Thursday, June 7, 2018

Knitting Progress and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It has been a awhile since I have written about my knitting progress and I am happy to be back here again this week sharing with you. Thank you for your feedback on my post last week about self-care. I think it is such an important topic because when you are working all week long or have a busy schedule, it is important to think of what you need to feel your best and most balanced to help you keep doing your best.

I have made progress on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top by working on the decreasing to make the armholes. I am almost finished and can't wait to be finished and put the pieces together.



I started knitting decadent socks by Janice Kuykendall that I found on Ravelry. I have not made a lot of progress, but I am excited to continue working on them and see how they turn out. The pattern looks interesting and the finished projects on Ravelry I saw of them looked really beautiful.


I am continuing to read Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and looking forward to finishing it this weekend.

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Self Care and Life Balance

Hi Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been busy with work, helping my sister with wedding plans as her Maid of Honor, and working on knitting projects and reading goals.

Lately I have been thinking more about self care  and creating a more positive routine for myself during the week and accomplishing more of what I would like to do. Last year I was at home, taking online courses, knitting, and blogging. Returning to work makes me think of purposefully taking time for self care and after having not worked full time in a few years, it requires more effort to get back into it. I have recently been reflecting on what self care practices I used then and now and have noticed lately that I am getting back into some of my older self care habits and tricks that help me to keep balanced. So I thought I would love to chat with you about them. Below are some things I have been up to lately to take care of myself and to learn and grow and to be my best self.

Listening to audio books:  I have really been looking into reading and listening to more books on personality, goals, and self care. I have been thinking that going back to work has brought back a need for me time and reflection in the evenings and mornings. I listened to a wonderful audiobook called What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings and Life by Laura Vanderkam. I took this book out from the online library because I have been thinking more about morning routines and how it is so important to starting your day off right. Through reading this book, I learned that mornings can be such an important time of the day for many people to get in their exercise, reading, journaling, spiritual practices, professional development and more.  I love my mornings before work because as I prepare my breakfast and meals for the day, I think about the day ahead as I sip my coffee and mentally prepare myself. I have been thinking of ways be more productive and to make the most of my mornings before work. I listened to this audiobook on my drive to work and realized that would be a great time to learn new things and to prepare for the day on my drive. In the audiobook, the author suggests to write a time log for a week to see how you use your time and ways you can be more productive. I would love to also do that. I would love to read and knit more because that is a big priority for me and to also make more time to blog. I will be incorporating more of these into my morning routine.

Reading: I finished reading the book Reading People by Anne Bogel and enjoyed learning about the personality tests you can take to learn more about your personality. I think this book would be more helpful for someone who has taken these tests before and can learn more about your type. But I also thought for someone like me with some knowledge of personality types, it provided me with more information on the tests you can do and it kept my interest. It also made me want to take one of the tests by a professional as suggested in the book. So reading has been helping me keep my balance and providing me with some more information on different personalities and that we are not all the same and to accept others for who they are and to accept yourself for who you are. I like to learn and also grow in my awareness of myself, my abilities, and also weaknesses. Reading books like these have been helping me to look inwards and to understand myself and others more.


Watching YouTube videos about self care: Like blogging, vlogs can offer a window into the lives of others and you can learn so many new tips and tricks from what works for them. I like to see what others do for their self care routines and they inspire me to really think about how I treat myself each day and how I can be better. Rowena Tsai has a wonderful YouTube channel and she posts videos on self care and talks about self care frequently. I stumbled onto her channel when I was browsing trending videos on YouTube one night and so glad I did because she inspires me to take my time to care for myself and to be more positive. I am sure there are so many other vloggers to discover too that promote self care and motivate us to be our best selves.

Reading affirmations: I have also been reading affirmations some mornings to help me start the day off right and positive. One that I have been reading for the past couple weeks (when I remember) is "Today is a gift and I am blessed to be here. Today will be a positive day". I got this affirmation off Pinterest one day and it was pinned from Louise Hudson's blog. She has a lot of other wonderful affirmations to start or end your day positively. Starting my day with an affirmation like the one below will remind me to be true to myself, support myself and be kinder to myself.

