Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ribbed Fingerless Mitts Knitted

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I finished knitting the ribbed fingerless mitts by Kathy North today. I used the pattern Ribbed Fingerless Mitts from Ravelry. It was a fun and quick project and the perfect pattern for a beginner at knitting fingerless mittens.

ribbed fingerless mittens
Finished fingerless mittens

I used some fingering yarn by Manos Del Uruguay in the Alegria yarn in the Happy colorway.  I used bamboo circular needles in the size US 8 5 mm. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, so I cast on 48 stitches instead of the 32 they suggest to achieve the correct gauge. The yarn worked well with the pattern by added the extra stitches and the finished product are squishy, and soft fingerless mittens that I am looking forward to wearing this winter. You can read my notes on Ravelry here.

ribbed fingerless mittens

Knitting these mittens made me love knitting fingerless mittens and I can definitely see myself knitting some more of these in different colors and they would be perfect as gifts for friends and family. They are so comfortable and leave your fingers free for texting and knitting!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

One Fingerless Mitt Already Knit and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. I have been working on knitting the fingerless mittens lately and of course job searching. I have finished knitting the first mitten and love how it turned out and how comfortable it is. I am using the pattern Ribbed Fingerless Mitts by Kathy North which I found on Ravelry. The mittens are a fun, quick, and easy knit, and perfect for beginner knitters. I really enjoyed knitting this mitten up while watching TV because of its easy and repetitive pattern. I will be starting the second glove tonight and will hopefully be done before the weekend. I am looking forward to wearing them and it is supposed to be a bit warmer this weekend, so these fingerless mittens will be perfect to wear.

First finished ribbed fingerless mitten

comfortable fit and stretch

I haven't worked too much on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top, but made some progress by knitting a few rows. The front piece is pictured below with the progress photo of the first fingerless mitten.



I finished reading The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur and really loved it. I love how there are poems about many different topics and she covers many issues women face and deal with all the time. I loved the poems about heartbreak, growth, and falling in love and being in love and loved. I plan to read these poems often and select ones which comfort me at the time and also make me reflect on life. I did reflect on each poem, and many made me reflect on what I had read because I felt emotions. Because of the nature of the poems, they make you reflect on your past and your life and family. I recommend it if you have not yet read it. I could not put it down.
I am still reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know by Katherine Mcguire.  This little book has a lot of tips on what to have in your pantry and how to get the right nutrients needed on this diet. It also includes meal plans if you need some ideas on what to eat. I am enjoying it so far and it will be a great reference book as well to add to my cookbooks.

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On, and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday. They are always busy working on lovely projects and others also link up to their posts about what they are working on each week. You can give them a visit if you like, and share what you're working on too.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekend Knitting and Baking

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. This weekend I baked some vegan brownies and started knitting fingerless gloves after searching for patterns on Ravelry. Last night we had my boyfriend's sister and her boyfriend over for a pizza and board games night. It was a fun night and it is always so fun to have them over. Today my boyfriend and I had a relaxing day in and I caught up on my knitting and then we had a lovely dinner later with his mom.

I have started knitting the fingerless gloves today and really looking forward to seeing how they take shape as I knit on. I am using the pattern Ribbed Fingerless Mitts pattern by Kathy North which I found on Ravelry. The yarn I am using is the Allegria Grande yarn by Manos Del Uruguay which is worsted weight yarn and I am using size US 8 5 mm needles. This is the first time I have knitted fingerless gloves and have not really knitted many gloves yet. I am looking forward to wearing these gloves once they are done so I can always have my fingers free and also keep my hands warm in the gloves. I once owned a pair of fingerless gloves when I worked with children at a childcare center and it was easier for me to have my fingers free and be able to still use my fingers for zipping up little zippers and any other things I had to do quickly.

Knitting the fingerless gloves cuff and using my new Fringe Supply Co. Field bag

Wound-up ball of yarn from the previous hank I purchased

I finished knitting that secret hat project for my mom and looking forward to giving it to her in February for her birthday. She chose such a lovely bulky green yarn and it was so fun to knit with because it was soft and also knitted up quickly because of its bulky size.  I am looking forward to sharing photos of the finished hat with you soon.

Yesterday I was baking some vegan brownies and I used the Dolled Up Desserts Bettie's Brownie mix. My sister bought the mix for me for Christmas and I was looking forward to trying them out! I just added coconut oil and maple syrup and the bag of ground flax seeds they provided in the bag. They are so delicious! It was nice to have a brownie which wasn't too sweet and rich and also felt a bit guilt-free because you aren't adding tons of butter as you usually would.

