Sunday, December 23, 2012

weekly wrap-up // Christmas





this week i have been...

listening to...Christmas music

crafting...legwarmers...scarves


reading...moby dick...wives and daughters...a tree grows in brooklyn

enjoying...caroling...seeing snow {unfortunately, it rained for two days after we got snow}...finally starting Christmas vacation...wrapping gifts...anticipating Christmas...music...peppermint bark...

what have you done this week?

p.s. huge giveaway for a camera, kitchen aid mixer, and ipad mini here.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

feather and fan cowl pattern




feather and fan cowl

supplies: size 11 needles
              leftovers of yarn; the amount depends on how long you make the cowl and how big you stripes are.

          for this part, i will tell you what i did, but you could make different sized stripes and a longer 
          knitted piece to make a scarf or a longer cowl. 

gauge: 
     not important

abbreviations:
     k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
     yo: yarn over
     ssk: slip slip knit

feather and fan stitch pattern:
     Row 1: [k2tog] 3 times, [yo, knit 1] 5 times, yo, [ssk] 3 times
     Row 2: purl across

instructions:
cast on 17 stitches. 
work feather and fan pattern, changing colors when desired {i changed colors every 6 rows}, for as long as desired. 
bind off loosely.
sew ends together.

my color pattern: white for 6 rows, green for 6 rows, blue for 6 rows, purple for 12 rows, blue for 6 rows, green for 6 rows, white for 6 rows.

enjoy your cowl!





Tuesday, December 18, 2012

calm, quiet, and i




at last,
calm, quiet, and i are able to meet.
we sit down together
with tea, knitting, and a good book.
i am oh, so glad
that they were able to stop by.
i do hope they will be able
to stay for a while.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

weekly wrap-up // Christmas movies




this week i have been...

enjoying // a little bit of snow // flannel // bokeh // Christmas movies // caroling // yarn //

reading // moby-dick // wives and daughters // a tree grows in brooklyn //

watching // it's a wonderful life // white Christmas // inception //

inspired by // traditions // here and there //

overall, this week has been hectic but with a little bit of calm thrown in. our church Christmas program/play is tonight. i am praying that it will be meaningful and enjoyable to those who attend.

what have you done this week?




Monday, December 10, 2012

stressful and cheerful




stressful things
lack of sleep
long days
busyness
messes
homework
failure

cheerful things
Christmas music
pretty lights
tea
good books
completing goals
pretty skirts
bookstores
laughter
volkswagen microbuses
bokeh

thankfully my cheerful list today is longer than my stressful list.

what are some things that stress you out or make you happy?



Sunday, December 9, 2012

weekly wrap-up

this week i have been...

crafting // hats // mittens //


reading // moby-dick // rose in bloom // wives and daughters //

listening to // all of michael buble's christmas album // christmas music //

enjoying // the christmas season // birthday parties // sock buns // rings // fuzzy socks // lots of tea // salsa //

pinning //

i like this
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There's always time for a cup of coffee and a friend.
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snow falling
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mint
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♥ snow
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Big Ben
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what have you done this week?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

what i wore // flannel



flannel jacket // birthday gift
blue shirt // kohl's
skirt // burlington coat factory

today was a nice, relaxing day. i had time to do my homework, take some photos outside, play a little bit of cello, and perform in a chorus concert. what did you do today?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

handmade Christmas gift ideas

since Christmas is quickly approaching, i am working on finishing up everyone's Christmas gifts. i make gifts for all of my family {10 people, besides me} and some of my friends. this year, i started knitting back in september. i think it's my best year yet for planning ahead. even with planning it all out, i still have a few people to craft for. here are a few projects that look like great last-minute gifts; i hope they help you, too!

Gift Tags made from Christmas cards
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Christmas tags from old Christmas cards.

DIY: mini notebook from cereal box
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i have actually made one of these, and it took hardly any time at all!

handmade envelopes + doilies+ {decorated} clothespins + baker's twine = a cute "inspiration" wire where one can place their letters in!
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maybe i could put little letters in each envelope...

the perfect bookmark
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D.I.Y. Pot Holders
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Boot cuffs!!
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Bulky hat by Eveli Kaur - free
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if you are looking for more inspiration for a handmade Christmas, be sure to visit this post by the lovely miss grace.

what about you? do any of you plan on crafting Christmas gifts this year?

Monday, December 3, 2012

how did december get here so quickly?

snow.
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how did december get here so quickly? 
i love the month and all that it brings, but i love other months, too. it seems like just yesterday that snowbanks were melting; spring flowers bloomed at alarming rates; summer passed by in a blur; fall was here and gone before i could blink. and now we are ready to start a new cycle of seasons. christmas is just around the corner. 2013 is approaching with lightning-fast speed, reminding me of what i have or have not done as well as what i hope to do.
craziness.