Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Cardi

Finished and I love it! This is the All Year Cardi in KP Shine Sport (Cream) and it's exactly what I wanted for it to be. It fits nicely (a little long in the picture, but this was taken pre-washing), is comfy to wear, and I think it'll work well even after pregnancy.

I am still working on the baby dress and a few other little things for craft shows this fall, as well as my large spinning project. I'm dying to purchase more roving for spinning, but am trying to be responsible with our money... we will see what happens, as I do have a little cash stashed away for a rainy day and it's seriously tempting me.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


It's so strange how a new environment and routine can improve something.

We had been wanting this move for so long and finally got it. Though I knew that we wouldn't be any richer, any better off, or have fewer problems than we did in Michigan, I still felt that things would be better. Boy, was I right and it was such a pleasant surprise! This move has been the best thing for our marriage. I had been thinking it for a few days now and Charlie said it yesterday. It really has and we aren't entirely sure why.

We are happier. Not just with each other, but overall. Charlie doesn't like his job, but even with that, we are getting along so much better than before (fighting and bad feelings were sadly a bit of the norm for the last 6 months or so we were in Michigan) and we both feel a renewed excitement about our relationship, almost that new honeymoon feeling that's so wonderful about new love. I've always felt that Charlie didn't love me as much as I did him, and I was kind of right. Now it's all changed and he's said repeatedly the past few days that he feels so bad that he hasn't been as good of a husband as he should've been all this time, and that he suddenly realized just how much he really does love me and how glad that he is to have me. All this may sound kind of lovey dovey and too personal, but hearing those words and knowing that makes me so happy. Finally, I truly feel like we are in on life together and there isn't some invisible wall between us.

Is it the weather? The nicer house? Charlie's new schedule of working 3 days a week, so he's home more? We aren't sure, but whatever it is, we love it and are so glad to be here.  I am working on nagging less, letting more of the little things go, and supporting my husband more. It's hard sometimes and we do still squabble here and there, but knowing that we are both working on being better to each other goes a long way. I saw this quote the other day and it really hit home; it's become kind of what I base my actions around and it has helped me to let the little things go (nagging is one of my worst habits and the hardest for me to give up).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Little Knits

I can't seem to stop knitting little things for little ones. I'm still working on the summer cardi (I'm through the body and am fixing to start the sleeves) and baby dress, but work on small projects as a break from stockinette stitch monotony and when I can't or don't want to bring out a larger project.

I was RAK'd a small amount of MadTosh Tosh Vintage a while back. I had always wanted to try some of this famous yarn and it did not disappoint. I wanted to find an actual project for the 75 or so yards I was given in the Cousteau colorway, so a baby Barley it was. I didn't read the pattern well enough and did reverse stockinette instead of garter for the textured part, but it still looks ok.

I had over half a ball of the KP Stroll HP in Legwarmer leftover from the baby dress, so I'm trying to use it all up. I whipped up a simple baby hat for Ruby Rosalie. I still have quite a bit of the yarn left, so I will be making a few pairs of the baby mitts and maybe some newborn socks to go with the hat.

Sorry for the lack of links in my posts lately. I do most of my online stuff from my Kindle Fire HD these days and it's a pain to go back and forth getting links (the pages refresh between tabs, so I lose my work a lot of the time). All my projects can be found on my Ravelry page, you can find me by looking up my username, SpinKnitUp.

I've been spending my evenings in the best possible way. A large pecan tree provides the perfect shade over the deck, starting at about 6:30 or so. I grab a glass of water, my knitting bag, the phone, and my Kindle and go out on the deck with Arthur. He plays, the dogs lounge, and I watch them and knit. We stay out there til about 8 or so and it's so lovely.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me

 My 27th birthday was yesterday. It was a good, though uneventful, day. Charlie had to work the night before and the night of, so had to sleep most of the day but did bring me home some surprises...

This is Rocky, my new pet betta. I've been wanting one for my kitchen and Charlie went to two different stores after working 12 hours to fine him for me.

He also brought home handpicked wildflowers! I love them so much more than any fancy store bought flowers he could've gotten me.  My husband is a good man, but isn't the best at giving thoughtful gifts so these birthday surprises were very unexpected and very much appreciated.

