Spring has sprung

Fun fact daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. This picture was taken in my front yard.

Fun fact daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. This picture was taken in my front yard.

Well most recently my life has basically been consumed by grad school work, which is kind of miserable, but also good because it means the end of the semester is in sight. But though I have been consumed by school work with all of this nice spring weather I have been really inspired. I have been so inspired that I started making jewelry again. I haven’t made any new jewelry since November and those were just copies of ones I have already made.

In the past two days I have made 5 new necklaces and fixed two for various reasons mainly because I thought something looked sloppy. So here’s some pictures of the newly finished projects and a group shot of all of my necklaces that I have made and still have in my possession at the current moment.

All of my necklaces together.

All of my necklaces together. I just love how they all look when they are together like that.

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This one and the next one I made because I saw Eliza from if&any make some and I really liked them and wanted to make one or two for me.

This one and the next one I made because I saw Eliza from if&any make some and I really liked them and wanted to make one or two for me.

Here's the second one I made. I personally like the first one better.

Here’s the second one I made. I personally like the first one better. And the one to the right is another new necklace I made.

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Here’s a group shot of all of the new necklaces.

And well this I think is my favorite out of all of the new ones I made this week so far.

And well this I think is my favorite out of all of the new ones I made this week so far.

 

In other news my friend Alicia and I started our KAL together via skype on April 1st. We had a lovely time skyping and knitting together and then this past weekend I went down to visit with her and some other friends. Basically for the whole day Saturday and part of Sunday we worked on our strathcona (a Jane Richmond design) scarves. At the current moment I am over halfway done. I just passed the center mark of the scarf. Overall I really love the pattern, which seems to be the general feeling I have for all of Jane Richmond’s designs. I just love the aesthetic to them, they are just a fun simple knit with just enough of a twist to make them interesting. This scarf is no different the design of it is great and I can’t wait to finish it so I can wear it, it’s definitely is going to be a go to spring/summer scarf in my close, but I doubt I will only limit it to those two seasons.

Now it’s not only the pattern and design that makes a project great, but a good yarn makes a lot of difference and boy is this yarn wonderful. I usually don’t like working with cotton yarns, but this yarn is totally an exception to the rule. The yarn is Riveting from Kollage yarns it is 100% recycled yarn from recycled blue jeans. My friend Alicia and I are both super happy with this yarn and know that we will use it again, we were considering using it to make a 3/4 length cardigan or something.

Here's a pictured of my Strathcona so far.

Here’s a pictured of my Strathcona so far.

Over all I love this scarf, pattern, design, and yarn and totally recommend it to anyone.

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Selfish knitting

It feels so good to be able to do some selfish knitting again, at least for awhile (I do have some orders but those I’m not going to start for another week or so).

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Here’s my Rae!

On the topic of selfish knitting I have finally finished the scarf called the Rae that I have been in love with for a while. I first fell in love with the scarf when I saw it on Jane Richmond’s ravelry design page. I started this project somewhere around the end of October, on some sock yarn I had lying around and realized that I wouldn’t have enough yarn so I ripped it out. Plus I didn’t really like it that much, it was a true sock

yarn, not something that you would want around your neck. Then I fell in love all over again after I bought the new yarn and started knitting it. The yarn is called Heritage silk by Cascade Yarn (one of my go to yarn brands), the yarn is a luscious 85% merino wool and 15% mulberry silk blend that is a beautiful navy blue color.

About midway through this project it started popping up in my dreams, I’m not joking. I was wearing it with one of my favorite shirts and ever since I had that dream that is all I can think about when I wear that shirt. That made Christmas knitting even harder because I really wanted to finish it, but I knew I needed to be good and get my Christmas knitting done because I was cutting it close anyway. But I finished the scarf Saturday night, I cut it close and had to improvise in the end. That was another hiccup. I technically ran out of yarn, but I finagled it to work. All in all with this hiccup  and all of the hiccups during my Christmas knitting I have definitely learned my lesson and from now on I will gauge. At least right now I can declare it.

So needless to say I was very excited to finish the project Saturday night because that meant I could finally wear the outfit that I have been dreaming/thinking about forever. So here it is my Rae of blue!

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Marissa came today! We had a fabulous time!

Marissa came over today! We had a fabulous time!

So besides the fact of me wearing my favorite new go to outfit as I said about my friend Marissa came over and she modeled some of my jewelry, but we also did some baking! We searched Pinterst for recipes and this is what we chose: Nutella stuffed cookies. You can find the recipe at the blog I just linked to in the name of the cookie.

The cookies were delicious, but super messy to make. They didn’t look as messy in the pictures on the blog, but I feel we were to impatient to let the cookie dough chill long enough to not be sticky. Here are some of the pictures my mom took as we were making them.

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We made one big cookie with all of the left over dough! It spread and made it look like Mickey Mouse. We made one big cookie with all of the left over dough! It spread and made it look like Mickey Mouse.

Overall it was a successful fun day!