Thursday, March 2, 2017

Episode 61: "Woefully"



You can find me on Ravelry, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Google+, and Youtube. 
Show notes will be on the blog (yarnreader.blogspot.com) and in the Ravelry group (The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast).

Segments are: 
What I’ve been up to? 
Books 
Crafty Stuff 
Added to the pile 
And a tiny bit of TV Time.

Books I had mentioned in this episode: 
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 
That Summer by Sarah Dessen 
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares 
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

WIPs I had mentioned in this episode: 
Lightweight Patchwork Blanket 
Narcissa Socks 
Toe Up Baby Socks 
Heilopath Vest 
A Cropped Sweater for Winter 
Dumbledore’s Warm Socks 
Tis a Good Day for a Stretch of the Legs 
Migra Mitts 
The Lonely Tree Shawl

Happy Knitting! 
Sam

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Episode 60: "So Much Cat Fur"

  


Segments are: 
What I’ve been up to, Books, Crafty Stuff (lots of it), Podcasts and TV Time.

What I’ve been up to? 
Jordan’s birthday and we went to the zoo!

Books 
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Crafty Stuff (everything here you can find on my project page) 
Powerful Wrist Protection 
Herbology/Gardner’s Socks 
Kitschy Kerchief 
Crazy 8s Dishcloth 
Toe Up Baby Socks (6 months to 1 year size) 
Lightweight Patchwork Blanket 
Heavyweight Patchwork Blanket 
Narcissa Socks 
Toe Up Baby Socks (3 months to 6 months size) 
Heilopath Vest 
A Cropped Sweater for Winter 
Dumbledore’s Warm Socks 
Tis A Good Day for a Stretch of the Legs 
Migra Mitts 
I talk a bit about some future knitting and I have a sewing update.

Podcasts 
I talk about a few podcasts that I have been catching up with.

TV Time 
The shows we’ve been watching: American Horror Story, Orange is the New Black, Ghost in a Shell, and Sailormoon. 
Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, V for Vendetta, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Magineifect 7.

Thanks for watching! 
Sam

Monday, January 23, 2017

Episode 59: "New Year, New Everything"



Welcome! 
You can find me here on Ravelry, (Twitter)https://twitter.com/sam__williams94, (Goodreads)https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5832652-samantha-will..., (Pinterest)https://www.pinterest.com/samashwilliams/, and (Google)https://plus.google.com/u/0/106903081192676882584/posts
Show notes can be found here and on the blog. 
You can watch the podcast here in the group and on Youtube.
Group News 
The Finish-It-Up KAL has ended on Dec 31st.
Books 
I finished Eldset and Brsinger by Christopher Paolini. 
I’m currently reading Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.
Crafty Stuff 
I finished my (Dragon’s Egg Socks)http://www.ravelry.com/projects/samashwilliams94/dragons-...
I’ve been working on my (Herbology Socks)http://www.ravelry.com/projects/samashwilliams94/gardener...
I’m planning on working on my (Narcissa Socks)http://www.ravelry.com/projects/samashwilliams94/narcissa... once I finish the Herbology socks. 
I would like to do a few KALs in Inside Number 23 group. 
And I got a sewing machine!
Catching Up! 
We moved! 
I started my new job. 
Christmas and the New Year happen.
Good-bye! 
Sam

Sunday, December 18, 2016

PSA: Holiday Shopping

Just a friendly reminder to you all while we are in the midst of  the Holiday season and that is to please, please, please be kind to the other people who are also trying to get their shopping done and those who are working in the shops.

I know it can be a stressful time, with long lines and crowded areas but being rude to others doesn't make anything any better. I know from experience that people who work in retail try to make the whole process go smoothly and it is really discouraging when you interact with ungrateful customers during the busiest season of the year.

So please keep that in mind when you are finishing up your shopping.
Happy Holidays!
Sam<3


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Project/Life Check In: December 15th, 2016

Hey, guys! I hope everyone is doing well and that all oh your Christmas making is going great. I just wanted to check in with you guys, because I won't be recording this week and I'm not sure when I'll be able to. 

