Hi everyone, how are you doing today? I am so glad you are taking a few minutes out of your busy schedules to come and spend a little time with me. This is actually my second time starting a knitting blog. I had one in 2016 (I think?) but it didn’t last long even though I had the best intentions for it. I hope to be able to keep this one going for a while.
I am definitely stepping outside my comfort zone by starting this blog. Since moving and starting graduate school, I have noticed I am much more of an introvert than I was throughout college. It is a big step for me to talk about myself and my life with all of you.
I started this blog on a whim, so many aspects of this blog are still in the works. I plan to post once a week (or so) and talk about my life, my knitting, any books I am reading, any fun outings I have planned, and a miscellaneous section for all the random bits and bobs that don’t fit somewhere else haha. If you have any ideas or suggestions for this blog, I would love to hear from you! Just use the ‘Contact’ page and I will be sure to get back to you!
Last weekend my sister got married and I had the honor to stand up next to her as her Maid of Honor. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and went of without a hitch. We had GORGEOUS weather for the wedding, it wasn’t too hot or too cold. Helping to plan a wedding is definitely an undertaking, and I can’t believe that everything is over after more than a year of wedding plans. I joke that I have a wedding hangover, not from alcohol, but from the pure exhaustion of having so much stress and excitement leading up to the wedding. I am excited to have a few weeks to relax before my internship begins at the beginning of August.
Occasionally I will foster cats or kittens through my local shelter and yesterday I picked up two sweethearts. One is a 10 month old female named Rainbow Brite. She is super sweet and affectionate. The second kitten is a 10 week old male named Buddy Blue. He is a shy kitten that I will have to work on socializing in the next few weeks. Because the shelter doesn’t know much about the kittens, they believe that Rainbow Brite might be the momma to Buddy Blue but they aren’t completely sure. My Mom told me last night that Rainbow Brite and Buddy Blue make fosters number 11 and 12 so far! That’s crazy!
With A LOT of help from my boyfriend I have decided to begin a journey to become more healthy through exercise and eating better. It is a relatively new change and I can’t wait to share my progress with all of you. My amazing fitness boyfriend created a workout plan for me that has me going to the gym four times a week. He wants me to lift weights three times a week and doing cardio at least once a week. He has also created a nutrition plan for me to get me on the right track towards a healthier lifestyle. Have you ever made lifestyle changes like these? What helped you? What hindered you?
Knitting Works In Progress
As you will come to find out, I am a very non-monogamous knitter. I get bored very easily so I enjoy having a variety of projects on my needles at the same time.
This week I have spent majority of my time working on my Pavement sweater by Veera Välimäki. It is a fingering weight sweater that I am knitting out of Ontheround Signature Sock in the Pixel colorway. I just bound off on the body of the sweater so I only have two 3/4 length sleeves to go!!! It has been such a fun and easy knit. I am so in love with it so far.
I also have a serious case of startitis. I desperately want to cast on all the things haha. I am thinking my next cast on will be a Free Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry out of an Ontheround Everyday Lite Little Skein Set in the Double Rainbow colorway.
On My TV
Because my life has been so busy lately with the wedding and summer classes coming to an end, I had a number of podcasts to catch up on.
I love to watch Katie on Inside Number 23. Katie is such a sweetheart and I am so proud of her for making the lifestyle change to become a vegetarian. She also gives me sewing goals! haha.
Inside Number 23 Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf75baDZnYUEWtz2O0gujYg
I also got to catch up on Kristin of the Yarngasm podcast. She has gorgeous hand-dyed yarn and just put out a new pie shawl design that is stunning!
Yarngasm Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/YarnGasmPodcast
Another yarny podcast I love to watch is Joyce of Ruby Moss Cottage. Joyce is new to podcasting and has the absolute sweetest personality. She is one of the knitters I would LOVE to meet in person some day.
Ruby Moss Cottage Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_7eujKSRBukbYnLivy80vQ
There are a number of series I enjoy watching on Netflix like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Quantico, and Criminal Minds just to name a few. When a show releases a new season I often have to go back and watch the previous season because there has been such a gap between season releases.
I am currently working my way through the latest season of Scandal. Once I am caught up with Scandal, I will move on to the most recent Criminal Minds season. Do you have any recommendations of shows/movies/documentaries that you enjoy on Netflix? I’d love recommendations!
On My Bookshelf
I am currently reading Evensong by Kate Southwood. I am only a few chapters in, but it is a beautiful book so far. I found this book on my birthday in June when I went to a local bookstore with my boyfriend before brunch. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was in a bookstore, but I am so glad because I found MANY books that I put on my reading list for the future. I have a Kindle, which makes reading super easy but nothing compares to holding a physical book in my hands.
In The Kitchen
Earlier today I put a beef roast in my slow cooker to make slow-cooked beef. It is a family recipe that my parents made all the time when I was growing up. It’s nice and easy because you throw everything in the slow cooker and forget about it for hours until it’s done. Later tonight I will be shredding the beef and plating it over white rice for a super yummy dinner. Do you have any family recipes that you would love to share?
Have a wonderful week everyone! I can’t wait to see you again next week.