Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Episode 34: "A Quick One"

Here's a short episode for you this week. I'm hoping that next episode will be a little longer and that I'll have more to chat about. :)


I'm Samashwilliams94 on Ravelry, @sam__williams94 on Twitter, and Samantha Williams on Goodreads, Pinterest and Google +.
You can find the Ravelry group under the groups tab as The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.
Show notes are on the blog.

Week in Review:
Nothing exciting, just working. But we did get a box of Japanese candy!

I finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.
Next on the book shelf is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

Crafty Stuff:
I finished a couple of more pages in my floral coloring book,
My works in progress are :

TV Time:
We watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Gamer's Corner:
Still playing The Sims 2.

Added to the Pile:
Loops & Threads Value Pack Yarn
Boye Yardage Counter
More progress keepers.

Don't forget about the pattern giveaway in the Ravelry group, I'll be drawing for it on the next episode if we have any entries.

Happy Knitting!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Memory Monday: March 28, 2016

I hope everyone had an awesome Easter, if you celebrate it or if not a happy Sunday!
We got some Japanese candy!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Episode 33: "Day Off"

Finally! Here's the show notes for this week's episode. So sorry for the delay. 


I'm Samashwilliams94 on Ravelry, @sam__williams94 on Titter, and Samantha Williams on Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+.
The Ravelry group is The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.
And the blog is

Week in Review:
We went out to eat with some family and went to see El Gallon. (Which was built in 2009 and in a year and a half.)
Baked banana bread on Saturday and cooked corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot on Sunday.

I finished Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer.
I'm currently reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Next upon on the bookshelf is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Crafty Stuff:
I finished a couple of pages in my Floral Wonders coloring book.
I've been working on the following this week:
I plan on picking Sterling the Star back up when I'm finished with the Cabled Knit Cardigan.

TV Time:
We watched Chicken Little on Netflix.

Gamer's Corner:
The Sims 2

Added to the Pile:
Geek Pro action camera.
Love of Kitting, Spring 2016.

Love of Knitting, Spring 2016.

Don't forget about the pattern giveaway!

Happy Knitting!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Little Bit About Me: Music

Music plays (ha!) a big part in my life. Both my sister and I were in our high school's concert and marching band and indoor percussion. She had played clarinet for concert band, keyboards in marching band and indoor percussion. We tried to go to a few football games to watch her perform with the band and I loved going with my parents to pick her up from practice and seeing them working on sets. 

During that time I had wanted to be in the color guard but once I got into band, I decided that it wasn't for me. The bug had really bit me when one night after a home football game, the band was marching back to the band room  and my sister had pulled me into the line behind her. I thought it was so cool to be standing at attention with everyone while they were being dismissed. I knew then that I wanted to join when I got into junior high. 

So from sixth grade to my senior year I played clarinet in concert band, seventh to my senior year I marched clarinet, my senior year I played bass clarinet and clarinet in concert band, and played the smallest bass drum in indoor percussion. 

I learned team work and leadership while I was in band. I was a section leader my senior year, but it also made my love of music stronger. It's one thing that I wish I did more of but I really enjoy listening to the different scores for the newer movies that came out, and see learning which composer made the score.

That's just a little bit about my background in music. I was thinking about doing a post about my crafting background, but the posts I have done with the Year of Handmade talk about that so if you're interested just look of the tags that say "Year of Handmade" and they will pop up.

If you have any questions for me about anything that I had posted or if you want to know about me just leave me a comment below or in the Ravelry group

Happy Listening!


PS. Episode 33 is live on Youtube. I had to fight with the video editor yesterday to get it live, but I'm going to try to get the snow notes up soon!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Memory Monday: March 21, 2016

Happy Spring everyone! I hope you're getting some flowers popping up in your gardens/yards.

El Gallon.

Happy Crafting!


Friday, March 18, 2016

Episode 32: "Kitty Time"

For this FO Friday we have a new episode! Yay! :P

Show Notes:


I'm on Ravely as Samashwilliams94, Twitter as @sam__williams94, and Samantha Williams on Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google +.
You can find the Ravelry group under The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.

Weeks in Review:
We went to the creek on Sunday.
Dealing with sinus stuff.
St. Patrick's Day.

