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First Cardigan Completed

First Cardigan Completed

In January I’ve decided to knit a cardigan for my daughter. I’ve calculated the amount of yarn I was going to need (size 10/12 girls), and picked out the “perfect” yarn. It was a straightforward pattern with a stitch pattern from the Japanese Stitch Bible. I’ve bought this book with the sole intention to knit intricate cables and lace. But since I’ve only been knitting for 2 years, I’ve decided to pick something “easy.” There were many things that set me back from this project. The first and major one (although very happy one), is that I had just found out I was expecting my fourth (due September). For the longest, I couldn’t even look at the project because of the concentration that it required. Between pregnancy, homeschooling two kids and taking care of a toddler, my brain was fried! I was so so thankful when the second trimester started cause that is where the energy picked up and I finished the project.   This has to be my most complicated pattern to date, but I won’t lie and say it was easy! Just a simple conversation would throw me off, and I would have to undo the row that I just worked. So, this wasn’t a mindless knit at all–at least not for a pregnant mama. Another issue that I encountered, because of my bright idea of yarn choice, was to use Ombré self dyed yarn for this project. After I finished this panel, it then occurred to me that I have to make the front as similar as possible and the sleeves too. Again, because it was...
Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

For the past several weeks, I’ve had something on my needles.  I’ve even had the occasion to have several things going on at once (even though that is not my knitting style).  Recently, the weather in my area dropped, and my middle son was caught without having gloves!   There were several prerequisite that was needed to make these gloves a success.  These requirements were that it had to be warm, and it had to fit my middle son’s hands.  He’s a very active boy so asking him to sit still for measurements can be an adventure all by itself.  Eventually I settled on Lions Brand Wool Ease (because they had a sale on wool yarn), and this color way because he just adores green.   There were so many cast on’s that I could have tried with this, but I stuck with the long tail cast on.  Next time I’m thinking about doing the cable cast on (or whichever cast on that is for ribbing).   Something very interesting about these gloves–I was using a pattern (then decided to do my own thing) and ended up making these gloves two different ways.  One glove I knitted flat (my favorite way to knit), and the second glove I knitted on double pointed needles.   So, if you look closely, the top glove has a green string running up the outside of the mitten.  I couldn’t help that, since that was the way the yarn went.  But that glove was the one that I knitted flat, and learned how to sew it up without having a ridge on the inside.  I’m...
Toy Photography:  The Battle

Toy Photography: The Battle

Well it’s been some time, and I wanted to get back into what I liked.  Also, let’s be honest–the kids found it a blast as well.  So this week, we’ve decided to set up a battle scene.  I liked it a lot, and the kids had fun setting things up for me. It’s been a while since I picked up my camera.  What I enjoyed the most was toy photography–its what I have around, and plenty of.  But since my subject lost his head…sadly (poor Linus), I’ve shelved the idea, and life just went on. Okay, so here are just the battle scenes from our epic (non-moving fight).     “You’re never going to get away with it,” Simba said as he corned off the enemy.  “We are going to stop you, even if it means we fight you!”   “If it is a fight you want, then it’s a fight you’ll get.” Shadow said.  Snarling his teeth at his foe.  Simba and his brother crouched down, preparing to fight.       As the crowed looked on, the tension in the air grew thicker.  The noise around them died down, to silence.  They couldn’t hear anything around them–just the fight that loomed before their eyes.       Simba smirked to himself, as he saw the weakness in his foe and figured out how to use it to his advantage.  Shadow, just imaged pure power that was going to win this battle.   Who….will….win….? *** Overall, I think this was okay for a rusty person, and I love the fact that I’m learning from what I shot. The...
Fall Is Here! Pumpkin Spice Knit Shawl

Fall Is Here! Pumpkin Spice Knit Shawl

Hey ya’ll!  Its been fall for some time now, but here in where I am really feels like fall.  I don’t even think we managed to get through the light jacket phase long enough.  I just remember it being humid one day, and the next we needed  hat and scarf!  Tall about changing weather really quickly! As I have mentioned in a previous post that I have a wonderful new hobby that I’ve been doing for about a year now.  Just some background story on that here.  So I had this beautiful Caron Cake Yarn that I bought a year ago.  Sadly it just sat in my stash looking so tasty and beautiful.  I loved the colors and was trying to figure out what to do with it.   Knowing that the season would soon be upon us for Pumpkin Spice, in July,  I decided to knit a shawl for the upcoming cooler weather  I’m now ready to share it with you!     When I first picked out the pattern, I thought that I wouldn’t like it much, but who can go wrong with the pretty colors of this yarn.  For those of you who are not into knitting, the colors in the picture above barely does it justice!  Anyway, I managed to pick out a pattern and in the hot July weather I was knitting away. This project taught me so many humbling lessons:  It’s okay if it’s just garter stitch. Garter stitch is very cozy! This is a long project with a very simple stitch.  Wondering if this would look well in other colors . I love the colors...
Photography Baby Steps – Sunday

Photography Baby Steps – Sunday

  Baby steps, baby steps, I keep telling myself that I’ll get back into photography when I have time…   But it wasn’t until lately that I realize that all I have is time.  I may not do everything that I want to do with my time, but that has to change.  I have to (of course) take of my family, but I also need to take care of myself.  Last year, I wrote about how the body is a temple, and now I’m getting back into the things that calmed my mind. While I love to read, and that will always be my first passion, I have also decided to take up photography.  While I started when my middle baby was young, I slowly slid off my chart of seemingly impossible projects, to snapping pictures of us on the go. What I failed to notice that everyday there is an opportunity to just be and enjoy the life that God has given me.  I have to admit that I am not as thankful all the time.  Children screaming, fighting, and me praying for bedtime, but I really need to take a look around and appreciate what I have. So, while I won’t make promises that I’ll do it often, I will take account and enjoy the everyday that is around me.  I don’t live in a house, nor do I have expensive equipment, but I know I don’t need all of that.  What I need is to look at my life with my children, and just be thankful. My everyday is boring for some, but to me (and us) it...

Fall: Post Sandy

{This post was originally published in November 8, 2013.  Republished with editing. October 2012, a superstorm Sandy hit NYC along with other areas in the North East.  My mother’s home, like so many homes flooded and property damage was huge.  In my mother’s area alone, there were a few deaths.  What transpired later was a neighborhood that did not know how to respond to this type of disaster, and countless people who were lost through the cracks.  As I read the news on any given day, my hearts and prayers goes out to those are victims of floods, fires, and other natural disasters.}  This week for #mylifesphotos is Around town: Take Photos of places around where you live. Even though a year has past since Hurricane Sandy, it can still be felt by areas that were affected by the storm. Yes, people homes were messed up and flooded, like my family’s home, but did you know that the plants are really doing their best to make a come back? All across my mother’s area, there have been vines, and trees that struggled to bloom during the Spring, and produce leaves.  So many trees and Evergreens were affected by the storm, that some just died right around Spring. Others managed to hold on to dear life and did their best to bloom, and grow, holding on to what ever leaves that they could make. For those that did manage to hold on, it was a beautiful attempt by nature to show us that life does go on.  It is possible to rebuild and remake yourself when something tragic has happened.  That’s the beauty of God’s glory...
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