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Episode 1: Hello, My Name Is... What?

Hello!  Welcome to my new adventure!  I've been wanting to do a podcast for awhile now, and I decided to just stop talking about it and thinking about it and actually DO it.  I tend to learn as I go and learn by doing (kind of how I got into knitting, come to think of it!), so I figured the best way was to just shut up and do it!  I'm calling it a podcast because that is what all the cool kids are doing, and the word "vlog" is so ugly.  Podcast sounds so much better, don't you think?  This adventure was born from a desire to talk about my favorite subjects..... knitting and crochet!  I really enjoy keeping my blog, but I find that writing is not the optimal medium for me at this point in my life.  I'm excited to try out podcasting and see if it is a better fit for me at this time, and I hope you all enjoy it! For now, the episodes will be short and sweet, but I have SO many crazy fun plans in my head for future episodes!  I am SO excited about this!  So if

Books, Movies, and TV: March 2015 Update

Well, so much for blogging about this weekly!  HA! Be FOREWARNED:  The following blog will contain spoilers about the Outlander series (books and TV), Friends, Angel, Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Vikings, Cougar Town, A Discovery of Witches, Mockingjay, Gilmore Girls, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Orphan Black. BOOKS: I have not done a ton of reading in the past couple of weeks.  My daughter has been going through a very fussy phase, and I've been TIRED.  Very. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:  I'm behind on my RAL reading for this; I think I'm at the end of the Yule Ball?  Yes, I think so.  I love the Yule Ball scene and all of the stuff leading up to it. I give mega props to Krum; I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for being so astute.  He has this meathead persona, and yet he is smart and discerning enough to seek out the smartest, most capable girl in the school to be his date to the ball.  He could have any girl in the school, and he w


The fact that I chose to knit the aptly-named "Obliviate" pattern right now is kinda perfect.  Its perfect because I feel like someone has cast the Obliviate spell on me lately!  Lack of sleep + hectic life = obliviation.  And I'm inventing words again. If you've ever read my blog before, you might be aware that I like Harry Potter.  A LOT.  One might say I'm obsessed, and one would not be wrong!  I really love to knit fandom-related things (which will come as another HUGE shock to my readers....HA!), and these mitts have been in my queue forEVER. This pattern is based on the mitts Hermione wears in the final films, and they are just gorgeous.  Once you become a knitter or crocheter, you can't just watch TV and movies like a normal person anymore.  You suddenly become keenly aware of the knitwear characters are wearing, and suddenly determined to duplicate that knitwear somehow, someway!  I definitely had that immediate reaction with these mitts, because

Book Review: Knits For Boys by Kate Oates

Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-With-Me Tips & Tricks by Kate Oates My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an AWESOME book! I was reluctant to buy this book because sometimes pattern-writers (when it comes to boys) just go about it all wrong. They either go so gender-stereotypical that its nauseating, or they try to come up with weird artistic designs that completely ignore the practicalities of having a young boy wear such a garment. I'm pleased to report this book avoids both of those pitfalls and comes up with some truly beautiful designs for boys! As a mom of several sons, I was beyond excited to see this. The sweaters are ALL gorgeous. Every single one. I also like many of the accessories (like the socks and mittens!). Overall, this is an excellent find. Even if you just bought the book for the sweater patterns, it would be well worth it. The tips and tricks seem to be very helpful, too; I look forward to employing them as I try out these patterns. I

The Lady of Lallybroch Outlander Inspired Socks (March 2015 Socks)

Going strong on the 12-socks-in-2015 challenge!  Here is my third pair for the year.  This was a sock kit I got from Pandia's Jewels and represents a collaboration between PJ yarn and a pattern by my favorite sock pattern designer, C. C. Almon of JavaPurl Designs (and also of the Geeky Girls Knit podcast, which I LOVE!). I was crazy excited to knit these socks.  The yarn?  Completely luscious.  Just look at those colors!  I love the way PJ yarns knit up.  One might say I'm addicted.  And I would be hard-pressed to deny it.  And the pattern was wonderful.  As soon as I saw these gorgeous cables, I was hooked.  I adore cables.  As usual, the pattern was written so well; super clear and the result is always fabulous.  I loved the unusual design element of these socks.  They have a folded down cuff with nonfunctional buttons.  That is another reason I love this sock pattern designer; she comes up with such creative ideas! Needles:   Hiya Hiya Sharps circular, US 1.5 Yarn

Where have all the FOs gone?

