Thursday, July 30, 2015

Year of Handmade: Prompt 14


Who is someone you admire in the crafting world?


Hmm, well I admire a lot of people in the crafting world. There are so many designers that have made some amazing patterns that I really want to make. Also, all of the podcasters that I have been watching/listening to amaze me with everything that they do. I don't really want to name any one person because I might forget someone. But yeah, anyone I have mentioned on the blog and/or the podcast is who I admire.

Is there anyone you admire in the crafting world?

Sam <3 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday: July 29, 2015

I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of this wooly tunnel. My Family Tree Shawl is turning out great and I love how it's turning out.


Pattern: The Family Tree Shawl

Yarn: Knit Picks' Palette in the Bark and Marine Heather colorways.

Needles: US 4- 3.5mm, Clover.

I just have a section to go!

What are you working on?

Happy Knitting!

Sam<3


Monday, July 27, 2015

Memory Monday: July 27, 2015

Happy Monday! 

I hope everyone had a great weekend, we went to visit the kittens at their forever home and had a great time. They had gotten so big! I didn't take any pictures of them because I was so busy cuddling them. And then I spent my Monday in the vet's office with Little Dude, he's been feeling and acting sick lately. Turns out he has lung worms! The vet has sent a sample off to make sure they won't move to his brain.

So lots of love and mojo he's way would be much appreciated.

Harry and Little Dude.


Have a happy Monday!

Sam <3


Friday, July 24, 2015

Parades

I did promise to post every once in a while what I had written in the 642 Things to Write About. This will be the second one I post and it's not the exact thing, I have edited it a little to make a little more sense. But here we go..

Parades


   When I was younger, I loved to watch parades. My small town in Tennessee had at least two every year. (At least two that I can remember.) One is the high school's football homecoming parades. We didn't really go to those when I was kid, it was only until my sister was in Marching Band when we would go and watch and cheer her on. The second is the Christmas parades. Of course, as a young child, I loved the Christmas parades for the pretty lights, cool looking floats (that now that I am older, I can see how cheesy and not the greatest looking they were and are), and the big thing the candy. I remember the first parade I was in, it was my girl scout group's float. My mother and I were on it and all I really remember is being at the starting point dressed in my winter clothes and holding my teddy bear. Oh, and being really, really cold. 

Now, to jump forward in time a few years to my 7th grade year in Junior high. This was my first year of marching in both the football homecoming and Christmas parades. I was super excited to be a part of the parades and was really proud to be in my school's Marching Band. But over the six years of being in Marching Band, I started to hate parades. I hated marching in them, it got to the point where I would curse to my self every time I came time for the next parade. 

But now that I'm adult, I look back at those six years and I really miss marching in parades. Heck, I just miss Marching and Concert band in general, but I just miss making people happy when we marched and I miss the friends that I had made those years of being in band. Even though parades were not our favorite thing to do, we still had a great time doing them. 

And every year, as part of family tradition since I was a kid, I try to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and I look forward to listening and watching the Marching Band play their hearts out. While I sit back and remember the good times I had being in and watching parades.

Sam <3 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Episode 14 "Wish Me Luck!"

I hope you enjoy this week's episode! Links to everything is below in the show notes but if you have any questions please leave a comment here or in the Ravelry group. :)



What I've been reading?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. (Summery from Goodreads.com)

"Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whoses life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Blavk Modonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come."

You can find my (very small) review on my Goodreads page.

Talented by Sophie Davis (Good reads link is here.)


Finished Objects:



Works-in-progress:








Spinning:



Blogs/Podcasts Metioned:


Stuff Mom Never Told You.

Ways to Contact Me:





Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday: July 22, 2015

I was going to put one part of this as a FO Friday, but technically a WIP still.


Yup, my Harry Potter blanket is a square bigger!

I finished a Time Turner square on....Thursday...I think. I can't quite remember but it was before Friday I know that.


I have some more colors that I can add but I would like to get some other projects finished first. But I'm really enjoying the way it's turning out so far.

Do you have project you're excited about?

Sam <3


Monday, July 20, 2015

Memory Monday: July 20, 2015

Here's another Monday! I hope that everyone has an easy day that doesn't drive them nuts.


Happy Crafting!

Sam<3

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday: July 15, 2015 (Tour de Fleece Edition)

This week I'll be sharing my two spinning projects I've been working on for Tour de Fleece.
My goal is to spin for a few minutes a day. Which has been going really well, I did take one rest day though. 

Here's my first wheel spun project:


It's a three pound bag of Ashland Bay Corrie Cross. I plan on just doing a 2-ply and then dyeing it when I'm finished spinning. 

