currently…

knitting:

fresh off the needles! πŸ’œ yarn is @knit_picks Felici in the Ever After color way pattern is a vanilla with a FLK heel

I finished a second pair of Knit Picks Felici socks, this pair is for my 11 year old daughter. She said she’d really like a pair too after I finished the socks for her sister. She put them on as soon as I finished and has been wearing them a lot already.

after almost four years of knitting, it's now 195 squares big πŸ’– probably a few more years to go

I finished knitting some squares into my cozy memories blanket to square it off. It’s now at 195 squares, still not big enough but I’m still so happy having this one to pull out every so often.

I’ve also finally got a sock on the needles for me! not pictured right now, it’s a blueberry waffle sock in some gorgeous Flock Fibre Studio yarn.

crocheting:

my magic ball seems big enough to let me crochet on this for a good while! it's been almost a year since I've had it out  #craftastherapy #crochetrabbithole #crochetersofinstagram

I pulled out my scrappy granny stripe blanket recently because I thought the magic ball I was making was finally big enough to use for quite awhile. It shrank so fast sadly! I’ll be putting it aside again soon 😦

trying to get the hang of tapestry crochet today

I’ve had this bunny pattern in my ravelry queue for quite a long time and I decided it was time to finally crochet it. It’s done as tapestry crochet, not hard at all but it took me a little bit to get the hang of keeping the tension on my yarn consistent. You can see in the face that I was struggling a bit but I didn’t want to rip back, so it’s staying that way. I’m really excited to see this one finished! I just need to stick to working on one thing.

reading:

I just finished reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I loved the book so much! I really took my time with it because I just didn’t want it to end. It reminds me a little of the book Homegoing but it doesn’t go through as many generations as that book and everyone in the book knows each other.

After finishing Pachinko, I picked up The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I only read about 1/4 of the book, it’s not terrible, it’s actually quite good but it’s so crazy and sometime unbelieveable that I just couldn’t keep reading it.

life:

My last update about my biopsy has an update, not a great one. I do have to go in for a lumpectomy in April now, it’s not my cyst they want to remove but the area next to it. The radiologists say that there wasn’t enough sample taken and they can’t see enough of it that it would just be safer to remove it just in case. I’m keeping myself positive because I really do still believe that there’s nothing major to worry about. Surgeries don’t happen so quickly here, so the fact that it’s moving so fast is a little unnerving but I’m trying to ignore that! It will all be totally fine.

Anyway, the kids are about to be off for Spring Break this week. I’m hoping this week that no kids will be sick, my nephew will be over with us and I have a couple fun outings planned. Also, I’m hoping it will warm up for next week, we’re back in the cold again, -26 with the windchill. blech! Spring needs to just stick around here already.

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all the projects

I thought it was about time I stepped in for a little update since it’s been a little bit. I went in to get my biopsy results a couple weeks ago now and everything came back clear, the suspicious area turned out to be more cysts starting up. No surgery is needed thankfully!Β  I just need to go in for a follow up mammogram in a year and then hopefully that’s it until my 50s.

February has been quite a productive month, I have three projects finished!

finished this piece yesterday! πŸ’œ I used a skein of Caron Big Cakes in the grape jelly color way and crocheted a round ripple until it was large enough to stretch onto a hula hoop. It's for my oldest who had been asking for something mandala-l

I finished the round ripple that I was crocheting last time, I got over not liking the color changes as soon as I finished! I crocheted until it was big enough to stretch over a hula hoop. When I first started the project, I thought that I would round off the points before attaching but decided against it and I think it looks amazing this way! My daughter had been asking me to make her a mandala to hang over her bed for the longest time and I could just not decide on one to crochet, so this is what I finally made for her, she’s really happy with it.

now that they've been gifted, I can fully share these finished socks that I knit for my mom's birthday 🎁 yarn: Patons Kroy in blue raspberry pattern: vanilla. I get bored of vanilla easily but this yarn was too fun for that πŸ’™πŸ’œ

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My mom’s birthday socks were finished with plenty of time to spare. I thought knitting her socks would take me longer because she’s a size 11, but it didn’t, I think the fun yarn helped keep the knitting interesting. The yarn is Paton’s Kroy in the blue raspberry colorway, I used 2.5 skeins for the pair. Before I gifted them to her, I wrapped them with a fun tag from Pearadise Island, it’s such a fun way to present socks!