Finished Boston Jacky by L. A. Meyer.
Currently reading Wild Rover No More by L. A. Meyer.
What's on the bookshelf is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Crafty Stuff:
Finished the Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder.
What I'm going to work on after I'm finished with the Cabled Knit Cardigan is Sterling the Star.

TV Time:
We watched the movie Regin of Fire.

Podcasts I'm Loving:
The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Added to the Pile:
Gates of Paradise by Melissa De La Cruz 

Don't forget to enter the pattern giveaway!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WIP Wednesday: March 16, 2016

I've only been working on a couple of things this week, so I'll talk about them a little bit here.

The first is the Cabled Knit Cardigan by Patons.

I finished the body a few days ago and started the first sleeve. It's a good thing that I've been working on it, my former store manager will be having her baby very, very soon.

The other project is a newly cast on pair of socks.

The pattern is called Longing for Spring by Caoua Coffee, and it's one that has been in my Ravelry library so I went ahead and cast them on. I'm knitting it up in Universal Yarns' Pace in Navy. The yarn super dark so it looks more like black then a navy blue. But in some lights it looks blue. I was going to knit them up for me but the more that I look at the pattern page, the more that I thought someone else would like them. So they are going to be a gift. I'm not going to say for who, just in case they read my blog. :P

I'll talk more about what I've been working on and what I have finished later this week on the podcast. So stay tuned...

Happy Knitting!


P.S. The picture of the cardigan was taken on our new action camera, just to test out the quality of the pictures. Pretty good, but need to figure out of how to get rid of the time stamp.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Little Bit About Me: Books

I learned to read at a young age, around three or four years old. Pretty much ever since I learned the Alphabet I've loved to read. Anything I could get my hands on, I wanted to read it. I grew up around books (and crafting but we'll get to that soon), my family loves to read so that help plant the seed.
My father likes to read westerns, mom loves her romance books, and my sister and I love fantasy like Harry Potter.

If I'm remembering correctly, my favorite book in elementary school (kindergarten to second grade) were Butterfly Kisses, I'm not sure if that was the title or if that was the main plot of the book, and Rainbow Fish. We also had a few of the little Golden books.

Middle school (third grade to fifth grade), I was reading the Wishbone and America Girl series. My favorite series though was about a mouse called Ragweed. We had read it in class and I really enjoyed it, so I found the rest of the books in the series.

Junior High was when I discovered the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce, still love them and all of her other books as well. Then I finally picked up Harry Potter and fell into that rabbit hole. I had heard about them but just didn't pick them up until the last one was coming out. I'm up to my seventh re-reading of the series and I still enjoy them as I did with the first reading.

Lastly in high school, I found the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz, way better then Twlight...even though I haven't read Twlight yet...I'll get to it eventually..I also got into Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series and I enjoy those a lot as well.

I've read and re-read a lot of books but those are the ones that just come to mind, If you have any questions about books or series that I might have read, or if you have a recommendation for me just leave it in the comments below or here in the Whatcha Reading thread in the Ravelry group.

Happy Reading!


Monday, March 14, 2016

Memory Monday: March 14, 2016

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope that you all had a great weekend and that today is treating you kindly.

You might have noticed that last week's episode wasn't part of the every other week schedule. Well, I kind of forgot...but oh well! So I'll be trying to do a weekly podcast so it will be a little shorter but hopefully it will be fill with crafty things.

I can't wait to talk to you guys soon!

Do not forget about the pattern giveaway in the Ravelry group! You have a great chance to win. :)

Happy Crafting!


Friday, March 11, 2016

Episode 31: "Now With A Co-Host."

Hello! Here's a new episode to start off your weekend, enjoy. :)


You can find me on Ravelry as Samashwilliams94, Twitter as @sam__williams94, and on Goodreads Pinterest and Google + as Samantha Williams.
The Ravelry group is The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.
And the blog is at

Weeks in Review:
The boys broke my yarn bowl. >.< 
Got my haircut.
Worked on some blog posts.

Finished Viva Jacquelina! by L.A. Meyer
Currently Reading Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer

Crafty Stuff:
Finished Rose City Rollers and Flax.

No spinnig, cross-stitch, coloring, drawing, or painting.

