Wednesday, March 9, 2016

1 F.O and Endless W.I.Ps

I can't believe February flew by so fast!  Luckily I got my Walking Dead/Valentines Day socks finished before February! I have been really enjoying this season of The Walking Dead so far!  Lately I have been working on a new pair of socks, a shawl, and the new Flidais Stole which is a Knit Picks pattern that I am really liking so far! I also got some new yearn from my LYS.  I got some new sock yarn to join in on the Pinfeathers and Purls Stripey Sock KAL.  I'm going to be making these socks for my mom!  They also had some sale yarn so I got some super soft thick yarn for two hat patterns I've had in mind and have been wanting to knit.

I also started cutting my fabric for my new David Bowie themed Donuts Quilt!  I just got my Backing Fabric in the mail and I am so excited to start cutting and sewing!  I have never pre-washed my fabric but this time I am going to try, especially since my backing fabric is black and I do not want it to bleed once I wash my quilt later when it is all finished.  This quilt is inspired by my favorite David Bowie song!  If you have any guesses on which one it might be feel free to leave a comment!

Yesterday we also introduced a new kitty to our family!  We named him Watson!  Since our other cat is named Sherlock we thought Watson would be a good name for this new cat!  So far he has been living in my room until Sherlock gets used to his scent and then we will introduce them to each other! Watson is such a love!  He likes to cuddle!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When You Play the Game of Socks!

When it comes to sock knitting there is nothing I love more then to have perfectly matched socks, and this pair is perfect!  Yarn is by Nomadic Yarns in the When You Play the Game of Thrones colorway!  I originally worked on the first sock during the last season, and planned to work on the second one when the new season came out.  However I went on this kick of finishing all WIPs and using up all my yarn so I decided to finish them.  This was my first time working with Nomadic Yarns and I love this yarn!  The stripes matched perfectly all the way down to the bind off being red on the front of the sock and green on the back!  They are super cozy and make my feet very happy! The colors are perfect and captures almost every color of all of the houses in the series! The perfect fangirl socks! 

Most people when sock knitting have second sock syndrome, where they fly by knitting the first sock and procrastinate on the second.  I have the opposite problem.  I have first sock syndrome! The first sock normally takes me forever to knit (this first sock took me almost a year) while the second sock flies off the needles (the second sock took me about two and a half weeks).  It has been this way for all of the socks I have knit so far.  I think it is because I get so excited that I just have one more sock to knit and then the pair will be finished! 

School started and amidst all of the the work I have been enjoying some personal indulgences!  Some of my favorite things this week have been:
  • Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series!  I normally get into a kick watching this series around Christmas time and then it dies down until the next Christmas season (there is nothing more relaxing then snuggling up in a blanket with a cup of tea and figuring out a mystery).  However, this time around my obsession has been continuing all the way into February! 
  • Drinking tea out of fancy tea cups! Perhaps it has been the murder mysteries getting to me, but I feel like I'm a part of a different time in history when I hear the clink of my teacup hitting the saucer! 
  • Harry Potter!  As I mentioned in a previous post I have been re-reading the series for the billionth time! Almost done with the Goblet of Fire!
  • Planner and time organizing! I literally plan out my whole day into my planner, right down to when I have to do laundry!  I think it keeps me sane between working and school! And there is a great feel of satisfaction when I cross something off the list of things to do! 
I hope everyone is finding the time this week to do something you love!  We all need to pamper ourselves once in a while because we deserve it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Star Scraps

First F.O of 2016 is my Star Scrap blanket!  As primarily a knitter, I find it hard to follow crochet patterns but I used The Crochet Crowd pattern for this star blanket!  The Crochet Crowd has wonderful videos and I always use the videos as reference when I work on crochet projects.  This year, as I mentioned previously in a post, I would like to really use up what I have.  For this project I had a lot of scrap wool so I decided to make a lap blanket.  At first I was not to thrilled with the colors but in the end I liked how it turned out!  I started the blanket after Christmas, so it was fairly fast to make!

