Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Yarn Along

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

We all know what second sock syndrome is, but I think I suffer from second item syndrome. In 2013, I made an identical Basket Rib Hand Towel to the one pictured above, and I then cast on another one right afterwards. My goal was the have a matching set. Well, three years later, I finally have completed that second hand towel. Yikes! Unfortunately, now the original has been well-loved and is looking a little worse for the wear. So much for having a perfect matching set! But I'm still glad I finally finished this towel. It was giving me serious guilt for having sat on my needles for so long. I don't think it helped that I was constantly borrowing the needles from this project to work on something else!

Also, if you haven't checked out my knitting podcast, I would love if you would do so :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Yarn Along

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

This past weekend, I visited Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL, and I didn't buy too much fabric. Instead, I discovered their supply of roving and went a little fiber crazy :) I bought eight oz. of merino top, and I can't wait to spin it up! I think my first handspun skein of yarn was pretty darn successful, so I'm eager to try out my drop spindle again, this time with these gorgeous colors. I'm so in love :)

I talk all about my WIPs and my trip to Vogue Fabrics in my newest podcast on YouTube, so please check it out and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Yarn Along

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

I have to confess that I have not been a monogamous knitter this week. I'm actually working on three different projects, but this is just one of them. It's definitely slow going because the lace weight yarn makes for small, slippery stitches, but I'm enjoying the pattern because it is having the prettiest results. I can't wait to finish it so that I can block it and wear it out. I love the lightness of the shawl, and it will be perfect for spring weather.

I also published the second episode of my podcast this past Sunday. If you're curious about the other projects that I am working on, you can watch it here :)

My Ravelry notes.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Yarn Along

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

I'm so excited for two reasons today. The first is that I finished this enormous blanket at last! It only took a year after all ;) I used it on my bed last night for the first time, and although the weather is slowly getting warmer, it was so cuddly and comfortable to sleep with.

The other bit of news is that I recorded my first knitting podcast which you can find here on YouTube. I'd love for you to check it out--that would mean the world to me!

You can find my Ravelry notes for the blanket here.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

On My Bookshelf: March

I do the majority of my reading at night before bed, but between lots of school and lots of work, I've been falling into bed exhausted every night, and although I try to read a few pages before turning off the light, I have literally been unable to keep my eyes open past a few pages. As such, despite knocking the socks off of February in terms of finishing lots of books, I honestly don't think a whole lot of reading will be happening this month. None the less, I will try to finish a few books, even if they're done via audiobook (still counts!).

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
This book would probably be better read during the Christmas holidays, but nonetheless, I am reading it at the end of winter/start of spring. But I'm not really concerned that the book is supposed to be a seasonal read--I welcome Christmas good-feelings anytime of the year :) I've read the first two books in this series, and while they're definitely not difficult reads, I love books that center around knitting.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
I'm pretty sure I've professed my love of Jack Kerouac many times on this blog, and having read the majority of his work, it seemed like the next natural step to read his colleague's work as well. I'm listening to this on audiobook, so I'll be listening to it on my way to and from class and work.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This memoir was written after Kalanithi learned that he had cancer and ends all the way up to his death a year ago in March 2015. I've heard such wonderful things about this book, and it's an interesting study on what makes life worth living despite the inevitability of death.