Spring Ahead

Hi everyone, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post…. Oops haha. A lot of things have happened in the past month and I can’t wait to share with you. The biggest thing that has happened in my life was the unexpected break up with my boyfriend at the beginning of March. The break up caused me to want to take some time for myself to figure out what I am looking for or what I need in my life right now, which I am still continuing to do today.

Knitting

In attempts to distract myself from the misery of my breakup, I also decided to take on a test knitting opportunity for Jen of Webster Street Knittery. Jen has a beautiful lace shawl coming out soon called Growing Lilies which has a fingering weight yarn and a mohair/silk yar held together. I have never worked with mohair before, so it’s definitely been a learning experience for me. Knitting with it is wonderful and lends itself to a beautiful and squishy fabric, but tinking it back or ripping out is absolutely horrendous haha. I am using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Good Silence colorway and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in the White colorway. The colors don’t match perfectly, but the mohair blends very well with the merino singles. The shawl should be getting released within the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for this gorgeous shawl.

Spring 2018 Brioche-A-Long

The Brioche-A-Long or Brioche KAL is still happening in my Ravelry group until the end of May. I am giving out prizes for participation every month and I will have a number of prizes to giveaway for finished objects at the end of the KAL. My first brioche project was the Briochealicious shawl by Andrea Mowry but I ripped it back because I made a brioche mistake that I couldn’t fix. Then i started a Love Ewe Baby shawl for a dear friend’s birthday in September. It’s currently in hibernation for the Webster Street Knittery test knit, but I am in love with how it is knitting up and I cannot wait for her to receive it in September.

Knitting Goals and Destash NewsΒ 

Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about my stash and my knitting in general. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve known that I want to knit more garments this year compared to shawls and I am doing my best to keep up with that goal. I was knitting on my Sunset Highway and Zweig sweaters (Anyone sense a Caitlin Hunter theme here? haha) the last few months before starting the test knit mentioned. I put the Sunset Highway sweater into hibernation to be able to work on some other projects, and right now I am completely in love with my Zweig sweater work-in-progress. I have knit the lace and colorwork yoke and I am ready to knit down the body of the sweater then complete the sleeves, all once this test knit is finished.

Another topic on my mind recently has been regarding my yarn stash, needle stash and project bag stash. Project bags and yarn are two of my favorite knitting-related items to buy, but my collections are simply getting out of control. One day I would like to have a minimalist stash, where I can find a pattern I love, buy the yarn and knit the project while I’m still in the honeymoon stage of loving it instead of buying yarn and keeping it in my stash forever and ever. Because I have too much “stuff” I have decided to start a HUGE destash on Instagram. I will continue to add items to the destash page over the next few weeks, but feel free to claim anything you see available now. If you are interested in checking out what I have to destash the page is hiyahannahbanana.destash.

Easter Weekend

I had a wonderful Easter weekend. My parents came down to visit me on Saturday and Sunday and we had a nice weekend relaxing. Besides cleaning up my apartment to prepare for their visit, I also baked cinnamon rolls (Thank you Pillsbury) and boxed blueberry muffins. Of course both of them were delicious.

Grad School

My spring grad school class has also come to an end along with my big thesis project, but I will not find out my grade for the project until I meet with my professor. I am still at my internship and it is going well. I am learning and growing every day. I know once I look back on my internship and this year I will be grateful, but right now it has been the most challenging year I’ve ever experienced. I will be working at my internship site until the end of June and possible even into July. I know graduation on July 6th will be here before I know it…

Currently ReadingΒ 

Reading is another hobby that I love along with knitting. I heard of a fun book club on social media called Once Upon A Book Club. Each month, you pay $34.99 and receive a surprise book along with a handful of wrapped gifts which the book tells you to unwrap as you read through the book. There are both Young Adult and Adult versions of the book club and hints about each are posted on social media about the books for each book club. I decided to purchase the March Adult book club box with the book called The Taster by V.S. Alexander. The book is about a young German girl who was chosen to taste Hitler’s food during WWII to ensure he does not get poisoned by his enemies. I was not expecting to love this book, but it is a riveting story and the gifts are simply adorable. I would definitely suggest this book club box if you are interested in reading books you wouldn’t normally read.

I am so sorry it took so long to get this post out. It’s amazing how quickly life can get away from you. I will do my best to post more often in the coming weeks πŸ™‚

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