knitting it up in a big way

lately

Happy New Years, friends!

New running shoes!

We celebrated thanksgiving with food and gatherings multiple times, including once with this lovely bunch, and I was filled with love and thankfulness to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

I've been liking this layering of thin sweater + patterned button down, @taraleww

I’ve been really liking this thin sweater layered over a patterned button down. This sweater is shockingly warm, too, so I suspect I’ll keep leaning on this look over the winter. It is making me wish I had more patterned button downs, and not exclusively in blue and white (classic though it may be).

Gram, aunt, ma and me. #tbt

I shared this picture for a throwback Thursday. This is from 10 years ago. My grandmother, aunt (whose wedding this was), my Mom, and me! This is one of my favorite pictures of all time, and I think it’s very possibly the only picture of the four of us, all kind of lined up like this. We look so very very related, don’t we?

Taking the time to go back and do it right. It's always worth it. #knitting lessons

This sweater has been done for weeks now and worn several times, but it lacks a photoshoot. Might try to make that happen this week!

New running shoes!

You know how I loooooove a Christmas tree! Even though we went out of town for Christmas, we couldn’t not put up a tree! It’s extra tiny this year, which actually works better in the space! And the tree trimming isn’t complete without our annual watching of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

This yarn is so beautiful, this picture does it no justice at all.

Ah, the very traditional last minute christmas knitting. #lifeofaknitter

I tried not to get sucked into too much Christmas knitting this year, but I did end up churning out two hats in the week before Christmas to gift away.

New running shoes!

We went to New Mexico to be with my Gramps, Aunt Les and cousins for Christmas. A kind of family-Christmas-present was a trip up to Ojo Caliente, a natural hot springs resort in northern New Mexico. It was beautiful and magical, and kind of cold, but the hot springs were hot and delightful, and we took advantage of the sun as much as we could and went hiking about in the surrounding hills.

New running shoes!

In said hills were some Posi ruins, which mainly comprised of many many thousands of old ceramic shards strewn about the ground. Various people walking through had collected them in small groupings, and made little (or big) stacks of them, or would lay them on larger flat rocks. So I made my own, channeling Andy Goldsworthy, a kind of mandala, or halo. I easily could’ve spent another hour or two working on it.

A happy merry to you all! I wish for all of you: peace, love, and joy. I know it's a bit of a cliche, but they are hard enough to find at times.

New Years eve

New Years Eve we ended up inviting some people over last minute and spent the day cooking and tidying, and the evening eating, playing games (apples to apples & a telephone pictionary hybrid), and counting in the new year. It was lovely and cozy, and this is pretty much the only picture of it: food on the left, dishes from making food on the right, us in the middle looking kinda fancy. How debonair is Jake? (The answer is Very Debonair!)

New running shoes!

A new year calls for new running shoes! They are long over due, and my feet are so pleased to be reminded what support feels like!

Whew! So that’s what I’ve been up to the last six weeks or so! Some of my last five FO’s and a new years round up are pending!

Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Andi! 800ish yards of angora soft yarn now belong to you! I’ll send it out ASAP!

Giveaway!

As you know, I’ve been trying (and trying) to de-stash, and work down the amount of yarn I own. But it takes time to knit a stash away, and it takes significantly less time to acquire yarn. I’ve really tried to be good, but my will has wavered a few times in the face of temptation.

And today is Thanksgiving, so I want to say thanks to you guys! So I want to offer to you:

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This beautiful cherry colored yarn, DK weight, approximately 800 yards. It’s Louisa Harding Kimono Angora, but not the original colorway. I got this yarn 5 years ago, and about 4 years ago, I overdyed it from it’s original browns, cream and grey to it’s current cherries & garnets. This soft is as soft as yarn gets. It is 70% angora, 25% merino, and 5% nylon. The angora makes it cheek-rubbing delightfully soft, and the merino and nylon are really just there to hold the yarn together. There’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 yards here, so it could be a sweater!

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The pros: have I mentioned the softness?

The cons: because this is primarily angora, it is just a bit delicate. Remember when I accidentally tore a hole in my fresh FO? That cowl was the same yarn. But unless you’re a violent knitter, I don’t think this is an issue. Just something to be aware of.

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In a few days I’ll post a few of the things I had contemplated knitting with this yarn, in case you want some inspiration.

Anyways. Want approximately 800 yards of luscious DK weight angora yarn? Here’s what you do: leave a comment on this post that has the words “YARN ME” somewhere in it. And tell me (if you feel like it, not required at all) what you’ve been daydreaming about knitting recently.

Contest will close Wednesay, December 3 at 11:59pm, and I’ll do a random number generator to find the winner!

polka dots/orange ruffles

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thrifted j crew cardigan – swapped blouse – levi’s jeans – target wedges

This outfit has been a favorite of mine this fall. The combination of the navy polka dot blouse with the orange ruffle cardigan tickles my fancy! I thought for a very long time that I looked terrible in orange. I still don’t think I look great in many shades of it, but I find I really like autumnal oranges, with brown undertones, that make me think ‘spice orange’.

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Other things of note: I’ve been wearing blush recently. I’m not honestly sure how I feel about it, but blush is having such a time in the sun right now, I thought I might as well give it a try. I’ve been thinking I should periodically make a post of what I’ve been doing with my makeup recently. It changes slightly over time, and I feel like I forget what I used to do.

Have you changed your way of thinking about certain colors?

Also: I’m thinking of doing a giveaway on Thursday (if, you know, I can get my act together), so stop back then!

