Thursday, November 16, 2017

Knitting Progress and Some Christmas Decor

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Yesterday I went to the Eaton centre in Toronto and made my very first Christmas gift purchase. I was happy to buy something yesterday while at the mall before it gets way too crazy there with people running around looking for last minute gifts. I would really like to get all my shopping done in November preferably but we shall see. I put up my mini Christmas tree beside my desk on the file cabinet. I really love it being there, so now when I am doing work, I can have it right beside me and feel the coziness of a lit Christmas tree. I will be adding small ornaments to it soon and maybe knit a few small ball ornaments to hang up for knitting inspiration. I will be putting up all of my Christmas decorations soon except the tree because we buy a real tree closer to Christmas so I will share that with you in December. I can't wait to put up the tree!

Knits under the tree

I made some progress on knitting the tank top yesterday and today. It has been fun to knit so far! I love the texture of the yarn and it is easy to knit quickly with the yarn and the metal needles I selected. I have not made further progress on the stocking recently, but I will be picking it up tomorrow to make some progress so I can finish it soon.

While downtown Toronto last weekend, I took some pictures of Christmas decorations that were put up at the Eaton Centre and outside the Bay in their windows. The Eaton centre has a huge reindeer up so far, but they have not revealed the Christmas tree yet. Looking forward to seeing it when it is put up.

It is tradition to go see the window decorations outside the Bay at Christmas time and my sister and I made sure we paid them a visit. I only took a photo of the Toronto themed window which I liked the most. The trains at the bottom of the display spun around. I liked the Toronto sign behind the skating rink which is in Nathan Philips square. It has become a popular spot in Toronto. I also love the CN tower in the background.

Bay windows winter display in Toronto

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What Blogging Has Given Me

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Today is day 15 of NaBloPoMo! This is the longest blogging streak I have ever had before. It has been fun blogging everyday and I love chatting with you all more frequently.  I started this blog right after graduating from college (the first time) and my friend and I thought it would be fun to make blogs. We were excited to get started in the blogging world and I was so excited to have a website to share my thoughts with others. It is interesting looking back at old posts of mine and seeing how my blogging style has changed over the years. It is nice to read my old posts and also connect to my younger self and remember what I was going through at twenty years old when I started the blog and what my goals were.  I started this blog back in September 2009 and can still remember writing that first blog post here. I made it clear in my first post that I knitted and I wanted to meet more people, discover more blogs, and learn new things. I have done all of these things since starting my blog and so much more.

My Blog:

Encourages me to knit new patterns: I have learned how to knit more things than I would have if I did not blog. I have been introduced to so many wonderful knitting projects by looking at other people's blogs and also by pushing myself to look up new patterns and fun things to knit and share on my blog. I want to keep progressing in my skills as a knitter and also to provide more new content on the blog so it inspires me to learn new patterns and types of projects.

Keeps me knitting more: I really believe that I knit more because I have a blog. I am pushing myself so much more to work on projects and complete them in order to share the final product with all of you. I am also excited to work on the knitting projects but I think that I would probably take longer had I not had the support that I get from sharing on my blog and the wonderful feedback I get on here.

Allows me to meet talented knitters and crocheters: I have been able to converse with such amazing and talented people through the blogging world that I might not get the chance to talk to normally. I have never met another knitter or crocheter who is as talented as those of you who I follow. I learn so much from you and aspire to improve my skills and be able to knit as many lovely things as you. Although I have never met any of you in person, I feel like I have because of how blogging makes it so easy to communicate with others.

Gives me a platform: I enjoy having a platform to talk about all of the things I am interested in and am passionate about. Recently I have had such an interest in everything vegan and love to share that journey with all of you. I am currently vegetarian and doing a vegan challenge and have enjoyed chatting with you about it. Having my blog gives me a platform to be able to express my thoughts on  important topics and I have seen other knitting bloggers use their blog to talk about other things that are important to them and their readers support them and offer their feedback. I love the idea that as time goes on, other things will inspire me and be important to me and I can share those things here on my blog.

A way to channel my creativity: I love having the blog to be able create and design my own website. I love to plan out the posts, take photos, add the written content, and design the layout of the posts. So much goes into one post for a blogger and I have learned that it takes a lot of vision, time, and creativity to put it all together. I am so glad I have this space that is my own to create blog entries to share my knitted work and my thoughts with you.

Helps me to learn about myself: I have learned a lot about myself by having a blog. I learned that I love to share what I create with others, I love to write, and that I persevere. I learned this year how much I persevere when I posted on my blog every week for the entire year and now I have been posting everyday in November.

Let me know in the comments below if you have a blog, what your blog has taught you about yourself and also what it has given you.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Knitting a Wool and the Gang Farrah Top Billie Jean

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Today I started knitting the Wool and the Gang Farrah Top Billie Jean kit. It is rated as easy and follows a simple stockinette pattern for both the front and back pieces. I am using the Billie Jean yarn which is 100% upcycled denim. It is a stronger yarn and has been really nice to work with so far. It is also soft so it will make a comfortable and durable tank top.

So far I have knitted 7 rows of 1 x 1 ribbing and a few rows of stockinette. I really love the ribbing on the bottom. The first piece I am working on is the front piece from bottom to top. To see the packaging that the yarn came in please check out my first post on the kit by clicking here. You can check out the kit by visiting the Wool and the Gang website here.

Close-up of the bottom of the front piece

I have still been reading Not Working by Lisa Owens and enjoying it so far. I can relate to the character. She thinks of her past place of work often and is living with her boyfriend and trying to find another job. She is unsure of what she wants and I am sure she will find clarity by the end of the book.  

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and AsKatKnits for Unwraveled Wednesday.

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