what’s happening

Looks like it’s been a month since I last posted. Summer is over and the kids have been back in school for a few weeks now. This school year seems like it’s going to be a lot more busy than previous years, lots of clubs have been joined already. My oldest is in her final year of elementary school and they already let us know lots would be happening, today she went off for her first camping trip of the school year, there will be one more closer to summer too. My other daughter has started band which is not what we had planned on for her, we really didn’t want this extra distraction for her when she struggles so hard already. But, apparently every other kid in her grade joined this year, so the teachers had nothing prepared for her to do and so it’s been forced on us. Finding an instrument for her was quite the ordeal, I finally have one coming in from out of province for her to use.

I’ve also started back to work this month! After 12 years of not working! It was something I thought about trying to do for quite awhile but I really didn’t make any serious plans for it because my anxiety would always make me freak out, so I’d stop thinking about it. Anyway, I decided to try out housekeeping again, I figured that since it was familiar already it wouldn’t be so scary. The first place I called hired me right away and I’ve been doing part time work for a few weeks now. I want to try some schooling soon though because I do not want to do this type of work forever! I actually enjoy it somewhat, it keeps me active which I loveΒ but it’s gross at times…

Since I last posted, my mind has been in such a better place. I think that going to work has really helped me. Meeting new people and talking to guests hasn’t been as scary as I worried it might be, I’m actually finding myself getting more comfortable around people again. I feel a little like I should have gone back to work years ago, I probably could have avoided some of the painful anxiety I’ve had over the years.

When I was feeling really not great, I decided to start crocheting something. I had no real plans and just crocheted, I ended up making a teddy bear. He turned out pretty darn cute. I used some Paton’s Kroy yarn that I had in my stash for quite awhile. I found crocheting him to be so relaxing and it helped keep my mind clear. I think I always forget how good crochet is for my mind. I’m going to be crocheting more toys, I’ve said it before but I have a couple on the go right now that I’ll share at some point, no pictures yet.

πŸ»πŸ’— making toys is something I really need to get back to doing more of, I've missed it. it puts my mind in such a better place and that's nice because I've been feeling all kinds of shitty this year. . I used some sock yarn to make this gu

I also started a sock but it’s stalled, my hand hurts when I knit on it too much. I knit a rolled cuff, my favorite and I’m knitting a random cable down the side. I really hope that I can get over the pain from sock knitting so I can continue with it.

I'm knitting a sock! but my hand hurts already β˜ΉπŸ‘Ž #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftastherapy

Even though I am having pain from sock knitting, I went out and bought some sock yarn. My LYS started carrying MidKnit Cravings yarn, so I went in to buy a skein, I picked up Girl Next Door and also had to grab a skein of Alegria. They look like they’d go well together! They won’t go together but they probably could. The owners of MidKnit Cravings had a popup sale at a really great cafe downtown also, so I had to get down to it to buy myself a skein of their new colorway Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m not a fan of the drink but I think the yarn is gorgeous!

I haven't knit any socks this summer but that didn't stop me from going to @prairielilyknitting when I saw that @midknitcravings yarn was there! I had to get myself a skein and of course I couldn't resist some new Allegria too. #yarnporn #manosdeluruguay

really not feeling well today but I had to make my way down to see @midknitcravings at their pop-up today, so I could get my hands on this Pumpkin Spice Latte! not a fan of the drink but this yarn is so beautiful, it's going on my needles soon! it was so

Well, I think that’s all I have to say today. I will hopefully get to posting more semi-regularly again now, a month between posts makes me feel like I can’t remember what I want to write when I sit down to blog. We’ll see how I do! Thanks for stopping by and reading today!

β™₯ Casey

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Summer is definitely winding down now, the days are not so painfully hot and the nights are so cool that our house is really cold in the mornings. I’m so ready for fall!

the only project I've been working on πŸ˜πŸ’— #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #popcornlove #vintagecrochet #makersgonnamake

we gave our parents this portrait done by @lovelyworksbyheather for their anniversary this year. Heather's work is really incredible! #anniversarygift #lovelyworksbyheather

  • I’ve only been crocheting this summer, I haven’t picked up any knitting at all. The blanket above is so close to being completed. I’m still so excited about this blanket, I love laying it out on my bed already, it almost covers my king sized bed now. I thought I might have been finished with the full hexagons but I was wrong and am making a few more now. Crocheting more is not a pain at all, I’m loving it so much, I think I might miss making them once I’ve finished.
  • As I said, I haven’t been knitting at all but I am thinking about Christmas socks for my husband. I had a pair of socks almost finished for him last year that I’m going to pull out and see if they are even the right size, which I kind of don’t think they are, so if not, I’ll probably rip them out and restart because he would love the yarn.
  • I’m not liking my yarn stash lately, I’ve even been wanting to get rid of most of it, sock yarns mainly. It might be the fact thatΒ I haven’t been knitting this summer and some other things that I’ve been dealing with. One of these days, I may actually get through a post to spill it all, I’ve started a few and then stopped. Seriously, depression is such a shit thing.
  • Ok, move on from that. My parent’s celebrated their 35 year anniversary this month. We found an amazing local artist to draw a portrait of them, Lovely Works by Heather. It’s so perfect and it looks just like them, we were so happy with this purchase!

