Sep 23, 2014

Wedding of the Decade

Okay, okay, I'm exaggerating, but my beautiful niece and nephew-in-law's wedding festivities this past weekend were simply wonderful.  There's no doubt that weddings are heart-warming affairs, but when the kids who are getting married are some of your favorite people in the world, ... well, life just takes on an extra rosy glow.

If you've been following me here recently, you'll know that I was furiously knitting to complete the Shaelyn shawl in time for the wedding.  Your encouragement, here and on Instagram, was so invigorating but sadly, I didn't make it (yes, the violins can begin now). I knit the night before, the morning of, and even while I was helping my sister (aka mother-of-the-bride) with last-minute wedding details mere hours before having to leave for the ceremony.  Needless to say, I was distracted and getting to wear my lovely new shawl to the wedding was not to be.

Regardless, the evening was summery, and after hitting the dance floor a few times, a shawl was the last thing I would have wanted! We cheered, smiled, cried, and laughed all night long.  So, cheers to the newlyweds!

The dining room
My two

Me and my guy

The Newlyweds

Sep 18, 2014

Ambitious ... or Unrealistic?

I've got a very special and important family event coming up this weekend, and I've cast on a project that I'm really, really hoping I can finish by Saturday.  My niece is getting married to her honey, and our family is bursting with excitement. I found a beautiful royal blue all-over lace dress to wear to the wedding but as our temperatures here in NY have shifted to autumn weather, I'll definitely need a little something over my shoulders for the evening. (As a side note, clearly, someone needs to teach me how to take selfies in a dressing room!).

I've long admired the Shaelyn Shawl pattern and pulled out my stash of Madeleinetosh in the Midnight in Manhattan colorway to see if it could be a good match.  What do you think? I think it's perfect!

So, wish me luck as I try to get this knit up in the next 48 hours ... I think I can, I think i can.  And here's a peek at a part of the bridal party.

Bridesmaid, Bride, and Matron of Honor (from years ago)

Sep 17, 2014

Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

I'm dusting off my little blog today in the hopes of getting back into the habit (and joy) of writing regular posts because I've really missed you all. The last time I stopped in here was in mid-July when I was in the throes of trying my hand at different weaving techniques. Needless to say, after that, life took a mini detour, and I found myself extra busy at work, looking for a larger flat in the city, and taking care of details related to moving.  But move we did and just in time for the new school/work year to begin!

Baby Aloe

Happily, we're still in my beloved neighborhood but several blocks away from the old place to make discovering new shops, eateries, and parks a constant surprise.  One dream of mine in this new place, which, by the way, gets a ton of light, is to have a whole stash of plants ~ I'm a sucker for succulents so I have a feeling that my indoor garden will be mainly spiky and flowerless!

Moonlit sky from my balcony

My knitting mojo was quiet over the summer, but I did cast on and finish my Trillian shawl which is incredibly buttery soft and warm.  The weather is definitely turning here in New York, and I just might be able to sling on this beauty soon.  With the cooler temps, I'm getting obsessed excited to cast on all the things but will do my best to restrain myself (at least a little).  One thing I know for certain ... I'm going to knit down my stash as much as possible this fall. 

So, ... what's on your needles right now?


Jul 22, 2014

And Now for Something Completely Different

When I returned to my WIPs over the weekend, I sadly discovered that my wrists grew sore after only knitting for about half an hour.  This, my friends, is unacceptable!  But I have to accept it, I suppose, or else I'll make myself miserable. So, what's a crafty girl like me meant to do? Yeah, you guessed it ~ try something new!

Ever since I started weaving, I've been wanting to make a rag rug so I did some research and went into action.  I pulled all my old bed sheets out of my linen closet and picked two queen-size flat sheets that should have been retired many years ago. I tore them into 2.5 inch strips and split-spliced them together.  

I then went to my local DIY big box store, picked up some dowels and elbow connectors, and McGuyvered (yes, that's a word, right?) myself a 3x4 loom.  I've never felt more geeky but in a really good way!

This is my progress so far, and I'm pretty happy with the result.  These aren't colors I would particular want in either my kitchen or bathrooms but as a first sample, I'm loving it.  Oh, did I mention that I have a fantastic local fabric store in my neighborhood?  Tomorrow calls for rain so guess what I'll be doing?