The rest of the day was the usual laundry, playing with Arthur, dishes, etc.

In non-birthday news, I have been spinning daily and finally am making a dent in the merino...

This is 380 yards (67g) all finished up. Another 300 yards is currently sitting in a bath and I still have 7 or so ounces left to tackle. It's a joy to be able to spin regularly now. I think this yarn will end up being a simple light pullover for fall.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Yarn Room

 I've been wanting to show off my yarn room, but it's still not finished. I planned on waiting until I had all the shelves up and everything put nicely away into its place, but I really don't know when that will be so I'm just showing you how it looked this morning when I came in to spin a bit...

The first thing you see when entering is the bookshelf. On top is my favorite drawing of Eeyore, my scale, and my crochet thread used for inkle weaving. Next are knitting books, Eucalan, my button jar, and thread. Below that are the knitting/crochet/spinning magazines and good old Hippo, a favorite childhood toy. Finally, on the last shelf, are miscellaneous crafting books (painting, stitching, etc). In front of the shelf are two boxes that still need unpacking, but I've put it off since it's random stuff and I don't want to think about where it all should go.

To the left of the shelf we have Charlotte, my beloved Ashford Traditonal and my spinning chair (my aunt gave us a ton of nice furniture and I immediately snatched the chair up since it's perfect for spinning). I am still working on the Woollie Bullie merino in Raw Turquoise; I should have the first two Robbins of singles plied tonight! Then it's on to the remaining 8 or so ounces...

Just beside Charlotte, we have my sewing table. It's not organized in any way yet and is kind of a holding place for my sewing machine, serger, and fiber on deck for the wheel. Beside the table is a tote with my KP Brava and Palette. Barrett usually naps behind the table or under my spinning chair when I'm working in here.

Then there's my table that houses the swift, winder, inkle loom, lazy Kate, niddy noddy, and yarn on deck to be knit. Below and beside the table are totes with embroidery and sewing supplies, plus a box of random that needs putting away. I will get to that soon, I will.

Finally, we have the good stuff... yarn! My stash is displayed on two metal racks I got while working at Walgreens. The red bookshelf also came from there. I rescued them from being trashed once the promos where over. I had to kind of cram everything in, but it's all there and I love being able to see it all and be inspired each and every day. Yes, I do worry about bugs getting in the buffet line, but I have cedar blocks and lavender sachets hidden in there and check the stash often. I just can't bear the thought of hiding my babies ever again one that I have my own space for everything.

Beside the stash are plastic shelves with various craft supplies, important documents, etc. The closet is just to the left and houses clothes and shoes, plus a tote of random big box store yarn that I don't mind hiding.

And, there you have it. It's not fancy, it's not as beautiful as many rooms I've seen, but it's all mine and I love it.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Oh, The Cuteness!

Isn't this the cutest? I was wanting a quick and easy, but still interesting, crochet project yesterday and found the Baby Dress Camille. I grabbed the ball of KP Stroll HP in Legwarmer I bought quite some time ago and got to work. It ended up being tiny, just right for a newborn, and I love it. I think I will save it for baby Ruby. I definitely see more of these dresses in different sizes in my future!

For more cute, here are some pictures from our day today. Arthur opened a savings account at Piggy Bank Day and also got a Darth Vader outfit for his Puppy (a Build-a-Bear that is his constant companion). My dad got it for him and it was a huge hit.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


I am so loving being back in Georgia! Everything is just so much better... the weather, prices on everything, the people are nicer in general, etc. Charlie is homesick for the last jail he worked at, but is trying to get used to how things are run in a small rural Southern county versus the very large urban Northern one that he was at before. Other than the job, though, he's loving being a "damn Yankee."

The house is amazing. It's full of light, is open, and I enjoy doing chores here. It isn't a task to have to clean up and it's a home that I'm proud of, so that helps so much. My parents have been over a few times already and we got the garden in and everything unpacked minus a few things here and there. My yarn room is the best! I find myself spending a few minutes here and there everyday either spinning, knitting, or daydreaming about the two.

Some knitting proof...

Oh, and it's a girl! This is miss Ruby Rosalie Knoll!