Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Cold, Cold Night In Florida

It's been a pretty busy week for me this past week. Between work and having to go to doctor's appointments, I'm surprised that I managed to get anything done crafting wise. But I've got some progress done on a few of my projects, but I'll be only talking about one in today's post.

I've been working on the Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits today and I'm having fun with it, I love me some cables! I'm currently working on the adult large size for Jordan but I will be making all of the sizes as well, one for Jordan and I and then putting away the children sizes away for future baby (Hopefully!) I'm knitting it up on US 5- 3.75mm for the ribbing and US 7- 4.5mm and out of Knit Picks Brava Worsted in the Cobblestone Heather colorway, that is left over from my Heliopath Vest. Jordan doesn't even know that this hat is for him, but he has seen me working on it. I'm hoping to have it done soon as a Valentine's gift since his birthday is only a few days away. (January 17th) Here's a close up of the hat:

The book that I've been reading is Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.

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I had read this book back in high school and had really enjoyed it. This re-read is going pretty quickly. It's definitely an easy read. I did run across a knitting reference in my daily chapter reading.

"You can help me in a minute. I have a whole lot of hats and scarves to knit for the thrift shop." Ivy always found time to connect with the community, through small earthly tasks. "Sometimes it's the little things that count most," she said.
"You know, the whole idea of those places is that you donate your old clothes, not make new ones," I teased.

I hope everyone has a great week and that it's full of happiness and love.

Monday, January 8, 2018

FO: Migra Mitts

This weekend has been pretty productive for me, I seem to be getting my needles cleared off and my reading challenge started on the right foot for this year.

Migra Mitts by Laura Nelkin
The yarn is Gale's Art: MYS in the Lola colorway (I believe).
On US 0 - 2.0mm needles, magic loop.
Beads came in the kit, which was a gift from my sister Christmas 2016.

This was a great knit, super easy yet it kept my attention and I didn't get bored with it. Even though this project took almost a year for me to finish. I had started this on US 1 -2.25mm needles but thought that the mitts fitted too loosely on my tiny, stick-like wrists. So I decided to rip out everything that I had done, and I had done quite a bit, and start all over on US 0s. I love the fabric I got with them and I couldn't be happier. 

I do have a bit of the yarn left that I either will try to find a baby pattern to whip up or it will just go into my blanket.

To see what else I have finished and what I have on my needles, check out my project page.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sundays Are For Catching Up.

One of my plans for the blog in 2018 is to a post every Sunday where I catch you guys up on the progress of the project that I'm giving my attention to for that day, along with a small book and life talk. I feel like this will be my way of trying to get myself back into the swing of talking/writing about my crafty stuff and just talking about things going on in my life. With the podcast on a break (at this point, I'm not sure how long of a break) this is my way of staying connected and since I had first started the blog to do that to begin with, what better way of doing so? 

As to the future of the podcast. I'm at the point where right now, I'm not interested in sitting down and recording an episode. The process isn't as enjoyable as it first was. But, I'm not saying that I will never sit down and record again. Whenever I have enough time to and feel inspired to record, I will. But with what has been going on for me, work and life wise, I'm just trying to take it easy and focus on what is important in my life right now. But onto what you are really here for today. :)

The project that has my attention today is my Tracery Vest. (Details are on the project page for it.)
It's from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine, one of the many projects I have made and will make from it. I've been working my way through the magazine for, I think, about a year and a half now. I'm currently working on the right, front piece for the neckline at the moment and I'm loving the way that this project is working up. This project is also the reason why all my stitch markers are missing as well, I've taken to using them to mark the rows with decreases to keep track of where I am in the pattern.

The book in the picture is Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, one book of the set of "textbooks" of the wizarding world. I believe it's a good pairing with the project. ;)

Are you working on something that you just have to stop and stare at it for a bit? Or are you reading something that matches the project you are working on? Let me know in the comments below or in the Ravelry group.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by John Tiffany
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is my second read of this book. It's still not what I was hoping for as an "eighth" book to the series. It still reads as a fan-fic for me and I've noticed a lot more plot holes in it this time around than last. I'm sure that it is much better seeing it in person than just reading it, but I just wished JK Rowling herself wrote the entire thing and not the other guys.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018: A New Year!

Happy new year, everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season, full of love and relaxing crafty time with your loved ones. Here at la casa de Williams, we had some house guests the week of Christmas. My family came down from Tennessee to visit us and the kitties and to spend my mom's 60th birthday together. We loved having them over and eating all of my mom's home-cooking. It hasn't been a week quite yet but I already miss them terribly.

My mom, sister, and me. Not pictured is my dad.
Now it's time to start thinking about my goals for 2018. I honestly do not recall what my goals from 2017 were, I could look back at past posts to see what they were, but I'm feeling lazy so...onward and upward! :D
There has been a...I guess a trend with a lot of podcasts that I follow, where the podcasters share a word that they have chosen as their word for the year or what their theme for 2018 is going to be. This year I decided to just choose a word this year and not have a list of things that I would like to have done at the end of the year. Don't get me wrong, I can't help but make lists of things but this year, with the help of my planner and journal, I'm just going to focus on my theme and each month try to focus on building some new habits and setting some reasonable goals.
So what is my word of 2018? Growth. In 2018, I want to focus on growing in many parts of my life; crafting, reading, writing, my health and my family. I'm hoping to try to keep track of my growth progress throughout the year in my planner and journal and try to do a monthly check-in here on the blog to try to keep myself accountable when it comes to this, this year. I feel like this is the year where I can really work on finding myself again and making myself better in many ways and I would like to share my journey with all of you. I have a few ideas of things I would like to this year, so I'm really going to try not to disappear for long periods of time anymore. I hope you guys have had a great start to your year and if you have decided on your word/theme of the year, please share it with me in the comments, in the Ravelry group, or on Twitter.
Happy 2018!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Episode 70- November 6th and 7th, 2017

The Ravelry group is here: The Queue-a-long is currently running in the group until the end of fall, December 21st, 2017. Segments for this episode and the things metioned: Books- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Cinder, Count of Monte Cristo, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Crafty stuff- FOs, WIPs, Spinning, Cross-stitch. The link to my project page is here: Added to the Pile What I've been up to The Future of the podcast.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Episode 69: October 2 and 3, 2017

You can find me on these social media sites: Ravelry as Samashwilliams94 Twitter as @sam__williams94 Goodreads as Samashwilliams94 Pinterest as Samashwilliams94 You can find the show notes anywhere you watch the podcast. The Ravelry group is here: The Queue-a- long has begun in the Ravelry group on Sept 22 and runs through Dec 21. Segments for this week are: What I've been up to? Books: - After Alice by Gregory Maguire -Fantastic Beasts Screenplay by JK Rowling -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling -Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling -Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling -Cinder by Melissa Meyer Crafty stuff -FOs -WIPs (You can find more info about everything here: -Spinning -Sewing -Cross-stitch Added to the Pile TV Time Thanks for watching!