cough. cough.

has it really been that long since I sat down to write here? I just checked and it’s been longer than I thought it was. We are heavy into allergy season, so I am hiding away indoors today because I ran out of my allergy meds and forgot to pick some up yesterday. Ugh. don’t do that! So, I’m sitting here trying not to scratch my skin off and blowing my nose constantly. The medicine I do take hasn’t been working all that great but now that I have nothing in my system, I know that it was doing a little bit of good.

Anyway.

My lumpectomy in April went well, all the tests came back completely clear, what they thought could be hiding something turned out to be a radial scar. My surgeon told me I was good to just go on with life, no repeat mammogram in a year will be needed either because my cyst is gone as well. There are still small ones but as long as they don’t grow too big or cause me pain, I should be done with mammograms until my 50’s.

In knitting and crafting life, I have finished up a few things since I last posted.

not exactly a pair but close enough! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„

I knit three pairs of socks for myself. The sock on the left is the Blueberry Waffle pattern in the Princess Tiger Cub colorway by Flock Fibre Studio. The right sock is Mulberry Cream in the Buttercup colorway by Vivid Yarn Studio. I bought both yarns at last year’s Fiber Frolic in Edmonton, I didn’t make it there this year but next year I’ll make sure to get time off work to drive out there.

Finished my stripey socks today too! I love these stripes! the amazing yarn came from @thewoolbaron #craftastherapy #stripeysockskal2018 #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk

I also knit a pair of vanilla socks with some awesome stripey yarn from The Wool Baron in her Crazy Confident colorway. I saw this yarn knit up by another knitter on Instagram and immediately bought myself a skein, it’s so much fun! I also crocheted that black & white pillow recently, it’s just granny squares joined into one big one and then I joined the edges together to fit a pillow in. I have wanted to crochet a pillow in this style for so long, I am so happy with how it looks finished. I am thinking of crocheting a matching one soon.

finished my Fibery Friends sampler today πŸ’• it's so pretty and it was my first project done on linen, which made me nervous but it really is just like evenweave! ‍♀️ now, I can buy all the pretty linen for future projects!

Lastly, just today I finished stitching up this fun Fibery Friends sampler. I’ll be finishing it off in a hoop once I buy a small enough one for it. It was my first time stitching on linen, I always heard that it’s just like stitching on evenweave and I guess I didn’t know if I should believe the people saying that but it really is. And now I can’t wait to buy some more linen to use for future projects.

That’s most of the catching up I had today. I think. Allergies muddle my head so much, I can’t really remember!

Talk later!

 

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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.

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!

 

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

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