An affirmation to to promote self love. Photo source

Knitting: I had to include my favorite hobby in this list because knitting has always helped me to relax, set goals, and be positive. It allows me to focus my mind on the task and to also feel accomplished when I finished a project and learn something new. I knit at night while watching TV or YouTube videos or just simply with my thoughts.

And being with my cats is always nice

Some things I would like to work on and work back into my routine are: writing monthly goals, writing in a journal, and exercising regularly.

Please let me know in the comments below how you keep balanced and when you feel a bit off or need to connect with yourself what are some things that you do. I will be posting soon on my progress on my current knitting projects and reading.


Hope you have a great day!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Knitting Project Plans, Knitting Progress, and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been well, I bought some new yarn recently and I found a pattern for the socks that I will knit with it. I found the pattern for Decadent Socks by Janice Kuykendall on Ravelry. I am loving the design and really want to push myself to try patterns with more details. I have knitted a lot of vanilla socks now, so it is time for something a bit more challenging. I will be using Patons Kroy Socks yarn in the colorway "tourmaline stripes". I love the gray, blue, and purple in the yarn and will make the socks so fun and interesting to look at.



I had a wonderful long weekend and spent it with my boyfriend just hanging out and going to Evergreen Brickworks. Brickworks was such a wonderful place to go this weekend to welcome the warmer weather and a great day trip. We went for a walk around the park area, looked for turtles, walked up to the lookout point, shopped in the store, and walked through the local artisan market that was going on. We had a great day!


Lots of turtles and fish in the ponds

Toronto skyline

I have made some progress on knitting the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean Top. I have reached the part of the back piece where I begin shaping the armholes. I casted off 3 stitches on both sides and will then work on knitting the straps.

Almost finished!

I have been reading both Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and Reading People by Anne Bogel.  I am so intrigued by the Cousins and Keating families in Commonwealth and can't wait to see what they get up to next. It is so interesting to read about their lives and their history together. It is a real page turner. Reading People is also a real page turner and I love to pick this one up and read some pages quickly. It is so fascinating to read about the personality types and also to read that by finding out the personality types of others and ourselves, we can accept and appreciate other's qualities. I am looking forward to reading more of both these books this week.


Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you have a great week and talk to you soon.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Knitting the Back Piece and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day. I spent most of the weekend with my family. We went out for dinner Saturday night to a lovely Italian restaurant, then I spent the whole day shopping with my mom and sister on Sunday.

This week I made more progress on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top to share with you. I am getting closer to finishing the back piece. I am more than half way done knitting the piece and I hope to be done soon to begin sewing the pieces together. I also purchased a couple skeins of Patons Kroy Socks yarn and looking forward to getting started knitting some socks next week.


I am still reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and really enjoying it so far. I recently started reading a book on Overdrive (online library) called Reading People by Anne Bogel. I am really finding the book interesting. Reading People focuses on understanding your own personality and temperament and of those around you. I decided to start reading this book because I have always been interested in personality types and I really enjoy learning more about myself as well and would like to learn more about how to develop my own strengths.


Photo source 
Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Hope you have a great day and thank you for visiting!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Storm Has Passed, Knitting, and Reading Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Last night it was so windy on my drive home and my car was swaying. I saw a lot of fallen branches and saw a sign had fallen on a major street and blocked one lane. My boyfriend and I had a pizza night and stayed in and we were a bit worried about losing power because his mom had earlier and we had lost power the night before for about 20 minutes. This morning however, was beautiful- warm and sunny. I went for a walk to a nearby park and enjoyed the sunshine on my face and the nice, warm air. There were a few fallen trees in the wooded area of the park that I stepped around and I saw a couple hop over the trunk as if it were just a hurdle along the way. It was also nice to get out and walk because I am trying to get more exercise and lose some weight for the Summer. It will be easier to go for walks now with the weather getting warmer.

Tree fallen down 
Sad when tall, old trees fall down

I have not made a lot of progress on the Wool and the Gang top. A few rows here and there this week. I will be making more of an effort this week to finish the back piece.  I am also thinking of starting a new project soon, maybe some socks they are so fun to knit.



