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Well it is the last day of the weekend, and once again I feel as if it has eluded me. I still have a long list of things I wish I had gotten done, but oh well. I’m going to enjoy my last remaining hours of weekendery with some crochet and napping. (HA!)

I worked a ton on my Strawberry Patch blanket the past few days and the progress has me incredibly excited! I even went to a knitting group meeting called the Park Slope Knitting Circle (where they also welcome crocheters) and worked up so many circles. I decided to do Β a bunch of circles and then attach them all at the same time and not have to concentrate on color combinations too much.Β 

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I love seeing all the colors together! EEEP. Makes my girly heart sing.

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Here’s the progress I’ve made so far..which isn’t very much. Since my hiatus from crocheting due to knitting and fashion week and just straight up having little to no time for fiber arts, there isn’t much to show. After I connect all 40 of my circles it’ll be easy breezy from there.

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I also bought a wonderful little sugar pumpkin at the Union Square Farmer’s Market to make a pumpkin pie, but then I checked my bank account and realized I was running a tad low in funds and couldn’t really afford to get the rest of the ingredients..whoops. Hopefully the pumpkin pie will come soon!!! Until then it sure does look cute in the window πŸ™‚

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And look at these lovely flowers my roommate got us for the apartment!!!!

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Can’t wait to show you all more progress!!!!! πŸ™‚ Enjoy the week.

Hello all! Lately I have been so deep within the world of knitting that I haven’t done ANY crochet. I know..crazy. But I was flat out determined to learn how to knit. I’m not done with my wonky scarf yet, but I have finished my matching hat. I don’t have any pictures of the final project yet, but it’s a comin!

Yesterday I actually got around to working on my Strawberry Patch blanket again. It’s so wonderful working with bright happy colors again.

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The weather has been insanely beautiful as of late, so the last week or two I’ve been into lots of outdoor knitting. Luckily I live in sortof an apartment complex-type thing here in the city, so we have a huuuuge lawn to frolick on. What does that mean? It means I drag my boyfriend outside to sit on wet grass (that he’s allergic to by the way), in the hot sun, to lay uncomfortably on a gross blanket we found. AND I LOVE IT! a;ldkfja;ldf so much happiness!

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Swooon, my guy on a picnic blanket, studying. This is what’s sexy people, not swag. Just saying.

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This was my first attempt at knitting on circular needles, or rather just trying to make anything other than a scarf. I feel like circulars are so intimidating, and double pointed needles are even more so! AHHH. But luckily I’ve managed. Can’t wait to show my finished wonky hat. πŸ™‚

The light was so wonderful as the sun was setting. Being here in the city, the thing I miss the most about home (besides my loved ones of course) is the splendid display of nature that was always around me. Little moments, such as this one, make my days a little brighter.

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Here’s the hat a bit more knit up. I didn’t really follow a pattern. I honestly just started going. I did a few rows of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing and then did the knit stitch from there, which happens to translate to stocknitte stitch in the round, and then I did about 6-7 rows of decrease.

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I absolutely adore stocknitte stitch. I wish it wasn’t so finicky though.

Tis the season so I’ve done some baking as well. In honor of my dearest Autumn, I made some pumpkin spice rice crispies.

Here’s the recipe I adapted mine from:

http://lifesprinkledwithglitter.blogspot.com/2012/10/pumpkin-spice-rice-krispy-treats.html

I’ve seen a billion and one recipes for these, and in the comment section people always say they’re soggy. So using that info I made some alterations. HOWEVER, I did make a first batch that turned out awful and soggy. Why? Because I didn’t read the ingredients properly and added an entire can of pumpkin instead of a 1/4 of a cup. With making the first batch I found the pumpkin literally soaked up all the marshmallowy goodness. Also I didn’t think it had enough “spice”. With my second batch I followed the directions and used 1/4 of a cup “dried up” pumpkin. I also added half a bag more of marshmallow. I don’t think anyone would complain that their rice crispies had too much marshmallow. I also just added more of the spices. I can’t give exact amounts because I just eyeballed it. If the recipe says a tsp then I probably added half a tsp more, just to give an idea.And guess what? They turned out amazing!!

I took them to my bookers at my agency since they always hear of my baking and have never recieved anything. Not cool. Here they are all bagged up, all cute ready to go!

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I’d say it’s been pretty productive around here lately. Sometimes I get a bit discouraged when I see instagrams or blogs of crocheters/knitters and they literally crank out blankets in a day or two or make 5 hats in one day. I wish I could sit down for 3 hours and do that, but I just have to get outside and move around. I love fiber arts, but I guess my attention span just isn’t that great. But I shall not get down, and I shall carry on with my fiber arts!!! πŸ™‚

Have a great week πŸ˜€

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What I’m listening to: One Direction..I saw the movie and now I’m obsessed with their upbeat love-filled pop songs.

Good Saturday everyone and Happy Yom Kippur to all those Jewish folks out there! You know what I’ve noticed lately? The air is a bit more crisp, the leaves a bit more orange, the mood a bit more excitable..why? BECAUSE IT’S FALLLLLLL! I love Autumn. It is by far my most beloved season. I just want to wear sweaters and scarves and mitts, go to high school football games, and drink apple cider until the sun comes up.

Here in the city I feel as though we get quite cheated out of Fall. At home in NC we get a good solid two months. Everyday is perfect weather. Sunny with a brisk wind. Warm during the day and snuggle weather at night. Here we get maybe two weeks. It’s fallish for a couple days then hot as hell, then fallish another day, then the next week it’s arctic tundra. Once it’s winter here, it’s winter for good.

