i love: november

i love - november
make room 2015 advent calendar + devotional by the naptime diaries, mama bear necklace by rebekah gough, fikire leather pouch by fashionABLE, pinecone fire starter DIY from somethingturquoise, project life card organizer by stamp-n-storage, knitting/crocheting needle case by otterburnpq, sorry i’m late tee from thug life shirts, octopus ornament from crate & barrel

The Holiday season is upon us! One of my favorite parts of this time of year is everything feeling a bit cozier. That pinecone fire starter DIY is calling to me, or at least taking up candle making…

The advent calendar + devotional looks like such a lovely way to prepare for Christmas, and I think I’ve found the cutest ornament ever! The tee is so me it’s embarrassing, so I think my goal is to work on my attitude toward going to things for the next two months.

A few things on my list all fall into the organization category, not surprisingly. I keep finding myself digging around the bottom of my purse, so a pretty leather pouch sounds perfect. It’s a similar story with my knitting needles (and now crochet hooks!) – they are all in about four locations – and this is by far the loveliest case I’ve found. And I can’t really ever get enough of Project Life organizing systems. This one is amazing because the slots are customizable and it sits out so everything is visible, and therefore usable.

Lastly, with all the baby shower prepping I’ve been doing mamahood is on the brain, and that sweet mama bear necklace is simply gorgeous.

 

P.S. Fun news! I’m starting a new job today! After a few days of delay it’s finally my first official day. This is also a big part of why my posting has been a little more sporadic than ought to have been. I’m a bit nervous but mostly excited. I’m still processing and deciding what this means for this space, but I intend to keep writing and posting – just maybe a little less frequently. We shall see!

Cheers + Happy Wednesday!

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i love: november

twelve blankets one year // september 

Welp, finally getting around to posting September’s blanket!

In September I decided I didn’t want to buy any yarn and instead used my stash of scraps to make a scrap yarn blanket! This blanket is 100% inspired by this one. But I definitely don’t think it turned out quuuuuite as well ;).

I knit this blanket in the seed stitch which I think works really well since adding the different blocks causes the stitching to go in different directions.

One of the hardest parts of this blankets was picking up the right amount of stitches. As you can tell by the bubbling in some sections, I picked up too many on some rows which makes the whole thing a little awkward.

In it’s current completed state it’s quite small and reminds me more of a door mat or a small area rug than a blanket. But the cool thing is I can just pick it up and add more whenever!

This was a fun little blanket to try out the technique on, but this pattern has my mind swirling with ideas…

Simple, easy enough, and my favorite: done.

twelve blankets one year // september 

twelve blankets one year // august

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Yay! Finally posting August’s blanket!

For this blanket, I used my standby of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn and 10 mm [US size 15] circular needles but switched it up with the stitching! I did this entire blanket in the seed stitch, which is alternating rows of knit 1, purl 1, etc, and purl 1, knit 1, etc.

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The seed stitch creates this fun bumpy pattern that looks the same on both sides.

I taught myself this stitch by this post + video and watching this video. [That scrap blanket had me all heart eyes and now super inspired for a potential twelve blankets one year blanket! I’ve got lots of scrap yarn from this project so far, but I’m just not sure how the colors would all look together… ]

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As you can tell by this picture, the dimensions of this blanket are weird. I didn’t realize just how many stitches I cast on and was so over this blanket that I couldn’t bring myself to go buy more yarn and keep going on it.

The finished dimensions are about 6 feet by 2.5 feet. Talk about awkward. I considered ripping it all out and starting over but seeing as we’re halfway through September I need to move along.

What I did realize, however, was that it is the perfect size for wrapping around your shoulders! Most blankets don’t quite make it all the way around and are annoyingly too short to bring full-circle into a cozy, snuggley, overlapping shoulder wrap. It’s perfect for when I come in from walking the dog and then sit still too long and start to get cold. It could also be a fun rug, but it doesn’t quite fit any of our spaces with our current setup.

I’m not crazy about how the colors ended up coming out. Matthew kept suggesting to dye it but I can’t even imagine what kind of disaster that would turn into.

I think, hey, if you have only one dud after knitting twelve blankets, that ain’t too bad.

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twelve blankets one year // august

blog-tember day 12 // currently…

currently

Saturday, Sept. 12: What are you up to currently? I have examples here and here.

Today’s prompt is a great one and would be easy to start incorporating into regular scheduling! Almost two weeks in, here’s what my September is looking like.

Currently working on my march blanket, trying to finish it up. It’s slowly but surely with this one. If I buckle down and focus I can get two rows done per 30-minute tv show episode. At this point I’m just hoping to get it done by the end of the year.

Currently focusing on getting my 2015 goals completed. If I keep up with all the Blog-tember posts, I should hit my blogging goal by October! In the knitting department, I need to order some more yarn so I can get started on September’s blanket. Then there’s the scrapbooking department…. I spent the entire day on Wednesday working on prepping photos and ordering prints [in.sane.]. Hopefully getting a fresh album and the Southern Weddings core kit will help me knock this thing out.