We are in the middle of packing/moving still and we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I also start my new job on Monday! I'm hoping that everything goes smoothly.

For my crafting, I've only been working on my Dragon's Egg Socks since the last episode. 


I'm decreasing for the toe on the second sock right now, and I'm hoping to get it finished very soon.

Have a great weekend!
Sam<3

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Crafting

Holiday crafting, we all do it at some point in our crafting careers. There a many people who start new projects at the beginning of the month and finishes them before their gift giving holiday. And there are some people that start way earlier in the year. (I tend to be the former.) But this year for the holidays. I've been pretty selfish with my making. In the last few years, I've tried to do entirely handmade gifts for everyone, which lead to me knitting like the wind all the way to Christmas day and a day or two after. After that year, I had to decide who I was able to give gifts to each year, which cut out a few members of my family that I don't see as often as I use to. 

Then Christmas 2014 happened. If you are a long time reader of the blog, you may remember that I was woefully behind on getting my family's present finished and mailed off in time. They got them maybe a month or two later, though I will give myself some slack, I was working two retail jobs at the time. But I was pretty disappointed in myself. So I decided to no longer make gifts. At least I'm no longer planning gifts for people anymore. I no longer want to deal with the deadlines and the stress that comes from that, and I don't want that item to hold negative vibes in them.

But that doesn't mean that I won't ever gift people handmade things. I make things that bring me joy and if the thing I'm making reminds me of someone while I'm working on it then that project goes to that person. Which means projects from earlier in the year (well some) are finding homes this Christmas. I have a pair of socks, mitts, a scarf, and two hats that I'm gifting this year.

But this Christmas, I've mostly been knitting on some WIPs that have been on my needles for a while. I want to clear off my needles by the end of the year so I can cast on new things in the new year. We'll see if that happens. ;) 

Are you doing any gift crafting this year? If you are also trying to clear off your needles, come join the Finish-It-Up KAL/CAL in the Ravelry group.  

Happy Holiday Crafting!
Sam<3

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Happiest Time of Year?

Hello, lovely blog readers! It's been a while since I had an actual blog post. But hey, here's one now.

It's December, only a couple of weeks away from Christmas, which has been said to be the "Happiest Time of the Year". But this year, in parts of the world, that doesn't seem to be the case lately. There are many things that have happened in the past month. I'm not going to go into detail about those things because I myself only have a basic understanding of what has been going on (I really try not to focus on the many negative things that have been on the news.), but we all know what I'm referring to. 

Yes, it's a tough time. Yes, it really sucks. Yes, yes, and yes to everything that you could possibly say about all of the things, but we have to keep moving forward. Arguing with people who have different views on certain topics will not improve anything. Getting into a heated debate with people isn't going to change someone's opinions on a topic. Everyone needs to know that in order to have an intelligent conversation with other people. I try to remember that myself and to educate myself about those topics. If everyone remembers that, the world may be a little bit better, in my opinion. 

The main reason I wanted to post this was to just remind everyone to take a deep breathe and just keep moving forward. I know it's difficult to do that sometimes, but just focus on what is around you at the moment and decide what you can do to improve something that is surrounding you at the moment. Do you have a pile of clothes to fold? Fold them. Are there dishes in your sink to be washed? Wash them. Do you have a project that gives you joy when you work on it? Break out the needles/hook/etc and spend some time on that project. Do something that makes you feel like you have accomplished something. If you feel like you need to do something bigger then do some research to see what you can to do for the community. There are always ways to make it through a tough time. Trust me, I know.

If you've read some of my past blog post before then you may know that I, myself, struggle with anxiety. When I feel a panic attack starting, I focus on taking deep breaths and remind myself that everything is ok or going to be ok. If I'm still feeling anxious, I talk to Jordan and write in my bullet journal. Once I talk out what I think might have triggered the attack or what was wrong and then write it out, I feel like I get a weight off my chest. I start feeling loads better. 

Just remember, if you were really affected by the most recent events, those things will get better for you. Just breathe and keep moving forward. I hope that this helps a bit and if has, please leave a comment below or in the Ravelry group. I would love to hear your story.

Happy Moving Forward!
Sam<3