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I finished up another pair of socks! I knit them for the Rainbow-A-Long in the Suburban Stitcher group on ravelry. These are for my oldest daughter, they’re her first pair of hand knit socks from me! Her feet are only 1.5 sizes smaller than mine, so not so kid sized but they were super fast to get off the needles after knitting my mom’s pair. I knit the cuff in the same style as the Jelly Roll socks but knit ribbing instead and I absolutely love the look! The rainbow yarn is Knit Picks Felici and the white is the Stroll Tonal in the pearlescent colorway.

I really wish I could just crochet all day long without worrying about hand pain, all I want to do is work on this! πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ‘΅

My next project isn’t finished and has been a work in progress for a really long time. sort of. I started crocheting little granny squares out of sock yarn a couple years ago without any real plans in mind. Last week, I got the idea in my head to start joining them with black yarn. I am super in love with how it’s looking already! I want to finish it into a dresser runner for my bedroom. I have over 100 squares but I’m not sure it will even actually be enough, so I may be making more before this becomes a FO.

All I want to do now is crochet my granny squares together but I have a toy to finish up before a baby shower next weekend. I’ve had the toy in progress for months but I’ve had such a hard time finishing because I can’t get the face to look how I want. Hopefully I can get it figured out in time, maybe deadline pressure will help!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Casey

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.

socks that don't match perfectly are best! πŸ˜„ . . . . . #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagram #craftastherapy #patonskroy #makersgonnamake #yarnspirations

new project πŸ’œ #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #caroncakes #makersgonnamake

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!

Talk later!

 

reading recap

Last year for my reading challenge on goodreads, I set my goal at 25 books. I passed that goal by finishing 34 books!

  1. The Girl Before by Rena Olson
  2. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lepena
  3. Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. The Bear by Claire Cameron
  6. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  7. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  8. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  9. Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
  10. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
  11. The Widow of Wallstreet by Randy Susan Meyers
  12. A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
  13. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  14. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
  15. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  16. Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
  17. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  18. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  19. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  20. Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
  21. Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein
  22. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  23. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
  24. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
  25. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  26. A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
  27. Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
  28. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
  29. The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
  30. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
  31. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel SimonΒ 
  32. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
  33. Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
  34. 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!

 

hello 2018

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.

no more knitting endless k2 p2 ! πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ first finish of 2018, hopefully it will keep my husband warm working outside . . . #knittersofinstagram #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #makeitwithmichaels

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.

 

β™₯ Casey

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.

another Christmas project finished! I didn't think I'd actually finish him this year but I hunkered down during my oldest's sleepover party to finish this weekend. I'm not super happy with the finish, my embroidery sucks and I seriously overstuffed BUT I

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 isΒ here on ravelry.


πŸŽ…finished this one last week! I loved stitching this project so much, @stitchrovia patterns are always so much fun to do πŸ’• #crossstitchersofinstagram #craftastherapy #stitchrovia #santaclausiscomingtotown

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.

πŸŽ„one more Christmas project done! next pair going on the needles ASAP but first a little rest for my arm, finishing all these projects caused some pain flare up πŸ˜₯ #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk

πŸŽ„finished the second pair! I won't have a pair for myself this year but that's ok with me, making them for other people makes me more happy! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ . . #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftastherapy #christm

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.

2017 Christmas ornaments!

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.

 

feels

the other sock is to be frogged 🐸 my gauge was way too tight. I'm knitting with bigger needles now, they're a better fit but I'm not sure how I feel about the looser gauge yet πŸ˜• I'll keep knitting though. . . #knittersofinstagram #sockknitte

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…

Anyway.

talk again soon!

β™₯ Casey