I have been continuing to read Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and really liking the story line so far. This morning I read a lot of it and caught up on my reading. I like Ann's style of writing and she develops the characters so well and you feel as if you know them and their motives. I also like how the focus is on one character at a time.

I also wanted to share how long my philodendron has grown. This started out as a clipping from my mom's plant and then once it rooted in water, she planted it in this pot in soil as a gift for me. I might try to do the clipping of this one and gift it as well to a friend.


Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that you enjoy your Saturday!


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring is Finally Here and Knitting Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. I am so happy it is finally starting to feel warmer and like Spring. Last night it was enjoyable to walk around downtown with some friends and not freezing and wanting to go back inside.

This week I made some progress on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top. I knitted many rows of the back piece trying to make more progress to finish it soon. I am using the yarn from the Wool and the Gang Billie Jean Farrah top kit.


I read more of Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. It is an interesting read so far and I am looking forward to reading more. I feel like it will be interesting to find out how they are all connected and when they reflect on the past and what happened at the party at the beginning of the book. My book is due at the library soon, so I better get reading!


I got these two flowers last weekend, they are so pretty and fit nicely into these lovely pots I received for Christmas from my sister's fiancée. There is a third pot to this set, but I will have to get a third plant for it. It was such a nice Spring day last weekend after the storm we had the previous weekend and it was nice to add a couple pretty plants to the collection.




Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you have a great weekend! 



Friday, April 20, 2018

Knitting the Wool and the Gang Top and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. This week felt like it went by so fast. I am enjoying being back at work now and liking working in office administration. It was a big career change for me and I am happy I am liking this type of work. You can read more about my change in career from an old post I wrote last November: 'Career Change, Job Searching, and New Beginnings'. 

This week I made some progress on knitting the back piece of the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top by knitting some more rows. I would like to make more progress over the weekend and hopefully finish the piece next week by working on it a bit each day. We shall see how the week goes.



I am currently reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and I am already really interested in the story line and seeing what will happen. So far it is making me think of the book Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty when there is a barbecue and you knew something big was about to happen (Also a really good book!). I like that in Commonwealth there are multiple characters and you learn about them in depth because of how the book switches to their different perspectives. I am looking forward to reading more of Commonwealth and seeing what these characters get involved in as I read further. Below is a photo of the book Commonwealth from the library with a "Read the North" tote from Indigo I received as a gift and it now comes with me to pick up library books and pack my books if I am travelling.


Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting the blog today. I will be trying to get back on track with the old routine of posting earlier in the week.

Hope you have a great day!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Knitting and Reading Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I had a busy week working extra hours and catching up on reading. I actually did not do much knitting this week,  but I did finish reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and I really liked it. Some parts of the book were tough to read and Eleanor was dealing with a lot of pain from her past. I especially enjoyed reading towards the end of the book. I would recommend this book because Eleanor is an interesting character and I thought that the way she saw the world and others was funny at times and I loved her opinions. I am starting to read Commonwealth now by Ann Patchett and I am hoping I enjoy it just as well. It is another one which has caught my eye and so many people have read it. I hope to do some more knitting on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top this weekend and next week to make more progress on the project. I hope to also start a new small project soon as well, it is always fun to have a couple projects on the go! Maybe socks?



Joining along (late) with Friontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

What will you be working on this weekend?


Thank you for visiting my blog today! Happy Friday!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Finished Knitting Barley Light Beanie

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. I had a wonderful Easter weekend spending time with family. I got a lot of knitting done on my Barley Light beanie as well and I am happy to say I am done!  It was a fun knit and I was so excited to finally knit a beanie. I like the fit although I was thinking it was large when it was done. I had knitted the longest length because I wanted more of a slouch which I definitely got but I have to play around with it to make it look right and slouchy instead of just sticking up or out.







