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A Winter’s Cap

Only 4 weeks into the new year and I have my first finished object! (I’ve also read three books already this year. Whoa!)

I was intrigued by the Volkstricken Neon Ski Bonnet I found on Ravelry over the holidays. I like my knitting projects to be a little extra-spicy, to help hold my attention. With cables, decorative wrapped stitches and pom-poms, I knew I had to try it!

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The front band is actually a tube, so has a double thickness. It was super warm on my -30C walk from the car to work this morning!

 
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I’m not 137% satisfied with this hat, even though I really do love it. The picture in the pattern made it look a lot bigger. I made the Adult Large, with needles one size bigger than recommended and it still ended up being quite snug, like a touque would fit. I was also hoping the pom pom would sit more on top of my head, but it ended up being more at the back.

Side bar – pom poms. Even if you don’t sew, knit or otherwise craft, get yourself down to Michael’s, plunk down $10 and get yourself a 2-pack (one large, one small) of pom pom makers. BEST $10 I’ve spent this year so far. Even if all you do is make a pom pom, throw it at your cat, and then have her trail it into the bed every night (like, hypothetically speaking), it will be SO worth it. But once you make a pom pom, you’ll start inventing reasons to put a pom pom on things, like that “put a bird on it” episode of Portlandia.

Anyway, I still love this hat a lot. From the side, it kinda reminds me of a pilgrim lady’s bonnet.

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The colour’s been difficult to photograph. It’s a real hot-pink, although it photographs kind of rosy-pinkish. AND it has flecks of glitter in it, so you know, win.

This photo shows the colour the best and the detail in the band.

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I have some other projects that I’m working on, and as long as it continues to be cold outside and I continue to be anti-social/depressed/broke and stay in on the weekends, I expect a couple more posts with finished objects soon.

Until then, take care of each other!

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Christmas Fixins

I’m waiting for my hair to dry a bit before I go to bed, so I have just enough time for a quick update (never mind the fact that I should’ve been in bed an hour ago…). I touched up my roots and put a chunk of red in my hair tonight. Hopefully it looks decent when my hair dries!

A couple weeks ago, I made a super crafty wreath for my apartment door.

photoI also put up a “christmas branch” on my living room wall. I don’t have room or want for a tree, but I wanted to put up something evergreenish that  I could string lights and decorations on. I got this green centrepiece from Michaels and added some holly berries and pine cones (with real!pine smell). It’s the perfect size and has room enough for just a few favourite decorations.

decorationsHello Kitty! Snowmen! Silver Balls!

(by the by, this commercial for Pier 1 is my absolute favourite right now. “My foot’s smooooshed in a cupcake! … where we goin’?” too cute! )

I also got some big purple sparkly snow flakes that I put up at work. I guess now all that’s left is …. buy some presents! I’ve bought a few, but still need to get a couple more and make a couple.

I  also got this awesome TARDIS mug from my RedditGifts Santa today.

IMG_0014It’s SO COOL! I love it! The Reddit gift exchanges are always fun if you like super-sleuthing (re: stalking) your giftee to find them something perfect. I highly recommend doing at least one exchange sometimes.

My hair is nearly dry and the time between Right Now and my alarm’s set time is getting shorter and shorter. If you’ve done any holiday crafting lately, let me know in the comments!

Take care of each other and craft on!

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One Season in Two Weeks

Happy Labour Day, friends! I hope everyone reading this is fortunate enough to get a long weekend. It’s now September and summer activities are starting to wind down. If you’re like me, you’ve done all your summer living in the last two weeks!

Let me explain myself. We had a decent-ish June, but July was cool, rainy and windy, for the most part. Most of August was nice and summery, but I was too busy to enjoy much of it.

Come mid-August, I was out of here, on my first “big” roadtrip by myself. I’ve always travelled by myself and prefer it because I can do what I want, when I want and don’t have to wait around for anyone else, or get stuck doing something I don’t want to for half a day (in case you haven’t learned by now: I’m pretty stubborn and obstinate!). My first solo trip was to Paris in 2009 and I’ve been hooked ever since! However, I’ve only been driving for not even 2 years, and I was a pretty nervous driver in my first year. Last summer, I finally decided to be a big girl and drive on the highway all my myself to Saskatoon for a weekend.

As you can see, I didn’t die.

Then, my plan for the spring was to visit as many National and Provincial parks in the 3 prairie provinces as possible. Then we ended up having snow on the ground until May. So I was pretty psyched to get on the road in August and drive out to North and South Dakota. Driving in the hills and mountains in South Dakota was challenging, I’m not going to lie. But it was scary or “too hard”. I just had to remain hyper-aware while making blind, hairpin turns. Uphill. It was definitely something I just wouldn’t have been equipped to handle a mere year ago.

It was SO worth it – the scenery and views in the Black Hills and Custer State Park are amazing. I really wasn’t expecting how beautiful it all was.

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I did a bit of shopping, but spent most of my time outdoors, either wandering around in the cities or out in the parks. It was awesome. I didn’t get a chance to do or eat everything I wanted; I stayed in an historic, haunted hotel and didn’t encounter any spirits, but I still really enjoyed myself.

