Monday, March 30, 2015

I find my days lately full of creativity and the drive to make everything I set my eyes upon.  This feeling always comes around in Spring when everything is new and the warmer weather approaches.  For many years now I have wanted to get my personal wardrobe mostly handmade and if money was no option I could do that.

However, this year I need to be very conscious of how much I spend and how much I make because September is not too far away and the stress of ones school's expenses is constantly looming.  It is because of that I need to remember to have more fun over the next few months.  There is so much I can do in my city that costs almost nothing!

A long time ago when I found out about Socks that Rock I purchased a skein of "Hobbit Garden" with no more intention that to make socks of it one day.  Recently, I came upon a Stephen West pattern called Dotted Rays and found it to be JUST what I needed this summer to keep the heat from my shoulders.  It was this pattern by Kristen that inspired me to cast this on without a second thought, every current project forgotten.  I found this project's notes to be very helpful too for those of you new to the i-cord cast on, like myself.  Step by step pictures go a long way!

With March coming to a close I've noticed I hardly picked up a book this month.  I took a long needed break from reading and just spent it elsewhere - Netflix, knitting, re-watching old favourite shows, and planning for the garden are just some of those things.  I'm looking forward to getting back into the mood for reading again.

I didn't entirely give up reading, but instead found a new interest for audio books!  I'm especially enjoying The Buckshaw Chronicles by Alan Bradley right now - A Red Herring Without Mustard is currently on my player.  I love a good murder mystery and they are perfect for the rainy weather that is headed our way.

With Spring in the air I have a horrible itch to finally sew up a nice dress or two and thanks to the lovely Lizzy House mentioning the Cabin Dress Pattern I have found my next new project to tackle this year.  How adorable is this one by Teresa!  That plaid!  Oh I love a good pattern with pockets!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

these are a few of my favourite things

As I sit here, a cup of cocoa close at hand, I think of all the time gone by since I was last here and it seems as though so much has changed and yet, so much is the same.
I am a little bit wiser and still spend a lot of time daydreaming, but I am working hard for those dreams.

I spend a lot of my time now surrounded by books.  They drive me to a better life and place.  One of the biggest changes that came to my life this year was reaching out of my comfort zone and making (some what nerdy) Booktube videos about books.  I have such a passion for reading now and have made many new friends that have changed my life for the better.

Reading has always been a passion I have had and even now I surround myself with interesting people who also love to read.  It wasn't until last summer that I really came into an acceptance that I LOVE BOOKS.  I love being surrounded by them, whether it is my personal library, or the public.  I love the aged sweetness of a used book store and the books they sell.  I love the feel of a good, floppy, smooth edge between my fingertips as I mindlessly stroke the pages as I read.  I love to dog ear an old favourite because its my way of saying "Your mine and only mine."

I have many other loves like the garden I create with my bare hands in the spring and the feel of the earth between my fingers.  The feel of a crisp new fabric you've saved up for to use on just the right dress pattern to come along and sew.  The nearly untraceable tug of yarn through my pinky finger as I hold tension on those socks I have been working on for months and the smell of buttery lemon peel as scones bake in the over for afternoon tea (black, with a slice of ginger and smidge of honey lately).

I am glad to be back sharing in this space, even if it's only to look back on myself in the future.

Welcome to an adventure friends.

Monday, September 2, 2013

hello September

Welcome cosy sweaters and changing leaves.
Fireplace stories and pouring rains.
Hearty foods from harvest past and cups of tea that never last.

I'm glad that September has finally come.  I feel like it will begin to wash away some of these gloomy thoughts I've been having.  It's weird that summer affects me so with all that sunlight.

p.s.  I recently changed my diet to a pescetarian one to help with inflammation in my joints.  I'm seeing a huge change with bloating (no bra roll anymore!) and my hands have calmed down some.  They still ache some, but maybe with time.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

year of socks: only the beginning

I began sock knitting this year, with the help of a wonderful friend.  You know who you are and just how patient you can be. :)

I started out full on with the magic loop method and two at a time socks!  I can tell you, I like going at socks this way.  I'm definitely that knitter that gets bored many a time with projects and I put them away for ages only to feel that guilt that I know some of you just understand.  *deep breath*

Thanks for sharing that wee bit of knitter's remorse with me.

We had a moment where I stumped us both after we mentioned dropping stitches (jinx much?), but then we did some crafty fixer-upper and I was well on my way.  These ones are toe up with a rounded out toe she figured out how to do ages ago while she was just beginning herself.

I'm on that 'knit them up until they reach this length' stage.  One thing to love about this project is this colourway.  I went to Lettuce Knit here in Toronto and grabbed what jumped out at me.  It's by Yummy Yarn Studio and the colourway is "Country Mouse".  How cute is that?!

What I am not pleased with so far are these needles.  Hiya Hiya sharps  2.5mm/100cm and my yarn just doesn't slip nicely over the bit connecting the wire to needle. Sigh, looks like some Addis might be in my future.

Until then I will just swoon over this colourway and anticipate wearing these over the winter months.

love love
Miss Cris

Monday, August 5, 2013

this wool

This wool has been so many things.
Imaginary things.
Disappointing things.
Pulled apart things.
Hopeful things.

I feel as if it will make me appreciate this sweater, when finished, even more.  I was very smart about this sweater this time and did a swatch and I got the right gauge on the first try!  I'm quite close to the rows where I start the arms and it makes me a little nervous, but this project will be on a bit of a standstill while I learn sock knitting soon from a dear friend.

To wistful autumn days and enjoying the last bits of summer lovelies. ♥

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

wintery days

Cold wintery days are here. Small blustering gusts of snow glitter in the air and the cold nips at my nose now.  Time for hot cocoa with little marshmallows dotting the tops, warm cosy duvets, DVD marathons on the weekends off, and knitting.  I can't wait to finish this cowl and wear it out.  I'm sure my nose will appreciate it too.

love love
Miss Cris

Thursday, August 9, 2012

constructing autumn pieces

Lately I can't stop thinking about the fun I'm going to have being hands on with my Autumn wardrobe.  This Wiksten tank pattern has been on my wish list for ages and I've already got fabric in mind.  The tank will be my practice before I use Megan Nielsen's Darling Ranges dress sew along to construct my dress right.  I think a fabric I like, but can use as a try out first would be best.  Pattern sizing isn't always my forte.