life and yarn lately

yarning lately

my #dailyknitsocks and some yarn I'm thinking of winding up to get a new sock cast on, have really missed sock knitting this last month. #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #socktawk #craftastherapy #manosdeluruguay

I cast on that fun pink yarn from the Flying Kettle, I bought it maybe two years ago, it may be my oldest sock stash yarn. I decided I would knit a pair of shorties for my first pair this year, I also thought I could whip them out pretty quickly but I am knitting pretty slow and only giving myself less than an hour a day to work on them. The slowness is hard but I’m getting used to it and I haven’t felt even a twinge of pain, so I think it will be something I need to stick to if I want to continue knitting socks.

About to turn the second heel finally. It's been hard to knit as slow as I have been, no pain makes it worth it though 😊 #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy

❤ #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #crochetrabbithole #scrappygranny

I’ve also been working on my granny stripe blanket but it’s set aside for I don’t know how long… I have used up all of my scraps. The blanket has gotten to be a decent size but not big enough to use at all yet, I’m regretting the size I’m making a little right now. I thought about frogging it completely but I realize that’s a whole lot of crazy! (I think) I have mini skeins on the way to me right now and I’m knitting socks again, so at some point, it’ll get finished.

life things lately

Happy Valentines Day! ❤ kids got these freaking adorable cookies this year! Cookies are from @jessievirginia #happyvalentinesday

Valentine’s Day happened last week and I found these super fun cookies to give to my kids this year. They are just the cutest and they were super delicious too. I’m really happy to have found this decorator, I will be ordering from her many more times.

Hard to avoid any water on our walk to and from school now, this one was half way up my shins 😥😥 still enjoying the long almost 3km walks twice a day though but I will enjoy it more once it's dried out again

The weather has been getting really nice lately, so we’re walking to school now. I have been keeping track of the walks and I’m walking about 3km twice a day! My legs were not loving it at first but now I’m really enjoying it. The only problem with the good weather is all the melting that’s been happening and the puddles that come with that melting. There’s a lot of avoiding but sometimes you just can’t get around the puddles. This one I avoided one way but took my chances coming back only to find it went half way up my shins. It was not very fun! I’m really ready for everything to finally dry up around here.

Made our way to the game exhibit at WDM today, the oversized controllers were fun! #yxe #wdmsaskatoon

Just this weekend, we made our way to see a game exhibit at our museum and it was so much fun. There were a lot of older games to try out, along with some over-sized controllers to use. We all had a lot of fun, afterward we went through Boom Town, which is a little street with buildings to go inside. I can’t even count the number of times that I have been there, it’s my favorite place to visit. They have a small version of an Eaton house there now that is a lot of fun to see, it’s the same house that my dad grew up in and I lived in for a short amount of time as a kid too. It’s obviously shrunken down and they only have a few rooms to view but I find it cool to see there.

The kids have this week off of school now, so there will hopefully be lots of outside time if the weather keeps being a nice as it has. A library visit will have to be put in somewhere too!

thanks for stopping by today, have a great day!
♥ Casey

george

The past weeks haven’t been the greatest around these parts. We have moved and that is great, the move went as well as it could with two kids down with the stomach flu. Made for an even more tiring day but we got through it and everyone is all healthy again thankfully.

You go out for an hour and he acts like you've been gone a week 😿 I don't mind how much he loves though 💓 #georgethecat #catsofinstagram

About a week before we moved, we gave up our cat George. It was a decision we fought against for months but ultimately it had to be done. My son has an allergy to cats, it was manageable and was only ever really an issue whenever he was sick but after last summer it became an issue for him all of the time. We decided that it was time for him to go before we moved so that our son could move into a place free of animal hair. I can honestly say that we really tried to make it work, though some days I don’t believe it. It has been really rough, George was very attached to me and I was to him as well, he was my constant shadow, my baby, I miss him like crazy.

I haven’t been able to write about this before now, I wanted to but every time I sat to do it, I would lose it. All the people who say “it’s just a cat” would laugh at how well I’ve taken losing him. Ugh. Crappy times. I know it was for the best and one day I will be able to say that without crying.

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😪😪 #sockblanketmadness #cozymemoriesblanket #georgethecat #catsofinstagramfinished the owls! Every time I make one, I fall in love, they're so cute 💕 . . . #crochetaddicts #crochetersofinstagram #crochetgirlgang #craftastherapy #freshstitches #toymakers #crochet #crochetconcupiscence #makersgonnamake #amigurumi #amig

I knit quite a few pairs of socks during the year and if I'm being honest with myself, I'm just not going to wear them all. I've decided to sell a few of them, ones not worn of course, so they will hopefully get some deserved love 💓 I've posted

on my needles today... #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy #ggknitworthy2016 #husbandsocks

looks like a gigantic sock!! It's really not but the leg is much longer than I intended to knit. The ball is so squishy now and making me worried I won't have enough for the second sock, it may end up with a very long white toe. Fingers crossed it won't!

