Happy 2017!

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Happy 2017! New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year. When I was growing up we used to collect a bunch of candles onto the coffee table and light them all as a welcome to the New Year. New Year’s has always been a nice family celebration for me. Sometimes we would watch movies, and sometimes we would watch the ball drop. Last year I was with my family so we also lit off sparklers and fireworks to the delight of my niece. This year I watched anime and consumed delicious gluten free Mr. Mochi Ice Cream, something I missed from the days where I ate gluten.

My 2017 started off on a wonderful note. I found my knit hat that I made a few years ago at a diner that I often go to with my girlfriend. They kept it there on their coat rack for at least a few weeks, and I was excited to find it. I honestly thought that it had fallen behind the coach or was somewhere in my apartment and I hadn’t realized I lost it. It was a great surprise!

erins-barry

It seems as if I haven’t written New Year’s Resolutions on my blog since 2015 began. I believe I did alright with a lot of my resolutions in 2015, which was the year of love for me, but I don’t think I had any concrete resolutions for 2016. As bad as 2016 was collectively for all of us, 2016 was also something sneakily wonderful for me personally. I have a few resolutions for 2017.

  1. I want to get less sleep. This one may seem odd, but I do tend to oversleep if I have the time to do so. I am aiming for a solid 8 hours of sleep every night. This means that I need to set an alarm, even when I don’t have anything to do the next day.
  2. I want to drink more water and less caffeine. I also really need to eat in the morning. I think this sometimes is correlated with me oversleeping, so this is connected to my first goal.
  3. I want to get off of social media and the internet before going to bed and read instead. This one seems like the hardest goal that I have this year. Generally this means that if I am just endlessly scrolling online, I want to get off and do something else. This also means that I need to read more of my physical books rather than ebooks. I think this will also help with me setting a schedule for sleep.
  4. I want to stretch every day for at least 10 minutes. This is pretty basic, but I think this will be nice to do when I wake up to help me set a good sleeping/waking schedule.
  5. Lastly, I want to listen to more music. The New Year always makes me reflect on the music I have loved throughout the year, and it’s something I really love. This year I have gotten more into Japanese music, and I want to continue exploring that wonderful part of the world.

Happy New Year!

 

A Sheldina Christmas

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It’s been awhile. For most of 2016 I was in a massive knitting slump. I didn’t want to knit anything, and I never found the time or inspiration to pick it up. Amidst that feeling, I did end up knitting my niece another stuffed animal Sheldon for Christmas. I knit one for her before, and I knit the pattern again for a craft swap as well. And while I didn’t get any pictures before sending it off in a classic holiday rush, here are a few picture my mom sent me after she received the package.

I have knit this pattern twice before, but this time I had more of a grasp on how to knit in the round (the first time I knit Sheldon by Ruth Homrighaus was my first time knitting with DPNs! Oh how things have changed!) and I figured out how to knit the shell and attachment panel together according to the pattern (yay!) instead of knitting an icord and stitching it on after stitching the shell and attachment panel together first. I actually really love how this worked out, and I want to try it out on some of my own designs in the future (I am thinking about using this technique for Little Toastie).

little-toastie

I used the pattern Santa Hat–50823 by Brooke Higgins to add a Christmas-y touch. I sewed on some elastic re-purposed from an extra unusable fitted sheet to fit to Sheldon’s head. I made a pom-pom with my (fairly) new pom-pom makers from Lion Brand. I took off the biggest circle to make the size that I wanted, and I went to a blog called Myrtle and Eunice for a tutorial on how to use them.

The last touch I made was to put a crochet flower on the shell. Since I only have very basic knowledge of how to crochet, I found a video tutorial to follow. I used a size G crochet hook, and I just stitched the yellow center onto the shell directly. Here is the video:

 

This year my Christmas tree was decorated with Dr. Scarf as the tree topper, a pattern called Oatmeal the Snowman by Rachel Borello Carroll. I also had some bird ornaments I knit from handspun yarn, a pattern called Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner. I think the tree really cheered up the room!

tree-2016

Now, believe it or not, I am off to knit another Sheldon for my girlfriend—this time in brown to look more like a snapping turtle because we recently encountered one on a walk! Happy Holidays!

Yarn Haul WEBS Tent Sale 2016

Have you been to the WEBS tent sale or to WEBS? Have you used any of this yarn? Let me know down in the comments! Subscribe on youtube for future videos!