Movies and TV shows:
We watched Captain America: Winter Soldier, Brother Bear, and caught up with Family Guy on Netflix.

I'm doing a pattern give-a-way for the podcasts one year anniversary! You have to be a member of the Ravelry group and post in this thread what pattern you would like to win and answer how you heard about the podcast. Only single patterns will be given away, no e-books.

Happy Knitting!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Little Bit About Me.

While I was brainstorming for some new blog posts I came up with the idea of doing a few posts that tell you a little about me. If you have been reading the blog for some time now you probably have some idea of who I am, but for those of you who just found me (HI!) I wanted to have a post that's kind of a introduction. I had one when I first started the blog, but I somehow manage to delete it when I was trying to organize the blog. I don't know how I managed to do it but what's done is done. I also might do some posts that have "what's your favorite thing" prompts to it. Whatever I can find online. It might be fun to do those every year or so to see what has changed. But anyway..

Hello! I'm Samantha, but I go by Sam here on the blog and pretty much everywhere else. I'm not too picky about which name I go by. I grew up with that nickname all my life so I'm ok with it. It was my initials before I got married, but now it's a shorter version of my name.

I talk about my little family often here on the blog. Jordan, my husband, has been really supportive of me doing the blog and the podcast. If it wasn't for him, I might not be posting as much as I do. And a lot of the Memory Monday posts are of our three cats; Harry, Moka, and Bravo, with some other pictures of stuff we've done over the past weeks.

I started the blog to talk about what hobbies I do and my progress with said hobbies. I know that there are a ton of other blogs online that lots of people love reading, so I wasn't planning on trying to make mine like those. I just wanted to share my crafting life and if only a few people are interested then that's ok (even though it would be awesome to have a following like the Yarn Harlot). I really just wanted to put myself out there and improve my writing skill a bit. I'm not the type of person who is very outspoken. I keep to myself and don't talk to very many people. I also wasn't very good when it came to expressing myself in writing, to me it just seemed like I was rambling about stuff that never made sense. So my goal for the blog was to improve on that and the podcast is helping me speak up and speak better to people.  And I hope that it is helping. 

If it wasn't for the awesome blogging and podcasting community, I wouldn't have been inspired to start my own. I would have just kept thinking about it and not have done anything about it. There are so many podcasts now that it's hard to keep up. (I'm very behind with the ones I watch/listen to.)

I think that's a good place to start for now, I'll go more into some more stuff in later posts so stay tuned. If you have any questions for me that you would liked answered on a future post just leave it in the comments below. 

I hope your week is going well so far!


Monday, March 7, 2016

Memory Monday: March 7, 2016

Happy Monday everyone! I hope today treats you well and that this week goes smoothly for you.

Have a happy crafty week!


Friday, March 4, 2016

FO Friday: March 4, 2016

I finished my pair of Rose City Rollers Tuesday, after I finished recording this week's episode.

I really love them and I have been wearing them ever since I got them off the needles. So I may or may not have them to show in the next episode because they are already looking wore. If you would like to read all my notes (which there isn't much) you can find them here on my project page.

This is definitely a great pattern for ankle socks.

What have you finished this week?

Share it with me in the comments below or in the FO Friday thread in the Ravelry group.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WIP Wednesday: March 1, 2016

It's been awhile since I had posted about my Terribly Simple shawl. It's grown quite a bit, but I'm definitely not at the end of it yet.I still have a good bit of the main color left and a ball of the brown I want to add to the end. It's been a mind less knit, with it being all garter stitch. I've taken it with me to a few places where my attention would wander to other things so it was perfect.

Also, I got my hair cut today!

It was time for a change and I really like it. :)

Happy Knitting!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Episode 30: "Busy Bee"

Here's this week's episode for your enjoyment. :)

I'm on Ravelry: Samashwilliams94
Twitter: @sam__williams94
Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+: Samantha Williams
The Ravelry Group is: The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast.

Weeks in Review:
Got a 'new to us" couch and computer chair.
Seen Deadpool.
Big storm last Tuesday night.

Finished The Mark of the Golden Dragon by L.A. Meyer.
Currently reading Viva Jacquelina! by L.A. Meyer.

No spinning!

Very little to none done on my cross stitch bookmarks.

A little coloring.

Happy Knitting!