There was a yarn store in Rapid City that was closed on Sunday and Monday, so I all but charged in there a minute after they opened on Tuesday! I got a couple gorgeous sock yarns.

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I really love the use of colours in the skein on the left. They’re mostly muted, except for that pop of lime green! I’m working with it now, in the Waterfall Socks pattern, from WendyKnits.net

I also got some clothes that it is currently too hot to wear right now. But watch for future OOTD posts in a few weeks!

Yesterday, I went to the beach for the first and last time this summer. With the weather being hit and miss and my time being at a premium, I just didn’t have a chance to go before then!

I went to Katepwa Point Provincial Park, which I hadn’t been to before. I wanted to go somewhere in the Qu’Appelle Valley, but I didn’t want to pay for it, as it’s a week before payday! That mean Echo Valley Provincial Park was out, as you can use the beach for free, but not the picnic area or hiking trails. I usually go to Echo, but just to the beach. I really wanted to hike this time, so Katepwa it is!

It was gorgeous out there! The weather wasn’t overly cooperative (BIG surprise…), so I went on my hike first. The Trans-Canada Trail runs through the park, so I did about 3kms on the trail and then turned around to come back and have the lunch I packed.

The trail is really pretty.

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Some of it is secluded and away from the highway and some runs directly parallel to the highway, so you have to deal with loud vehicles from time to time (and Saskatchewanians LOVE to rev the engines of their motorcycles and impossibly oversized trucks!)

When I got back to the beach, I decided it was still too chilly to hang out in my bathing suit on the sand, so I sat in the picnic area and read and watched the boats on the water. By about 5PM, I decided that if I sit directly in the sun, I might not freeze to death in my bathing suit. I laid out my towel and took off my shoes and tank top. I was still too chilly though and left my shorts on. There was definitely no swimming in the cards for this girl! After about an hour, the sun was starting to disappear so it wasn’t directly overhead and most people, I discovered when I sat up, had called it a day and were starting to go back to their vehicles. I decided my day was over too.

I bought this bikini 2 years ago and have worn it like 5 times, max! Maybe I need to go on a tropical vacation or something and get some use out of it…

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Anyhow, I’ve got more ideas, but I’ll save them for future posts. Maybe if I’d actually post more often, I wouldn’t have to write a novel! I’ve updated the background and title colour and finally figured out how to do a signature. I quite like it.

Enjoy the last bit of summer and be good to each other!

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I Made Some Stuff Last Week!

I always feel super-accomplished when I finish projects and see them through to the end. Last week, I finished more than one project, so I’m feeling great about them!

First off, I finished my legwarmers!

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I realised pretty quickly into this project that I wasn’t going to have enough of the pink to have solid pink leg warmers. I found some purple in my stash in the same weight and decided to do them two-toned.

These were mostly just to play and try out knitting legwarmers. I wanted a pair to wear over tights while walking to and from work when I wear dresses and skirts. They’re not very pretty, but with a pair of boots – the intended use – I like the way they look.  Of course, I didn’t wear them today – I had orange tights on, so I wasn’t going to throw pink and purple into the mix to walk to work in the dark for 10 minutes this morning.

My vanity knows no bounds.

This project was the first time I ever used the seed stitch – it never really appealed to me before. But after seeing the seed stitch “in real life”, I love it!  I really want to make a seed stitch cardigan now. I’ve found a regular stockinette-knit cardigan pattern that I’m hoping I can just substitute the seed stitch in. I’m a good knitter and I can understand a pattern, but altering something big like a sweater makes me nervous. I don’t want to buy a ton of yarn, get part way through and then realise “oh, this isn’t going to work at all….”

On to the next one. I finished this jumper last night!

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OOTD  – Jumper: made myself // Blouse:  Ricki’s, 16  // Tights: Joe, from Superstore  // Shoes: TUK from Torrid, 10

I had the jumper made half way about 2 weeks ago and then got to what I perceived as a “hard part” and set it aside. I picked it up again yesterday and was finished within an hour! Nothing before it’s time, eh?

I wanted to make a jumper like this for a while and remembered that I had 3 metres of this suiting in my stash from a few years ago (when chenille suiting was really popular at the fabric stores). The verdict? It’s shitty to work with – sheds all over the place in long strings. And probably a touch too heavy for the garment, but I do like the weight it gives to the skirt.

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I looooove the buttons I used! At $5 each, I probably won’t be buying them again (I  only bought 2 and got them 50% off, which is why I bought them). Also: kind of into the wide french manicure lately. I can do it with shorter nails, which is nice, because I just can’t handle long nails at all!

On the weekend, I also made cookies!

coookiesAnd enjoyed them with a hot beverage in my Holly Hobby mug! You jelly?

They had swirly white- and milk-chocolate chips in them. It changes the taste just enough so they taste like something new and exciting and not your everyday chocolate chip cookie!

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I have to go to work tomorrow and then I’m off until the following Monday! Since I have no plans or preparations for “the holidays” to work on, I can just do whatever I want for 5 days! I cast this on last night:

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Not telling what it is yet, but maybe by the weekend I’ll have another Finished Object to post pictures of!

Stay warm and take care of each other!