My drop spindle project:


This is 4 oz of SW Merino hand dyed by Voolenvine Yarns. I'm learning how to ply on the fly with this project and I'm really enjoying the yarn I'm getting from this. I'm hoping to have enough to make a shawl or a hat. 

Have you been spinning for Tour de Fleece?

Share your project in the Ravelry group

Happy Spinning!
Sam<3

Monday, July 13, 2015

Memory Monday: July 13, 2015

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope today is treating you well and that you had many creative ideas come to you. I know I did after I visited Joann's. I have so many ideas for many things!

Jordan and my uncle from out TN trip last month.

I hope you have an awesome week!
Happy Crafting!
Sam<3

Friday, July 10, 2015

FO Friday: July 10, 2015


Well hello Friday! It's been a while since I had an FO Friday but I'm super glad I have one this week.

I had finished my Of The Moon shawl at the beginning of the week. I love it, and like I said of the last episode, I wish I had some blocking wires and mats to block it out a lot better.  But I really do love it. It came out a lot better then I was planning and hoping.



Project Info:

Of the Moon by Caitlin Ffrench. (Link here.)
The yarn is my hand spun, on my 7yaks drop spindle, Spun Right Round Bamboo in the Egyptian Red color.
I knit it on US size 6s. 
Here's the link to my project page
:)




Have you finished anything this week? Share it with me in the Ravelry group

Happy Knitting!

Sam <3

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Episode 13: "Some Changes"

There's this week's episode, I hope you enjoy it!


I am now recording every TWO weeks now for more things to talk about and show you.

Reading:

I finished listening to Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It was a really good audio book, so I highly suggest it. Here's the description from Goodreads.com:

"Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occuptiom and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d;Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Juila Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Juila finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel' d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life."

I'm currently reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I'm liking it so far, I can see why so many liked it.

FOs:

My Of the Moon shawl by Caitlin Ffrench. (The link to the pattern page is in the name.)
Me, wearing my shawl.

My project page is here.

WIPs:

My Flax Sweater.

Corrections:

Tour de Fleece is July 4th through July 26th, not to the 22nd.

Spinning:


Movies:

Pixar's Inside Out.

Happy Crafting!

Sam <3


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WIP Wednesday: July 8, 2015

This week's WIP Wednesday is the start of my second sweater.


This was actually my second swatch. I decided to go down a needle size from the one that is recommended for the pattern. I should probably tell you what the pattern is, shouldn't I? :P
I'll be knitting is Flax by tincanknits. It's part of their learn how to knit collection (The Simple Collection). I've knitted the Barley a few times and I loved it, their patterns are super easy to read and follow. 
I'm using Caron Simply Soft Soilds in the Charcoal Heather colorway. I have three skeins but will probably need a fourth, but we will see. 
I'm going down to size US 5s for the ribbing and US 7s for the body. Since I made my first sweater out of Caron Simply Soft before, I know how much it stretches and grows. So I wanted to get a tighter fitting fabric. 
I haven't done much besides knit up the swatch, but you'll see what's been stealing my attention soon.
Keep your eyes peeled...

Happy Knitting!

Sam<3

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Year of Handmade: Prompt 13

While getting ready for this next Year of Handmade post, I went to see what the next prompt is. Sadly it looks like there it's a Prompt 13! Must be a typo, no big deal. :) So I came up with my own, playing off of the last prompt.

13. What craft do you not want to get into?

Now that I'm making myself sit down and think about a craft that I don't want to do, I can't really think of one. Crafting has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. And when I'm trying to think of one craft that I wouldn't want to do I think, "well, actually, I would like to do that." Crafting is in my blood, my family has always had some craft that they were into so I grew up with different crafts in my life. So the only thing that comes to mind is that, I don't want to get into NOT crafting anything.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any crafts that you don't want to get into? Are you like me and can't image a craft that you wouldn't like to try? Please share with me on this blog post or in the Ravelry group.

Happy Crafting!
Sam<3

Monday, July 6, 2015

Memory Monday: July 6, 2015

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend and I hope that this week will be a good one for you.

Danville, TN

Happy Crafting!

Sam<3


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIP Wednesday: July 1, 2015

Last week I had finished Part three of the Family Tree Shawl, I haven't picked it up again but I have read through Part four. My brain is not wanting to process the instructions right not, so I'm giving it a break until it starts to make some sense. But here's the picture I took of it last week!


Hopefully I can understand what the pattern says soon, this has been on the needles a little too long..
You can find my project page here and it has all my notes for this project there.

Happy Knitting!
Sam<3


PS. I have decided to record the podcast every other week, for more content. I'm trying to have more things to show you guys and try to get at least a 30 minute episode each time. So stay tuned for the next episode.

:)