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2013 in Review

Hello, 2014! This past year has been such a crazy, busy, educational one that I hardly know where to start with my summary. A year ago this month I decided to go back to school. This was a tough decision; my husband is currently a full-time student, and I work full-time.  After much thought though, we realized that we can handle it financially, and tax-wise it was most beneficial for me to do it now. To date I have completed 19 graduate level credits, and am almost halfway through my program, while still working full-time (much of the time out in the field). 

This year we really tried to buckle down on following a budget. It was definitely rough with me travelling so much for work, but we are figuring out where our downfalls are. In an effort to try and save as much of our CSA produce as possible, I decided to learn how to can. With only being home on weekends, food wasn’t getting eaten before it was going bad. This was a great way to keep money from going to waste, and it’s giving us delicious fruits well into winter!

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I also decided that this was a great time to start a side business! My timing is, to say the least, awful. There has been so much going on that some days I feel so overwhelmed I could cry, but it has been worth it. I’ve gone from making bags and hoping people will notice them, to having a fully stocked website, an active facebook page, a presence in local craft shows, and the latest achievement- bags for sale in our new local yarn store! This has not been an easy road and there are still many challenges ahead, but I am sure I can handle it.

Knitting has been slow this year. With all this chaos, knitting has sadly fallen by they wayside. Even so, there have been a few finished projects this year! Below is a gallery of my 2013 FO’s.

Ok, so technically the Opulant Raglan is currently blocking and still needs ends woven in, but the knitting was finished before the year ends, so I am counting it. 

I will be casting on my annual New Year’s Cast-on-along project here soon. My goals for this year are varied; can more, stress less, knit more, run more. We’ve already decided on doing two sprint triathalons this year, and I cannot wait!

Do you make resolutions, or set goals instead? Or do you just ignore all of that, and just plan on enjoying everything 2014 sends your way?

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This and That

I have been travelling for my full-time job almost non stop lately, home only long enough to attend my graduate classes two evenings a week. This means that little crafting or blogging has been completed recently, so today will be random things I forgot to blog about earlier in the year.

Rhinebeck Haul

This is my haul from Rhinebeck this year, minus the amazing cheese and pesto I bought. Those are already gone.  Starting from the upper left: BFL naturally dyed from Spencer Hill Spinning and Dyeing. She only uses natural dyes for all of her products, and gets amazing colors from them.

Next is 4oz of baby mohair/wool from Steam Valley Fiber. The White skein is also from them; it’s a mohair/wool blend dk weight yarn.

Next are two skeins of sock yarn from Spencer Hill (can you tell where I spent all of my money?) in indigo/lac and indigo. Then two miniskeins of sock yarn from Miss Babs for some colorwork mittens I am planning. Finally, 8oz of CVM/Silk from Carolina Homespun. It is like touching a cloud. I LOVE it.

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This was my big birthday present from my parents- an antique yarn blocker! It is fully functioning, and makes a popping noise after approximately 80 rotations (I need to count again, it’s hard to keep track). Some of the spokes are chipped, but they will still hold yarn!

 

 

 

 

 

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This Book was a present for my inlaws. I cannot wait to start making some of the projects in it. The Penguin and Alligator specifically look like so much fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 I posted back here about spinning up some pink corriedale in fauxlags. This hat is the result of that yarn. It used about 2/3 of the skein (125yds). It is so warm and squishy, I love it! I didn’t want to take it off once I finished it. This hat only took about 3 days of intermittent knitting.

 

 

 

 

 

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And finally! Yesterday we went to Afternoon Tea at the Jefferson Hotel to celebrate my cousin’s 16th birthday. This was the fanciest tea I have ever been to. Absolutely gorgeous, amazing foods and delicious teas. Such a great experience. And probably the only time I’ll be able to set foot in a hotel that swanky. ;)

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Sewing Sunday

It has been two months since I last blogged. I keep promising I will do it more often, then life goes crazy on me. It’s been a hectic last few weeks, here. I just registered for graduate classes, starting in the Spring. Christmas crafting and preparations are in full swing, and I have been baking and cooking up a storm to make sure we get full use of our CSA boxes.

I have decided that having a specific topic to blog about, might make me blog more frequently. A lot of craft bloggers have days such as “Work in Progress Wednesay” “Finished Object Friday,” etc. Today will be Sewing Sunday! 

My first finished sewing item of the last few weeks: my new yoga bag!

 

I bought some neon paisley fabric at JoAnn fabrics for half price. This project took literally 2 hours from start to finish, including washing. It was really quick and easy to do, and I have a completely unique bag whenever I go to class now!

I will post a tutorial on how to make this tomorrow. The materials cost me approximately $7, including the drawstring and clip, and ribbon for the strap. 

 

 

 

My second sewing project I will share this week wasn’t fully sewing. I knit an earflap hat for my stepdaughter, but the flaps kept curling up, and wool can feel pretty scratchy to a 5 year old. So I bought some clearance remnant fleece and sewed it in! I think it’s pretty darn cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is it for today! Tomorrow will be a yoga mat bag blog. Wednesday I will show you all my current works in progress, both sewing and knitting. Friday will be knitting finished items, and Sundays will now be sewing finished items! 

 

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Time Flies

I am so behind on updating this thing, it isn’t even funny. Life has just been hectic lately, and keeping up with everything is just impossible. I will try and recap all that has been going on in my knitting life though.

The Mechanicsburg Knitting Group is doing well- we have new people joining every month, and they are all such great women. I look forward to those weekly get togethers! I am worried we may need to relocate though- we are currently meeting at a Panera, but if the group gets too much larger, I am afraid we may cause a bit of a disturbance. I can’t really think of anyplace else that would work for these meetings though. There aren’t a lot of places that like people sitting around for a few hours socializing (even though almost all of us at least buy a drink there).

Project-wise, I finished the Log Cabin socks, and they are now waiting to be mailed out. I cast on the Riding to Avalon sweater, and am about 6″ into it. It is going well, and the Malabrigo silky merino is a good yarn for it- not too thick or heavy.

The Cardigan for Arwen is coming along too. The right side is now over halfway done, with half the sleeve knit. I just needed to finish the sleeve, and do the hood. It will be so nice to finish this after over a year!

Finally, the current project of Pride. The Marine Boy is a huge Ohio State fan (whereas my family is all die-hard Penn State fans) and wanted an Ohio State hat. Now first of all, going into any yarn store in central PA to buy scarlet and grey yarn? HA. But, I did (although the colors are off a bit. I showed him!) and I knit him the O-H-I-O hat pattern from Tuscan Grove. I added one repeat going around, since he has a bit of a large head, and because it was my first attempt at colorwork and I knew it was going to be knit pretty tight. I finished it in just 10 days (pretty sure that is a record for me) and gave it to him in time for him to go wear it to the OSU/Wisconsin game this weekend.

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And, just because I think he’s pretty adorable in the hat, here’s another one:

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I think that is all for now. I am starting to get holiday knitting lined up, which is going to consist of a Penn State version of the hat for my brother, mittens for my grandmother, and hopefully a new sweater vest for me, with the yarn I bought!

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