Currently sewing up a quilt! I was on a late night Michael’s run for another batch of yarn and I saw this cute little bundle of fabrics and impulse bought it. I cut all my triangles on Thursday and am working on getting the top all sewn up. Since it wasn’t a whole lot of fabric this is turning out to be a little baby blanket, but hey I think baby blankets are the way to go when it comes to starting a new craft [see: the majority of my knit blankets]. I have never made a quilt before and I’m just teaching myself as I go with youtube videos and tutorials. The internet is a magical place. Next it’s on to picking a backing and figuring out how to sew on binding…

Currently dreaming of another vacation with my favorites. Our mini-cation to the beach last weekend was so fantastic. Come on anniversary trip!

Currently figuring out life after the Whole30. We kind of screwed up our re-introduction phase while out of town and I’ve been avoiding grocery shopping so we’re eating up the non-compliant things we put away while on the W30. So now we’re thinking of doing another abbreviated round to get back on track and re-introduce properly. Our general thought is to continue with a Whole30/Paleo diet in our day-to-day and grocery shopping, and allowing room to choose what to eat when out to eat, at a gathering, or on special occasions. It’s just a little scary thinking about the fast-approaching holiday season and the abundance of food + gatherings.

Currently applying for jobs. This is probably the most stressful thing I’m currently up to. The application process alone is so draining and I get insanely nervous about things like this. Plus, my options are a little bit limited right now since we only have one working vehicle for the time being. Just trying to keep my eyes and ears open for opportunities and trust God to open the right doors and close the wrong ones.

Currently organizing and getting rid of things! This is so energizing. I read The Life-changing Magic of Tiding Up like everyone else on the internet and loved it. I have always loved organizing and re-arranging things but this book really taught me how to approach tiding in a way that makes a lasting change. It’s surprising how many things you can happily get rid of when your criterea is “does this spark joy?”


Brave Love Blogday 11: friday night
day 10: bucket list
day 9: dear me,
day 8: favorite season
day 7: blog name
day 6: style
day 5: itunes shuffle
day 4: passions
day 3: mood board
day 2: ideal day
day 1: introductions

blog-tember day 12 // currently…

twelve blankets one year // march update 

Welp, this (not so) little guy is coming along. Slowly but surely.

I started this blanket officially in March after ripping out multiple starts of different projects. I originally intended to knit up the equivalent of a very thin, very long scarf to use as a Christmas decoration but messed it up and didn’t like the direction it was going anyway so I scrapped it. Then I accidentally joined my three measly rows into a round and couldn’t figure out what had gone wrong and how to fix it. Needless to say, that start got ripped out too.

Once I finally cast on this current monster of over 200 stitches it was slow going. It was especially annoying to work on after working with thick yarns and needles that knit up quickly. I would just knit a few rows whenever I could bear it and then it would be time to start on the next month’s blanket. The past three weeks, however, have been different. I’ve been knitting up a storm! & I’ve already had to make two Michael’s runs to get the next batch of skeins.

As of today I’m not quite halfway done. My plan is to knit it into a queen sized blanket that can go on our bed during holiday season. It’s on the heavy side so I’m not sure it will get much use outside of the winter months. We’ll see.

I think this is the blanket I’m going to be most proud of when I finish. It will also most likely be fondly remembered as my 30 Rock/The Office blanket as I have been getting my money’s worth of Netflix on those two shows alone while knitting.

I have put so many hours into this crazy thing. I hope I don’t hate it at the end of it all…

twelve blankets one year // march update 

twelve blankets one year // july 

July’s blanket was finished off on the 31st! Right on time 😉

This blanket is the same “pattern” as June’s, four back-and-forth rows of two alternating colors. Knit with the same 10mm needles and Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn but this time in deep navy & cream. It is about a 2:1 ratio rectangle and the perfect size for snuggling up in once the weather cools down again.

On August 1st this striped blanket went to a very special baby shower as a gift. It is so fun to be able to hand make gifts for those you love.

After I finished July’s blanket I got back to work on March’s and made some progress! I’ve still got a ways to go but I’m back at it with this one and actually enjoying it again so that’s an improvement. Update with photos to come!

Thanks for following along!

twelve blankets one year // july 

twelve blankets one year // february

February’s blanket is extra special to me and is the first blanket I knit in the double-row stripe pattern. This is the blanket that gave me the idea for the twelve blankets one year project. I knit this blanket for Matthew’s very dear cousin who was experiencing a very tough pregnancy. Her sweet baby girl was born on my birthday over a month early and is now happy and healthy.

For this blanket I used Lion Brand Wool-ease Thick & Quick since in February it was the only yarn I’d worked with on a blanket. I chose charcoal and raspberry and think I may have converted myself to pink.

I don’t remember exactly but think I cast on 60 stitches. Using US size 10 needles, I knit two full back-and-forth rows of color, alternating until it was square and looked right. The final dimensions ended up very close to 3×3′ – what seems to have become my ideal baby blanket size. This blanket was a welcome change from the huge blanket I knit in January and I felt like I could actually wrangle this one back and forth during the knitting process.

In addition to being a baby blanket, I find this a perfect size for throwing over your legs while sitting on the couch. It is thick and squishy and warm. I totally love how the colors turned out and I will probably be making another just like it in the future.

After five months of having this gift packed in a mailer I finally sent it off. Note to self: mailing packages is not always the easiest thing for you to get done – please plan accordingly [or get your act together and just do it]. I love this blanket and being able to give it as a gift is so exciting and special.

twelve blankets one year // february