Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HENSLOWE SHAWL


A year ago, I grabbed a pair of 12 mm needles (not knowing those were huge of course) to knit some warm hats and snoods (all knitted flat haha). The word shawl mostly reminded me of my grandma, or a Jane Austen book. Definitely not something a 25 year old would wear. And here we are, a year later, and I can tell with certainty that this shawl is my favorite thing I've made in 2014. Shawls you guys! They're big and warm yet drapy and light. They are awesome to knit, just challenging enough that you never get bored and there's a bit of magic in them too. Seeing them grow when being blocked is just the best!



And this one, I just love it. I loved knitting it (definitely would recommend the pattern to a beginner shawl knitter, lots of cool techniques!), I LOVE the yarn (it's Madeline Tosh Merino Light), it's so crazy soft and has the most beautiful shades, and I love wearing it. It's super light yet because it's pure wool you get warm immediately. So comfy. I need one in every color. Not kidding. I might make one for my mom. Unless I decide to keep that one too ;)


ps: that's my big sister modeling for me so I could take so cute photos of it. 

ps bis: what's your favorite knit/project of the year?
Saturday, December 27, 2014

A THANK YOU & A NEW YEAR


Merry December everyone! Hope you had a lovely week filled with food, presents and warmth. The holidays aren't my favorite time of the year but I did try my best to enjoy it this year, mostly by watching all my favorite movies, knitting presents for everyone and going out for fresh air as often as possible. Like everyone here had predicted my stressing out over the imperfection of my knitting was very much useless because everyone loved their presents! If I'm to do it again next year I will have to remember to start knitting in June at least though! I too loved my presents, which included a SEWING MACHINE! So so exciting!!! (like I needed a new crafty obsession right!) :)

It's very clear now that 2014 has been knitting year for me, and honestly between health issues and unemployment I'm pretty sure I have to thank all that pretty yarn for saving me from being completely depressed. More seriously, I have met amazing, kind and generous people who have inspired me and encouraged me when I needed it, so thank you all who stop by this little blog, my Instagram or Ravelry. You are the best and I still think that the Internet is magic!

2015 now! I'm excited for this one! I've recently grabbed my copy of The Happiness Project (have you read it? It's amazing <3) and started working on my goals and on getting organized. There's just something about to do lists and goals on paper that works for me! I want to focus on spending time doing the things that matter rather than wasting it dreaming of what I could have done. My focus for January will be Work and my motto, Be Brave. So I will try to. I'm also hoping to write more on the blog, and focus on the stories along with the projects. Remember at the beginning when blogging was almost like a diary? I miss it sometimes. Hopefully, there will also be traveling, crafting, moving and let's not forget the knitting. But that's for another post ;)

Wishing you all a very lovely end of year and an even better New Year! 


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on
Robert Frost
Monday, December 22, 2014

LIFE RIGHT NOW // DECEMBER 2014

TIS THE SEASON EDITION!

loving my new PJs! Christmas/Scotland style. sort of.
thinking about 2015. and what needs to change.
eating way too much chocolate. 
wondering what will be under the tree? 
listening to my nephew sing Christmas songs. he's the cutest.
enjoying my morning tea. I am learning to like tea, it's hard. 
making preparations for my Happiness Project. (that book you guys. read it!)
struggling with sleep. and too much thinking.
feeling like giving essential oils a try. Any books you recommend?
dreaming of knitting projects for the new year. so many ideas!!
finding it hard not to spend money. 
celebrating almost a year of knitting!!! stay tuned!
watching Parenthood. lots of crying happened obviously. but that show is so good!
hoping for snow. still. always. 
Friday, December 19, 2014

THE 20 MINUTE LAYOUT

most of which was spent hand stitching that small pink line. True story.


So last week I saw on Sian's blog that the latest Jot magazine was out. Obviously stopped everything to browse it. Saw some cute stuff, got inspired by some challenges (need to try your bucket challenge Sian!! I need to get more words onto my layouts!) and saw a couple layouts that made me think "hey let's scrap lift!" Which is how this layout came to be. (this particular layout was inspired by the one on page 65!)


One central picture, a photo border I had been hoarding FOREVER (it's from Love Elsie, that's how old it is!!) and then a few embellishments based on the colors of the photo and border. A bit of stitching because why not. And then decided it needed more pink so i added the other paper as a border under my white card stock. I considered adding a lot more but hmm, not really me. I love that photo so much honestly that I could have just glued it on the background and still would have been happy with it. 
I also really like that it's a very "empty" photo that alone doesn't say anything and could be anything and still I look at it and that particular moment spent on the beach comes rushing back to my mind with all the stories that go with it (stories being told in greater details on other layouts. like this one and this one.) So yeah, it took me three layouts to record an hour spent on the beach. and I have more photos waiting!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

YARN ALONG // THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn Along.
I love to knit. I love to read. Here's a little bit about both.


