Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yarn Along

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

This is Purl Soho's Classic Cuffed hat. It was easy-peasy to knit, but my only complaint when I was done was the length. I knit it according to the pattern, but if I were to do it again, I would make it about an inch and a half shorter, it's too slouchy for my taste, and the pom especially weighs down the excess stitches. The hat is so warm and comfortable though. I certainly love the yarn I chose--KnitPicks Simply Cotton Organic worsted. It's thick and warm but not an itchy wool.

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

642 Things to Write About: Week 7/52

Worst Thanksgiving Dish You Ever Had

Watergate salad. 
Because nothing screams
quite like marshmallows and pistachio pudding.
Because obviously we needed to cut the savoriness of the gravy
by adding something that doesn't resemble salad at all
and that doesn't share anything in common with Watergate
other than the fact that it is also clearly a conspiracy
and needs to be covered-up.

Friday, February 20, 2015


Lent started this week, and I gave a lot of thought into what I wanted to "give up" during this season. In the past, I've given up TV and ice cream. In the fourth grade, I gave up watching Arthur, my all time favorite show at the time (and then proceeded to never watch it again afterwards, definitely my most successful Lent).

This year though, I wanted to give up something that would mean something different, so this year, I am giving up make-up. Of course, this is happening right as I have pretty much the biggest zit of my life.

I don't wear a lot of makeup, but the loss of my pressed powder, eye liner, and blush is already being felt. And while I certainly don't feel the need to "put on my face" every morning, there definitely is something about makeup that makes me feel more confident.

But this Lent, I want to redefine for myself what makes someone beautiful, not what society tells me a woman needs to be beautiful.

Don't get me wrong, I love makeup, and I think it's an amazing tool, but this is a personal challenge for myself to try to see myself as God intended me to be.

I'm also hoping that during these forty days I can work on my skin and give myself less of a need to turn towards makeup in the first place. I frequently hear differing views about whether or not makeup makes a person's skin worse, so it will be an interesting experiment.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Fifty-Year Silence // A Blogging for Books Review

A Fifty-Year Silence is Miranda Richmond Mouillot's memoir about her attempt to unearth her grandparents' past--both the story of their love and the rift that divided them.

The book jumps between the present day as Miranda gathers stories and letters from her grandfather (Armand) and grandmother (Anna), and it also uses documents that the author finds in her grandparents' possessions that slowly shed light on Anna and Armand's experiences before, during, and after World War II.

As this book continued, especially the last half, I found myself unable to put it down. I felt completely invested in the lives of the characters, and I was completely immersed in the story, needing to know what was going to happen next and what was it that these two people suffered that caused them to never speak to each other again?

I would recommend this book most highly. I loved every minute of it, and I definitely think it will be one of my top five books of 2015.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yarn Along

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

Inspired by the Birth Stone Cowl that I made my sister for Christmas, I wanted to make a similar color-block cowl. I love KnitPicks Palette yarn, and I can't stop using it, and these colors, Clarity and Spruce looked wonderful together. Blue is definitely one of my favorite colors, and the darker blue-green was awesome to work with.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

642 Things to Write About: Week 6/52

Start a story with: "This is what she wants most in the world."

This is what she wants most in the world:
world peace,
as cheesy as it sounds.
But this isn't Miss America,
and her only platform is happiness,
to not just stop world wars
but family wars,
wars between friends and foes,
and the internal wars inside everyone.
She wants to make everyone happy,
and that goes for herself.
She sits down with a cup of tea every morning
and lists the flaws she loves about herself,
especially her squidgy lines
and her uncooperative cowlick.
The best part is the widow's peak,
the spitting image of her great-grandmother,
teaching that only the best bits are passed down
and that there's nothing wrong with that.

New Adventures in Cross-Stitching

After I finished the gargantuan project that was my nephew's birth announcement cross-stitch, I took a hiatus from stitching. In its stead, I've been knitting and crocheting like a fiend, but I've been itching to diversify my crafts again.

Yesterday, David and I celebrated a German themed Valentine's Day. It was rather inadvertent, but when David asked me to make his favorite dish, hot German potato salad, I set the rest of the plans in motion. I spent the better part of the morning talking with David's mom, trying to learn all the secrets to her potato salad, but it ended up being quite a hit, and it even tasted to me like the original. It was so good that I'm tempted to make it more often, but David insisted that it's for special treats only. He clearly has way better self-control than I do.

I paired the potato salad with Bavarian pot roast which bubbled away in the crock pot for the better part of the day, and as a gift, I had made David a sweet little cross-stitch that I had found the pattern for online. It fit into the theme perfectly :)

I've also picked out my next cross-stitch project. I've been smitten with Jody Rice's patterns, and I purchased her newest pattern, Pretty Little Chicago. I went to Michael's the other day, and I purchased the embroidery floss for it. Unfortunately, they were out of 18-count aida, so until I get some, this project will be on hold, but I'm hoping to start it soon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Yarn Along

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

This post is a little belated, but I couldn't let it go un-written about. This crochet project was pretty secretive since it was a Christmas present for my parents, but I'm excited to finally be able to share this finished Texture Throw from the book Simple Crocheting by Erika Knight. I love this pattern, and I love the yarn I chose to complete it--KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky in the colorway Porcini. This yarn is amazing. It's so warm given that it's 100% Peruvian highland wool, but it's also really soft and made a great yarn investment. In fact, I've already bought another round of this yarn to make myself a blanket too :) Once I get all my WIPs off the needles, I'm going to start it.

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

642 Thing to Write About: Week 5/52

What can happen in a second

a first kiss ~ a last kiss ~ a shooting star ~ a small prayer ~ a hiccup ~ falling asleep ~ falling in love ~ a page turn ~ a smile ~ a burst of laughter ~ a sip of wine ~ a photograph ~ the bite of a lip ~ a crochet stitch ~ a life saved ~ I do ~ a choice ~ hello ~ goodbye

Thursday, February 5, 2015

On My Bookshelf: February

I didn't plan it this way, but it's looking like February will be a month of non-fiction. The two books I picked are biographical and a memoir, respectively, but I'm excited to read both of them because I love glimpses into other people's lives.

A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
This book is one that I received from the reading program Blogging for Books, and I've been saving it for February because I suspect it's going to be somewhat of a love story (sorry, but I'm a sap). The book is about the author's attempt to uncover the mystery surrounding her grandparents' estrangement and to piece together their extraordinary story.

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
I first became interested in this book when I saw it on a friend's Instagram page, and I knew pretty much right away that I wanted to read it. This book is a collection of essays and stories about relationships and the meals that bring us together, and as a great lover of food, I knew I would be able to relate to the themes in this book. I'm about 10% into it so far, and I love it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Yarn Along

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

This is the almost completed Orchid Cowl. All that's left for me to do is block it before binding off. Once I memorized the lace pattern, this cowl knit up really quickly, and it was a fairly mindless pattern. Expect finished product pictures soon :)

You can find my Ravelry notes here.