hello! Happy February! Life around these parts has been quiet for the most part, we’re being hit with cold weather again which is making me want to stay inside with my knitting or crochet. Tonight though, I am taking my daughter to our first high school open house, she has two that she really wants to check out this month. The whole choosing a high school is a new experience for me, so I have no real good advice to help her out unfortunately. I didn’t grow up in the city, so we just went to the school closest to us. We live right across from the school we’re checking out tonight, so that would be a very convenient place for her but I don’t think they have the programs she really wants, I’m hoping these open houses will make it easier for her to finally make a choice though.
I’ve also been trying to keep my mind as busy as I can. Last week I went to the Breast Center and I had a biopsy done. Phew, that felt strange to write out. I’m not really that worried about it being bad news but every so often those not so great feelings will creep in. I found a lump in my breast a couple days before Christmas, after a mammogram and ultrasound, the doctor told me it was a cyst, a big one that needed to be biopsied. So, last week I had that done, they actually took samples of two areas, the cyst and a suspicious looking area. I wasn’t expecting so much to be done, so that made me nervous, in total, they took 8 samples. The actual biopsy wasn’t painful but the next two days were a little painful. Next week, I go in for my results which I’m sure won’t say anything bad but it will be nice to have more information.
Anyway…. I have been doing a bit of everything really in the last month to keep my mind clear.
I’ve started and quit a few projects, these two are the ones still going so far. The socks I am knitting as a for my mom’s birthday, I’m using Paton’s Kroy in the Blue Raspberry colorway. I’m also doing some crochet, it’s a round ripple out of one of the Caron Big Cakes. I’m not a huge fan of the way the color is changing but I’m going to keep going and hopefully it will end up not bothering me too much when it’s done.
That’s about it today, the kids will be back from school soon and hopefully I’ll have some fresh bread ready for them from my new bread maker. It’s my first time using it, so fingers crossed that it turns out!
Last year for my reading challenge on goodreads, I set my goal at 25 books. I passed that goal by finishing 34 books!
- The Girl Before by Rena Olson
- The Couple Next Door by Shari Lepena
- Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Bear by Claire Cameron
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
- Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
- The Widow of Wallstreet by Randy Susan Meyers
- A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
- This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
- Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
- The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
- Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
- Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
- Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
- The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
- Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
- Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein
- Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
- Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
- Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
- Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
- A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
- The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
- Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
- The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
- Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
- Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
- The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
A couple of the books I actually don’t remember much about, which shows me that I really should be better about writting out reviews! The books in bold are the ones I do remember most about and know that I definitely liked them.
For this year, I’ve set my challenge up for 30 books. I’m not off to the best start, I started a couple different books that I just couldn’t get into, it’s such a frustrating feeling! But, I am now reading When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and am liking it so far.
What are you reading right now? I’d love suggestions to add to my list!
Happy New Year! You can still say that nine days in, right? We all actually made it to midnight this year, something that I don’t think has happened in a very long time, probably not since I had new babies that were up to eat around then! Next year I think I’ll actually plan some fun things for the kids now that they seem to show interest in it.
I haven’t done any planning for this year, usually I plan out what projects I’d like to attempt to do but I just haven’t sat down to figure it out. I’ll get to it. The year has started out kind of weird for me, so maybe after some things have passed and I get more information so I can focus on the more fun things for the year.
But, I have finished my first project of the year. I knit my husband a balaclava, something that he has been asking me to knit for him for entirely too long. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a lot more difficult than it ended up being. I used a free pattern (found here) and some yarn that my husband picked out, Loops & Threads Barcelona in the Onyx colorway. I like how the yarn knits up but I think it’s going to fuzz like crazy pretty easily, I can always knit him another. Hopefully, it keeps him warm for the rest of winter while he’s working outside.
I got a good amount of Christmas crafting finished this year! I honestly didn’t think I would do any this year but something just came over me in November and it’s all I wanted to do.
I found this pattern last year, I wanted to make it then but didn’t, I’m really happy that I managed to do it now though. He turned out pretty darn cute! My embroidery sucks and I way over stuffed him but he’s sweet and I can get over those things. He’s already flattened out a good amount, so I think when he comes out again next year, I’ll like him more! The pattern for the Santa Countdown Pillow is here on ravelry.
I also did some Christmasy cross stitching. This pattern is by Stitchrovia, I really enjoy her patterns! I stitched this one up pretty quickly, it wasnt easy to put aside. I framed it but I need to do a better job soon, I rushed it a little so I could get it hung up for the season.
