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Happy Birthday to me!

11 Jan

Happy birthday to me!

I’m a day late on this, but I turned thirty-years-old yesterday! Someone asked how I felt about turning thirty… this question came after she told me about how she cried and cried on her 30th birthday. My answer? I’m happy. I have a husband that adores me, loving and supporting family & family, and two crazy little cats that like to sleep on my side. What is there to complain about?



Nothing. I feel incredibly lucky.

Sillyness

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Oh, hai.

27 Apr

Apple
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We has a kitteh!
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Apple
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Apple is her name, isn’t she adorable?
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And we moved! Knitting shall resume shortly…

Procrastination = crochet?

3 Mar

Granny squares
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My preferred craft when it comes to yarn play is obviously knitting. Recently, I’ve noticed that when it comes to putting off deadlines, like let’s say, the papers that are due at the end of this quarter (ahem, NEXT WEEK!), my procrastination seems to manifest itself in a desire to crochet! I learned to crochet as a kid, way before knitting needles entered my life. As a result of double jointed fingers, I’ve always had a bit of difficulty with crocheting and when I learned to knit, it quickly became my preferred craft over crochet (Sorry, mom).
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Last week, while waiting for The Salvation Army to pick-up our old TV, I sat on the couch and crocheted, once again, using my free time to NOT study. But why crochet? If I’m going to procrastinate shouldn’t I be at least knitting? Perhaps finishing my sister’s overdue birthday scarf? Nope. I wanted to crochet.
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Headbands
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A few quarters ago, it was crochet headbands.
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I can’t quite figure out why I do this, but the thought of it makes me laugh to no end. I even crochet in class, during the breaks! Last week, during the class break I finished making this a flowered headband using the pattern from Creative Yarn:
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Flower Headband
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Crochet is only the beginning of my “I need to do that, instead of this,” procrastination. I also find myself cleaning out the fridge, organizing my craft thing, or cleaning our bedroom – all things which generally don’t bother me if they are a little messy, but suddenly they must be cleaned – NOW!
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Ok, this week for sure I will start writing some papers… maybe.

In non-knitting news…

22 Aug

I got married in a pair of pink chucks almost five months ago. Being the tomboy that I’ve always been, I knew there was NO WAY I’d wear heels or any girly shoes on that day. Some argued, “but Queta, it’s you wedding day, the one day you should wear heels!” to which I countered, “but (insert name here), it’s my wedding day, the one day I should be comfortable and ME!”
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Wedding teaser...
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Ultimately, I got my pink shoes and everyone that knew me completely understood. A while ago, I started tossing around the idea of embroidering our wedding dates onto my wedding shoes. I kept stalling though because I’ve never embroidered and kept imagining that I’d leave many holes of errors in the shoes. Last week, I felt inspired by the Two Color Embroidery Tutorial at the purl bee and I finally decided to put aside all my insecurities about embroidery and gave it a go:
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Wedding shoes
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I’m really happy with the outcome and I think it’s nice way to commemorate that special day and to um, you know…remember my wedding date! Although really, it’s impossible to forget the date since it’s the day before Louis’ birthday. In fact, the day after the wedding, his birthday, I let him open all the weddings gifts (OK – most of the wedding gifts)! Aren’t I such a nice wife? I think so.

Yarn Snob.

4 Aug

I fear that I’ve become a bit of a yarn snob. Last week, while perusing the yarn aisles at Michael’s, I heard some women gawking over how much they loved Lion Bran Homespun. That is one of my least favorite yarns in the world! I wanted to run up to them and tell them about the wonderful, better, yarns that were out there that could stomp on Lion Brand Homespun any day! Instead, I quietly continued on with my browsing. What is a yarn snob like me doing at Michael’s, you ask? Usually I buy yarn online because I tend to find that my LYS has high prices and I’m highly intimidated by their clique like regulars, I always feel like I’m in the way of whatever party is going on. I only go when they have a sale or if I am feeling desperate for non-mass produced yarn brands and have no patience to wait for something to ship… but I digress. I went to Michael’s in search of baby-friendly yarn for yet another baby sweater.
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I found some Lion Brand Cotton Ease and grabbed a couple of colors in hopes of making a striped sweater for a girl. I started a top-down raglan sweater, but I didn’t like it so much. The yarn is sitting in my kitchen waiting to be knit up, but I’m still in search of a perfect sweater pattern! To make matters worse, I am making this for someone that leaves at the end of this month! Ack, no pressure…
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Sadly I have no photos to share, so I will leave you with a picture of the yummilicious sushi my husband made a week or so ago:
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Sushi
And yes, it was just as delicious as it looks!

Scraps and bits

13 Mar

Scrap jar
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There it is, my jar where all the tiny leftover bits of yarn go to rest. My plan is to tie them all together and form one giant scrap ball when I have built up a decent amount. It’s funny, I look at this picture and start to get all nostalgic about the projects they came from.
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Aww…