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Tra la la I have a new yarn obsession, and it is with Lion Brand Hometown USA in Cambridge Tweed. It’s a 100% acrylic yarn that is woven to be incredibly thick and chunky. I adore chunky yarns. They make life so much easier. 😛

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Anywho, the yarn is so super soft and I just love the peeps of color through the black. Maybe the obsession is more with the color scheme, rather than the yarn itself. I wish all yarns were like this with the color peeps. I just think it’s so cute and fun. fun fun fun 🙂

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I’ve decided to make a nice beanie for myself with this thick, chunky softness and so far is it going beautifully. I do need to get some different needles though. I like to think I’ve graduated from non-slick wooden needles to metal needles, perhaps? The wooden needles were excellent when I was a beginner because my stitches wouldn’t slip off and I was slow as molasses. Now, however, they’ve become a nightmare. My hands are so incredibly sore after a few rows from all the resistance of the yarn against the wood. 

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But I got it done! I finished the hat in a day and I love it!!!! I can’t wait to start wearing it. It’s so warm and quirky and amazing. 

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This yarn is definitely a good ole’ favorite. It also happened to be on sale at the time I bought it. EVEN BETTER. So there’s a good chance I’ll go back and get more….matching mittens perhaps? I just need to get my butt in gear and figure out how to knit mittens! Is it hard? I feel like it is. Good thing I’m up for a challenge!!!

Over and out 🙂

What I’m Listening To: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out–The Smiths

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So I’m not saying I started a 365 Granny blanket, but I’m not saying I didn’t either..

Okay so here’s the deal. I’m out of yarn for my strawberry patch blanket and I’m out of yarn for a few other projects as well. I do, however, need something to busy my hands. Sooo…I’m just going to be practicing different granny’s and MAYBE JUST MAYBE it’ll be done in a year, maybe less. And MAYBE I will turn them into a blanket..maybe 🙂 we’ll see 🙂

Here are a few I’ve been working on thus far.

Granny #1: your typical “sunburst granny” here. I got my pattern from

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Square #2: got it here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/245094404694319548/

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Square #3: Plan ole granny yall.

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Square #4: Daisy Granny: http://tillietulip.blogspot.ie/2012/06/adding-rounds-to-daisy.html

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Square #5: Sunny Day square from 50 fabulous crochet squares by Jean Leinhasuer and Rita Weiss. I did change a bit of the pattern. Instead of one single crochet on the last round inbetween the single crochet on the previous round I just did a sc in the tops of each stitch on top of it and made those two stitches into one. So I basically made a decrease of those two stitches because one looked two uneven. I know reading this it makes no sense but I don’t know how else to write it..so…that’s that.

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Square #6: Heart Square:  http://lilleystitches.blogspot.com/2011/01/heart-granny-square-pattern.html I changed this pattern a lot. The last two rounds are pretty different. It would take years to say what I did differently..and to be honest I’m not completely sure, but at the time it made sense. If you really want to know hit me up and I’ll tell ya. 🙂

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Square #7: http://www.craftywithkids.nl/2010/08/star-flower-granny-square.html I love this one! I added one more round just to make it a bit bigger.

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Love all the differentness! Makes me a happy happy camper!

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Yeeeeee so much grannying. I’ve learnt so far that different patterns, written by different people, are well..different. People have such different styles and different terms for things. The only universal crochet language are charts. I’m starting to like charts.

Have a grannyful rest of the week!

Song I’m Listening to at the moment: Man of Constant Sorrow by the Soggy Bottom Boys. Who else watched Brother, Where Art Thou on Friday night? WOOOP!

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So as I mentioned in my previous post, during the New York City Yarn Crawl 2013 a weekend ago, I won one of the ten raffle baskets! I can not express how happy I am. I went all the way to the Upper East Side to String to go retrieve the basket of amazingness and could barely carry the thing! It was full of so much happiness!!! I was elated the entire bus ride home. During the 40 minute trek I kept peeking over and admiring my cellophane-covered package. I was looking, but I didn’t want to look too hard. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise of all the goodies buried in the bottom.

The basket rode next to me on the bus. Got it’s own seat and all!

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Then I got home and admired it some more!!!

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After I laid all the treasure out it almost covered my whole bed!

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Here’s the list of all the goods:

1 skein of Erika Night Fur Wool

1 skein of Erika Night Maxi Wool w/ a free pattern

Therapeutic hand gloves from Handeze

2 balls of Classic Elite Yarns Woodland w/ a canvas tote and a free pattern book

1 ball of TSC Yarns Ripple w/ a free scarf pattern and sweater booklet

1 free Vogue Knitting Live lecture

1 skein of Swan Islands Pure Blends Collection organic merino w/ a free cowl pattern

1 skein of Erika Night Vintage Wool

3 balls Berroco Kodiak w/ a free pattern booklet

1 skein of Cascade Yarns Longwood merino

1 skein of Rowan Tweed Aran

2 skeins of Purl Soho Worsted Merino Twist

1 skein of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande

2 balls of Regia Extra Twist Merino

1 skein of Knit By Numbers Merino Double Knit

10 balls of Berroco Lodge Wool Mix

Knitters Pride size 2.5 60 cm circular knitting needles

Lantern Moon wooden size 15 knitting needles

Rowan Winter Warmers book

True Brit London Cowling pattern

Knit Scene magazine

Knit Simple magazine

Vogue Knitting magazine

Interweave Knits magazine

Interweave Crochet magazine

Regia Journal booklet

The Knitted Slipper Book by Katie Startzman

Comfort Knitting and Crochet Afghans book

Lantern Moon basket

The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes

WOAH.

I’m still hard at work on Christmas presents. I can’t put too much on here because I don’t want my family to see too much! But heres…a bit of color and sneaks.