This past weekend we had a giant blizzard!  On Friday I ended up going to my LYS and picked up some new sock needles and some sock yarn (despite my goal to use up stash).  Normally I knit socks on size US2 needles but I want my stitched to be a bit tighter so I ended up getting a size US1 and I like it so far!  I am using some stash yarn by Mode Knit Yarn in their Michonne color way that they came out with for The Walking Dead about a year and a half ago.  The pattern I am using is out of the Socks From the Toe Up book by Wendy D. Johnson (my sock knitting bible) called Dead Simple Lace Socks (to keep with The Walking Dead theme).  The new season comes out on February 14th so they are also doubling as my Valentines Day socks!

I also picked up a skein of Regia yarn when I got my needles and OH MY! I love it!  I have only knit the toe so far because I want to focus on my WalkingDead/Valentines Day socks, but what I have knit so far I love.  This is my first time working with Regia yarn and I am loving the patterning as well as the feel of the yarn.  Normally I wear socks under my hand knit socks, but I do not mind the feel of this yarn on my bare feet.  Only problem with it, is the cashier from the store never put the tag of the yarn in the bag.  Oh well!  

I hope everyone is enjoying the snow!  School started up again for me and I am super excited to have school come to a close soon! I graduate in the fall so I would really like to start keeping up with the blog more and posting more recipes and knitting related things!  We will see how much tine I have during the semester! For now until the semester really gets intense I will be continuing on with my yearly Harry Potter re-readathon! I find these books are the easiest to read while knitting because I have read them so many times that they actually lay flat!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Anisette Liquor Icing

There are two types of cookies I love to make during the holidays and one is Anisette cookies! They do take a while to make due to freezing of the dough, but the best part about them can be added to any cookie recipe and that is the Anisette liquor icing!  This recipe may seem like it makes a lot of icing, but most of the icing falls off the cookies before it drys so you only end up really using half of the recipe.  We always had fun after the cookies were dry dipping our fingers in the leftover icing and sprinkles! I recommend making one batch of icing instead of doubling up the recipe if you make a double batch of cookies.  You can always make more icing later, or you can try to reuse the leftover icing that ran off the cookies if you put parchment paper under the cookie rack! 

Anisette Liquor Icing
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3/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar/Confectioners Sugar
2 Tbs Water
1 tsp Anisette Liquor

Mix all ingredients together until smooth (I like to use a whisk).  You can either spoon some icing onto each cookie, or to eliminate waste of icing you can also brush it onto each cookie with a pastry brush. Add sprinkles to cookie immediately after adding the icing and let dry.  The icing will dry almost clear.

*You can also add about 1tsp of the Anisette liquor to your cookie batter!


Tonight we are making homemade applesauce!  I'm super excited! Perhaps I'll post that recipe next!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Crafting Update

I've done more crafting in the past few days now that school is over then I did all semester, and it feels so nice! Over the next few weeks I would love to focus on WIPs that really have been in the works for way too long, and its quite a lot!  I have a shawl on the needles, socks in progress, a crochet blanket with yarn literally everywhere, legwarmers on dpns, three cross stitch projects, a quilt that needs to be quilted, and another quilt in the works! And to add more fuel to the fire I just purchased two new quilt patterns by Johanna Masko from The Workroom (Donut Quilt and Modblocks).

I would love to finish up my Game of Thrones Socks and my Legwarmers by the time spring semester rolls around, but I would also like to continue to work on some other WIPS as well.  I have a few books I would like to read and my mother and I have been interested in trying a new craft, Putz House Making(under our tree we have a little cardboard stereotype).  All in due time!

Over the semester I did manage to finish reading The Fellowship of the Ring and I finished knitting an infinity scarf (just simple garter stitch).

