Monday, February 26, 2018

What Comes First?

I had posted this question to a couple of podcasters, just to see what their responses would be and because I'm curious what everyone's answer is so I'm posting it here as well. The question is: What comes first for you? The yarn or the pattern?

When I think about what my crafting has been recently most of the time it's the pattern comes first. But like many knitters and crocheters, I do sometimes come home with yarn that just had to live with the rest of my yarn. Sometimes, I see a yarn that I just have to have but usually, I try to have an item in mind that it might turn into later on. I may not have an exact pattern picked out but I have a rough idea of what it will grow up to be. But my stash is a pretty good size now so I need to pull back a bit on the yarn buying and really have a pattern in mind when I go yarn shopping. Which hasn't been difficult since I'm trying to work my way through my knitting magazine library. All of the projects that will be cast on in the future has the yarn picked out/bought already so all I have to do is wind up the yarn.

So, what about you? Do you buy the yarn first then pair it with the perfect pattern or do you have the pattern and chose the yarn later?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

When The Bug Bites...

I have been bitten by the reading bug, pretty hard, this last week. Which a few years ago, was not unusual for me, but with not having much time, more crafts, and getting distracted by some video games. (Well, game. The Sims 4 is my game of chose, always.) Now, I haven't really read as much. But 2018 seems to be the year when my reading mojo comes back, and where my crafting mojo disappears a bit. The two seems to trade off from time to time.

This week though, I have started a few books to the shock of those who know that I usually read one book at a time. But due to the fact that I am now the owner of a Kindle e-reader, it has put me in a "READ ALL THE THINGS!" mood. If you follow/friended me on Goodreads, you know how many I currently have active right now. One of my own books, a Nook book, a Kindle book borrowed from one of my local libraries, an audiobook using Libby also from one of my libraries, and a physical library book. So...five books currently getting my attention. Let's see how long it will last.

I finished reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs yesterday. It had been about six years since I had last read this book, I believe it was my senior year in high school actually when I had first read it. I did still enjoy it, this writing is really great, but I just didn't love it as much as the first time. Although, I liked it enough to finish it in a week! So that's saying something.

I've started reading the second book, Hollow City, and it will be getting lots of attention today. Along with my Light-weight Patchwork Blanket, both blankets have grown a tiny bit and have received lots of love.

You can keep up with what I'm doing throughout the week on Instagram, you can find me as yarnreader there. :)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Day Trip!

With this last week going by super slowly, I'm very happy that I'm in my three-day weekend. But bummed that it's halfway over. For some reason, my stress levels were through the roof this week and felt like everything and everyone was getting on my last nerve. But a highlight was getting my new-to-me iPod touch (5th Gen). I'm no longer stuck with listening to the radio if I want to listen to music and I can finally catch up with my audio podcasts. Also, I'm now active on Instagram now, since the ISO on my iPod will allow it so follow me there!

Jordan and I had taken a small trip out of town yesterday to take a look at some old cars that might be donors to the car he is rebuilding and just got out of the house. (I posted pictures on IG, if you are interested.) We had a great time just spending time together and enjoying the drive.

I've been working on my heavy-weight blanket the last couple of days, I was going to do some coloring but didn't really feel like pulling that out today. I've gotten a couple of books done this week though! I finished listening to Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien on Tuesday and started listening to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and just today I finally finished reading Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto.

My next read is this:

Another read from high school but I actually own the whole series, so it's about time I pick it up again. 

I hope you all have a great rest of your President's Day weekend if you are lucky enough to have it off, or a Happy Monday if not!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Love is in the Air!

Happy Sunday, lovely blog readers! I'm feeling much better this Sunday than I did last Sunday. I finally broke down and agreed to go to the Doctor on Monday and was diagnosed with bronchitis, yuck. But after taking all the medicine I was given, I'm feeling much, much better and am only coughing a little bit now.

Jordan and I had our Valentine's Day date today, instead of fighting the crowds on Wednesday night. 

We had a great steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse then we later stopped at Books-a-Million to pick up the expansion to the Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle deck game. (We only paid $15, yay coupons and membership discounts!) We had a great time.

Picture Time!