To celebrate my favorite time of the year I wanted to do some decorating. I always get incredibly jealous of people who get to decorate their porches with pumpkins, marigolds, and hay bales. Here..I have…a door…in a hallway..I don’t even have a balcony! So I perused the holiday aisles in Michaels searching for something festive to put on our door. I’d also just like to mention that since February we’ve had a Valentines Day wreath on our door. It was time for a change, and what better than during the season of transformation!!! Back to Michaels.. most of the holiday decor was a bit..gaudy. I didn’t want to make our door look like Thanksgiving threw up and aimed straight at our apartment. I also didn’t want to spend more than $10.

So I bought a little grapevine wreath for $4.99. I knew I had lots of ribbon and yarn at home so I took advantage of that. I also wanted to make this wreath holiday/season interchangeable. So here’s the finished product.

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ SOOOOO HAPPY!

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I used red orange and brown yarn, red and orange ribbon, and twine. I just tied them on in a simple knot and I made a cute bow out of the twine. It’s simple and easy, cheap and can be easily changed for any season or holiday.

Here’s what it looks like hung up. I had to take the picture inside my kitchen because we have an extremely ugly door and it’s very bad lighting…not that this is much better πŸ˜›

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I love all the cute details of this wreath. The vine curly q’s, the different textures of the ribbons, yarns, and twine. It’s just soooo cute πŸ™‚

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Here is an ode to Autumn, North Carolina, and my amazing sister.

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I miss home so much 😦

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What I’m Listening to: 22, Taylor Swift. This song always gets me in a fantastic dancy mood πŸ™‚ Tra la laaaaaa.

Oh my lordy, I have been totally MIA as of late, but hey, it was Fashion Week. I’ve been busy out the wazoo with shows and what not, so to be totally honest, not much crocheting or knitting or baking has been going on. Whenever I can I’ve been knitting up my wonky scarf. I knit backstage at shows, on the subway, and whenever I can find a peaceful moment of knitty serenity. I’m hoping to have it done in a week so I can wear it in the crisp New York fall.

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Here I am knitting backstage at Custo Barcelona.

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Wonky and wonderful πŸ™‚

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And here’s a better look at my lovely, soft and squishy yarn I’m using !!

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Today I was near my old neighborhood, so I decided to go to Michael’s and get some knitting/crocheting supplies because it’s a bit out of the way for me to normally go. Coincidentally, I had a 15% off coupon too. Happy and eager, I walked in and discovered they had renovated the entire store and broadened the ENTIRE yarn goods section. Holy bananas I was sooooo excited! Maybe I went a little crazy.. I came home with treasures galore!!!

I got four skeins of Red Heart Shimmer, which is incredibly soft and has a really nice shimmer in it, that doesn’t look tacky. I want to use it for some cutie mittens or maybe a hat.

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I got two skeins of Caron Simply Soft in this really pretty shiny grey.

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And I also got it in this pretty rose color. It’s all acrylic yarn, which some people hate on, but it’s soft and way easier to wash and take care of. Not to mention it’s cheap. So hates, be gone!

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To top off the yarn I got a ball of Sugar n Cream cotton yarn in a lovely lavender color, which I hope to turn into some washcloths or maybe a potholder.

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I got some supplies also. I got some size ten double sided needles and some circulars. And I bought two of my favorite hooks–the Crochet Dude hooks with handles on them. I know there are lots of brands that have hooks with nice cushiony handles, however, I use Boye hooks and these have the same heads as those. I can’t use Clover or Bates..I just can’t crochet with them.

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Finally, I got two smaller blocking mats. I was in dire need and could no longer use my ironing board.

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I’m pretty sure I’m now done with shows, so I can finally be on a more consistent blogging and fiber arts schedule!! Happy week everyone πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

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What I’m Listening To: The Black Keys, Brothers

Happy Humpday everyone! The week has been quite exciting, but not in the best of ways. Unfortunately, on the way out to a party, I quite absent-mindedly left my keys in my apartment (which I NEVER do). I am a subleaser and not on the “official” lease to my apartment, which is owned by a huge real estate company here in the city, so they will not let me back into my apartment. Well Victoria, call a locksmith. Well the locks and keys to my building are specially made and pretty much “unpickable”. So I am stranded. I’ve been staying with my boyfriend for the past 4 days and it is of course, right slam in the middle of fashion week castings. I bought some cheap clothes and undies to hold me over…so…here I am…

Want to hear some good news?! I have re-taken up knitting. When I was new to fiber arts I originally started with knitting. I enjoyed it, but the tension thing threw me off and I couldn’t do ribbing, so being the person who quits something when they are not immediately the best at it, I quit. I switched to crochet, loved it, made myself learn how to do it, got good at it, and now I’m back to knitting and more determined than EVER!Β 

Because my apartment was not accessible and I was sans yarn I went to Purl Soho, which is a lovely yarn/fabric shop in Soho. I got some needles and some amazing yarn I have been eyeing for the longest time. It’s Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in Arctic. My camera is also in my apartment so please excuse the iPhone photos πŸ™‚

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I decided to make a scarf of it since Autumn is swiftly approaching. I did 5 knit stitches one each side of the stocknitte stitch to flatten it out. My scarf is all wonky and the tension is off but I don’t care. I love it. Β It adds character.Β 

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Speaking of Fall…IT IS ALMOST HERE!!! Autumn is my favorite season and I can already feel the crisp air a’ comin. To celebrate Almost Fall I got a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Another sign my favorite season is almost upon us!

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I have been thoroughly enjoying making my wonky scarf. Knitting does allow a nice break for my wrists, which go through a bit of hell with crocheting. I’m very excited about knitting possibilities!Β 

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I also made a carrot cake recently that turned out disastrously. More on that later. πŸ™‚

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