Christmas knitting you guys, it's the worst. I'm so behind. I want everything to be perfect if it's going to be given to someone other than me so of course I'm stressing out. I'm also super lazy clearly. Well maybe lazy is not the word. It's more like I know it need to be ready for the 25 so my brain is like oh that's so far away we've got plentyyyy of time. And then suddenly there's only 8 days left and my brain gets like whaaat? Which you think would help me to make progress on those projects. But no I decided to start a Henslowe shawl that's very much just for me instead! It might have a lot to do with the fact that my first Christmas Project, the Warble cowl i'm making for my sister (and started back in October!!) is not a pleasure to knit. It's a lovely pattern, easy to memorize, it's going to be awesome to wear for sure but I just don't like working on it! There is something about the stitches, the needles and the yarn that makes it a pain (literally for my hands) in the ass to knit.



Also, I just discovered that I had learned to make yarn overs the wrong way (don't ask why, I have no idea!). I will admit to a little meltdown when I realized it (while knitting on my Henslowe). Then I grabbed my Warble (which has a lot of yarn overs). I did a few rows with the correct yo, and obviously it got super pretty and oh super different than the (hundreds of) previous rows. At this point I was 75% done with the cowl. And I needed to decide whether I wanted to rip everything or not. I ended up ripping half of it (basically to where I had joined skein #2) and then knit again. I'm basically back to 75% again. I am hoping blocking will help with the differences between the two half, and also secretly praying that my sister won't even notice. Can't wait to be done with it seriously…



Which is why I have spent so much time working on my Henslowe. I love it, love it, love it! More on it once it's done! Also on the needles: a hat and cowl combo for my nephew. He's 3 which is awesome because that means everything knits super fast since it child size! I'm using my Knit by Numbers wool which I loooove, such a pleasure to knit with it! So yeah, merry Christmas everyone! ;)


On my Kindle right now: Little Women! Tis the season for classics I guess :) I'm 6 chapters in, so not so sure how I feel about it quite yet!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

1 PHOTO & 20 WORDS // THE SEASONS


Fall has always been the warmest season to me. 
Something to do with colors, spices in my drinks and cozy chairs perfect for reading. 
But Winter is coming.

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Joining in with Abi from Creating Paper Dreams for One photo & Twenty words. Check it out!
Saturday, December 6, 2014

PINNED IT MADE IT // a DIY kind of Christmas Tree

'Tis The Season to make pompoms, hang stuff on the walls and spray everything in gold. So on Thursday, as I decided to decorate my desk area, I thought, hey let's make a tree out of branches. I mean, that looks cool and doable!

a DIY kind of Christmas Tree

To create your own Christmas Tree you will need:
Branches (I gathered mine in the woods last Fall)
String, glue and nails
Pinecones, pompoms, Christmas decorations, handmade or not!
Glue, scissors, gold paint, wool

Ready? It's super easy:
1/ Gather your branches and arrange them from smaller to bigger to get a triangular shape. You can leave your branches raw like I do your you could have fun and paint them, crochet them, whatever you fancy!
2/ Using string and wires, connect your branches together, starting at the bottom. Make a big solid knot at the top to link the two strings. You will be using it to hang your tree! (all you see on mine is a big fluffy pompom but behind it is a nail on the wall to which the tree hangs!). If you fear your knots are not super solid you can also add glue on top to secure everything!
3// Decorate your tree! First I glued some pinecones to the branches ('Tis the season idea: spray paint your pinecones in gold! it's the cutest), then I made pompoms with some wool I had in my stash and finally I went through our christmas stash and chose a selection of small decorations that I tied to the tree using some scrap wool. You could also add some christmas light if you feel like it!
4// Hang your tree and enjoy <3




Pinned it Made it is hopefully going to be a recurring series here on the blog. I love Pinterest, I spend way too much time on it, I have lots of very inspiring boards (like Knit It, Do It Yourself, Crochet It, Scrap It…) and let's be honest, I've been meaning to create this feature FOREVER. But life happens, you pin, and then nothing happens. No More! Let's make stuff!

