Monday, March 23, 2015

Pom Pom Project: Paris, France

Hello world.  It's been a while.

Where have I been?  Skating, traveling, knitting, reading, enjoying being engaged, and taking a breather from blogging.  At first the blog-break was scary, then it was liberating, and then -- six months later -- I finally started to miss it.

So here I am, easing back in.

(With emphasis on the "easing.")

My fiancĂ© and I are currently touring France with an ice show.  We're traveling to two cities per week for nine straight weeks.  It makes for a lot of different hotel rooms and more time on the bus than I'd care to calculate, but oh, the sights we get to see!  Churches!  Beaches!  Adorable cafe after adorable cafe!  And people really do walk down the street here wearing berets or carrying armfuls of baguettes.  One time I saw someone doing both of those things at once and my heart exploded.

Anyway, while I'm taking away memories from all these places, I thought of a way to leave a little bit of myself behind as well.  It's a pom pom project.  

I'm going to leave a pom pom everywhere I go. And by everywhere, I mean most places, when I remember, and when it feels right.  No pressure.  Just for funsies.

The first place I left a pom pom was Paris.

I didn't leave it on that fence with the locks, or on the Eiffel Tower, but this is where the whole pom pom project really took shape in my mind.  The idea that all those couples have written their names on locks and left them forever in the city of love is so whimsical and touching.  

All those people had locks; I have pom poms.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Color Blocked Infinity Scarf

I haven't been blogging a whole lot lately, but I've been knitting like crazy.

I just keep thinking of more and more knitted accessories I'd love to bring with me to Europe this winter.  Normal things like hats and scarves, but also wintertime skating-related things like a million different legwarmers.

I've got one pair of legwarmers on my needles at the moment, as well as my Antrorse sweater for the Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit Along, a headband for a birthday present, and I just bound off this color blocked infinity scarf yesterday.

I've never had so many knitting projects going all at once before, and I'll be the first to admit that it's getting out of hand.  But I'm just so excited that fall is finally here!

This particular scarf was a really quick knit on giant needles with thick and cuddly yarn from my stash.  I didn't use a pattern; I just made it up as I went along.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Antrorse sweater knitting update

My Antrorse sweater is suddenly a wearable garment!  And it fits!  I'm so, so, sooooo excited about it.

By "suddenly" I actually mean "painstakingly gradually" given that I've worked on this project every single day for a month.  But that long stretch of time made it all the more shocking when I realized I had finally finished the body this afternoon.

Now that I've tried it on, I can't wait to get going on the sleeves because then it will actually be finished and ready to wear out in the world!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tips for hosting a successful craft party

My friends and I have started doing monthly craft nights, and they're so much fun!  We rotate who is hosting, and the host picks the craft project for the evening.  Last week was my week to play host, and I thought I'd share with you guys what I've learned from it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Ombre Headband

Welcome to the 3rd installment in the One T-Shirt, Three DIYs miniseries!

The first two projects in the miniseries were a hand-stamped headband and a beach-ready crop top, and all three of these projects can be made using a single old t-shirt.

Today's project is the quickest one in the series, with only a minute or two of hands-on crafting.  (But it does involve a couple hours of hands-off drying time; so don't forget to factor that into your schedule.)
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