Sep 29, 2014

When In Doubt

As I said I would, I made a much-too-long list on Saturday in anticipation of having a full day to do anything (and apparently everything) I wanted.  Sure, household chores like doing laundry, food shopping, service the car, and re-potting plants were at the top of my list, but I also added items like at-home manicure, research and order new armchair for the apartment, and play with yarn and patterns.  

In all honesty, I got a little overwhelmed with the play with yarn and patterns part of my day.  I've got a healthy stash but it's mostly made up of single skeins which I've been tackling since last spring when I set myself the one-skein challenge, but if you're like me, sometimes my one skeins get me down.  I know, what a ridiculous problem!

So, I packed all my lovelies back into their bins and decided that I needed a small(ish), portable project to cast on with one or two of those single skeins.  Fortunately, one of my favorite designers had recently offered one of my favorite designs at a discount so I had the perfect pattern and the perfect yarns to start knitting with.

I'm keeping my Nangou shawl project in my lovely bento bag from fringe supply which has me feeling very stylish whenever I whip it out.  Oh, and as you can see, I've added a Sansevieria trifasciata (aka snake plant) to my happily growing collection of houseplants.

Sep 26, 2014

(A) List

Thanks for all your sweet comments about my last post ~ every time a new photo pops up on my family's instagram or FB pages, we're all smiles again!  I think this feeling is going to last for months and months...

But now to this weekend ~ I'm a serious, die-hard, dedicated, and committed list maker, and I am chomping at the bit to tackle my Saturday to-do list.  Having worked the first two Saturdays in September followed by the wedding of the decade, this is the first weekend where I can devote an entire day to my crafting.
Now that I'm living split between two places, I don't have spontaneous access to my yarn stash any longer.  I know, I can feel your anxiety growing at the thought.  So, the first thing I plan to do tomorrow morning is sit with a big mug of coffee and get re-acquainted with my stash.  I already have two sweater quantities of yarn in one of my baskets assigned to two patterns: the Beaubourg pullover and the Reverb cardigan.  I'll see if I stay true to my original plan to knit the Beaubourg in Manos Maxima and the Reverb in Malabrigo Rios.  I'm really going to try and not get swayed by other patterns but you know how this works, right?  Some shiny new pattern pops up on my feed and I get fickle.

I think I have a few more sweater quantities of yarn in Rowan Calmer, Rowan Lima, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze,  but other than that, I'll be making lists of shawl, cowl, sock, and hat patterns for all the rest.  Can you tell that I'm trying to knit down my stash?  Share your favorite in any or all of these categories ~ I'm completely open to being inspired!

Happy weekend, everyone.

Sep 23, 2014

Wedding of the Decade

Okay, okay, I'm exaggerating, but my beautiful niece and nephew-in-law's wedding festivities this past weekend were simply wonderful.  There's no doubt that weddings are heart-warming affairs, but when the kids who are getting married are some of your favorite people in the world, ... well, life just takes on an extra rosy glow.

If you've been following me here recently, you'll know that I was furiously knitting to complete the Shaelyn shawl in time for the wedding.  Your encouragement, here and on Instagram, was so invigorating but sadly, I didn't make it (yes, the violins can begin now). I knit the night before, the morning of, and even while I was helping my sister (aka mother-of-the-bride) with last-minute wedding details mere hours before having to leave for the ceremony.  Needless to say, I was distracted and getting to wear my lovely new shawl to the wedding was not to be.

Regardless, the evening was summery, and after hitting the dance floor a few times, a shawl was the last thing I would have wanted! We cheered, smiled, cried, and laughed all night long.  So, cheers to the newlyweds!

The dining room
My two

Me and my guy

The Newlyweds

Sep 18, 2014

Ambitious ... or Unrealistic?

I've got a very special and important family event coming up this weekend, and I've cast on a project that I'm really, really hoping I can finish by Saturday.  My niece is getting married to her honey, and our family is bursting with excitement. I found a beautiful royal blue all-over lace dress to wear to the wedding but as our temperatures here in NY have shifted to autumn weather, I'll definitely need a little something over my shoulders for the evening. (As a side note, clearly, someone needs to teach me how to take selfies in a dressing room!).

I've long admired the Shaelyn Shawl pattern and pulled out my stash of Madeleinetosh in the Midnight in Manhattan colorway to see if it could be a good match.  What do you think? I think it's perfect!

So, wish me luck as I try to get this knit up in the next 48 hours ... I think I can, I think i can.  And here's a peek at a part of the bridal party.

Bridesmaid, Bride, and Matron of Honor (from years ago)