Friday, January 11, 2019

FO: Simplicity 1153- F

I have my first finished sewing project of 2019! Even though I've been wanting to get enough courage to jump into sewing some garments this year. But I've already had fabric for this and a few other bags cut out and the sewing bug had bitten me today.




The pattern is a Simplicity one, number 1153, view F. The fabrics are; the Dia de Los Muertos print is a fat quarter from Walmart, the black for the bottom is also a fat quarter but from Joann's (leftover from other bags I had made), and the purple for the pocket is some leftover fabric that I got from Joann's a couple of years ago also to make project bags out of. The black pocket separates and trim is some single-fold bias tape from Walmart. The zipper is an all-purpose one in black, as well.

I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. It is a little lopsided but that's ok. My sewing in a straight line is getting much, much better. The project just proves it. It is probably the best bag I have made so far. 

If you would like to keep an eye on what I've been working on lately, follow me on Instagram. I tend to a weekly update on my main work-in-progress there. I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Friday, January 4, 2019

FO: Time Turner Mitts

Oh, hi! Look at me, doing another post, the day after the previous day. *Pats self on the back* Any who... I have a finished object to show off to you.





These are the Hermione's Time-Turner Mitts by Sherri Sulkowski from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine. I worked up size 5 1/2" for my self, the smallest size, on US 2-2.75mm double-pointed needles. The yarn is Loop and Threads Woolike in the colorways Chocolate and Navy. 

I did make a few modifications to them. To start, I decided not to do the crochet cast on as recommended in the pattern. Just to save my self the cursing and the headaches. I ended up making a mistake on the left mitten, cable repeat 3 and 4 is one row short. So I matched the right mitten to the left. (Note to self: next time bring something simple to bible study when we go up to Tennessee.) I had added a plain knit round with the contrasting color before binding off, to make it look right with the different cast on. Finally, I had changed the duplicate stitch chart from H to and S using the program from chartminder.com. 

I love these mitts. They turned out so good and I love how the pictures came out as well. Jordan and I had fun taking them. Now to continue on with my one crafting goal of 2019; finishing this magazine. Granted I'm not making all of the patterns, but I have about 5 more I would like to make. If you are interested in this challenge of mine you can follow me on social media (Instagram: yarnreader), where I post stories with my progress on each project. To mostly show myself how much I get done during the day. But you can find me there. The details for this project is on my Ravelry project page for this project and if you have any questions, feel free to message me there, in the Ravelry group, or comment here on the blog. Until next time!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Mindfulness

Hello, people of the internet! I'm back (sort of) to trying to share a bit of the world I reside in on this corner of the internet. So much has happened since I had last posted, so much so that I'm not going to bother trying to do a re-cap. Mostly because it would take much longer then I have the motivation for. Plus, it's not that exciting, to be honest. I'm not a very interesting person so I'll spare you.

I won't promise that I'll be better at posting more on here. I would like to get back into the swing of things but it won't be something I do religiously. But when I feel inspired to sit down and write something to share with everyone then I will. It could be about books reviews, works-in-progress (WIPs) updates, finished objects (FOs), or about more personal topics. We will see what happens.

I do have to confess the reason why I had stopped posting blog posts and recording videos for the blog on the Youtube channel.  I started to feel discouraged about not getting many responses from the community I was trying leave a mark in that I was starting to feel like everything was falling on deaf ears and it was turning into a chore. I don't want to feel that way. This is supposed to be fun not a chore.

Which brings me to my theme for 2019, mindfulness. I want to be more mindful about the things in my life. I tend to get carried away about certain things and forget other things that are going on. I want to be more mindful of how much time I'm spending on certain things; less internet scrolling, more crafting or cleaning up the house or spending time with my family. Being mindful of being present when I'm with others, especially with my husband, Jordan. Also, I need to be more mindful about my diet and exercise. If we are ever going to get pregnant, I need to take better care of myself.  Hopefully, this year is a successful one of me and you all.

In the meantime, if you would like to keep up with what I'm up to in between each post you can find me at the following:
Instagram- yarnreader 
Goodreads- Samantha Williams

I hope you all have an awesome new year and stay tuned for the next post!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

August 2018 Recap





Thank you for watching! If you enjoyed this episode, please like and subscribe. Also join the Ravelry group: The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast (https://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-yarn-reader-blog-and-podcast), if you have any questions you can find me there as samashwilliams94. I'm also on Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram (I'm more active day to day here as yarnreader). The blog is yarnreader.blogspot.com

Show notes can be found below:

Books mentioned:
Original Cyn by Sylvia Dickey Smith
Once Gone by Blake Pierce
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia

Projects I'm currently working on:
Hagrid's Sweater by Anne Podlesak

Sunday, August 19, 2018

July 2018 Recap







You can find me at these places:

Ravelry- Samashwilliams94

Instagram- yarnreader

Goodreads- Samantha Williams



The Ravelry Group is The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.



The blog is yarnreader.blogspot.com



Things mentioned in this video:

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Matched by Aly Condie

Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters



Tome Time Reading and Knitting Podcast



Mermaid's Song Shawl by Susanna IC

Jolly Stocking by Michele Wilcox

Hagrid's Sweater by Anne Podlsak

Fashion Touch Supplies Merino Wool in Scarlet

Girlfriend Cowl by Beth Neilson

Saturday, July 14, 2018

June 2018 Review







Things mentioned in this video:
Cause to Kill by Blake Pierce
The Walking Dead: Vol 2 by Robert Kirkman
Gusty Girls: Young Women Who Dare by Tina Schwager
Once Gone by Blake Pierce
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garica
Matched by Aly Condie

Projects that are mentioned can be found on my project page on Ravelry:
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sama...

You can find me on Instagram as yarnreader and on Ravelry as Samashwilliams94

The Ravelry group can be found here:
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ya...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Review: A Secret History of Witches

A Secret History of Witches A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! The writing is amazing and the story really drew me in. I didn't want to put it down.

I do tend to fall in love with books that have a witchcraft/magic theme in it. I'm not entirely too sure why. (Maybe my love of Harry Potter has something to do with it.) But I found myself not wanting to stop reading this book.

I love how the story continued with each generation, normal that is a turn off for me but I found that it works for this book. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction and paranormal fiction.

This is definitely one I want to add to my personal library sometime in the future.

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