A testament to how busy things are; I started this post a few days ago, and here it is, just now getting published!  Better late than never.... here we go!  :) Its been awhile since I've had a bonafide FO to post here; yet I've been stitching like a mad woman!  I thought I'd post a bit about the WIPs I've got going, since I am really excited about all of them.... and I don't want to wait until they are FOs to talk about them!  :) First up are four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hats .  Yes, FOUR.  I have four kids, and there are four ninja turtles, so its a no-brainer!  And thankfully each kid identifies with a different turtle, so that keeps me from having to crochet four of the EXACT same hat.  At least there is some difference in the color!  Well, to be fair, my youngest is hardly old enough to have a ninja turtle preference (or any preference, for that matter), so she got Donatello by default!  Ha. The pattern is by BriAbby Designs , which I am pretty obsesse

Books, Movies, and TV in 2015

A couple of quick DISCLAIMERS: 1.  This blog post contains spoilers relating to the Outlander book and TV series; Gilmore Girls; Harry Potter; Pride and Prejudice; A Discovery of Witches; Angel; Castle; and Friends!  :) 2.  These updates don't always encompass everything I'm reading/ watching; I try to stick to the main stuff.  For example I have MANY books in progress right now, but I'm trying to focus on just a few at a time to get them finished.  :) Last year, as I chronicled my knitting and crochet projects, I often noted what I was reading or watching in those blog entries.  I haven't been doing that this year because I switch back and forth so much, and I've got so many books and TV series going on, I most likely listen to/ read/ watch a little bit of all of them in the course of creating a project. I adore books, movies, and TV, though, and I wanted to figure out a way to keep track of the stuff I'm reading or watching on this blog.  I've deci


I remember years ago, I knit my first little stuffie.  I was pregnant with my third child at the time, and I wanted to knit a million little dolls and toys for my kids. Sadly enough, though, I found that I HATED knitting little fiddly things.  It was very disappointing because, again, I had wanted to make my kids all kinds of cool stuff. Then, a few years later, I learned how to crochet and.... what do you know?  I found out that I don't mind crocheting fiddly things, but for some reason knits and fiddles just don't go well together (ooooh.... that would be a good name for an LYS!  "Knits and Fiddles"!  Sorry, tangent!).  So, yay, my dream of populating the house with crafted stuffies was alive once again! In the past couple of years, my queue keeps exploding with various crocheted dolls and creatures.  I really enjoy making them, and you'd better believe my kids snatch them out of my hands the very second that last yarn end is woven in!  We watched Mal

Dragon Watcher's Hood

And right on the heels of Rapunzel, I had to make this gorgeous Dragon Watcher's Hood; also a Tiny Owl Knits pattern.  I was so tempted to make it from a red yarn (as seen in her book), but when I went yarn shopping, I found this lovely blue shade and it was calling my name!  Blue is my favorite color, so no huge surprise there.  Anyway, here it is, though I have yet to attach the bells.  I just can't figure out if I want to or not, but since our cold weather is waning more and more each day, I may have until next winter to decide!  ;)


Yikes; I'm so behind!  I have a LOT of FOs to share, and a lot of updates as well.  I'll try to do at least one FO/ update per day for the next few days, and hopefully I'll get (at least a little bit) caught up!  This is a busy month and I have a TON of crafting planned (too much, probably!), so here we go! In keeping with my 15 Tiny Owl Knits in 2015, I created the Free Rapunzel hat.  This was SUCH a fun knit!  The braids are actually cabled (I LOVE cables!), and I did one of them late at night only to discover the next morning I had done it backwards.  Haha!  I had to frog that braid and start again.  *Sigh*.  I finally got around to getting some better pictures, too: Its been awhile since I made this, so the project details are failing to register in my brain right now!  Haha.  Oh, well.  I promise I'll be better about updating FOs in the future!  Maybe!  ;)