High Five Fave Friday: nighttime edition

It’s been a looong time since I did one of these, yeah?

I thought I might do this one with a theme. I got to thinking about it when I posted our starry night photos.

Moon shirt by blackbird tees on etsy.

I love this t-shirt.

Stuff You Missed in History Class‘s podcast on Caroline Herschel: Astronomy’s Cinderella, the first professional female scientist in Great Britain. In case you like bad-ass women of history. Which I do! Plus astronomy, which I also like!

Some absolutely, completely, ridiculously amazing pictures of outer space. These were taken by actual pro’s and telescopes and all that official biz-nis. In case you just want to wallow in the amazing-ness that these lenses can capture color spectrum’s like this. I mean.

Or how about this flippin’ delightful poesy ring from the British Museum? In case the charming six pointed stars and slightly wobbly design don’t just have you at hello, it is also engraved on the inside: ‘Many are the stars I see but in my eye no star like thee’. Calm down with your awesomeness, already, ring. Save some for the rest of us.

How about this simple and sweet manicure?

As it turns out, I could go on and on and on and on… I have at least five more up my sleeve right now. Here’s an amazing night sky timelapse. I use the Night Sky app to stalk stars, day and night! This maker of beautiful rings also snapped a very inspiring nighttime selfie that I love. Starry night wall in the bedroom, anyone? How about this Milky Way One Piece swimsuit? One time Charlie McDonnell did a great vlog about the moon which I loved! Okay, that’s probably enough for you guys! Apparently I have a thing for the night sky.

Lately

Also Known As: Life Lately According To My Phone.

Two married ladies. Alternatively: the bride wore duck lips.

One of my very favorite ladies got married on Halloween. I cried the moment she started to speak at the ceremony, because geeze, there’s something about people I love making life long commitments that brings out the sap in me. Properly contrasted with a duck face selfie, of course. I designed her invites, and hopefully someday I’ll get around to showing you those.

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I borrowed a dress for the wedding and I’m kind of in lurve with it. Also, dressing up for this made me realize: a) my hair is pretty long and b) I don’t really know how to make it formal or even semi-formal at this length. Braids have been my default, but I need some new inspiration.

So far so good!

I decided to knit another ‘seasons hat’ for a friend who always wears hats. When there’s this many colors at play, I have to swatch a minimum of four times. I like where I ended up! This is pretty close to completion, depending on how much knitting time is in the near future.

Rings on rings on rings.

Time is at a bit of a premium right now because PoPS is in full swing production! Which is time-consuming, but it’s wonderful to be getting this stuff done. Pre-production was a especially brutal this round (I’m looking at you, scheduling). Oh, this picture is hands belonging to myself and Carlyn. When we need a double for her on set, I don a wig, and rings.

Accidentally did some random bleaching of my jeans while cleaning today. At least it doesn't look totally accidental? #oops

Production at our place means I’ve been cleaning every room we’ve been about to shoot in. And then inevitably seeing corners of dustiness while we’re shooting. SIGH. Accidentally bleached my jeans with the tub-scrub stuff the other day. At least it looks kind of planned-ish?

Baiza has been hanging out in this little tent that @chynagrove made! It's pretty dang cute. #baizagram

Baiza has been a bit under the weather. It’s easy to forget how old she is, being as teensy and spry as she is, but occasionally her age catches up to us. She’s on the mend, and this little tent has been her favorite hide out. Chyna made it for Mitzy, who upheld the time honored pet tradition of not giving a rats-patootie about the things their people want them to, so I’m glad Baiza likes it!

Jake matches the flowers.

Part of my family celebrated an early Thanksgiving with a meal, and I very much enjoyed how much Jake’s sweater matched the flowers on the table.

Mending my favorite chambray... Might not be worth it, but I gotta give it a try.

In this time of eternal cleaning and tidying, I’ve been shuffling through my wardrobe again, and I decided that my favorite chambray shirt has been out of commission long enough, and either needed to be tossed or fixed. So I took a cue from my favorite board dedicated to mending (specifically this) and went for it! It’s wearable again! I think the fabric is starting to give, so I’m not sure how much I extended it’s life, but oh well. I still like it!

What have you guys been up to?

FO: Geode hat

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FO: Geode Hat <– Ravelry Project Page

Pattern: Diode Hat by Erica-knits
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Nuna in Purple, about 1.5 skeins just under 300 yards.
Needles: US size 2, 2.75mm
Mods: None!

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I love these bobbles! I really like knitting bobbles, and I find them fun fun fun, but admittedly, sometimes they can be a little overpowering or silly looking on knits for adults. So I love that Erica made it more about a small, all over texture, both by using a less bulky yarn (sport weight) and bringing down the size by reducing stitches. It ends up feeling classic and ladylike! Erica’s original version in navy looks especially classic to me.

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This is also the first time I’ve knit a double thick brim. I’ve seen it around the knitting world, and contemplated how nice it must be in the dead of winter, but never actually tried it myself!

As a knit, this is a good on-the-go knit. Once you’ve got the hang of the bobbles, it’s a fairly meditative knit that fits well in a (large) purse. But I assume knitters really only carry large purses. The yarn is a silk, wool, bamboo blend, and it is really delightfully soft. It should satisfy any friends with wool-uncertainties in terms of softness. The silk really contributed to the slouch factor here. I’m kind of tempted to knit it again in a more robust wool for the kind of lovely cheeky wintry height that it seems very capable of.

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