Thursday, October 23, 2014

Knockout Knits // A Blogging for Books Review

I was so excited to receive my first book in the mail to review for Blogging for Books!

The first thing that really struck me about Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin is how beautiful the images are. The photos are light and colorful, and flipping through it, I was gaining so much knitting inspiration just from admiring the pictures. I know the saying goes that you should never judge a book by its cover, but if I had been searching for knitting books based on photography alone, this book would have been a winner.

Actually getting down into the substance of it, the book is laid out into three parts: wrapped stitches, lace, and beads. I already love lace knitting, so reading the patterns I felt comfortable and excited to have a new library of patterns to choose from. I am also intrigued by the patterns that include wrapped stitches though. I am especially in love with the pattern for boot toppers. They are definitely going into my knitting queue!

In terms of the patterns that incorporate bead work, I am more than a little daunted. However, Nelkin takes great care in explaining proper beadwork, and with her patterns to go off of, I'm sure I would be able to muddle my way through my first bead project.

Overall, I have a very positive impression of Knockout Knits. These patterns are going to be a dream to work with, and I hope Laura Nelkin only continues to write such beautiful patterns.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

This has been a slow yarn week for me. I've been feeling under the weather with the start of a fall cold, and I currently have a day old headache that I just can't shake. I like to think that that means I would be spending more time relaxing and knitting/crocheting, but instead I've just been crawling into bed early every evening, willing it all to go away.

Hopefully you're having a healthier day than me, and I can't wait to get home from work tonight and read everyone else's yarn alongs :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: a sea salt solution because this girl finally got her ears pierced and I'm supposed to soak them twice a day.
Drinking: OJ.
Waiting: for my YouTube video to hurry up and finish processing already.
Watching: more Gilmore Girls.
Reading: old journals.
Hearing: lots of colliding thoughts in my head.
Understanding: how to trim back an orchid for the winter.
Knitting: (dare I say it) a Christmas gift!
Wishing: my homework would do itself.
Enjoying: lots and lots of tea.
Liking: that I'm making time to do some writing again.
Disliking: the fact that I think my glasses prescription has changed.
Loving: my DSLR.
Hoping: for awesome grades. *Le sigh*
Planning: on making broccoli cheese soup this month from my Pioneer Woman cookbook.
Wondering: what my work schedule will look like this week.
Needing: it to be 11 days from now because 7 weeks is way to long to go without seeing David. Separations always feel bad in the beginning, okay-ish in the middle, and really horrible towards the end.
Wearing: Halloween socks with spiders on them.
Listening: to Little Worrier by Kina Grannis.
Eating: an apple that I parents brought me from Chattanooga.
Thinking: that I probably have too many mugs, but I always want more!
Writing: a menu plan.
Feeling: too tired for a Sunday.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

iPod Shuffle Throwback

I pulled out my old iPod earlier today and decided to go relive what high-school-Kerry was listening to.

I hit shuffle and these were the first ten songs that came up.

1. Creep by Radiohead
2. Speed of Sound by Pearl Jam
3. One Flight Down by Norah Jones
4. Can't Stop Now by Keane
5. We Looked Like Giants by Death Cab For Cutie
6. Breathe No More by Evanescence
7. Stumbleine by Smashing Pumpkins
8. Landed by Ben Folds
9. The Cross by Within Temptation
10. Front Row by Metric

I'm glad to see that my musical preferences haven't changed at all.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

My sister's birthday is still a week away, but it was most convenient for everyone to get together to celebrate this past weekend which left me frantically trying to finish this scarf in the wee hours of the morning. Add into the equation the fact that I ran out of yarn and I had to improvise a crochet bind-off, it was a little stressful.

But the end result was greater than my expectations, and I wished I could keep it for myself. Maybe once the Christmas knitting is done, I'll make another one for myself.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: plans to have some friends over soon.
Drinking: English Breakfast tea.
Waiting: nervously because I might get my ears pierced this afternoon!
Watching: lots and lots of Gilmore Girls.
Reading: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
Hearing: kids playing outside.
Understanding: that change can be a good thing!
Knitting: (frantically) the last few rows of my sister's birthday present.
Wishing: that I could have taken advantage of Fall Break to see David.
Enjoying: an extra long weekend.
Liking: Sunday brunches with my family :)
Disliking: a King of Pops popsicle for the first time ever. I tried the Mexican Chocolate one and thought it was no bueno.
Loving: that David knows me so well and bought me Special K cereal in bulk.
Hoping: that my ear piercings heal quickly and that there are no issues.
Planning: Christmas gifts already!
Wondering: what happened to a card that was sent to me in the mail but that I never received.
Needing: a little faith.
Wearing: shorts. Gotta soak up that warm weather!
Listening: to Mae.
Eating: baklava from the Greek Festival!
Thinking: about the candle I lit at the Greek Orthodox Church yesterday.
Writing: down a yarn-to-buy list.
Feeling: great about the Theology on Tap conversation I attended this past Thursday night.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Christmas is a ways away but will probably be here in the blink of an eye nonetheless. As such, I'm already pondering future gifts and what I need to do to prepare for the holiday. Evaluating my stash for inspiration is obviously at the top of my list, closely followed by long hours spent on Ravelry and Pinterest. Then there will probably be some yarn buying, the start of the actually knitting and/or crocheting, and then the inevitable more yarn buying. Hopefully the end result will be some beautiful, thoughtful gifts that will be completed in time for Christmas (unlike last year where I wrapped my mom's table runner with it still on the needles and only 3/4 of the way done. But she had a really cool January gift, haha).