12/19/2014

oh, those pesky resolutions

At the moment I put down some of my other projects to finish,
knitting on a few bunnies for 3 of my nieces.
Almost done test knitting some fingerless cabled mitts.
Packing up my road trip knitting in my lovely new Jenna Rose bag
that I am so in love with and fits so much!
Last year I remember telling myself I would knit up a pair of socks every month..
only two complete pairs made it.
I do, however have number of half finished pairs of socks...
Instead somehow I ended up knitting 16 scarves, cowls & shawls.
Yes, that's 16! I only actually own about 5 of them, they mostly ended up as gifts.
 I could no sooner choose a favorite. 
I didn't stick to last years resolution so I'm not sure what makes me think I will stick to it in year 2015 but the plan/goal is this will be a year of knitting from my stash and knitting patterns from my library.
I've accumulated quite the stash this past year. 
Yes, this is a tall and a lofty goal considering it seems like everyday there is a new
dyer out there selling beautiful yarn that is hard to resist!!
I also blame instagram. I did find myself on instagram a lot more this year and 
this was a big reason for some of my stash enhancements. I don't think I would ever heard of some of these wooly wonders if it had not been for instagram. All those pictures of beautiful yarn and projects.
Every. Single. Day.
At some point though, I had to tell myself enough is enough.
That point probably came when my husband complained of finding yarn in one of his drawers because I ran out of room in my basket & yarn cupboard. I removed his clothes and took it over..
Priorities, you see! 
What are your stash plans for the new year? I'd like to hear what you do to get your stash under control and in order. I spent yesterday morning tidying up my crafty corner and trying to get some semblance of organization to my little living room.
Its hard though when you find a skein you totally and completely forgot you had
and all you want to do is wind it up and cast on something new!
Its alright though, things are tidy once again. I've put all my skeins in one basket and skeins that were winded into balls into another. I feel somewhat better plus now the yarn is in view and I an admire them from afar. Well, not that afar... just from my favorite spot on the couch. 
What were some of your favorite things you learned this past year?
Mine is german short rows. Why did I not know about these sooner!
Another goal of mine in the coming months is getting my current WIPS off the needles.
I must do this before the pile gets any bigger. At last count I am embarassed to say, was at about 7.
A few are so close to completion. A few are in the beginning stages and there are a couple I am considering frogging because I simply have forgotten where I am at.. not good!
One last goal of mine is to be more present on my blog. I have a few ideas for that.
Thanks for all your lovely comments this past year and I'll be back after the new year. For now I am sharing one of my road trip playlists..  we are off to visit family!!
   friday faves by lovelifeandpictures on Grooveshark








12/08/2014

on the needles, on the nightstand

the past couple of weeks has been progress on my works in progress… 
I have reached the crochet border on my Ondine Shawl.
I aa few repeats into Flying Home.
I also aso happy that I finally finished a couple of things. 
First off, my Waters Edge Shawl. A simple yet beautiful pattern. Lots of stockinette which made this great audiobook knitting. I love it! The colors are incredible.  
Also finished is the Dashwood Shawl.
This pattern was very easy to memorize and worked froside to side which made it easy to adjust only having one skein of yarn to work with. This was my first time using Yoth Yarns. Amazing & so soft! 
It was a real treat for my hands which is probably why this shawl just flew off the needles. 
I could not put it down.
In between these two projects I managed to knit up a few christmas ornaments as well…

What are you reading right now? I have a few books on my nightstand, 
the problem with working at a library is that I often come across books I would like to
 read so my list gets longer and longer each day.
 Especially when a shipment of new books comes in.
Half Broke Horses,  because it is described as a Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults.
Since You've Been Gone, because the cover looked so good.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I can't resist a little quirk in a french setting.
Emily & Einstein, because the story sounded lovely and I can't resist a cute dog.
I know that right now tis the season for holiday music and my favorite albums are on repeat but I aalso absolutely loving the new album by She&Him.