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This weekend thus far (long weekend due to Columbus Day) has been a most relaxing and wonderful one. I’ve been doing a bit more packing, crocheting/knitting, and a titch of cooking. I went to a little farmer’s market nearby and bought my favorite apples, organic Honeycrisp, which are only in season for a couple months. There’s just nothing like coming home with a bag of local, in season, produce.

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It being Fall, I’ve been missing hearty, Southern, home cooking. I decided since I won’t have a wonderful huge kitchen for much longer I might as well go out with a bang and make one of my favorite foods ever. Brunswick Stew. Ohhh how it’s so yummy. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any North Carolina BBQ to put in it, but it was still super tasty.

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Sidenote, it isn’t a stew unless you can rest a spoon on top. Just saying.

Feeling the Halloween spirit I redid my fall wreath and made it super it spoooooky!

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My mom sent this lovely pumpkin apron to me. Hence, all the pictures of the apron-ry.

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Okay enough enough..I’ve got to get back to packing. Happy Columbus Day!

Hello ! Happy Tuesday. I got up early today before work JUST TO DO A NEW BLOG POST 😀 .

This weekend was such a fun and lovely one and I can’t wait to show you some goodies I got. This past weekend was the fifth annual New York City Yarn Crawl. There were 10 stores total participating. At each store you could enter and raffle to win one of ten AWESOME gift baskets filled to the brim  with goodies from sponsors such as Cascade and Rowan. AND GUESS WHO WON ONE?!!!!! MEEEEEEEEEE. I’m so flipping excited. I haven’t gotten my basket yet because the store I won at, String, is only open until 5:30 and I had to work yesterday and today until 5:30, so I am hoping that I can go get it tomorrow! I will show you all the fantasticness it contains! So happy!!!

I also got a few balls of yarn of course during the crawl….I probably shouldn’t have but they were on sale and I had a hard time saying no…

From School Products Yarn I got two balls of Karabella Aurora 8 Exrafine Merino Wool in this beautiful plummy magenta color.

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From Downtown Yarns on Avenue A I got two skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky Wool in this beautiful colors! I’m going to make hats out of this for Christmas presents.

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Luh-uve this green color!

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I’ve been adding hexies like crazy to my Strawberry Patch Blanket. The only problem is that I’m running low on yarn. I use Stylecraft and they don’t sell that here in the States so I have to order it online, which takes several weeks to come in 😦

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Working away in my fuzzy socks!

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I’m also moving! I’ve started to pack and I think I have more books than any other 20 year old I know. I sure do love looking at them all stacked up!

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I also have a TON  of mapbooks and street maps for other countries.

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The only ones missing are Milan, which my sister has, and Auckland, NZ which I’ve lost.

My boyfriend and I went on a romantic date this weekend. We always like to just pick a neighborhood and walk around, looking at menus until we find a place to eat. We were walking around the East Village when we just came up on the most amazing and cute Italian place. We even got the best table in the house.  We were literally on our own private little balcony on the most beautiful Autumn night. Such a great time.

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What I’m Listening To At The Moment: Midnight Rider, The Allman Brothers

Happy first day of October! I love this month. Why? Halloween is just around the corner, Thanksgiving will be here soon, and Christmas is swiftly approaching! A holiday a month for quite some time 🙂 My family is really into holidays. LIke..REALLY into holiday frest

Every year I aspire to make all my Christmas gifts, but always end up running out of time. I either get super stressed and crochet like hell or I end up abandoning the goods and buying gifts AFTER I’ve already purchased the yarn. This year will be different! I’ve already started making Christmas presents. This past week it’s all I’ve been doing..well I’ve been working on my strawberry patch blanket, working, and apartment hunting.

Here are a few of the presents I’ve been working on. The holiday season is upon us tra la la laaaaa.

I’ve started making a few organic cotton washcloths for everyone in the family. They’re incredibly fast to work up and feel so luxurious on your skin. I figure I can do bundles of three in lots of cute colors. These are simple single crochet washcloths. I find it takes to long to make “pretty” patterened washcloths. And these are pretty and they are so simple.

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Last week I made the trek up to Michaels and bought a TON of cotton. I got this huge skein of Lily’s Sugar n Cream so I can make market bags for the ladies in the family.  It’s not quite done yet, but I’m loving how it’s looking so far.

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Here’s a wonderful wool hat I made that’s for one of the fella’s in the family will get. I love the color so much. It’s a really great green colored wool with yellow and blue in it if you look close.

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You can see the color a bit better here. I asked my wonderful guy to model the hat for me, but he was having lots of allergy issues. So…he refused to let me take a picture of his face because he was all sniffly and snotty. Hence, the back of his head.

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He’s gonna tickle me in my sleep for this one. But I love this picture for some reason. 🙂

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I found a bit of time to connect a few patches to my Strawberry Patch blanket. I LUHHHVE THIS BLANKET! It is so beautiful. EEP. The only problem is that I’m running out of yarn, fast. It’s Stylecraft yarn so I can only order it online and it not only takes about 2 weeks to get here, but the site I order from is always sold out! Grrrr.

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Snuggley, girly, cutey, goodness!!!!

Here are some pictures of my wonky fall hat, modeled by my roomie Katie.

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I love the pom pom on this hat!! It’s so cute. The yarn is Cascade Alpaca in Arctic. This yarn is incredibly soft, warm, and light weight. I will definitely be wearing this hat everyday during winter.

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For the ribbing I did knit 2, purl 2. The rest of the hat was knitted on circulars, so it made stockinette stitch. Whenever I thought it was long enough I started doing decreases. The fact that I never follow a pattern or I always stray is going to come back to bite me in the butt…I can just feel it. Ha…oh well.

So much some being worked up!!! I’ll keep more coming up. 🙂 Merry October.