Over the past few days I have been focusing on continuing making my Christmas Quilt from last year and on my Beauty and the Beast cross stitch.  I'm loving my cross stitch so far and I'm sure I will love it even more once I put the backstitching into it, but my quilt is a totally different story.  I am still a fairly new quilter and my piecing is looking very very bad.  Through this Christmas Quilt I have learned that I am a craft perfectionist.  I want to know that I did the best that I could on my quilt and right now the corners are not matching up, my measurements are off, I have even trimmed off spots to make everything fit and it is not sitting well with me.  So I think I need more practice before I move onto a quilt with this much piecing.  I'm very excited for my two new quilt patterns to come in the mail because I think they will be easy enough for me to practice on and I love looking through finished products on Instagram!  I have plans for a Christmas Donut quilt in place of the one I am working on as well as a Space Donut Quilt ( I found super awesome constellation backing fabric that I love)  In the meantime I think I will tink back and start ripping seams in my other quilt and cutting down fabric.  I can use the fabric for something else!

We are getting ready for Christmas over at our house!  I started baking some cookies and I am almost done with my Christmas shopping!  I hope everyone enjoys the holidays!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

F.O Quilt Top

I feel like I have done nothing but sew this whole week, which is completely okay! I felt like this was the first week in a very long time where I was able to sit and put in the hours on something that I really wanted to work on.  I've had the squares for this quilt cut for a few months now (since about November) and I finally went out and got backing fabric and started sewing! 

Maybe it is because I haven't sewn in a while, or maybe it's because I used scrap fabrics that were not made of the same materials (some were 100% cotton, others were not) but throughout this project I did have a problem with some of the dimensions being a bit off when I tried piecing everything together.  I would really like to try to work on making my dimensions and cuts more precise.  I also would have liked the outer boarder to bit a bit wider, but I ran out of fabric.  This quilt is quite big already so I am okay with it being a bit smaller now.  

There are some duplicate fabric circles in the quilt and I wanted it to look a bit random so I just made sure that all of the duplicates were not directly next to each other.  In the end I really like how it came out!  Now I just have to pick some backing fabric and start quilting, but I think that will be on the back-burner for a while!  For now I will be just dreaming about the day when I can snuggle up and knit under this quilt!

I will be going to Otakon at the end of the month which is super exciting!  I went about two years ago with my friends and I had a great time!  I'm more into video games then anime but I still enjoyed going.  My favorite part of the weekend is seeing what crazy costumes people come up with!  As a crafter I am always amazed at what people can make! I really enjoy seeing the elaborate costumes and I always tell myself that I want to learn to sew garments.  I am working on a Final Fantasy costume for myself that I will be doing with my friend so I need to work on getting that done! I'm taking my time with it mainly because I have no idea what I'm doing.  However, she has been helping me when I have questions so hopefully it will turn out good! Two years ago we did a Sakizou costume which was really intense but luckily her mom helped us with a lot of it!  I would love to do one again one year when I learn more about sewing.

You can find my friend Deanna's Cosplay Page Here

Hope everyone has a good week!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sewing Central!

I've been super excited about my new sewing space!  This morning my dad and I put up my thread holder on the wall and I started sewing away!  I acquired two of my grandmother's sewing machines (one is in the sewing desk and the other on the floor) and I am super excited to learn how to use them, but for now I am using my mother's old sewing machine which I have always used and is the one that comes naturally to me.  So this little space is holding three sewing machines!  

I have a lamp from my Grandpa, a mason jar filled with buttons, an old vintage Disney tin which holds bobbins and a seam ripper, and my little Tokidoki Cactus Cat on the windowsill to keep me company! I wanted to keep the space simple and clean so I can have an easy time sewing.  I'm sure I will add things and change things in the future but for now it is perfect! 

I have been working on quite a few things this summer so far!  I've been wanting to make a cover for my tablet which is the patchwork with the little porcupine on it!  I have also been working on free quilt pattern I found on Pintrest (but for some reason failed to pin so I have no idea where it is) and I have been really enjoying it!  It is leaving me with tons of triangle scraps so I have been brainstorming some ideas that I can use them for.  I am thinking of doing some more scrap quilts with them or maybe try to do some patchwork bags or cup mats for my Etsy Shop.  I also would like to create some notion pouches and Nintendo DS cases for the shop, but these are all just a few ideas!  For now I am happy to have a permanent place where I can go and be creative and sew!