found a wheel I want but we won't have space until we get a house probably. Someday though.
A cross stitch that I started ages ago when I went to visit my best friend in Florida, and has sat in my basket of WIPs since I got back. That was a year and a half ago. 
I also found a local knitting group that I'm really enjoying. Right now, myself and the teacher are the most experienced people there. Everyone else is new to it and they're all very excited to be there. I got my copy of the pattern for their knit-along and grabbed the yarn I bought in Florida. I go back to the knitting group Wednesday and I'm so exited to see what everyone else has.
 
I also have a dream catcher in progress., but it isn't anything worth taking pictures of yet. I have so much stuff I progress, and I really need to do my butt in gear! Hopefully soon I'll have something finished.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Busy as a bee

The only thing I have to show off is a sock that I've been working on.
I've been carrying it with me and I haven't been home much, but it is progressing nicely. I've been getting a good amount of hours at work, and slowly saving up for our own apartment. There's also a sale in my shop going on right now, 20% off of all items if you use the code 4years in honor of my four year anniversary of having the shop open. I also have two open commission slots (just send me a message on the facebook page if you're interested in a custom order). James and I will also be celebrating our one year anniversary next weekend, on the tenth. That's about all I have to talk about right now, until I get motivated to knit some more. I haven't had much of a drive for it lately but hopefully I'll be back at it soon, that way I have more to show off next time I post. Sorry for the silence guys. I miss you al!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Baby Shower

Now that the baby shower is over, I can share the gifts I made for the expecting mama! A boob-hat and a little sweater!





Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gotta Catch 'em All!

The new job is going great! I love it, and all the coworkers I've got so far are really cool people. A few of them even knit!
We are also still hunting for an apartment. Finding one that accepts cats is the hard part, but onward we go.
In other news, Pikachu is DONE DONE DONE and also giant. It's also perfectly snuggly and I can't wait to see it go to its new home. And the baby shower is this coming Sunday, so I should have at least two more projects to share in a few days.

Butt details
Face details
Also here have a cute picture of me cuddling the Pikachu.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Stuff

I finished some things, a baby sweater, but I can't post pictures just yet. It's a baby shower gift at the end of the month. I also have to make a hat for that, and Pikachu is ALMOST done, I just have to sew the whole thing together. I fixed the giant head problem.
James and I moved into my dad's a few weeks ago, and will be here until we find an apartment of our own.
I start a new job tomorrow, and will be working two jobs for the rest of this month. I'm really excited for these opportunities, but it will leave me with very little knitting time.
I'll post updates when I can!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Busy Day, Busy Life

I've been feeling like life will never not be busy. I'm going back to school in the fall, and my boyfriend and I moved in with my dad for the next few months (because our roommate turned out to be a bag of dicks but that's a long story.), until we can save up for a deposit on an apartment or we can get a house (not sure which we're going to do just yet.) BUT that means I have yard space for all of my plants!
And today has been quite a busy day for me! I got up with James this morning, he left for work, and then I made breakfast (just a bowl of cereal), and got right outside and did some gardening. Yesterday, before I started tilling, my patch looked like this:
A right mess, that's for sure. After lots and lots of tilling and spending time on my hands and knees pulling up roots and rocks, I finally got it clean. Today, I put my cantaloupes (twenty plants) and cucumbers (six plants) into the bed.

 I also put the cilantro in and sowed some parsley seeds.
 Tomorrow, I'm going to finish clearing out an old raised garden bed that's on the other side of the house, put the habaneros into it, and then I plan to get strawberries and carrot seeds as well.
On the knitting front, one skein of yarn has gone into the blanket, and it got me almost six inches. I'm on the second skein, and there are eleven total skeins, so my guess is that the blanket will be about sixty inches long. It's wide enough to cover our full sized bed.
 I've also finished Pikachu's head, and it's WAY bigger than I expected it to be. I thought I'd done the pattern wrong, but I read through it again and it looks right to me, but it also doesn't match the picture. I'm thinking about ripping it out and starting the head over. We'll see once I finish the body.
  I have started the body, but I haven't gotten too terribly far on it since I've been busy with work, apartment/house hunting, or other household duties. It's really been too cold for gardening up until yesterday.
 I've also been working on another Christmas ornament. Who's that Pokemon?! (Hint: it's Butterfree.) I just have to add his face, and then I'll figure out how I'm going to do the wings. They're kind of complicated looking so I'm not quite sure what to do just yet. I'm also not sure how to bake him either, because there is no oven at my dad's house.
 Among all of those things, I've also got a cute picture of my cat! She sleeps in bed with us at night, but down at the foot of the bed. When James gets up in the morning, she comes and climbs into the warm spot he leaves behind. She even puts herself under the blanket! I love it.
 Soon, I hope to have more garden pictures, and better/more knitting and crocheting pictures! Until next time :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Five years

Happy bloggiversary! April 13, 2010, I wrote my first ever blog on this page. It took me a while to get a hang of how it all worked, but here we are five years later. I've been through SO much in the last five years: homelessness, moving twice, a bad breakup, moving again, cancer, the loss and gain of a whole lot of friends, moving again, getting a job and a car and my license, finding the love of my life, changing jobs, and graduating school.
Over the next five years, I hope to graduate a few more times, and maybe we might get married and have a kid or two? Eventually, anyway. And moving is in the cards at least one or two more times (from a house with my boyfriend and our roommate, to an apartment of our own, to a house of our own eventually.)
Thank you to all of my followers, for being here for me through all of this. It's been an awesome five years of knitting. Here's to another five.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Homespun

I finally finished spinning that set of gradient fibers. Black Shetland, dark grey llama, mid-grey Jacob wool, light grey mohair, and white Cotswold wool. I have about 125 yards altogethher, and I'm not sure what to knit with it yet, but it's definitely ready for knitting!






I also made a little monster out of felt. My friend is adopting a baby, and she decided to go with a monster themed nursery because that's pretty gender neutral, and they aren't sure if they're getting a boy or girl.


I cut out a front and back, and then eyes and spots, and sewed them all to each other, lightly stuffed it, and then drew the smile and the pupils on with a fabric marker. He's going to get attached to a mobile to hang above the baby's crib, and the whole rest of the nursery has all kinds of adorable monsters.
Until next time, I'm still plugging away on pikachu and the blanket. And a baby sweater.