Friday, January 23, 2015

Holiday Shawl

As the end-of-term approaches, I find myself with free time on the horizon. The problem with tutoring is that it is very cyclical. I go from having a lot of work to none every few months. Oh well, hopefully that means I will have more time over the next few weeks to get caught up on things. My latest round of insomnia is really limiting my productivity! The break from work should help me get back on track.

I have managed to finish a few projects however, including some knitting! I just finished a new shawl for myself. Ok, actually I finished before Christmas; I'm just a little late with the photos. Opps. 

It's first outing was on Boxing day. I paired it with my me-made Edwardian-inspired skirt, a black top, and the lovely vintage hat Britt bought me for Christmas. The darling little hat is from the 1930's and possibly homemade. Thanks Britt for the awesome present!

The original plan was to knit a Victorian shawl, but then I saw this free pattern on Ravelry which was exactly what I had envisioned. The point and "scallops" along the edges didn't really work out, but overall I liked the pattern. I used a cranberry rayon/cotton yarn for the body of the shawl, and then a fabulous metallic gold yarn for the border. 

Close up of the shawl:

I have a couple other finished projects I'd love to share, but they will have to wait for another day.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

That's All.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hello 2015!

Happy 2015 to everyone! I'm a little late in my new years post, but running after Aggie (my new little black ball of fur) takes a lot of energy and I'm exhausted! I spent a lovely new years with my best friend Britt, and her sister. We went out for an ice cream sundae, then came back to my house to play board games. Perhaps not everyone's idea of a great time, but we had fun. 

I dressed in a blue sequined skirt, which was originally part of an Elsa costume I made for Britt (for a child's Frozen-themed birthday party). She no longer had need of the skirt so it is now in my closet. And really, what better opportunity to wear a sparkly sequined skirt than on New Years? I paired it with a black sweater, some pearls, and a sparkly blue scarf which I braided into my hair.

Aggie joined us for a game of Angry Birds Uno. (She unfortunately lost the first game, then gave up and went to play by herself in the other room)

I don't normally do "resolutions", but I do have some goals for the next year.

Goals for 2015
  • Work towards a daily yoga practice
  • Draw more (including illustrating a book for my cousin's child)
  • Sleep more (at the right times)
  • Devote more time to the business (assuming the previous goal works out..)
  • Decide what to do with my life. More school? Devote myself entirely to sewing? Become a hermit and live off the land?
I'm hoping this year will be better than last year. Aggie is already helping to brighten things up! 

That's All.