I also knit up two pairs of socks from the fun Candy Cane sock yarn that I bought from West Yorkshire Spinners. The first pair is my husbands, a plain vanilla and the second pair I knit for my sister. I added a small bit of texture with some purling to the last pair, vanilla knitting feels boring to me sometimes, even with the fun striping. I didn’t get around to making myself a pair from the yarn and I’m not actually sure that I will be, I think that I want to knit something different with the remaining yarn.
And finally, I crocheted some new ornaments for my kids! I used this free mini tree pattern from Spin a Yarn Crochet. I really like her style of pattens, I’d like to try out some more of them next year I think. I didn’t add much to the trees, just a yellow star to the top, I didn’t think it needed much else. As usual, I made four ornaments, one for each of my kids and my nephew. I hope that I can keep up the tradition of the ornaments being handmade each year for a long time, it’s one of my favorite things to do!
That’s it for my my Christmas crafting this year! I’m so ready to work on some different projects now.
Good afternoon! Today is a nice cold day, nice because I’m sitting cozy inside knitting… nothing to complain about here. I have my husband’s Christmas socks on the needles, I’m using my new needles from Knit Picks. I’m loving the needles, they’re the nickel plated DPNs. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the gauge I’m getting but they fit a lot better, so I’m going to continue on with them.
This past week was a little weird for me. I found out about someone I knew years ago passing away last weekend. I had actually looked him up on facebook to message just two weeks ago but I chickened out and didn’t do it. I think that’s why the news has made me feel like it has. I’m just feeling weird.. I wish I could have been brave enough to have taken those few minutes to just say something and clear the air. We had the most ridiculous, public fight when I was pregnant with my first. When I look back on it, it was so stupidly funny. Ugh. But, we hadn’t talked since that stupidity. Regrets suck. I guess that’s what the main feeling is…
talk again soon!
hello! it’s very much winter time here now, it’s snowing as I’m typing. It snowed not long after Halloween and actually stuck around. We’ve had quite a few cold days but I’m enjoying the coziness! All the winter weather had me in the mood to start on some Christmas crafts and it’s taken everything over completely. It’s all I want to do for the rest of the year.
I’m making a Santa advent pillow. I found this pattern a year or two ago but just never found the time to sit down and make it. It was the first thing that started up my Christmas crafting. He’s close to being done but my embroidery is awful, so I’ve been putting off embroidering numbers on, I’m trying to find some other way to add numbers but just haven’t found anything yet. Find the pattern here, Santa Countdown Pillow.
The other Santa themed project I’ve been working on is a new cross stitch picture. The pattern is from Stitchrovia, one of my favorites. It’s been a pretty quick stitch so far. She has a couple more Christmas themed patterns I would love to stitch up some day! Find the pattern for this one here, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
And my last project (so far) is some Christmas socks. I bought three skeins of this Candy Cane yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners with plans to knit myself, my husband and my sister each a pair of socks. I started a pair of socks already but knit them way too tightly, so I had to put them aside to wait for new needles.
In the last year, I have noticed that my gauge has changed quite a bit when I knit, when I started I used 2.25mm but am finding that I get better fit and gauge at a 2.5mm now, so I had to order new needles. Also, I’m trying to use DPNs now because I’m finding that my hand don’t end up in as much pain as when I use my circulars. I have my new needles now and just started a new pair, so hopefully I will be able to get the three pairs finished before Christmas!
That’s all I have started so far, I still have ornaments to get making. I need to get the pattern figured out so I’m not making them last minute. I am thinking about one of these cute Christmas cupcakes but I’m not sure which yet!
Anyway, thanks for stopping in today!
hello! It’s definitely fall here now and I am enjoying it as much as I can. We don’t usually get much of a long fall where I live but it seems to be sticking this year, it’s amazing!
I’m still enjoying work, I’ve lost 10lbs since I started, so I’m pretty happy about that! Kids are doing good, I took my son in for allergy testing last week because he reacted to some food and his toothpaste this summer. He’s allergic to most animals and outdoors but no food! The doctor was awful but we got some answers, that was the good part at least.
Anyway, on to what I’ve been making! I crocheted a couple toys for a project called Toys for Syrian Refugee Children. I crocheted the lion and a bear, I wanted to crochet more but I lost a bit of mojo again. I’m happy to be sending something off though!
I’m also knitting again! I decided that I wanted to make myself some fingerless mittens from the yarn I purchased from MidKnit Cravings. I’m using DPNs and I haven’t been feeling too much pain using them, so I think I may need to invest in more of them so I can get back to knitting socks.
I finished one mitt this weekend, I’m really happy with how it turned out, I can’t wait to have the pair finished! I’m using the Blueberry Waffles stitch pattern but no pattern for the actual mitt. Getting the stitch count right was the only small issue I had but I got it and had no problems afterwards. The yarn is fun to knit with, it screams fall to me!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’re getting some great fall weather where you are.