That’s really all I can think of to share right now, typing has been a bit of struggle for me lately, I’ve sat down to post too many times this month but just haven’t been able to publish anything. It’s a bit like my instagram, I haven’t really post much this summer there either. BUT, I have been posting in my stories there a lot! That’s a feature I thought I would not use ever. I’ve been posting my bunny sightings there, so many out this summer. I’m calling one my bunny friend even haha. He lives by one of the high schools I walk by every day, so I see him every morning. Makes me feel like a bit of a dork but it’s not gonna bother me, it’s really giving me something to look forward to…

Anyway, I hope anyone out there reading is having an enjoyable summer! Enjoy the last few weeks!

β™₯ Casey

summertime

So, it’s summer. I’ve been keeping myself busy, mostly with the outdoors now that I’ve got an allergy medicine helping more, although I do pop an extra once in awhile. Being outside as much as I am really is a bit abnormal for me, I usually have to force myself to go outside for the kids sake but this year it’s where I want to be. I’m not sure how much posting I will be doing for the next couple months but I hope to pop in every so often. I love that I say that as though I post on a schedule haha

the annual ice cream cake aka my birthday cake! This year on my birthday πŸ˜„ always my favorite cake πŸ‘… ps. A happy birthday to my insta birthday pals @greenbeanbaby & @houseofalamode πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸŽ‰ #dqicecrea

I'm just so in love with crocheting this πŸ’— #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #vintagecrochet #popcornblanket #makersgonnamake

having a small break from all the hand projects thanks to pain 😐 blah! πŸ‘‡ here's a moose head that I finished last week and forgot to post! No pattern for him, he was a lot of fun to figure out as I crocheted. He's already gone to h

I don't think I've really cared much for Zodiac signs in my adult life but the cross stitch patterns from @craftnik are amazing! Cancer is my sign  #crossstitchersofinstagram #craftastherapy #satsumastreet

  • my birthday was June 29th, we had the usual ice cream cake! My favorite! Next time we may try the lactose free one so my oldest can enjoy it too. So, now I’m 34. Not a big deal, I thought I already was months ago when asked haha
  • I fell in love with a blanket on instagram and went on a search immediately for the pattern. I was relieved that it took no time at all to find it! The pattern is called Swedish Popcorn Bedspread (free). I tried a few different yarns to find the look that I wanted, the pattern is written for thread but that’s not what I want. I ended up buying a new yarn from Loops & Threads called Cambria. It works up so nice, it’s incredibly soft but doesn’t seem to fuzz much, I think it’s perfect for this blanket. The only issue with this yarn is that it’s strangely static-y when it comes off the ball, it’s not at all static-y in the finished hexagons though, so I’m sticking with the yarn. I do want to add a fringe at the end, so I will have to find another yarn for that.
  • My cousin had a baby recently and asked if I could crochet a moose head for her to mount in his nursery. I didn’t use a pattern, just figured him out as I crocheted. It took a couple tries to get the sizing right but I finally got it perfect. I think he turned out really adorable. After a great visit with the newest baby, the moose is now in his new home and I can’t wait to see him up on the wall!
  • I cross stitched! I don’t even remember the last time I started and finsihed a cross stitch project. I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it! I bought it right away and started the same day. Β When I was younger, I liked the zodiac signs but I haven’t cared or even thought about them in years. This pattern didn’t take me too long to stitch at all, I enjoyed it so much! I’m thinking of making one for everyone in the house now. Β You can find the pattern right here.

That’s all I have for now. I hope you’re out there enjoying your summer too!

β™₯ Casey

May/June reading recap

I’m getting this up later than I intended since it is already July! Between May and June, I got quite a bit of reading done, I’m now four books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. I wasn’t feeling into books much in May but I did manage to squeeze out two books!

The Widow of Wall StreetΒ by Randy Susan Meyers

I went into reading this one knowing I would most likely enjoy it, I’ve read all of the authors previous books and liked them all. So, of course I liked this one. This one follows a family and the aftermath that happens when they find out the father has been running a Ponzi scheme.

