Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WIP Wednesday: May 27, 2015

Today's WIP is my English Rose Hat.

I got more yarn from Webs, so I can finish my hat. But I might end up ripping back again because of a mistake with the crown decreases. At first I wasn't going to rip it back, but the more I work on it and look at it, the more it bugs me. So it's in time out for a little bit right now until I can bring my self to rip back. 

The pattern: English Rose Hat by Rena Varsakis
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns SW Merino DK in a red and grey
Needles: Clover Bamboo US 7- 4.5mm
You can find my project page here.

Happy Knitting!

Episode 9: "Now with More Cats..."

It's another short and cat filled episode for this week. I hope you enjoy it...well at least tolerate all the noises, hopefully the next episode will have less cats.

Reading: Selected Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

 Cross-Stitching: A mushroom from Joann's

The Knight Bus block for the Harry Potter Blanket

Happy Crafting and Reading!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memory Monday: May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day to all the veterans that served and to the military that are still serving. Please everyone remember the real reason for this day, it's not to party and get drunk, it's to remember those we have lost.

Today also is Jordan and mine's five year dating anniversary. I can't believe it's been that long!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

642 Things to Write About: May 2015

This is one of the prompts of the book I've been slowly working through for the past year and a half. I might post a couple that I've done that I'm happy with /comfortable with posting. I hope that you enjoy these and please give me feed back. Do you want to see more of these posts? Less? How was my writing? (Note: please be kind about it, I know I'm not going to be the greatest, I never was.) Please let me know in the comments.

You are a mid-level Greek deity, hoping to move up the ranks of Olympus. What are your powers, and how will you use them to impress Zeus and the others?

If I was a Greek deity, my power would be the power to control the weather on Earth. I would use that power to urge the human race into doing great things that would go down in history. There would be just one person that would do great things to change how everyone lived, who would get everyone in the world to realize all the terrible things they've been doing to each other and to/in the world. Of course, there will still be those people that do bad things in the world, but the good will out weigh the bad.

Happy Reading!

Friday, May 22, 2015

FO Friday: May 22, 2015

So I finally soaked my 7yaks fiber and it's all skeined up for you all to see. :)

I spun it up on my Sachet drop spindle. The spindle is now empty and I don't have anything to spin on it. I do have the three bags of fiber, but like I mentioned on the podcast I'm just wanting to spin that on my wheel. So we have to see when and what I will buy.

Happy Spinning!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Year of Handmade: Prompt 9

9. What is the least favorite thing you ever made?

Oy, this one kind of tough. I have many projects that are my least favorite so it's hard to say which one is my least favorite. I just have to say my first projects that I made when I was struggling with when I first start to knit. 

If you would like to see a few of them, check out my Ravelry project page. I was actually on Ravelry during the beta but wasn't very active on it until a year or two later. You can tell I started to get the hang of it after a while. :)

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIP Wednesday: May 20, 2015

I'm going to start doing something a little different with my WIP Wednesday posts. 
Instead of listing everything that I work on, I'm just going to featured the project I've been working the most on. I don't want to feel like I have to get some work done on everything all the time. I just want to work on what I want to work on. It's also getting to the point where it's starting to feel like a chore to do these posts because of having to remember to take pictures of everything. And the post is called WIP Wednesday, not WIPs Wednesday, just saying.. :D

So today's WIP is my Family Tree Shawl

I finished the main body of the shawl (or part two, if you have the pattern). I started the two rows that set up for one of the sides. I'm really enjoying how this is working up and I love working on it, which is why it's showing up on this week's post.

The Pattern: Family Tree Shawl by Erica Jackofsky
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in the Bark and Marine Heather colorways.
Needles: US 4 - 3.5mm
My project page is here.

I can't wait until this is finished, I already love it and want to wear it. Even though it is made out of wool and it is currently in the 90s in my part of FL. :P

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Episode 8: "The Kittens sing the Song of their People"

Here's a quick episode for this week.

Books: Selected Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson

Cross Stitching: The little mushroom picture.

Spinning: Finished the 7yaks fiber, it just needs to be taken off the spindle and soaked.

Ways to contact me:

Thanks for watching!
Sam <3

Monday, May 18, 2015

Memory Monday: May 18, 2015

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for another week. :)

Jordan and I on Mother's Day.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 15, 2015

FO Friday: May 15, 2015

Sunday I had finished another little cross-stitch project! 

It's now hanging in our bathroom, it makes it more cheery in there. :)

I also finished spinning up the 7yaks fiber, but it isn't off the spindle yet and hasn't been soaked. So it won't be in this FO Friday, but next week it will be. :)

Happy Stitching!
Sam <3

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Photo from

Movie Summery From

"When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron. Things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans."