Thinking of it, I could even add a linky widget thing at the end of the post so you guys could participate and make stuff inspired by your boards. That could be like a monthly thing. What do you think??
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I LOVE BOOKS // FALL 2014

Here's a few words about what I have been reading this past Fall. I'm always looking for some good stories so feel free to share your current favorites in the comments :)


OUTLANDER - Diana Gabaldon 
Outlander is, in just two words, historical fiction. But I could also talk about it in 2000 words and that wouldn't even cover it. I loved it. Seriously, seriously loved it. Proof is, there are 8 books so far (she's working on the ninth!! yay!) and I read them all in two months like the crazy person that I am. I don't think I've felt like that for a book series since Harry Potter and the Lord of the Ring. So yes, amazing. The writing is brilliant and smart (also, not for children by the way) and the books cover everything a good novel should be about: love, adventure, action, history, fantasy, family, bravery, passion, Scotland, and so much more. I got completely lost in the epic story of Claire and James (aka JAMMF), and I just can't wait for book 9. 

Fave quote: "Don't be afraid. There's the two of us now."
(and a zillion other. basically every other line. read those book you guys!)


NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL - Lena Dunham
So, i did not like that book. I felt very very very uncomfortable reading Lena's words. Also, I think she got the title wrong. It should have been TMI: Too Much Information. I should also say that I love her show (Girls) and what Lena stands for as a public figure. I just didn't learn or take anything from the book. It didn't inspire me, it didn't make me feel like a strong, beautiful woman who can do it all. I just felt uncomfortable. And slightly worried about her mental health. If you are looking for a similar book I would highly recommend Mindy Kaling's book: Is everyone hanging out without me? It's AWESOME, funny, inspiring, everything Lena's book ended up not being for me.


This season's list feels kind of short (even though I actually read 9 books) so I thought I could share my Top 10 all time favorite books for fun. Would love to hear about yours!

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone
Alice's adventures in Wonderland
The Lord of the Rings
Pride & Prejudice
The adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Around the world in 80 days
Wild
Matilda
The Mists of Avalon
Outlander 


Next on my list: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Anne of Green Gables, Are you there God it's me Margaret (how awesome is that title??) oh and I am currently listening to Wuthering Heights, audiobook style! 
Sunday, November 30, 2014

BREATH IN THE COLD AIR


It's been a bit quiet here, this week was sort of weird. Some days you just feel like hiding under your blanket till it's time to sleep again. Or is it just me? 

I found out that what I struggle most with during the winter months is the lack of light and fresh air, as I don't go out quite as much and wake up too late (need to work on that.) 

So I went out a bit, wandering in Paris. Started a new crafty project (Christmas style). And I opened the windows. Took a deep (and cold) breath and was rewarded with that amazing view. 

Winter can be quite nice.
Monday, November 24, 2014

ADRIFT MITTENS


Mittens! Or is mitts when the fingers are not covered? Because in french mitaines and moufles are two different things so maybe you guys differentiate in english too? Nice way to start a post right?! Anyway, they're done! And oh so warm and soft. Here's a little step by step photo of how the first one came together ;)


The pattern is called Adrift and was made with some Plucky Knitter fingering yarn in mind, which I actually happened to have in my stash, with no real idea of what I would do with it. 100% of the reason I had grabbed the skein in my LYS in September was that amazing emerald green shade (it looks very Wizard of Oz to me). It's MCN yarn, which means it's a merino, cashmere and nylon blend. I had never knit with cashmere before. And you guys, I get what the fuss is all about MCN now! It knits up beautifully, it's super soft, elastic, strong, warm. I just LOVED knitting with it and I love wearing the mitts even more! 


The pattern was super simple to follow and memorize, I learned to do a thumb gusset without too much trouble (I picked up a few more stitches than the pattern said because I kept getting holes. The 5th try did the trick and the thumbs both look awesome now (if I may say so). I tried them on as I knit so I just stopped once the length was to my taste. They knit up CRAZY FAST. First one took me like 2 days and just one day for the second one. I have been wearing them all the time ever since. Let's make a whole lot more! Next on my list are the Antiquity mitts and a pair of basic mittens for the very cold days.  