Recently on HBO they had a movie called The Wizard of Lies that I watched, I might not normally watch this type of movie right when it’s released but after readingΒ The Widow of Wall Street, I thought it might be a good movie to see. The movie is not about the book but about Bernie Madoff, so the theme is the same. There were so many similarities between the movie and the book. I did like how the movie showed us how his children felt during the whole ordeal, that was something IΒ would have liked to have read more in the book. It was a really good movie, check it out if you haven’t!

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

The book goes between two women that lose men they love, one in September 1911 and the other in September 2001. I liked the book, I preferred the story about the woman in 1911, although some things that happen irked me just because of the cheese factor.

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This was such an amazing book. I honestly don’t think I can explain this book in the way it deserves. The book follows a family who’s youngest child is transgender. So much happens, my emotions were just all over the place so much reading this.

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

I was expecting something very different when I started reading this book and was a bit disappointed when I started but I kept going and ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. A family goes on a cruise vacation and while on an off shore excursion, the children go missing. From the description of the book, I thought that as the reader, you would question the parents a lot more but the book follows where the children are the whole time, so it’s not a mystery where they are. It was still a book that hooked me, I finished it in a little over a day, I could not put it down.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

I’m really glad that I decided to pick this book up after hearing about it on the Simply Summer Street blog. It was such a sweet and enjoyable book. One year after Arthur Pepper’s wife has died, he’s decided to go through her belongings. He finds a charm bracelet that he knows nothing about and goes on an adventure to find out about her life before they met. This was just a happy book, a good relaxing read.

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

This was another one of those books that you can’t put down because you just have to know what’s going to happen. The book is told from three different characters perspectives, in the present and in the past. While on vacation, Violet’s husband disappears with their three year old son and no one knows why. It eventually makes sense but of course you have to go through all the different characters and the different times. I enjoyed the book, some things, especially the “happy” ending irked me. I think maybe I’m just starting to feel a little bit over these types of books.

Now I’m reading Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. It was a book club choice at my library but I didn’t get in time to participate in that. I’ve just started and I’m already enjoying it. What are you reading?

β™₯ Casey

happenings

crocheting
I’ve been doing a bit of crochet on my Hexie Love Actually blanket, I got really excited earlier this month and decided I wanted to get it finished before my birthday at the end of June. BUT, I don’t think I even want to. I thought I was closer to finishing than I actually am, I finished another round and I want it bigger, so that means I need to order a little more yarn again…. and because of that I don’t want to work on it again. Oh well, I’m not going to beat myself up over it! It will get done when it gets done, I’ll be happy whenever that is.

🌻no more letting this one sit for months on end. My goal is to have it finished for my birthday, June 29th! I can do it! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ #crochetersofinstagram #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #hexieloveactually #makersgonnamake

knitting
I’m actually not knitting anything right now. Β I not only finished the pair of socks that I was working on last time I shared my knitting but I started and finished another pair as well!

All the ends are sewn in, so they're officially finished! 😍 they make me happy! #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #nikkislipp #manosdeluruguay

These were so much fun to knit up, I’m so happy with them! The stripes are from a mini set I bought from Nikki Slipp on etsy and the grey is Alegria in the Marshes colorway. The pattern I used for the texture is Hermione’s Everyday Socks.

finished these pretties up! Yarn: @havenfibrearts in Flower Shop Pattern: Lavender Sachet Socks (free on ravelry) #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftastherapy #havenfibrearts

This next pair that I knit is a yarn from Haven Fibre Arts in her Flower Shop colorway. It was my first time using this yarn, it did not disappoint. Jess does an amazing job dyeing yarn, I’m not always happy with how yarn looks at the gusset because you can tell there’s more stitches by the way the yarn changes but I think with this you really can’t tell at all. It’s perfect and makes me crazy happy! I wanted to only have patterning on the cuff with this yarn, I searched and searched until I finally found the Lavender Sachet pattern, it was exactly what I wanted, I only used the patterning on the cuff and left everything else out.

reading
I just finished reading This Is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel, IΒ loved this one! It took me a couple of days to find myself officially hooked but it happened and I could not put it down. It makes you go through so many different emotions, so good! This blurb about the book is the only way to really explain without giving too much away:

This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

I’m now just starting to readΒ Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy. Most of the time, I find it pretty hard to get into a new book after finishing a really amazing one but I’m hoping it won’t be a problem this time.

feeling
I’m feeling irritated by all the blogs that have too many ads on them, they take FOREVER to load! I most often just exit and don’t bother with them anymore, it sucks because there’s patterns I would love to check out but I won’t because of the wait times. I know that I can’t be the only one who feels this way! Just stop!


