Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yarn Along

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

This last weekend, I went up to North Georgia with my parents and one of my sisters. While we were there, we enjoyed the foliage, hiked Amicalola Falls, and bought lots of fresh apples. In particular, we brought home two types: Pink Ladies and Arkansas Blacks. They are so amazing.

Back home, I was inspired by the literal fruits of the day and decided to try my hand at an apple cozy. It turned out adorable, and I've already used it. I always take apples to work as a snack and now I don't have to worry about it bruising in my bag.

As I told David, everything is cuter in a sweater.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Loving Myself

I love myself...

by making sure to drink a strong cup of tea in the morning.
by keeping a good pile of books to read on my nightstand and by always having an emergency book on the Kindle app on my phone.
by admitting when I need help and trying to admit when I'm wrong.
by cleaning my apartment because no one else is responsible for my messes but me.
by cultivating an attitude of creativity and feeding it with yarn and time to sit still and craft.
by chowing down on protein after 12 hours of holding my non-sleeping nephew.
by saying yes to new things but by also learning how to say no when necessary.
by drinking as much water a day as I can.
by wearing what I want.
by taking the time to journal.
by drinking peppermint tea when my tummy's upset.
by trying to give myself more credit.
by reminding myself that I am enough.

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.