Bonus photo! Thank you for stopping by this little blog and saying the sweetest things in the comments. You guys are the best!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

LIFE RIGHT NOW // NOVEMBER 2014



loving my Whispering Pines shawl. I wear it ALL THE TIME.
thinking about Christmas present. So late. Hats it is!
eating way too much. As my sister said "food season is open!"
wondering if it's ok to do a Harry Potter marathon for the third time this year?
listening to The Hanging Tree. From the latest Hunger Games movie. Obsessed!
enjoying my growing collection of candles. The DIY lover in me may be thinking about how I could make some myself :)
making some sort of progress on my archive pages. Handmade is filling up slowly <3
struggling with energy and lack of Vitamin D. I hate how early the night sets in!
feeling like looking up. The sky is so pretty during Fall!
dreaming of a new tattoo. with pine trees in it <3
finding it hard not to put cinnamon on everything. I used to hate cinnamon. true story.
celebrating Christmas movie season! What you watching?
watching How to get away with murder. How awesome was that mid season finale?! 
hoping we'll get some snow this year!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

YARN ALONG // (almost) monogamous

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn Along.
I love to knit. I love to read. Here's a little bit about both.


Let's start with a sneak peek. I have big plans for those leftover sock yarns. But first, I need more sock yarn. ;)

On my needles right now is my Coronis sweater! I'm almost done with the body!! I'm going to start the ribbing today and then… sleeve time! I can already tell I'm not going to enjoy the sleeves as much, sleeve syndrome anyone? But I really want to wear it soon so hey no choice there! It's really really fun and quick to knit though, I can't believe I knitted my first sweater flat… all those seams you guys!! Circular needles for the win!


Also on my needles but being very much ignored (because I have powered through the sweater) is the Warble cowl I am making for my sister. The plan here is to finish the body of my Coronis, then work on the scarf then go back to the sweater and work on the sleeves. This way I make progress and shouldn't get bored with any of the two! 


Reading! Hmm not much actually. Once I finished Book 8 of Outlander I was a bit lost in terms of "what's next" to be honest, then there was Lena Dunham's book which I sort of hate (more on that in my Fall book report), I also started Amy Poehler's book and got the Anne of Green Gables book series but haven't started it yet. I however have been watching a few Christmas movies already, it's not too early right?

Friday, November 14, 2014

SNAP SKETCH SCRAP // ONE



It's been a while since I made a layout. I don't think I really missed scrapbooking. Don't get me wrong, I love making layouts, creating, making stuff with my hands. But I am knitting a lot, and sewing and a few other stuff. My hands and brains are very happy at the moment with all those that I didn't really feel like I needed to scrap for a while. I missed stories though. It's been two years (!!!) since Canada and I have two half complete albums and hundreds of photos in a box. And I want to tell those stories. With words, papers and glue. So I grabbed my scrapbooking supplies and picked a few very random photos (those are the best). I wasn't quite sure what to do though. 
So I figured, hey let's take an online class! (i love classes, I'm nerdy like that). I'm a big big fan of Kelly Purkey. She's a/ super cool and b/ super talented. Also, her timing was perfect because as I was thinking about that she blogged about her Snap Sketch Scrap online class and how it was on sale throughout November. 10$ you guys. Filled with really cool content that happened to be exactly what I needed to get started.  A week later, we have two layouts. and two stories told. Success!



Indian Summer. We don't have that in France. So when the leaves started to change and suddenly the streets were filled with the most amazing shades of orange, pink, purple, red and yellow, I may have had the best time of my life. Fall in Canada was AMAZING. And I don't need more than the photo of a very awesome tree I walked by everyday to tell that story. I went a bit crazy with the background there (following the class instruction obviously!) Classes are only good if they force you to push through your limits right? I think it's awesome. The rest is just a whole lot of bits and pieces. And that title. I may be the owner of five different gold glittered thickets and I may have tried every single one of them on the photo before deciding on that one. Sometimes you just need a few upper case gold glittery letters.



And layout #2 (which is actually #1 because I made that one first)

This is a very random photo of a car that's not ours and a building I can't identify. But that's not the story. It's the story of five girls, going on a road trip to Toronto and the Niagara Falls, who spent 7 crazy hours stuck in a car (because apparently 3pm is the time you don't want to get stuck in traffic near Toronto. did not know that!), took way too many toilet breaks (5 girls!) and listened to very weird yet awesome french canadian Rap music (a story that got its own layout that I don't think I ever shared here, hum). Obviously that road trip was magic and crazy and awesome. So it deserved a cool yellow background. The two little photo corners/ arrow in red and blue is my favorite little detail ever (a very cool idea by Kelly!). The rest is a very random assortment of stuff, plus a few epoxy flowers because after all, it's a story about five girls. Looking at it, I feel like I want to go back and add a few more black lines and some more words. I might do. Still like it though.