Cheeseburger cupcakes for the birthday girl! 12 years old!! The cupcakes actually turned out better than I expected them to, not great but not terrible either! 👍

Gosh, it’s been quite some time since I last sat down to write here, I barely know where to start. I’ve been feeling off again, I hate writing that or saying that because I don’t even know how to say what it is… It just is. Such a frustrating time. I wish I could say I’m fully out of that head space, oh how I wish, I’m getting there though. but, I keep myself busy mostly, as you can see above.

My sister asked me to crochet some baby gifts, she’s my best customer! The owls I crocheted turned out crazy adorable, I love them every time I make them and I love that they’re still my sister’s go to for baby showers. The pattern for them can be found on ravelry here.

I listed socks to sell on instagram (caseysknitsocks). Selling my socks is something that is never on my mind when I knit. I’m sure the way I’m feeling is what pushed me to do it. I’m still okay with parting with some of my socks. I listed socks I knit this year and never wore because of box of socks KAL. I will not being doing a KAL like that again, it’s definitely a fun idea but I want to go back to knitting and instantly wearing again, that makes me happier.

This Christmas, my husband is getting two pairs of socks, maybe three if my hand doesn’t start hurting too much. I have given him one pair for the last two years, but I decided to try more after he mentioned that he doesn’t have enough knit socks. He’s been wearing the ones I knit a lot in the last couple months, so I think he’s finally found the love for the hand knits. I know he liked them before but he wasn’t wearing them as often as now.

I started a pair with Patons Kroy last month but then I was gifted some Gingerbread House by The Cozy Knitter and I knew I had to make that a pair for him. He’s much more in love with Christmas than me! So, if I can get through these socks without causing myself too much pain, I’ll go back to finishing the Patons Kroy as well. The pattern I’m using for the striping socks is Optio, I knit the leg longer than I intended and now the ball of yarn is massively squishy, I’m hoping I can get the same amount of stripes on the second sock!

This week is birthday week in our house, my oldest daughter turned 12 on Tuesday and today my youngest daughter turns 10. Two of my children are double digits, that just seems plain crazy! My oldest loves her cheeseburgers, so I made cheeseburger cupcakes. They turned out pretty cool, not amazing but I’m impressed with myself! My 10 year old got her ears pierced yesterday, something she’s been wanting for years! We told her a long time ago that she could do it once she was 10 and she did not forget, she started reminding us a couple weeks ago, too funny.

Anyway, thanks for stopping in today! Hope you have good weather where you are, today with the windchill, it’s going to be -32. I love the cold but we have no snow, so I’m not enjoying it as much yet! Have a great day 🙂

Casey

happy things

I like to put together these posts once in awhile because sometimes I focus on too much of the bad things going on around me and it makes me feel miserable. Seeing that there really are some good things actually happening help me beat that feeling.

the fringe
henna tattoos with my girls again! No line at the tent tonight 😊 #yxefringe

We went down to the Fringe in town a couple times this last week and saw some good shows, the @undeadnewlyweds were definitely our favorite act though! 💀 #yxefringe

The Fringe is my favorite annual summer event in the city, we went down to see acts a couple times last week. The henna tent was busy, so we didn’t get to it until our last visit. These tattoos are lasting much longer than our Canada Day ones. We managed to catch a few acts while there too, the Undead Newlyweds were our favorite this year, we hope they’ll be back again next year.

sock knitting
had a productive knitting day even with a headache that knocked me out for awhile 😵 finished up the first sock for my husband and finally cast on the second of my cables & lace socks #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftast

ignoring the housework that needs to be done to knit my sock #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftastherapy #manosdeluruguay

I’ve been making good progress on my socks, ignoring housework to do so too. The Cable & Lace socks are very close to being finished.

looking back
looking back...

Putting together the ‘My Yarn Story‘ post was a lot of fun, I enjoyed going back and seeing all the projects I’ve made. The toys were especially fun to see, I hope to get making toys more often again.

♥ Casey

happy things

Let’s start with the happiest thing of all, my cat George came home! He had been gone for two months. During the last month, I started having mixed emotions because the kids kept spotting him and he would run away. So, I knew he was okay and out there, just not coming home and it was making me feel like a bad owner. I know I’m not but I sure questioned it!

The George has come home two months later, for now he is anyway, we'll see what he does. I've had some mixed emotions about him being gone in the last month, he's been spotted around but just never came home and it has annoyed me a lot! He's in now though

Anyway, he is finally home again. He was definitely starving, I can feel his ribs. I can tell that he’s already starting to feel better, he’s sleeping without startling awake as much and he’s looking for wet food. He’s a spoiled cat, before this he would only touch wet food, never dry. He’s also not meowing as strangely anymore, except when I leave the house. He’s always been pretty attached to me but right now it seems to stress him out if I leave his sight too long.

knitting with this guy beside me 😻 he's calmed down a lot today, finally sleeping without waking and freaking out a little. Vet tomorrow for a check up! #knittersofinstagram #georgethecat #catsofinstagram

new projects

so loving this!! 😁 #knittersofinstagram #toyknitting #craftastherapy #rebeccadangerI started Randolph Raccoon!