Dolled Up Desserts Bettie's Brownies
I hope you all had a good weekend too and had some time to knit or crochet as well. This week I will be working on knitting the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top and the fingerless gloves. I am also almost finished reading a couple of books so I will be working on reading more to finish them up.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Progress Updates on Knitting Projects and Reading

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. It has been awhile now since I've last posted. I have been working on a couple of projects. One is the hat for my mom which I will share with you all once I gift it to her in February. I am really excited about seeing how it looks on her because I love the pattern and it is something different than I have done before. The other is the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top, and I have made more progress on knitting the front piece. I have to remember to keep the tension tight when knitting with the yarn they provided which is up-cycled denim and appears different if I don't tug it once I knit a stitch so I have to keep that in mind. I have also wound up the Allegria Grande yarn by Manos Del Uruguay. I love the speckles of color in the yarn and I am so glad I figured out how to roll a ball of yarn from the hank of yarn without making it super tangled like what happened to the alpaca yarn I purchased last year. This time around I used some advice I had read online about putting the hank over my knee and then winding it into a ball so that the yarn does not twist and tangle together when winding the ball. I am so glad it worked out this time. I have been looking up finger-less glove patterns on Ravelry to knit with this beautiful yarn. This will be a project that I will be starting sometime this week.

A couple of my knitting and reading projects right now 

WAG front piece, Knitting green hat, and wound the ball of yarn

I am still reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and the other two, Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know by Katherine Mcguire and The Sun and Her Flowersby Rupi Kaur. I have not been reading as much as I should be right now. I am close to finishing Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know. It is full of interesting facts and an easy read. I have been kind of preoccupied with the job searching and just other daily things that take up my time. I was reading at night before bed for awhile but I should set some time aside during the day to read before I get a job and my schedule gets even busier.

Wild, The Sun and Her Flowers, and Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know
What are you reading and working on this week?

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year's Resolutions and Getting Back on Track

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. The past couple days I have been working on getting on track for the new year. My boyfriend and I had a great time at a friend's place on New Year's Eve and welcomed the new year with some great people. I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve night and New Year's day. I took down the ornaments off the Christmas tree yesterday and then we threw out the tree last night.  This is always kind of a bittersweet moment because it is accepting that it is not Christmas anymore, but also a sign of a new year with new possibilities. I still have some Christmas decorations to put away today.

I was happy to do a bit of knitting on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top yesterday and get back into working on my personal knitting projects. Today I will be working on knitting the front piece again and making some more progress. I will also be looking up patterns to use for some new yarn I purchased recently.

Progress on WAG Farrah Billie Jean top
I have been filling out the Q&A a day book and the first question I answered on January 1st was "what is your mission?" I was stumped on that question for awhile then thought of my answer. I flipped through the rest of the questions to see if they were all difficult to answer, but some are also easier to answer such as "what is the last restaurant you went to?". I am really enjoying answering the questions and look forward to seeing how my answers differ from year to year.

I got my planner organized yesterday and today by adding the inserts and filling in what I ate in the fitness insert and my exercise. I am loving the home planner insert, I think it will really come in handy to keep track of cleaning, to-do lists, and my budget. I feel more ready to start the new year now and excited for the possibilities of 2018. Because I just started adding stickers to the page today it is pretty bare and I did not do too much on New Year's day anyway except sleep and relax off the night before.

First page of my new Happy Planner so far
I am still reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and have added a couple more books to the list since Christmas because I can never seem to only read one book at a time haha. I started reading Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know by Katherine Mcguire and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. I was gifted both of these books for Christmas and I was excited to start reading them. I am hoping to finish Wild soon so I can focus more on the books I received for Christmas.

I made a list of my resolutions for the year 2018 and came up with five resolutions to focus on. I had more goals, but these will be my main focus of this year.

1. Get a job - I finished my certificate in December and now it is time to really focus on getting a job.

2. Get in shape and eat healthy - My sister's wedding is coming up this fall and I would like to feel my best for her big day. I did a Tone it Up workout yesterday and it felt great to get back into exercising again.

3. Read 20 books - I would really like to make it to 20 books read this year. I have a few on my to-read list so far and look forward to reading a lot this year.

4. Knit different projects- I would like to challenge myself to trying some new knitting projects this year. Maybe I will check out some Ravelry patterns and try out some new hat and sock patterns. I will also be knitting a tank top this year from the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean kit.

5. Try cooking new vegetarian and vegan dishes - Since my decision in September 2017 to go vegetarian, I have been experimenting with cooking a lot of vegetarian and vegan meals. I have really enjoyed the food and it would be fun to try some more that we can add to our weekly meal rotation.

What are some of your goals or resolutions for the year?

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unwraveled Wednesday. Also linked up with Ginny's Yarn Along on her blog Small Things today (January 7th), because I found out she is back with a monthly Yarn Along post!

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