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

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getting Christmas ready…

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.

πŸŽ…πŸ’•πŸ’• so flipping cute!! gave myself a blister sewing other parts of this, so now I have to set him aside for awhile ☹☹ . . . . . #crochetersofinstagram #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #christmascrochet #santaclaus

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.

stitchy progress πŸŽ… . #crossstitchersofinstagram #craftastherapy #stitchrovia #santaclausiscomingtotown

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.

happy mail! happy mail! πŸŽ„ I may be doing some Christmas sock knitting soon πŸ˜„ waiting on new DPNs to come in first though... . . . #knittersofinstagram #knitallthesocks #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagram #christmasknitting

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!

β™₯ Casey

recent projects

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!

done with a lion for @chubbyknots_crochet #toysforsyrianrefugeechildren #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #crochetaddict #toymakers #amigurumi #amigurumilove #makersgonnamake

another toy for @chubbyknots_crochet 🐻 this time a bear #toysforsyrianrefugeechildren #crochetersofinstagram #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #crochetaddict #amigurumilove #toymakers #amigurumi #makersgonnamake

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 have a finished glove! πŸ˜„ I used the Blueberry Waffles stitch pattern for it but other than that, I just winged it. I'm really happy that it worked out how I wanted it to and that I didn't have to frog at all once I got the stitch count figured out

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!

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’re getting some great fall weather where you are.

β™₯ Casey

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

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