Feb-ew-err-eeeeee!

Its the second month of 2014 already! How crazy is that? I’ve already learned how hard it is to meet my monthly knitting goals. My ‘January’ project isn’t quite done, but I altered the pattern I designed a lot and I’m finally happy with it. I’ve kind of put that project on hold though towards the end of the month because my mind is occupied and inspired by other projects. I worked on my Glenesk sweater a lot more and have started on two versions of the Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL, one for me and one for my mom. I feel a little bad that I didn’t finish my January mittens, but as long as I finish them eventually…

Anyhow, I make the rules of this little game? Right? And the whole purpose was to knit more and I’m DEFINITELY doing that! ๐Ÿ™‚

The yarn crawl has been like everything I’ve been looking forward to recently! I’m soooo excited!!

Here’s some pictures of how my MKALs are coming a long! (SPOILERS !)

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Yeah… I had to frog part way through the second clue. They are turning out so much better now though!

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That’s the sun setting behind the trees on my street, view from my deck. I love the little silhouette of the church in the lower left corner.

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Here I am ready to go into an interview for grad school. I’m applying to get my Master’s in Education so I can become a social studies teacher! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish me luck!!

January WIP Pictures

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My projects are coming along so well now that I’ve got all my designing worked out on the fingerless mitts. I’ve got the right mitt done completely now. The top photo shows it still in progress. I also decided to do a afterthought thumb (should I admit I had never done one before and have only done gussets?… It was so easy though I wasn’t worried about incorporating it into this design). I like the way it looks on a fingerless glove. I think I still like my thumb gusset for mittens, but we’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also cast on for my RCYC MKAL designed by Michele Bernstein. I’m also going to be knitting a second one for my mom but haven’t started that one yet. I won the yarn for that one on Michele’s blog! I was SO excited when I won! I can’t wait to start on that one as well and I suspect the yarn is sitting in the post box outside waiting for me… but I’ve still got to wait until tomorrow! My boyfriend , who I live with, went on a business trip this week to Los Angeles and accidentally left both the mail and trash key on his key chain. Oops! He’ll be back really late tonight and I’m definitely going to run down and check the mail as soon as he gets back, 11pm, Midnight? Who cares! I can’t wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m sitting drinking tea out of my mug now (which I believe my sister got me for Christmas 5 or so years ago) watching TV and knitting. I had a wonderful brunch with two friends from college and yesterday I went shopping with another friend and saw August: Osage County. My great find was the jacket (pictured) that fit perfectly. It definitely isn’t real leather but how I feel about it is REAL love!!

 

Watch out February! : Rose City Yarn Crawl, Mystery KAL, and more.

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Just went yarn shopping for a Mystery KAL that I’ve decided to do. First time ever doing one so I hope it turns out well! It’s the Rose City Yarn Crawl’s 2014 KAL (an event that I’m anxiously awaiting!! Can’t wait to attend all the events! Click here to check out the event website) If you are from around the Portland, OR area check it out! I’m taking off work and driving up from Eugene for it.ย 

Anyways, my January project is also going well, but I had to restart and change up my design a little bit because I deemed the corrugated ribbing not stretchy enough. This time I went with a plain and simple 2 x 2 single color rib. Sometimes simple is better right? Anyways, I’m going to try and whizz through the rest of it.ย 

Here’s me just working away! (Oh and I’m also going to make them fingerless now… It’s a process designing, isn’t it?)ย 

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It’s 2014! Here we go!

Happy New Year!

I’ve officially started on my 14 for 14 knitting project. Casted on my project a bit early on New Year’s Eve (but it was already 2014 on half the globe so that isn’t cheating right?) and I’ve gotten a decent amount done on it so far. I’m glad I’m working on it so I can release the pattern at the end of the month. Here’s a sneak peak!

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My boyfriend and I ended up celebrating New Year’s with our friend Sean, and went out to the local bars. The bar we ended up at had some live music free appetizer buffet and champagne toast at midnight. It was pretty fun and a nice way to ring in the New Year. And I slept in until about noon… then took a good evening nap while watching the Rose Bowl. Must have celebrated a little too hard…

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More updates soon! Share your knitting projects for the new year with me, I want to see what everyone is working on!

Yarn Exchange!

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I recently participated in a Secret Santa style yarn exchange on Tumblr and I just received my gift! I’m so excited because these colors are perfect and I so so appreciate this as a really great yarn! Whoo! Can’t wait to make a pair of socks or who knows what!

Is anyone else scrambling to get Christmas presents done like me? I’m so behind! I already gave up on one and opted to do a scarf out of fabric and lace and sew it together for a coworker… finished it in about 10 minutes….

If only I could knit that fast…

But then I probably would be buying like $100 of yarn a day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Merry Christmas!

Snow Days!

Eugene, Oregon has had a crazy amount of snow and cold weather this week! I had a really hard time getting to work and had my boyfriend drive me on both Friday and Saturday in his SUV and then I braved the snow on Sunday in my Mini Cooper. My sister invited me to do a snow photoshoot today (perfect for my knits!) and I got my poor little car stuck on the hill on the way to her house. Luckily a group of girls who lived in the house in front of which my car was and a man who was passing by helped me push and get it back on the street with some cat litter and muscle! Kevin and I bought some cookie dough to bake them cookies to drop off for them.

This was my car on Friday before I left for work (it snowed more throughout the day!), and a few other picture from this weekend. Apparently it even reached -12 degrees in the hills just south of where I live.

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My sister took great photos of my knits though! I’m excited too have a good photographer around who can take better photos than my Instagram versions! She is studying both Film and Journalism in college right now. Here are some of the photos she took!

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My Christmas knits are all coming along pretty well. I frogged and re-started my mom’s Christmas cowl and the first part done on my sister’s present! I also got a shipment from Knit Picks of new yarns which will be perfect for my 14 for 14 project! I got 5 new balls of Palette and organized my entire Palette stash into my favorite basket for my knits.

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Almost nearing 2014!

I haven’t used this blog as I should! I would love to actually share my knitting and crafting with others, but I realize no one will ever follow me if I never post anything! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I’ve been thinking….

For 2014, I’m going to challenge myself. I want to knit one project a month for the next year. I already have two sweaters going so they would be additional but I will also need to have both of them finished. The goal for the first one is end of February, and the next one is hopefully by my Dad’s birthday on September 14th. ย With those two sweaters and the 12 projects for the 12 months, that’d make 14 for 2014! So come along with me as I embark on my 14 for 14 challenge and maybe join in!

These are a few of the things I’m considering knitting!

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Top Row: Victory by Tasha Moss, Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherly, Police Box Mittens by SpillyJane. Bottom Row:ย Chickadee Ski Hat by Susan Anderson-Freed, L’Enveloppe by Sally Melville, and the Simply Pretty Shawl by Rose Beckย 

I also have a pattern I have written for mittens that I need to knit up so I can put the pattern out with pictures! I think that is going to have to be my January project! I’m seriously itching to start more projects but I have so many more that I already have to finish! ย Lots of Christmas knitting… I’ll try and share pictures after I give them to their recipients.

The other part of the challenge will be posting about the knitting at least once a week! That way I will keep up with the blog a little better. ๐Ÿ™‚