I'm still reading Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto, it's been slow going but not too terrible. I've been mostly playing The Sims 4 this weekend and haven't really read any. But I've been listening to a BBC adaptation of J R R Tolkien's The Two Towers, which I had finished yesterday, and The Return of the King, which I'm almost finished with.

I've worked a tiny bit on my brother-in-law's mitts, that I had started a week or two ago, today. The pattern is Chilly Podsters by Glenna C. I'm knitting them out of Lion Brand Heartland in the Kings Cayon colorway and on US 3 - 3.25mm double-pointed needles. There will be some modifications to this but I'll go into more detail about it at a later time.

Have a lovely Valentine's Day, everyone!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Hades

Hades Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Note: This book contains; kidnapping, violence, and sexual assault. If you are sensitive to any of these topics, this might not be the book for you. So beware.

I thought that this book was a lot better than Halo. Hades had picked up on the action bit a lot quicker than Halo. It did have less of the lovey-dovey scenes but those were replaced with longing-from-afar scenes, which weren't as annoying. I do see a theme of the damsel in distress thing with the main character is a thing in this book, which I'm not a big fan of. It didn't bother me while reading the book, but now that I'm taking a step back from it, it is a flaw I see within the books. I'm hoping that in the last book is the book where the main character will stand up a bit more for herself and not rely on her brother, sister, and boyfriend to rescue her in the end.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Rest and Plenty of Fuilds

The kitties squrriel watching.

This time last week, I was happy and healthy. I was feeling great Monday, I decided to take a half day to relax and do what I want, which was a whole lot of nothing. Then Tuesday came...I made it halfway through the work day when I started to feel really unwell, got home and slept the rest of the day away. I felt horrible and felt sick all week. Right now, I'm hoping that I'm at the end of the tunnel, I'm just coughing and blowing my nose now. I'm just trying to get all the gunk out of my body and have my voice go back to normal. (And stay at work for a full day.)

I had finished reading Hades by Alexandra Adornetto today and had started reading the thrid and last of the Halo series, Heaven, as well. If you are Goodreads, you will have seen my review for Hades by now, but if not then it will be posted here tomorrow. So keep an eye out.

And I'm currently working on the Mermaid's Song Shawl for my mom today. I'm 6 repeats into the 25 that I need to do for the edging. It's slow going but it's ok, it will get done eventually. 

I hope everyone else is doing well and is healthy. I'm hopeful that this bug I have will end soon!

Friday, February 2, 2018

January 2018 Re-Cap

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Lovely February

Obviously, February is the month of love, so I thought I should focus on the major love of my life. Jordan. Now don't get me wrong, I don't neglect my husband. I do show him lots of love in my own way, but I sometimes get in a lull of doing the same thing when I get home: get on the computer and do absolutely nothing for hours, or spend more time reading and/or working on my projects when I should give up some time to be present with my husband. 

I've never been a super affectionate person, Jordan is the only real relationship I've had. (My first relationship lasted a week in high school, lame.) So I never got the hang of being in a relationship before I met him. But it's been eight wonderful years with being with him and I still get into the funk that I'm worried that I'm doing something wrong or I would make a fool out of myself. That's one thing about my anxiety that really effects me the most. I over analyze myself all the time and the way I act around people, even my husband, puts me on edge. I just don't want to do or say something stupid.

It probably also doesn't help that I'm a major introvert. I much rather be at home all day than be with a group of people for hours on end. But Jordan, on the other hand, is pretty extroverted. He gets restless after a while of not seeing some people he enjoys being with and is much more willing to leave the house to go walk around a store for hours, just to have something to do for a bit of the day. I sometimes do too from time to time, but after spending most of the day at work, talking to tons of people the whole time, I just only want to talk to Jordan and our cats when I get home (although I will IM my family and best friend that are back in TN). 

So I'm hoping to expand a bit on my theme of Growth for the year by trying to focus on growing to be a better wife for my husband. We need more time spent together; doing things we enjoy small things like staying home and playing games like we did this last weekend or watch stuff on Netflix or have a date night out and travel somewhere new to us just to explore a bit.

I'm hoping to have some things to talk about in future posts, along with some pictures either or here or on Twitter. I'm sending you all lots of love and hugs to start off your February.