So, yay, scrapbooking! Many more layouts to come! And stories. What's your favorite little random story?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SHETLAND WOOL WEEK // MY SHWOOK HAT


You guys, fair isle is THE BEST. I had so much fun working on this hat. Even though I had to do it twice (more about color issues and change of heart here). Picking colors is a lot more complicated than one would expect, not only do they need to go together but there is also contrast to consider, otherwise your pattern won't look much like a pattern at all! I ended up using a lot of blue, a touch of yellow to make it pop and some grey so it wouldn't pop too much. It's all about balance I guess. 

Fair isle can be quite impressive but knitting it isn't that complicated. You never work with more than two colors at once and except for a few tangles here and there it's just about following the pattern. Tension can be an issue, but that's what blocking is for right?
Honestly, there is only one thing I do not like about fair isle, and that is the gazillion ends one has to weave in at the end. Some more honesty? I still haven't woven them in… Won't stop me from wearing it though!


Yarn now! As you might know, fair isle comes from Scotland, it's actually the name of a small island near Shetland. So of course I had to use some scottish yarn! I went with Jamieson & Smith 100% Shetland wool. It's quite a rustic yarn, you can almost picture the sheep enjoying the Shetland lands and weathers! It comes in a lot of colors all very very gorgeous! It's quite nice to knit with, soft enough that your hands won't hurt, nicely elastic (always nice when working in fair isle!), it's quite shiny and blocks beautifully. Basically, I love it!! 

So, what next you ask? Well I have a few projects in mind :)
A cool sweater: Elementary, a cute hat & mitts combo, a magical cowl and a gorgeous cardigan!
Plus a few dozen more on my Ravelry fave ;)


Monday, November 10, 2014

1 PHOTO & 20 WORDS // SILENCE



Waiting for the sun to rise.
Silence is a blessing
For those not afraid of the dark.

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Joining in with Abi over at Creating Paper Dreams for A photo & 20 words. Sort of a day late, but let's ignore that fact. Also, she's awesome.
Thursday, November 6, 2014

MORNING RITUALS aka I LOVE PORRIDGE

I love breakfast. Some say it is the most important meal of the day. I don't know if it's true but I do know that: I LOVE BREAKFAST. So obviously when I decided to cut back on gluten and dairy I knew I was in trouble. Because I did not quite realized it at the time but my breakfasts were made of 99% of gluten and dairy. Going salty was just not an option for me, I need sugar/sweets in the morning, eggs being the only exception. Sorry guys, I just don't see beans and sausage as something that is acceptable before noon ;) So I had to figure out what to do.


 August was sort of easy because you know in Summer you get hundreds of fruits available. So there was a lot of fruit salads going on. But it's now November and I'm just not going to eat an apple every single morning. But then I discovered porridge. Or oatmeal, whatever you call it. It's awesome, delicious, fun to make, and there's an infinite number of ways to costumize it! 
Because I also stopped dairy, I had to try a few things there too. I kind of like soy milk, but mostly with like a Starbucks, as in a drink. Then I discovered almond milk. Which might be my new favorite thing in the world (after porridge that is!). So that's what I use to cook the oats and what I add in my coffee every morning. I also buy a few gluten free products now and then such as bread and toast (so that i can spread my nutella on something mostly).
I now start my days with a warm, delicious and filling meal that doesn't make me feel like my stomach weighs more than the rest of my body and actually gives me enough energy to make it till lunch (no more 11am "is it lunch yet??" syndrome). It's a big win if you ask me!


Top 5 Porridge toppings!

Honey + Banana
Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam
Apple, cinnamon and nuts
Nutella
Berries. Black, red, whatever you fancy
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MY CUP OF TEA // OCTOBER SOCKS


I finished my October pair of socks you guys! They are called My Cup of Tea socks and I never want to take them off! I used Oh Loops yarn in their Expelliarmus colorway. The yarn is a 80% superwash merino 20% nylon blend and it became the softest, prettiest thing ever after blocking! So glad I have two more skeins of that mix to knit with! The pattern is free on Ravelry and was pretty simple to memorize. The socks were knitted cuff down and I just followed the pattern for the heel and gusset, nothing fancy here (yet ;)). I'm quite proud of my toe, I'm getting way better at the kitchener stitch I think so, yay!


