Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I don't have time for this.

Last week was Thanksgiving. Lovely! We got to see lots of extended relatives who live states away, and relax and eat lots of food. Also we celebrated Olivia's first birthday. Brad's brother came down and we all tailgated the OSU game that weekend, too (go bucks!)

One of the few people who can make me feel short (I'm 6' in this photo!)

I am feeling the stress of overbooking myself for Christmas gifts. I have to finish my Catkin (about 75%), my Color Affection (75%), another pair of Snowflake mittens, and a whole sweater. I've resigned myself to not being able to finish it all. The Catkin is going to be mailed, so I think I can wait until a little after Christmas, and if I can get the sweater done by New Years, that'll give me an extra week. By the way, did I mention we're moving in 2 weeks? To an awesome new apartment we're super excited about, but that means half my knitting time (at least) is now packing time. On top of which I'm working an extra 12 hours this week. Yay for a bigger paycheck, but also, more knitting time gone. Brad and Olivia both have colds, but they'll have to fend for themselves while I'm a blurry knitting and packing machine. I've pretty much given up sewing anything before Christmas. I'll just be cold for the next few weeks, because elective sewing isn't going to happen anytime soon. On the plus side, I discovered Essie's Shearling, Darling nail polish matches my Splitstone Vest perfectly!

Friday, November 21, 2014

I might have done a bad thing.

So, winter is here. This week has been in the thirties, and we have about 4 inches of snow. It's lovely, especially since the little shop I work at is practically Santa's Workshop anyway.

The other day I literally thought to myself "I have such a good handle on my Christmas knitting. I'm right on track, and I haven't overexerted myself at all." Well, pride does come before the fall. Since it is freezing outside, and I didn't think to get a winter coat, I was scrambling to find layers. I still have my Color Affection scarf I knitted last year, but my coat is no thicker than a hoodie, and I don't have any gloves. Eshakti has a couple coats, but none that are really 'me'. I browsed around, and I really like this A-Line coat. Its simple, chic, and I think I can make it myself without too much difficulty. I ordered some fabric from Mood (how fun is that! I feel like I'm on Project Runway) and as soon as it gets here I'll start. 

As for mittens, I definitely wanted to knit some, I was thinking something with a stranded colorwork anyway, because the floats on the inside of the mittens are another layer of warmth. I found this knit-flat mitten pattern. Knit flat fair isle is definitely less intimidating than in the round. 4 needles and 2 strands of yarn? That's still a little much for me. But I could totally knit them flat. It only took a couple days, and right now they are drying out waiting to be seamed.

On Sunday my mom & I went to see one of our friends play in a jazz band preformance,  and I told her about my mittens, and I said I thought I ought to knit some for my aunt. How cute would that be! And then I could knit and inverse pair for my uncle, too!  Sounded awesome, but now I'm thinking, wait, I just signed myself up for two more pairs of mittens? Even if its only a week a pair, that's three weeks of knitting.  Um.... did not think that one through. I think these will end up in the gift pile, and I'll knit my pair last. But they are awfully pretty.

On the plus side, yesterday was Olivia's first birthday! We are going out to dinner with the extended fam tonight. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Much ado about nothing.

I'm about waist deep in WIPs, which unfortunately makes for boring blogging. It's nice to have the option of variety, but they're all on a deadline which is a little stressful as well.

Fireside sweater for a friend. I meant to have it done by the end of October, but obviously that didn't happen. I want to get it done at least in time for Christmas though, so she can wear it this winter. It goes fast, but I don't have a lot of motivation to finish it, I think because I so recently finished my first Fireside sweater.

Color Affection for my mom for Christmas. I like the colors she picked, and its going fairly speedy so far, although I ran out of blue yarn, so I'm waiting for more in the mail.

Catkin. I made one in worsted weight several years ago, but I seemed to have either lost it or donated it when I donated a lot of clothes & knit stuff. I wanted one a little more sleek and classy, that I could wear out dressed fancy. This one will be the gorgeous galileo yarn by knit picks, a bamboo and merino blend. I think I might make it a gift for my aunt for Christmas, though. She's the kind of lady who would wear the hell out of a classy shawl. Also this one is waiting for more yarn. (I got one skein of Galileo to try it out, I knew if I wanted to make a project out of it I would have to buy more.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FOs and cold medicine

I am sick. I've been sneezing for about a week, but Monday night it really kicked into full blown sinus stuffage. Fortunately Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my days off, so I've been sitting around the house overdosing on decongestant and sinus spray. (Sexy, I know). I was going to take real pictures, but I don't feel like dressing up and posing for photos, so rehashed instagram photos it is then.

The armholes look ridiculously tiny here, but they stretch a lot.

Yeah 80s bathroom! Look at that wallpaper and faux maple mirror.

Back when I was feeling better, one of my friends, the talented Jennie Sue Photography, took family photos of us for fall/Olivia's first birthday. I love them so much!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

E-shakti outfit review

I've heard a lot about Eshakti over the years, I knew all their clothes came in sizes 0-26, and I'd heard they'd had great customer service. When I recently learned that they pay a living wage to their employees and had safe working conditions (unlike the sweatshops in Bangladesh or Cambodia that collapsed in 2013) I knew I had to try them out. I got the Truly A Wrap polka-dot top. I chose custom sleeve and length options and went with a straight size 18. It does take about 3 weeks to get to you, but considering it's made-to-order, that's understandable. I love this top. It fits great and it's super cute. It's also nice to have a fair trade option where I can buy business-casual clothes. Most fair trade clothing looks like something I might get at an Indian market. Which is awesome, but not necessarily work appropriate. I've already ordered a two moe tops that should be here in a few weeks. (Also, they hand out coupons left and right, so far I've ordered 3 tops and not paid full price for any of them.) I also plan to get a winter coat from them too. (A fair trade winter coat I didn't have to make myself? - yes please!)  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Intermission for small knits.

I have a lot of big knits in my queue right now - another Fireside Sweater for a friend, and then gift-knit sweaters for my mom & sister. I love knitting gifts, and chunky knits go fast, but the prospect of nothing but yards and yards of the same chunky knit for the next two months and my brain snapped a little. I pulled out two balls of tiny little sock yarn, and whipped up two pairs of socks this week. I'm not a particularly experienced sock knitter, so I used the Vanilla Latte Socks pattern, which is top down and super easy. I did size medium, but I may take a couple stitches off next time, and try a little more negative ease. But now I'm looking forward to some fast, bulky knitting now, so mission accomplished!

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOs and Instagram updates.

If you follow me on instagram, you know I added a shawl collar to my Firestone Sweater (last alteration, I promise), and finished my Ombre Vest. I sewed in a zipper which was new for me. I also sewed up a chevron tshirt dress. At this point, practically everything I own is a shade of grey, which is pretty fine with me, but I may add some nice oranges and creams for fall. (I really love fall colorways.) 

I got some fleece lined legging at Meijer, and I love them so much. I want to never take them off. (They aren't fair trade/hand made, but if you hear of fair trade leggings, let me know!)