Last Year’s Video: Webs Tent Sale Haul http://bit.ly/1tdciby

Last Video: What Should I Knit and What’s in My Knitting Notions Case? http://bit.ly/1Uv1MSv

WEBS: http://bit.ly/1tdbBPu

Yarn in this Video:
Boston Mix in Eggplant: http://bit.ly/1UaDOQD
Plymouth Yarn Stained Glazz in Yellow Colors: http://bit.ly/1TWNBvy
Sirdar Click Chunky with Wool in Heath: http://bit.ly/1Ob2Let
Wildwood Yarns Webster in Dark Brown: http://bit.ly/1ZsPqyG
Tahki Yarns Calypso in Sunflowers: http://bit.ly/1UmZfKk

Mustard Cukes from Barberic Farm in Shelburne MA
http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farm.php?farm=3711

What’s in my Knitting Notions Case?

What’s in my Knitting Notions Case?

Give me shawl suggestions to knit with this beautiful speckled yarn!

Yarn from The Lemonade Shop: http://etsy.me/1YgZudx
Listing for Toxic Oreo in the Sparkle Base: http://bit.ly/1TOdavj

Previous Video: http://bit.ly/1VPO8zg

Birch Leaf Shawl by Susan Gutperl: http://bit.ly/1NnNshW
Yarn from Kangaroo Dyer in Alpaca and Silk Laceweight in the Tapestry Colorway: http://bit.ly/1Wi1MeH

Shawl Mentioned: The Doodler by Stephen West
Project Page: http://bit.ly/24sgG3q
Pattern: http://bit.ly/1Tc2rI2
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibre Skinny Singles in Tulp, Graphite, and Where’s My Bike

Little Toastie: http://bit.ly/1SF2fSa

Jimmy Beans Wool Beanie Bag Subscription (not Knitpicks, oops!): http://tinyurl.com/gvocmcw

Lena Brown Designs: http://bit.ly/1NnMIJD
Tree of Life Knitting Needle Case: http://etsy.me/1SXCT5F

Katrinkles: http://bit.ly/1TOdA4O
Whale Knitting Needle Gauge: http://etsy.me/23Ayrv1

Stephen West Mystery KAL Shawls

Stephen West Mystery KAL Shawls

Every year I try to participate in the mystery shawl knit-a-long hosted by Stephen West. For the past three years I have become increasingly excited about the mystery of it all, as well as the amount of knitters also participating to share in the process. It’s been really fun to pick out what yarn to use as well as what colors, all without knowing what the finished product will look like. I have enjoyed the process of knitting all of these shawls as well—I find that Stephen West’s patterns are very pleasant to knit.

I recently decided to take some pictures of the shawls together, and I ended up taking some selfies as well on this warm and windy beach! I would also love to hear your experiences with Stephen West’s Mystery Shawl KALs in the comments! Happy knitting.

Color Craving: http://bit.ly/1O8khKH

Project Page: http://bit.ly/26IFZQT

Color Craving 4

Exploration Station: http://bit.ly/24gK4go

Project Page: http://bit.ly/1WB0gTC

Exploration Station 1

The Doodler: http://bit.ly/1Tc2rI2

Project Page: http://bit.ly/24sgG3q

The Doodler Shawl 1

All three together!

Stephen West Shawl's 1

The Doodler, Little Toastie, and April’s Beanie Bag

The Doodler, Little Toastie, and April’s Beanie Bag

Bookshelf Tour: https://youtu.be/rM2xGD8v1lg

Shawl: The Doodler by Stephen West
Project Page: http://bit.ly/24sgG3q
Pattern: http://bit.ly/1Tc2rI2
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibre Skinny Singles in Tulp, Graphite, and Where’s My Bike

Little Toastie: http://bit.ly/1SF2fSa

Jimmy Beans Wool Beanie Bag Subscription: http://tinyurl.com/gvocmcw
Included:
Crystal Palace Mochi Plus in 604 Bodega Bay
Crystal Palace Allegro Aran in 9028 Tandoori
Crystal Palace Sausalito in 8451 Harvest
Crystal Palace Panda Silk in 3001 Pearl Blue
Crystal Palace 3092 Night Sky
Soak in Celebration
Knitter’s Pride Needle Gauge

Podcasts, Japanese Music and TV

Recently I have been consuming a lot of non-knitting related media. I have been particularly into podcasts, Japanese music and anime. Feel free to recommend any media to me that you think I would enjoy!