Monthly sock challenge 2 of 12 is thus completed! November now! I really really want to try toe up socks! But honestly a bit scared, they do seem way more complicated somehow. I do love the Leyburn socks though but the pattern isn't super generous in explaining the toe cast on and such so I have been digging the internet and youtube for tutorials and such, reading about the Judy's magic cast on a try! I however have quite a few things planned for November already so I think I might make the toe up my December socks using either the Leyburn or the Reasons to be cheerful pattern and go with a basic cuff down vanilla sock for November. I have a very fun multicolored skein of Oh Loops that would be perfect for it. Check my IG feed in the coming days to see what I decided ;) 

So, what are you guys doing for your November pair of socks?
Saturday, November 1, 2014

let's talk PODCAST!

I love podcasts! Video podcast, audio podcast. Funny, informative. Perfect in every occasion! Long commute? Listen to a podcast! Want to listen to something while your hands are busing knitting/scrapbooking/sewing? Pick a podcast!
I listen podcasts almost on a daily basis, about a wide range of subjects. Here's my top 10, divided into two sections: audio and video.


TOP 5 AUDIO PODCAST
Ted Radio Hour. Ever heard of Ted talks? Well the Ted Radio Hours brings you the best of Ted Talks about basically every subject you can think of. A few of my favorites would be Simply Happy, Framing the story and The Hackers. Awesome, awesome podcast, super informating yet never boring!

Elise gets crafty. I'm a big fan of Elise. And was super excited when she decided to start podcasting. 30 episodes later and still super excited about it! It's all about creativity and the thousand subjects that revolve around it with awesome guests. 

Sunday Assembly. The Sunday Assembly is, in a few words, a godless congregation that celebrates life and community with awesome pop songs. And they also have a podcast! It's super funny, with a new guest every time telling its story. Love it
 Knit.fm This is actually the only audio knitting podcast that I listen to. The two ladies behind it work for Quince & Co and their podcast in super informative, in a very cool way. They've done episode about design principles, blocking, sweater making, colors… Very very cool podcast ideal if you want to learn more about techniques, yarn and design

PomCast. Do you know PomPom, the knitting pattern magazine? I'm a huge fan! And the girls behind it also have a podcast! It's AWESOME. And very very fun to listen to. Seriously, check it out!


me, unaware I'll have to rip back soon because I was so
into the podcast and laughing that I missed a yarn over ;)
TOP 5 VIDEO PODCAST
note: all those podcasts are knitting podcast. I might be slightly obsessed with knitting podcast right now :)

A Homespun House. Molly is just the sweetest! Her podcast is funny, very very inspiring and basically just a pleasure to watch. Highly highly recommend it!

MustStash Podcast. Those girls are the best. Also, queens of socks! I get a lot of my projects inspiration from their podcast, they are crazy productive so their podcast is always full of new sweaters and gorgeous new yarns. 

Fiber Trek. Sarah lives in Maine and not only does she love knitting but she loves everything that goes with it. The fibers, the sheeps, the history of knitting and crafts in general. And she is very very good at sharing all that love. Her podcast is very sweet and special and I always feel like she is telling us a story while I watch it!

OhLoops. Sarah and Lydia are the two girls behind the Oh Loops! brand. They hand dye their own yarn (which I've already talked about a bit here), are starting to design their own patterns, have awesome themed knit along (right now is Harry Potter!). And they also have a podcast!! Check out their Ravelry group, it's where the fun happens!

In a Sknit. Kristi and Sarah's podcast is the coolest, those girls are super fun to listen to and also very productive so you get a lot of inspiration while laughing way too much with them!

So, what about you? Any podcast you love? One always has time for new podcasts right!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YARN ALONG // DEADLINES

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn along. 
I love to read. I love to knit. Here's a little bit about both.


So it would seem I have a big issue. I love to read and to knit, but I haven't found a way to do both at once! And because I have been way too obsessed about the Outlander series (just started book 8!!), I haven't been able to knit as much as I wanted. Today is the 29th and I only have 2 days left to finish my October pair of socks and my Shwook hat, both part of a knit along. Maybe I should stop sleeping? Or move on to audio books? Hmm I guess I'm lucky it's my biggest problem at the moment right :)


You might think my Shwook hat looks kind of different from the last time I talked about it. It is. The color work just didn't work for me and I knew i would end up not wearing the hat. So I started over! SO glad I did! I'm super in love with my Shwook 2.0! I'm pretty sure I will finish it today since I have 10 rows or so left only. Will share the final result here next week!
As for my pair of October socks, number one has been done for 2 weeks and I have the foot portion left on sock number two. Not sure I will be done in time! Wish me luck? :) 


Reading! So, Outlander (of course!). I also got a copy of a magazine I've heard a lot about. It's called Frankie, it's a lifestyle, craft, photography and art Australian magazine and it's awesome! You should check it out!