Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Year End List 2015

1.  Top Five Finished Objects

**Links to the patterns on Ravelry

-- Pittsburgh Penguins Crackerjack Cowl, a visual reminder of the 2014-2015 season
--2015 Felted Clogs, I wore out my first pair and I love them they are ugly but comfortable
--Socks That Rock Pebble Beach Jaywalker socks, I love the pattern and the colorway.
--First pair of socks without a pattern which is crazy because I've been knitting socks forever and I've never tried to knit a pair without a pattern until this year.
--Mystic Spiral socks, I wanted to try a new technique.

2.  Favorite Yarn

This has been my favorite yarn forever it seems.  I try all kinds of sock yarn but these colorways and this yarn always seems to be my favorite go to :)

3.  Favorite Inspirations

Book:  The Divergent series by Veronica Roth.  I didn't read a lot this year and I got inspired to read these after I saw the first movie.  Of course the books are always better than the movie!

Magazine:  HGTV and People are the only two magazines I read with any regularity anymore.

Pattern:  Skyp Rib socks, the same designer who did the Simple Skyp which is an all time favorite

App:  Pittsburgh Penguins App, I could not live without it during hockey season!

Website:  DietBet, Etsy, and, of course Ravelry

4.  5 Inspirations

--My daughter!  She is growing into an amazing young lady.  I love how she seems so secure in herself and her decisions.  It's bittersweet seeing my baby girl grow up but I can see the beginnings of an amazing life for her.
--My son!  He became a teenager this month.  He has faced a lot of challenges and he never gives up.  I'm excited to see him start to find himself.
--Ravelry--as far as my knitting goes this is where I find so much inspiration and so many like minded people.
--My sisters.  They both manage to juggle families and careers.  The older I get the more I realize that family really is most important.  I wish we all lived closer.
--My husband!  He goes above and beyond for our family.  The fact that he has put up with me for so long is a credit to what an amazing man he is.

5.  Random Favorites
--Disney World trip in June 2015 with my daughter, my sister and her family!
--Blythe dolls. . .I was never really a doll person but a I have a small collection of these.  I love knitting and sewing for them.  I love taking pictures of them.  It's just a small thing I do purely for my own enjoyment :)
--Sushi
--21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme.  These were my primary workouts this past year.  I love them and I love the food plan, I just wish I was able to stick to it better ;)
--Simply Sock Yarn. . . my favorite online sock yarn store!!
--Heaven and Earth Designs. . .although I have had zero time to stitch this past year.  It is so inspiring to see the new patterns and to see everyone's WIPs

6.  Challenges for 2016
--Blog as least once per month.  Seriously, I had better be able to do at least that.
--Knit from Stash.  I am going to try very, very hard to knit from my stash during 2016
--Stitch!  I am going to set some monthly goals for myself and see if I can make progress on my stitching pieces
--Find more time to sew
--Read more, screen surf less
--Write more.
--Be happier.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Jane Lefroy Chronicles

April 2015:

 I received Neo Blythe doll, Jane Lefroy.  I LOVE her stock and she has a beautiful face and coloring.  She reminded me of Vinter Arden(who is one of my grail dolls).  I follow some Blythe happenings on Facebook and Flickr and when I started seeing pictures of Jane out of the box I was petrified.  This girl has crazy hair!  She has a TON of hair and for some reason Takara decided to try some sort of weird curliness in her hair.  It starts out smooth at the part and maybe 1/3 of the way down her head then it turns into an absolute rat's nest.  I was afraid to even take her out of the box.

19 August 2015 Jane Lefroy. .  Are you kidding me with this hair?   Holy hell :(

 August 2015:

I finally come up with the courage to open Jane up.  She is beautiful but OMG that hair!  It's very soft in spots but I cannot even run my fingers through it.  I have been doing some research on Blythe hair and I have done a few spas on my other dolls but they seem like child's play when faced with Jane's disaster hair.  I have seen other collectors who were actually able to tame her hair and I have gathered bits and pieces of what they did (On a side note, it is interesting to me how vague some collectors are on their dolly spa process.  When pressed they give a vague description but not much more.  I would be flattered if someone asked me what I did to my doll's hair because they wanted to figure out the same thing.).  I have decided to try and conquer Jane's hair.

JLF 26august2015 After spa 1 Back
25August2015:  Jane's first spa

I gave Jane her first hair wash to day.  I used Dawn dishwashing liquid to try and break up the rat's nest a bit.  I then used a mixture of 1.5 cap fulls unscented Downy and water and let her hair soak in that for two hours.  After that I was actually able to run my fingers through her hair but it seemed to come out of the process very dry still.  I braided her hair and put some rollers in the end of those to try and rein things in.  She is now drying for a day or two before I take the braids out and see how spa #1 went.  I'm positive I will have to do at LEAST one more to get her hair to look anything like I want it to.  Probably a lot more than one more.  I will spend the next couple of days researching what human shampoos help tame dryness and frizz.

JLF Spa 2 Back 26aug2015

28August2015:  Jane's second spa

Second wash.  Dawn, Argan Oil shampoo, 3 hour soak in undiluted, unscented Downy.  Before braiding her hair I used a little bit of leave in conditioner for frizzy hair.  I am very happy with the results ;)

Thursday, April 02, 2015

April 2015!

Wow!  It doesn't seem that long since I have posted.  Life just keeps getting busier and busier.

I have declared 2015 "The Year of Socks".  My goal is to finish at least one pair per month and if I could get 15 done in 2015 I would be thrilled!  I have joined the Socks from Stash group on Ravelry and it's been so fun.  Every month they have a theme so that keeps things interesting.

So far I am on track:

January:

Skyp rib 1
February:

Stashbuster February15
March:

Sfsmarch2015

April(in progress):
 Sfs April15 wip

I have also become addicted to Downton Abbey and have been binge watching that, of course, I start watching it now when there is only one season left!
I'm still working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire books.  I'm on Dances with Dragons and that one is taking me forever.

Happy crafting everyone!