My Review:

Last Sunday, Jordan and I went to see the new Avengers movie in one of our local theaters. Before we moved to FL Jordan had me watch all the previous Marvel movies to prepare for the first Avengers, and since then we've been really into them and see almost all of them (expect the second Captain America, hopefully we'll see it soon). The movie did not disappoint us at all. We loved it.

For a movie that was two hours and twelve minutes it didn't feel that long at all. There was just the right amount of action and comedy to keep the plot moving. All the jokes were hilarious and fir great with the characters and the scenes.  This is a movie I would not mind seeing this in theaters again.

Before we seen the movie I seen a headline for an article on Yahoo that suggested that there was a death in the movie and that they had an interview with Joss Whedon, explaining the death. I didn't click on it because I didn't want to be spoiled but let's just say, the person who did die wasn't who I thought it would be, and the way the scenes leading up to that point made it seem like it was going to be that person,

The movie has two thumbs up from us! Go watch it and let me know what you thought about it. 
Happy movie watching!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Wednesday: May 13, 2015

I don't have much to show for this week but I'll post some pictures anyway.

My Mushroom cross-stitch is looking like a mushroom.

I got quite a bit of my 7yaks fiber spun up and only a little bit of fiber left to spin.

I also finished a square on my heavy weight patchwork blanket and a few on the light weight one, but it hasn't grown enough to take a picture of them this time.

My Of the Moon shawl has grown a little.

So has my English Rose Hat.

I also started a new block for my Harry Potter blanket today.

And I got a few rows done on my Family Tree Shawl.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Episode 7: "Projects, Not Progress"

This week's episode is live on youtube! I hope you enjoy it and will keep an eye out for the movie review on Thursday.

Here's the episode. :) 

Links to everything mentioned is below.

Books: The Cutting Edge by Ace Collins
Summery provided by
"Leslie Rhoads may have grown up in a small town but is on the verge of becoming a supermodel in the Big Apple, when the 24-year-old is chosen to grace the cover of Style magazine and star in the controversial Passion Nights perfume ads. But before she can step into the stoplight, Leslie is assaulted by a drug gang and disfigured with a broken scotch bottle. Without her perfect face, she is lost and no amount of surgery can ever make her what she once was. Now trying to hide her face from the world, Leslie encounters more trouble as she seeks to rebuild her life: unrequited love, thought of suicide, and her assailant out to finish the job. Little does she know that a young girl named Angel will turn it all around, showing Leslie the joy and potential in life and the fact that love truly is blind."

Selected Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
I'll have the summery for this book when I'm finished with the book. 

Spinning: 7yaks wool.
It's almost done, hopefully it will be an FO by this Friday.

Knitting: I forgot to metion what size needles I used for my projects so I'll be adding them here.
English Rose Hat by Rena Varsakis 
I'm knitting this up in Plymouth Yarns DK Merino Superwash in Grey and Red, using US 7- 4.5mm.

  Of the Moon by Caitlin Ffrench 
I'm knitting this for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup and the Disney Adventures groups on Raverly.
I'm knitting this up in my Spun Right Round Bamboo handspun in the Egyptian Red color way, on US 6- 4.00mm.

Family Tree Shawl by Erica Jackofsky 
I'm knitting this in Knit Picks Palette in Bark and Marine Heather, on US 4- 3.5mm.

Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis
One is in fingering/ light weight yarn, on  US 2- 2.75mm.
And the other is in Worseted/heavy weight yarn, on US 7- 4.5mm. 

The movie review will be live on Thursday, May 14. 

Podcasts Recommendations:
Stuff You Should Know
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Fuzzy Love Knots
Pop Culture Happy Hour

You can contact me:

I hope you enjoyed this week's episode!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Memory Monday: May 11, 2015

I hope all you Mothers had a great Mother's Day yesterday! Time to start another week. :)

Have a great week!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Memory Monday: May 4, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Jordan and I went to see a movie last night after I got home from work. I'm going to try to do a review of the movie in a later post that might be up tomorrow. Let's see how well I can do a movie review. :)

But here's this week's picture.

Sleepy kitty.

I hope you have a great week!

Friday, May 1, 2015

FO Friday: May 1, 2015

Sorry for the lack of a WIP Wednesday this week. I became lazy after dealing with a horrible headache, but I do have two FOs to share with you.

The first is the 7yaks wool that I showed on the podcast, but I will show it again for this post.
This isn't all of it. I still have quite a bit left to spin, but I'm very pleased with how this came out.

And my second FO is the Feather and Fan Bag Bag.
I'm very happy with this and as you can see is already in use! 

I've been working a lot of my projects and also I have some new yarn to show off on the podcast so keep an eye out next week for the new episode.

Have you finished anything this week?
Sam <3