It’s the weekend now! We have a busy day tomorrow, there’s some fun things happening at the library that should keep us busy most of the day and then we are going mini golfing for my nieces’ birthday. Should be a fun time. I hope everyone out there has a great weekend too!

β™₯ Casey

getting things done (for kids)

I’ve been finishing up some things for the kids lately. First up, this wall hanging I made for my son. He’s interested in everything about the world, he’s constantly on the Maps app just randomly picking out places to look at and learn about. Making a wall hanging from pom poms has been something I’ve wanted to try for quite awhile, I think this was a perfect project to make as practise for what I’d like to eventually make.

I made thisΒ to look like his own little world. It took a lot of yarn to make! I enjoyed the process a lot though! The pom poms are attached to a non slip rug pad that I found at the dollar store. This would be a really good floor rug too but I wanted it to hang over his bed. I backed it with foam board so it wouldn’t be so flimsy. I’m so happy with it! He was really excited when I finally hung it up for him. Now I need to figure out my next pom pom project.

this is what I was doing with all the pom poms! It's a wall hanging for my son's room. He's very into world stuff, so I made this to look like his own little planet. 🌎 I'm really happy that it turned out just how I pictured it! Now I can mo

I also finally worked out some stuffed toy storage for my kids! Something I really should have gotten done months ago, they’ve been living with such messy rooms since we moved in.

For my daughter, I crocheted two hammocks out of some Bernat cotton. I added some pom pom yarn to make them less plain, I think it’s pretty fun! The pom pom yarn is from a discontinued line from Loops & Threads, I’ve had it for years and did nothing with it except use it for gift wrapping sometimes.

I put off making these for months but it's finally done... well almost, she needs a third 😐 my girl doesn't like to get rid of anything! #crochetersofinstagram #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #amigurumi #toymakers #ourmakerlife

My son also needed some storage for his stuffed animals. I knew he wouldn’t like the crocheted hammocks, so I just bought a couple sets of wire cubes and stacked them four high. Not crafty but walking by his room and seeing them finally organized makes me so happy! You can see a peek of his birthday blanket that I knit last year πŸ™‚

another kid's stuffed toy situation taken care of! I didn't do anything crafty this time but it's making me happy all the same πŸ˜„

Thanks for the visit today!

β™₯ Casey

Our small trip out to Edmonton this weekend was a nice one, the weather was awesome for driving, a huge relief after all the stormy weather we had. I love the drive out there, it’s a few hours longer than the kids would like but I like watching the scenery. So many people say our province isn’t pretty but I’d say they’ve just never actually driven through before.

After 5-ish hours of driving, we were in our hotel relaxing.Β I took some time to knitΒ and finished up the first sock that I’ve been working on. I think there’ll be a finished pair before the weekend. This pattern is most likelyΒ going to become a go-to for me, this is the third time I’m knitting it, a definite favorite. It’s Hermione’s Everyday Socks.

ready for the kitchener πŸ’“ we're getting comfy in a hotel for the night, waiting on pizza. Then tomorrow, I get to go to @edmontonfibrefrolic πŸ˜€ so excited to check it out! #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftast

Once I finished that, we found the hotel pool and took a little swim and if you knew me, this would shock you! I don’t love water and am pretty terrified of it but I actually loved it and need to remember that I did so that I will do it more with the kids. I thought for sure I couldn’t remember how to even float but that part came back really easily. I’d like to get brave enough to take some adult swim lessons and learn how to swim again. I did as a kid and got decently far in the lessons but had couple scary almost drowning incidents that has had me staying out of the pool for years.

The main reason we went out to Edmonton was to pick up my husband and it just so happened that the Edmonton Fibre Frolic was going on the same weekend! Β The event had so many amazing booths with yarn, bags and wonderful notions. I walked out with only four skeins of yarn but I’m happy with what I walked away with. Next year though, I’m going to just let myself go nuts in there! I spotted a couple podcasters but didn’t go out of my way to say, I’m a lot too shy to do that!

The beauties I brought home from the @edmontonfibrefrolic 😍 there was much more I would have loved to have taken home, I might possibly be kicking myself just a little but next year there will be no holding back! I'm so happy that I happened to

Yarns from left to right // Sugar Tots: Succulents // Vivid Yarn Studio: Buttercup // Flock Fibre: Princess Tiger Cub // Haven Fibre Arts: Flower Shop

Thanks for stopping in! Have a great day!

β™₯ Casey