glowing socks (again)

Glowing knit socks! Always fun at glow bowling!! #glowbowling #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagramI wore socks that glowed at bowling again! They’re my So Over the Rainbow socks knit in yarn by Spun Right Round.

new books

thanks @lululoves_uk for asking #widn I'm enjoying a little bit of sun and a new book while my kids are at the youth program in the park. #bookstagram #crochetgirlgangIt has been very hot here this last week and our air conditioner finally bit it, so I’ve decided to just embrace the heat a little. Also, even though it’s hot out, it’s hotter inside! We walk to the school park and I lay out my finished scrappy blanket and read a little while the kids go into the school for the youth program or play on the playground. The other day I started a new book, I Will Always Write Back. It’s about two pen pals, one in the United States, the other in Africa. I’m really enjoying it!

linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along today 🙂

thanks for stopping by! ♥
Casey

happy things…

quick projects! I started and finished two quick projects Thursday and Friday. sometimes it’s really satisfying to finish something in only an hour or two.

It's a pretty small basket... I love it!!! 💕💕 also love such a quick little project! #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #crochetaddicts #michaels #woolease #chunkycr #crochetbasket

I bought Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the Hudson Bay colorway last week. I decided to crochet a small little basket. It’s cute and perfect! No pattern for this one, it was a simple thing, though there are tons of them on ravelry if you wanted to search for one.

haven't started the Jelly Rolls yet but I did cast off a sock bookmark! 💓 so much fun!! & another quick project 😊 I used @blkmktwool yarn in Groove is in the Heart colorway 😍 #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #sockta

I knit up a sock bookmark! I’m not 100% sure how practical it will be, it is a little thick but it’s adorable, so I’ll try to use it. Or I’ll hang it somewhere! The yarn is Black Market Wool in the Groove is in the Heart colorway

new cast ons! 
I really want to cast on a pair of Jelly Roll socks today and I think I've finally settled on the yarns for my first pair. I already know there will be more than one pair! 😊 it's @hedgehogfibres and #knitpicks #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #sockkni

I’m finally going to cast on a pair of Jelly Rolls! Took me quite a while to pick out what yarn I would use for my first pair (because there will be more than one!). I finally ended up choosing a skein of Knit Picks Hawthorne from their speckles line and some Hedgehog Fibres in the Vengeance colorway. I used the yarn for a sockhead hat last year and still have quite a bit leftover, should be plently for the socks.

glowing knits! 
glow bowling! So fun when hand knits glow too! #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #bowlingfun

Our family bowls a lot, we sign up for free bowling over the summer, so we take advantage. We’ve been four times already since it started (July 1st). We always try to dress in something that will glow because that’s what our alley is, a glow bowl. I’m always happy when my knit socks glow too!

Netflix bingeing! I’ve been watching The Office, I didn’t watch when it was on other than an episode or two, so it’s all mostly new to me. I’m obsessed!!

hope you all have a great weekend! ♥
Casey

weekending

hello! happy Monday! The kids are now on summer break, so I could sleep in if I really wanted to. I still wake up early but knowing I don’t have to is nice.

Canada Day was on Friday, 149 years old! My husband is away at work again this year, so it was just me and the kids. We ate pancakes at home instead of the park because of rain. After the quick rain in the morning, we headed down to the celebrations in the city for a few hours. My girls and I each got henna tattoos, I had one years ago and it lasted weeks, this one though is already mostly faded. Still fun though!

got henna tattoos with my girls! 💕💕 Happy Canada Day!!

After the city, we headed out to the provincial park to see my family. This year, the park didn’t have anything fun set up, so we just went to the beach for awhile. While the kids played in the water and on a paddling board with my sister, I squeezed in some knitting. (this sock is moving crazy slow for me!)  It started raining, so we decided to grab ice cream and head out. Once we got our ice cream, it was a downpour. It didn’t get much better after that, so we went back to the city. We were all pretty tired, so it was a good day.

squeezed in some sock knitting at the beach before a downpour, still got ice cream though 😜🍦#socktawk #knittersofinstagram #craftastherapy #manosdeluruguay

The rest of the weekend, I spent sewing in the final ends on my scrappy blanket and I even got a simple border added. I’m pretty sure that I’m calling it done now. If we get a good sunny day this week, I’ll be bringing it out with us so I can snap a couple pictures of it.

'sc'ing around my blanket and reading The Nest when I take breaks #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #watchmewipkal #booksandyarn

I also read and finished The Nest. I don’t really know how to describe this book except that it was really good. If you haven’t heard anything about the book, it’s about siblings and other people in their world. It’s told from so many different view points that I thought I would never be able to get into it. I did though, reading the book was all I really wanted to do yesterday, I think I read about 80% of it in one sitting, it’s not easy to put down!

thanks for stopping by today ♥ have an amazing day and Happy July 4th to my American friends! ♥