Podcasts:

Podcasts have been really great to listen to when I have been knitting or driving, or even just brushing my teeth or browsing the internet. They have been great for me to fill the in-between spaces of daily life that can be tedious or tiresome, and it’s nice to listen to a back-log of podcasts and become familiar with a particular person (or persons) or topic.

Gilmore Guys has been a particular gem for me ever since I had the urge to rewatch Gilmore Girls recently, and it’s been a great companion to my watch-through of the show. I had heard about the Gilmore Guys show before, but had never looked into it until I realized how much I missed watching Gilmore Girls. It is a fantastic podcast, and I enjoy consuming more content about Gilmore Girls and learning more about the show from the hosts of the podcast as well as from special guests.

Dear Hank and John has been another podcast I have been listening to recently from Hank Green and John Green, the vlogbrothers on youtube. I have been following their main youtube channel for years and I have read John Green’s books in the past, but only recently have I been delving into their many related projects such as this podcast, as well as The Art Assignment and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Dear Hank and John is a longer format than their youtube videos and I think it is more casual and an interesting interaction between Hank and John. It has been enjoyable to learn more about their thoughts on various topics as they answer listeners questions.

Multiamory is a podcast about different topics related to polyamory, as well as just great advice that applies to all different kinds of relationships. I have been listening to this podcast and learning a lot and thinking a lot about my own relationships (romantic or not). It’s been really interesting to think about topics that are often just assumed within romantic or even platonic relationships and to think about what I truly want for myself in all of my interpersonal relationships. Overall this is a great podcast to brush up on things such as communication skills and to become conscious and be mindful of different aspects of our relationships.

Music:

I go in and out of phases of really being into finding new music. Most of the time I am content with listening to Dir En Grey or Placebo, but recently I have been listening to a lot of Japanese music specifically. I am really interested in getting into Japanese shoegaze more, and I have been really feeling female vocals.

Mass of the Fermenting Dregs is a shoegaze band that I started listening to after they broke up in 2012. Recently there has been news that they have reformed, which is really exciting! I love their sound and vibe. The vocals are just cool, and their energy is easy to get caught up in. I look forward to listening to their new music!

Kinoko Teikoku is another great Japanese shoegaze band with great female vocals. Their sound is full of emotion, and even though I just started listening to them they have fast become a favorite. Their sound is very beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Every time I start listening to their albums eureka and Uzu ni Naru I seriously have a hard time stopping.

空想委員会 is a band that I have been really enjoying with an indie feel. I don’t know that much about them since it seems like most of their fans are Japanese. But almost everything I have heard from them has really jelled with me. I also really enjoy the artwork on their album covers. They are really easy to listen to with a relatively mainstream sound, but still very solid. 

フレデリック is a rock band that I haven’t heard too much from, but I have been really into the the song ‘oddloop’ and the accompanying music video. I believe the song is about a catchy tune playing in a loop in your mind, and the video is slightly weird (in a good way), but it definitely lives up to the title.

TV:

Alright so I don’t have too much to talk about in this section, but I have been in the mood to watch anime recently. I also suddenly realized that I missed watching Gilmore Girls, so I started re-watching it (I mentioned this in the Podcast section), and even though I recently watched the show I have been enjoying it just as much the second(ish) time around (besides all of the random episodes I watched of the show in syndication).

I finally got through the first season of Avatar to go on to watch the rest of the show for the first time and I am now on the last season of Korra. I have been thoroughly enjoying both shows and I now understand why people love them. For me, they are really funny and heavily character driven, which is my favorite part.

I recently finished watching the anime Shin Sekai Yori, which was really great. I liked the idea of the world (even though it is really terrible) and I liked the clothing in the show. The storyline was really interesting and I haven’t watched something I’ve been so invested in for a long time. I wasn’t ever sure where the storyline was going, which made it really interesting for me and worth a binge watch.

Erased just finished airing and is a kind of mystery thriller anime with some time-travel elements thrown in. I was definitely in the mood to watch a mystery drama, and I thoroughly enjoyed the watch-through of this anime. The main character was compelling and the the story was pretty solid as well. It was pretty short and a nice one season anime to watch.

Again, please feel free to recommend anything you think I would enjoy. Thanks for stopping by!