Details:
Pattern: Barley Light by Tin Can Knits from Ravelry
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks yarn in the colorway Flax (I used one full skein and a bit of the second I purchased to complete the hat.)
Needles: double-pointed needles sizes US 2.75 mm and US 3.25 mm


Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On ,As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday, and with Ginny for her monthly Yarn Along on Small Things.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Knitting Progress and Reading

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This weekend I was celebrating my boyfriend's birthday and also visiting with family and friends. I did not have time to catch up too much on my knitting but I am making up for it during this week! I have been setting up my Barley Light beanie/hat by Tin Can Knits for decreasing and have plans to make a dent in the decreasing the rest of today. I hope to share some photos of the finished hat soon! I want to wear it for some of the remaining cold days. I was glad I could get some more yarn last night after work to continue knitting it.


I have also been working slowly on my Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top and have knitted some rows this week while watching TV.


I had a great time visiting with family this weekend and it was so nice to also hang out with these guys. This photo is from Saturday afternoon when I showed up. They were so comfortable having the couch all to themselves. I got some cuddles after this photo when Moo (the tuxedo cat) finally got up to greet me.

Love them

I have still been reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman when I have some energy before bed to read. Lately I have been pretty tired, but I will try to make it more of a priority. I have also been listening to Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey on audiobook. Looking forward to working more on my budgeting to pay off my debt and student loans and have savings again.


Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting my blog! I have been posting once a week lately because I am adjusting to working and blogging and trying to find time to knit, read, and blog (my favorite things!).I will hopefully be returning to posting twice a week shortly. Now I am off to see what others are working on.

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy Spring! Knitting Progress, and Reading

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I am so happy today is the first day of Spring!  It was a bit warmer today and sunny outside. It will be warmer this week too and I am looking forward to it. I have been working on knitting the beanie lately which I won't be able to wear that long, but I can probably get a bit more wear out of it before the weather is too warm for it.

I have made more progress on the beanie and getting to the end of the first skein of Patons yarn I purchased. I will need to buy another one to complete the beanie. I also want it to be extra slouchy so I will be knitting it the most that is suggested for extra slouchiness. I am using the Barley Light pattern by Tin Can Knits on Ravelry. I am really enjoying knitting this beanie so far and the pattern is really nice with the patch of purl on one side and the rest is knit. I really like the texture that is created by the knitting and purling every other row on that part of the hat.




The Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top is coming along as well. I am working on the back piece and will be focusing on it more once I finish the beanie. 



I have still been reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It is such a good book so far and I am loving the characters. I have been listening to the audiobook Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. I am wanting to get into budgeting and have heard many great things about his strategies in paying off debt and also saving for your future. I am liking it so far and I am looking forward to learning more as I listen to more of the book. I really like audiobooks because I can also knit while listening to them so it is perfect for learning and getting some reading in while making progress on my knitting at the same time.

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits tomorrow for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting the blog today. What are you working on this week?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Progress on Knitting Beanie, WAG Top, and Reading

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Later this week, I will be starting a 2.5 month contract. I am excited to start a new job again and it definitely is never boring right now with this change every so often and starting new contracts.

I have been knitting the beanie that I was discussing last week. The pattern I am using is called Barley Light by Tin Can Knits, found on Ravelry. It is a fun knit so far and I am loving the color of the yarn I chose. I am using Patons Kroy Socks yarn in the colorway Flax. I can knit the pattern from memory now and it is a pleasure to knit. It is a two row repeat after the ribbing. The two row repeat is purling the required stitches based on the size of your hat, (mine is an adult large although it does not look too large) and then knit the remaining stitches in the row and then row two is to knit all stitches for one round. This continues until you reach the length that is suggested and then the decreasing begins.



I have also been working on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top and have been making steady progress on it. The yarn dye gets on my fingertips because the yarn is upcycled denim! It comes off when I wash my hands though. So I will definitely be giving it a wash before I wear it.


I have still been reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and really enjoying it so far. It is so sweet, funny, and sad at times. I have been enjoying getting to know what a complex and interesting character Eleanor is, and I am looking forward to reading more.


Joining along with Nicole from Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and Kat from As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope that you are having a great week so far and I would love it if you stopped by again.

Hope you have a great day!

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