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.

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

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.

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).

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Blogging for Books

Consider this the first time you will be hearing about Blogging for Books from me (or maybe your first time ever), and consider yourself warned that it won't be the last time either.

So last night, I heard about this site and pretty much thought it was too good to be true. But it's not! I signed up, told them what kinds of books I prefer to read, picked out a book from the list that they presented me with after I selected my preferences, and just like that, they told me that it was on its way to me. All I have to do in return is post a review of the book within 90 days, and it's mine to keep forever. I could seriously cry. And once you submit your review, you can get right back on their site and request another book.

The really great thing about this program is that the books aren't just fiction novels. They have non-fiction, self-improvement books, books about business and religion, cookbooks, craft books, and pretty much every other genre under the sun. So even if you don't think you have the time to read a 400 page book in order to review it, you can choose something less wordy and more up your alley.

Give it about a week, and I will be the proud owner of a knitting book that looks really awesome. I can't wait to try out some new projects and maybe get some ideas for Christmas knits. Review to follow :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: a mile long to-do list.
Drinking: a glass of milk.
Waiting: for the Greek festival next weekend!
Watching: Gilmore Girls on Netflix, woot!
Reading: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.
Hearing: people playing tennis on the court outside my window.
Understanding: some of the little nuances of adulthood.
Knitting: a colorwork honey cowl.
Wishing: that someone would grocery shop for me.
Enjoying: the ability to turn off the AC.
Liking: my first ever honey crisp apple.
Disliking: this little thing called my gas bill.
Loving: the first days of fall before it gets too cold.
Hoping: to have at least one more spurt of warm weather.
Planning: Christmas presents already--it's never too early to start!
Wondering: what to get my nephew for his first birthday.
Needing: to buy new toilet bowl cleaner. What an exciting life I lead, haha :)
Wearing: a pretty moss green shirt with a lace back.
Listening: to TSwift's "Shake It Off" #guiltypleasure
Eating: pasta with chicken sausage in a chipotle cream cheese sauce.
Thinking: that I need some vitamin C to help stop this sore throat inkling in its tracks.
Writing: down some Bible verses in my quotes book.
Feeling: thankful for a professor that seems to actually care about his students.

Friday, October 3, 2014

On My Bookshelf: October

I think September was the fastest moving month so far this year. Isn't it funny how the more you have to do, the faster time seems to go? Between class and three jobs, I feel like I'm always on the go, but in a good way.

This also means though that I haven't been doing nearly enough reading. I try to read during my commute, but I'm one of those unfortunate people that can't read on the train/bus. So you can usually find me standing at the bus stop with a book in hand.

This month, I'm hoping to make the time to read:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
I've read many of Gladwell's books, and it only made sense to read this one too. I don't always agree with all the arguments in his books, but at the very least, they are always thought-provoking.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Sometimes a girl just needs a really easy read, and this book should fit the bill perfectly this month.

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
This book is a collection of essays all on the subject of writing, and it's really interesting so far. I like getting a peak into how other people's creativity works, and when it comes to writing, I love to get a snapshot of different methods.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yarn Along

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

I liked the Honey Cowl that I just finished so much that I immediately turned around and cast on another one. This time though, I am using another Raveler's colorwork modification, so this cowl is being knit in KnitPicks Simply Cotton Worsted in the colors Marshmallow and Envy Heather. The green is so dark that it almost looks black at times, and I think the contrast is great. I also love how the cowl is so different yet so pretty on either side; makes wearing it just that much easier.