Plain and simple. I’ve had about four glorious weeks of freedom that will soon be coming to an end. At the beginning of August, I will start my internship working at a substance abuse recovery organization. I am both nervous and excited for this big change in my life. Thankfully my course load will be relatively light fall and spring semesters so that I can focus my efforts on my internship and the national examinations I am required to take for graduation and licensure. It blows my mind that I will be done with grad school and have my Masters about a year from now.
In other news… My apartment is in need of a deep clean thanks to my foster kittens Rainbow Brite and Buddy Blue. I have a one bedroom apartment and the kittens have overtaken the kitchen and living room which means those rooms needed to be kitten-proofed… AKA everything that is breakable or that could get damaged was hastily moved into my bedroom. I’ve only had them for a little over a week now and I still have yet to clean up the mess. It’s not necessarily going to be difficult, I am just lazy haha.
My week has been pretty productive when it comes to knitting. I finished my Color Field sample shawl for Rachel of Ontheround. The pattern is Color Field by Kemper Wray. I used Ontheround Everyday DK for this sample. I got to learn how to do an icelandic bind off for this shawl which was a new technique for me!
I also started a new sample shawl for Rachel too! The new shawl is called Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry and I am knitting it out of Rachel’s Double Rainbow Mini Skein Set. The mini skein set includes 100 yards of six rainbowlicious mini skeins! I am really enjoying this knit so far. It is very simple and intuitive, and I cannot wait to fade into the colors as I continue knitting. I also love it because it is a nice pattern where you can watch Netflix or read a book while you are knitting.
Knitting Patterns I Love
There have been a few knitting patterns that I have fallen in love with over the last week. I always tell myself that I should be a monogamous knitter and start and finish one pattern before beginning the next, but where’s the fun in that, right? All of these patterns are shawls, which is funny because I absolutely knitting shawls but I never wear them myself… oops!
The first pattern I love is called Knitflix and Chill. It is a big cozy triangular shawl with simple textured sections which allow for a little variety in your potato chip knitting. All you need is three single-ply skeins of fingering weight yarn and size 3 circular needles and you are good to go.
The next pattern I love this week is the Frozen Silver shawl. This is another triangular shawl with garter and slipped stitch sections throughout the project. It almost has this gorgeous cable look, just without the hassle of cables. The pattern calls for two skeins of fingering weight yarn and size 6 circular needles.
The next three patterns are all by the same designer, Janina Kallio. She has a number of gorgeous lace shawl patterns that you are sure to fall in love with. Right now Janina is having a buy two, get one free pattern sale on Ravelry. All you have to do is put three patterns in your cart at the same time and you will receive the least expensive one for free. This promotion runs through August 13th, 2017. This is definitely a sale you should take advantage of!
The three patterns I purchased with this sale are Diamond Ice, Asterism, and Wild Cherries. Diamond Ice calls for 400 yards (or one skein) of a fingering weight yarn and size 6 needles. Asterism is another perfect one skein wonder project that calls for 437 yards of fingering weight yarn and size 6 needles. Wild Cherries calls for 740 yards of a laceweight yarn and size 6 needles. I love shawls because they are easy to knit up as a gift for a friend or loved one for a birthday or Christmas present and the recipient will be blown away by your skills.
What I’m Watching
During the past week I finished up Scandal, watched the most recent season of Criminal minds (one of my favorite shows) and started watching the most recent season of NCIS all on Netflix. Does anyone else feel like they are addicted to Netflix? It certainly feels like I am sometimes haha. Along with my Netflix shows, I have been watching my normal knitting podcasts as I am able to keep up with them.
I am super excited to share that July 17, 2017 was the four year anniversary of the day I learned how to knit. I learned how to knit by taking a beginner knitting class at a Joann Fabrics with my mom and my cousin. It was a complete whim, but we had TONS of fun together learning how to knit. I was the only one who stuck with it out of the three of us, but its become such an important hobby and lifestyle change of mine. I knit every day now.
I have met so many important people through the knitting community including some of my closest friends, including pattern designers and yarn dyers. During my senior year, I got a job working for a LYS close to my university. Although I have moved away, I still consider Cream City Yarn to be my very first local yarn store. You should definitely check it out if you are every in Wisconsin. One of my closest knitting friends was a beacon of hope during my move to a new city for graduate school. She was a complete stranger who reached out to me and now we are very close friends.
I have also become friends with people all over the world, like my dear friend from England. I honestly don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have these friends and this community. The knitting community has become a home to me beyond a hobby of mine. Thank you everyone for being part of my home.